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Trump Impeachment-the “Nuts” and the Bolts!-Part III

Note:  As I was writing this article, I received an alert from Breitbart that a “Whistleblower” from the IRS filed a complaint that either President Trump or Vice President Pence had improperly “interfered” with the IRS audit of either Trump or Pence!  

The first installment (https://wp.me/pY51c-1js) of this topic talked about the Progressive-Left/Main Stream Media (PLMSM) and their repeated use of baseless allegations to entrap President Trump or his cabinet or appointees in “scandals” that rise to the crisis point of a “constitutional crisis” and as such impeachment!  We discussed the insane levels to which the PLMSM would go to regain power after the 2016 Presidential defeat of Clinton.  In the second installment (https://wp.me/pY51c-1jB) we discussed the repetitive playbook script that the PLMSM were and would follow until they drive this President from Office.

“Whistleblower Weaponized”

Today, I am warning you that use of the “Whistleblower” statute and regulations will become the favored tool to target President Trump, his cabinet and his appointees and supporters. Why use the whistleblower cover?  Because this ruse was devised by idiotic RINOs and the PLMSM to allow employees in government to “tattle” on their peers without fear of reprisal or being outed.  The “whistleblower” is also able to pass on here-say and uncorroborated information.  Once leaked to the media, it becomes fact until the target can scrape enough info together to refute the allegations.  But, by then, most of the pubic would have heard the allegations and ultimately only a small percent of those would have heard the exculpatory rebuttal. 

So, the PLMSM now has a tool they can use to impugn anyone they deem a threat from a lowly Secretary of State, a Supreme Court Justice, a Secretary of Commerce, and, did I forget, the President of the United States!  Facts are irrelevant.  It is the SERIOUSNESS of the Allegation is what is important.  This allows the RINOs like Mitt Romney, and his new cohort, Mike Lee and others to feign outrage that X would have committed such a despicable act, if true.  They always add the “if true” just to make themselves more saintly!

So what do the PLMSM have in store for President Trump and his supporters?  Here are a couple of juicy tidbits that I am sure they can find someone in John Brennon’s old CIA or Hillary Clinton’s State Department to confirm and tweet on their whistle!

  • I am sure that they will use the IRS and the ongoing IRS audits of the Trump organization and the President himself.  I am sure they will allege some impropriety of pressure being levied on one of the many auditors who is looking into the obviously corrupt Trump Organization.  Coincidently, this will give Schiff and his ilk the absolutely “necessity” to look at Trump’s tax returns for the past 323 years!  Of course, Schiff would never leak any of the confidential tax information…
  • They will go after Vice President Pence as well as President Trump.  Remember, Nancy Pelosi is 2nd in succession if Trump is impeached and if Pence is likewise impeached, Aunt Nancy is now your President!  I’ll bet money on this one!  It does the PLMSM no good to just get rid of Trump, they have to damage Pence as well just to make sure he cannot run effectively against any of Sleeping Beauty’s (Nancy Pelosi) seven dwarfs who are the Democrat Presidential Candidates.
  • The State Department is replete with Obama era holdovers who would be glad to avenge the “Hillary Loss” and whistle blow some “facts” regarding President Trumps foreign policy missteps like with North Korea but most likely with RUSSA, just to stay on theme!  The PLMSM would immediately push to hear and publish all of the transcripts of every meeting and phone call between Trump and Putin or anyone else who uses Russian Salad Dressing on their salad!
  • Just for Hooters, they could dredge up an ex-playboy bunny or even more despicable, perhaps a porn star, to accuse Trump, maybe a stretch to include Pence but you never know of doing the deed in the oval office.  I never claimed that the PLMSM were deep thinkers capable of too many nefarious plots.  (I should look at some John Grisham novels to make sure I did not miss an obvious plot.)
  • There are always Trump’s banks that could provide a who new batch of “whistleblowers”, real or imagined, to trump up all kinds of improprieties!  The only people who are hated more than rich people are bankers!  Bankers for rich people are a bonus!

My point is that this impeachment parade of horrors will not end with the current non-impeachable crisis surrounding Trump’s Ukrainian phone call.  The PLMSM are kind of like an addicted gambler at a slot machine.  One more quarter is bound to pay off!  They are so used to their playbook paying dividends that they cannot imagine losing to TRUMP!  After all, he is an idiot, and a despicable deplorable morally repugnant sub-human being who does not deserve to rise to the level of let’s say, Bill Clinton! 

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So, buckle up, chin-up, stock up on wine or whatever you need to survive the continued SH@$show.  It won’t end when Trump is re-elected for another 4 years.  They can never admit they were wrong and more importantly, incompetent. 

Also, say a prayer every night for President Trump and all of those who support and surround him…

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After all, it just the fate of the world that is at stake!

 

RDPierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tip

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/03/report-irs-whistleblower-with-secondhand-information-claims-treasury-official-tried-interfering-with-trump-tax-audit/

 

The Metamorphosis of the GOP Under President Trump

MAGA4Eva!

The election of President Lincoln in 1860 birthed the newly formed Republican Party as a legitimate force in American politics.  The party was formed in 1854 to oppose the continued expansion of slavery into newly explored and settled western territories acquired though the Louisiana Purchase.  At the core of its principles was the new Republican Party’s opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was staunchly supported by the Democrats led by Stephan A. Douglas.  The act allowed further expansion of slavery into these new territories.

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Lincoln’s election as the head of a fledgling party was historical and game changing for the Republican Party and the Nation.  The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 may well rival Lincoln’s historical election, hopefully without a second Civil War, hopefully.

Lincoln faced a nation deeply divided by the institution of slavery and the threat of Southern Democrat let States to leave the union.  Trump also is facing a deeply divided nation based on the scope, nature and future of our founded Constitutional Republic.  While the divide is less defined by geography, it is no less hate filled, pitting family members and others against one another.  Both Presidents faced a real threat of the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

In the 1900’s, the Republican Party edged its way towards progressive globalism and away from the focus on the American people, their inalienable rights, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  It adopted the internationalist, interventionalist goals of the Neo-Conservatives, (actually created by Bill Krystal’s father who was a Democrat!), which moved the Republican Party into the globalist realm.     Ironically, the 2nd Republican Platform Plank in 1860 clearly restated our founding principles based on American, not global or international principles, and that the individual, all men (and women), the governed, are the apex of our government’s power and we were granted this power by our Creator!

“2.  That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the states, and the Union of the states, must and shall be preserved.” 

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If you follow Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches, these principles and God given rights are reinforced constantly.  Abraham Lincoln, and the infant Republican Party, embraced these same principles and rights in the face of Democrat Party opposition and their seditious activities.  The same is true today!  In 1860, the Democrats were trying to overturn the US Constitution, the inalienable rights of slaves, and their actions led to the Civil War.  In 2019, the Democrats are trying to overturn the US Constitution, and the inalienable rights of free peoples by destroying the electoral processes contained in the Constitution, and enslaving the American Peoples by adopting centralized, big government socialism.  Ironically, the 6th Plank of the Republican Platform of 1860 called out the “Swamp” and its inherent corruption:

“6. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the federal metropolis, show that an entire change of Administration is imperatively demanded. “

The New Trump Republican Party that is forming eschews globalism, internationalism, interventionalism, and refocuses on the governed predominance over the government and the governed inalienable rights given to them by God, our creator.  In short, Trump branded this re-planking of the Party as “America First”, implying, “Americans’ Sovereignty First”. 

But, the good old boys Republican Party is not going quietly and is joined by the radical left Democrat Party and their lap dog media.  RINOs like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and countless others sit on the sidelines ready to pounce on any opportunity they can to attack Trump and his supporters.  The Democrat Party is continuing its seditious activities that they started under the Obama Administration to use our national security agencies and law enforcement agencies to spy on and attack the Trump candidacy, then his Presidency.  Both of these groups espouse anti-American ideals and seek to regain power by destroying our Constitution’s check and balances and the sovereignty of the governed.  

As President Trump continues to succeed in rebuilding our economy, our national defense, our border sovereignty, and returning our rights as granted by our Creator to “We the People”, his hegemony over the Republican Party grows stronger every day.  Even RINO hold-overs in Congress are being marginalized more and more and the Real Republicans, the people, ignore their anti-Trump rhetoric.  Trump has returned the Republican Party back to its members and pushed out the so-called power brokers who support the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and international organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations.  Trump only has one simple principle, “Is a policy good for Americans, if so, adopt it.”  

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The Tea Parties started the movement to take back America, Trump is memorializing it!  This is why the Left and the RINOs tried to kill the Tea Party Movement.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Updates: Fannie and Freddie and China/US Trade and Military Cold War

Occasionally some world and local events require us to circle back and look at perceptions, facts and events that we have contemplated before.  Today. two such items require revisiting.

Trump’s Addressing Root Cause of 2008 Crash-Freddie and Fannie

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Link to Original Post (2/24/2019): https://wp.me/pY51c-1g4

In February, contrary to “conventional wisdom”, (meaning Fake News aided and abetted by RINOs), was that President Trump would NOT seek to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and eliminate government control over these two quasi governmental agencies and by and large eliminate the potential liability for these agencies by we, the taxpayers.  Both entities were originally chartered as private entities in 1938 when they were created.

The “wisdom pundits” postulated that Secretary Mnuchin and others in the administration would convince the President that privatizing these agencies would be a bad idea.  The big government control freaks love the idea of being able to control each of us and generally, our largest personal asset, our homes, by controlling the liquidity of mortgages.  In 2008, the fallacy of keeping these two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) was highlighted as we, taxpayers, had to bail out both of these entities after they knowingly, and with the aid of Republicans and Democrats, bought up junk mortgages and loans from banks who made sub-prime loans.  

Today, President Trump is pushing the privatizing of both of these entities in order to restore accountability and responsibility for their operations.  Their sole purpose is to provide a secondary market for mortgages and loans so banks “sell” these loans and restore the cash they need to give more new loans.  If you have refinanced or bought a home, you probably received a note that your loan was bought out by Freddie or Fannie and you probably were given the name of a new processing company to send you payments to.  Your original bank was then off of the hook for your loan and the responsibility was shifted to Fannie and Freddie, and you the taxpayer.

The fallacy of this quasi-government arrangement was that there were already private companies doing the same thing as Freddie and Fannie.  But, they could not compete with the purchase rates nor the lack of liability that Fannie and Freddie enjoyed.  So, the private market pretty much is insignificant.

President Trump want to recreate the private secondary market by removing the GSE status of these agencies and force them to compete on the open market.  Private investors would have never made the decision to buy worthless paper as these two agencies did in early 2000’s until the crash in 2008.  Congress will find it much harder to create a bubble like they did in the 2000’s that led to the housing crisis.  There will be no willing partners in the secondary market.  Also, it reduces Congress’s ability to fiddle with the mortgage market and create politically popular short-term bubbles.

Congratulations President Trump…

Chinese Communist Party and President Xi Jinping Stuck on World Domination Goals

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Link to Original Post  (9/1/2019): https://wp.me/pY51c-1iG

This week we saw that the Hong Kong leaders pulled back the Chinese Government Law that would have allowed Hong Kong Citizens to be sent to mainland China for interrogation and prosecution.  (Ask Muslims how this has worked out for them!)  But, the Hong Kong protestors are also demanding:

  1. Unconditional release of all protestors that have been arrested.
  2. Elimination of the characterization of the protests as Riots
  3. Independent inquiry into the actions of the police.
  4. Universal suffrage and control over Hong Kong by their citizens.

While President Xi was not publicly involved in this action, I believe that he convinced the hardliners in the Communist Party that a Tiananmen Square type of crackdown would only exacerbate the Hong Kong problem but also endanger any hope of a US trade deal and invite international condemnation.  I do not believe that, as of this writing, the Chinese are willing to go much further in terms of turning over more autonomy to the people in Hong Kong.  This would have ramifications within the Chinese mainland as well as Taiwan.

While this may signal some softening inside of China, it may not.  But, if Xi did overcome objections by the hardliners, there is some hope that Xi may also be able to push forward trade talks with the US.  I still am less than hopeful that President Trump and Xi will arrive at a point acceptable to the Chinese hardliners or President Trump.  But, I still do not believe that President Trump cares if he gets a deal or not.  He can achieve his goals by the end of his second term by revamping the Chinese goods supply chain and move US companies out of China.  This will severely hurt the Chinese economy, prop up the US economy, and cripple the Chinese ability to fund its military expansion.  

Don’t forget that President Trump has also ramped up our military sales to Taiwan to the dismay and consternation of the Chinese.  He is also protrolling the south Chinese Sea in the face of Chinese protestation.  Trump is poking a lot of different sticks in the Communist Chinese Eyes and they are quite dumbfounded as how to respond…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Trump Showdown with RINO Senators, AGAIN!

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Republicans in Congress have been a COMPLETE failure when it comes to securing our Southern Border.  They cannot blame the Democrats for the Republican’s failure to secure our border.  From 2017-2018, Republicans held the House, Senate and the White House.  Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell promised President Trump over, and over, and over again!  But failed to deliver the President’s proposed immigration reforms and failed to substantially fund the President’s border wall requests.  Why, THE CONGRESSIONAL RINOS ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE, AND THEIR BIG BUSINESS CONSTITUENTS.

Now, these same worthless, so-called pro-national security morons are railing against the President’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico if that country does not step up, enforce its own immigration laws, and prevent thousands of illegal immigrants and bogus asylum seekers from flooding our Southern border.  These are the same morons that have failed the American People time and time again by not passing needed immigration reforms.  When the President declared a NATIONAL EMERGENCY at the Southern Border a month or so ago, THESE SAME MORONS FORCED THE PRESIDENT TO USE A VETO TO KEEP HIS DECLARATION IN FORCE!   

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Just to be MORONICALLY CONSISTANT, these same RINO Senators are opposing the President’s emergency declaration to allow the US to expedite arms shipments to Jordon, the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the face of eminent threats from Iran against our Middle East bases and our allies in the region.  

So, “our” RINO Senators and some House members are not only allowing the US to be INVADED by illegal aliens, from all over the world, at our Southern Border, they are also aiding and abetting Iran, who constantly chant “Death to America and Death to Israel”, by not allowing the President to complete arms sales to our regional allies, who oppose Iran, as he has proposed for the past two years. 

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These phony Senators, including Lindsay Graham, have no problem not doing their job time and time again in the Senate, but want to thwart our abilities to defend ourselves via our regional allies.  

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The President published his Middle East foreign policy months ago and it is based on having our Middle East Allies stand up and defend the Region themselves.  This policy called for arming our key allies, Egypt, the UAE, Jordon, Saudi Arabia and others.  The President believes that our spending $7+ Trillion dollars prosecuting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq not only drained our treasure, but needlessly cost the lives of thousands of our brave men and women in our military.  But equally as detrimental to the US, the President believes that these wars confirmed to Islamist that the US was hell bent on keeping our boot on the throat of the Muslim nations and their citizens.  These wars gave radical Islamist and Iranian Shia militants propaganda “bullets” to whip up hatred of the US and our ally Israel!  Now, the Left, their Media, and “our” RINOS in Congress are standing against rolling back decades of planting our Flag on Middle East soil and fueling anti-US sentiment!

2020 At Stake!

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The “Republican Party” better damn well wake up now!  Former House Speaker Paul Ryan held onto his speakership in 2018, convinced 40 Republicans to “retire” (read go to work for lobbyist for big bucks), and gave the House of Representatives back to Nancy Pelosi to make sure Trump could not advance his agenda legislatively!  Now, the Anti-Trump assault is being led by RINO Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and McCain’s acolyte Lindsay Graham!  

These Anti-Trump assaults by RINOs only serve to add fuel to the impeachment efforts led by the left and their media.  They think they will retain their own power and maybe knock President Trump out of office.  Trump is holding the RINOs accountable and have been forcing this lightweights to actually work!

McConnell and Graham are up for reelection in 2020 and need to hear from you now!  The “Republican Party” is now Trump’s Party and these reprobates will not take it back from Trump.  But, their efforts could give the Senate to the Dems and allow Pelosi to keep control of the House.  Don’t sit on your hands, STAND UP!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/06/05/saudi-arms-sale-bipartisan-senators-including-graham-rebuke-trump/1350645001/

The Left – Wing Sedition by Democrats and their Media

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From the Gateway Pundit: Mrs. Susan Thornton, the former acting assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration, (Under Former SOS Rex Tillerson) tells her Beijing audience to stop negotiating until President Trump is removed from office in 2020.

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The Left-Wing stalwarts in the Democrat Party and their accomplishes in the left-wing media, aided and abetted by Right-Wing Neo-Cons and “Never-Trumpers”,  are providing a false sense of comfort to all of our enemies.  The media’s 92% negative coverage of President Trump and the Democrat incessant investigative mania have provided China, Iran, North Korea, Nicaragua and Russia with a false sense that President Trump is weakened internally and probably will not win re-election in 2020. 

  • China is balking at giving in to Trump’s balanced trade demands and is refusing to cooperate with the US in dealing with North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Niceraugua; Xi is holding out to see if Trump can win re-election.
  • Iran is severely weakened by Trump’s tariffs but think they can antagonize the US with threats and military eye pokes until November, 2020, when a Democrat John F. Kerry like apologist re-takes the White House; Ayatollah is holding out to see if Trump can win re-election.
  • North Korea‘s Kim knows he is not dealing with a typical US President and that he cannot hood-wink Trump and is keeping is powder dry awaiting Trump’s defeat in 2020; Kim is holding out to see if Trump can win re-election.
  • Nicaragua’s  Maduro has been given assurances by China, Russia and Cuba that Trump has been neutered and will not use military force to oust him from office; Maduro is holding out to see if Trump can win re-election.
  • Russian President Putin has had the last laugh as the Democrat idiotic Trump-Putin collusion has done more to roadblock Trump’s tough stance against Russia than any effort Putin could have devised.  Putin is holding out to see if Trump can win re-election.

Is this just Politics as Usual? 

Better Consider the Stakes to the US and Our Allies.

President Trump does not believe that “status quo” can be a status state when it comes to military power, economic power, or human relations.  The President will NEVER accept a “wait-and-see” posture by our allies or our enemies!  Juxtapose this to our enemies viewing Trump as being stymied by his own US adversaries and that it may come to pass that Trump will be a one term president!  The result will be a US directly challenging these competitors/enemies.  President Trump will win this standoff!

China:  President Trump wrote 20 years ago in his book, “The America We Deserve”, that China represented the greatest long-term threat to the US.  He also deeply believes that our 500+ billion dollar trade deficit with China is directly funding China’s military build-up and their meddling into the internal affairs of countries around the world.  The President sees our trade deficit with China as an exestential threat to the US and its allies, at some point in the not too distant future.  He cannot allow China to sit on their hands until after the 2020 election and not move forward to rebalancing our trade relationship and eliminating China’s theft of our intellectual property.  The President will keep moving his chess pieces until Xi is forced to deal with his Communist Party and force them to acquiesce to rebalancing our trade relationship.  Trump views the tarriffs he has imposed on China as a down payment of achieving his goals.  His quiver is still full of arrows! 

Iran:  President Trump has long held that since President Carter allowed the over-throw of the Pro-West Shaw regime in Iran in 1979, that the resulting Shia, religious State is the most destabilizing influence on the Middle East and the one that stands in the path to peace in the Middle East.  Iran is without dispute the largest State sponsor of terror in the world.  By walking away from the US-Iran Nuclear Agreement and re-imposing crushing tariffs on Iran, the President has drawn an unstated line in the sand that the current Iranian Government must go and Iran must establish a government that is not expansionist.  President Trump will not allow Iran’s belligerence and terror meddling in the Middle East to derail his goal of getting the US out of the Middle East and to establish a Middle Eastern Sunni dominated peace-plan.  He will not stand by on the sidelines and allow Iran to threaten US forces in the region nor continue to arm and fund proxy battles in Yemmen, Palestine and other areas.  If the Ayagollah thinks that Novermber 2020 is their “liberation” date then they better stop talking to John Kerry!  The Ayatollahs will not last that long as Saudi Arabia and Egypt are ready, willing and capable of supporting the dissidents in Iran leading to the deposing of the religious fanatical leadership.  

North Korea:  Chairman Kim now realizes that his negotiations with President Trump bear no resemblance to those carried out between his ancestors and the failed, former US leadership of the past 60 years.  Unfortunately, Kim is suffering from the same delusion that President Xi of China suffers from, namely, believing our left-wing and Never-Trump factions in the US that Trump will not be re-elected in 2020.  Kim has also solicited the aid of the Left-Wing UN to promote the dubious contention that North Korea is suffering from a drought and needs sanctions lifted.  Nice Try.  Sign the agreement and we will make sure you and your people are fed.  Judging from Kim’s waist, he could use a little Jenny Craig in his life.  His people, not so much

Nicaragua:  The Maduro regime is being propped up by Cuba, Russia, China and Iran.  All of which are currently economically challenged and who are trying to convince Maduro to wait Trump out and he will remain in power.  BAD ADVICE!  Our sanctions on Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran and Russia, and our tarriffs on China imports,  are crippling and we are also well poised to impose an actual blockade of Nicaragua and Cuba that will topple both regimes.  Trump is committed to a free Nicaragua and Cuba and will choke the lifeblood out of both dictatorial regimes.  I seriously doubt that either country can wait until January 21, 2023, when President Trump is sworn in again for his second term.  Maduro can’t wait a year and a half but he would not be adverse to making life hell for his citizens in the interim.

Russia:  President Putin really would like to get rid of President Trump as Trump has imposed the most serious sanctions of Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.  Putin also knows that Trump hold 4 aces when it comes to energy.  The US could cripple Russia in a heartbeat by simply undercutting Russian energy prices in Europe.  Putin relies on energy exports as they comprise 74% of Russia’s exports that Russia needs to support its citizens.  President Trump does not want to cripple Russia and create a nation with nothing to lose but he will also not continue to allow Russia to interfere in the Middle East, South America and elsewhere without consequences.  Putin may be delusional in thinking that Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Pelosi can take President Trump down either by impeachment or in the 2020 election.  If this is truly what Putin thinks, or hopes, he is betting his entire existence on a brain trust in the Democrat party that together could nut must up a combined 80 IQ score.

Risks for the US:

If these enemies/competitors really think that they can wait out trump and that he will be replaced by one of the Anti-US Democrat candidates, they, and by extension us, could be put in a precarious situation.  The danger is that by continuing to ratchet up anti-US rhetoric, continuing to meddle in areas where the US has a national interest, failing to negotiate in good faith with President Trump, or overtly provoking a defensive posture by the US, there is a risk that one or both sides may over-react to a real or perceived provocation. 

  • How many missiles can Kim fire off before we respond?
  • How many tariffs can China put on the US before we double down on our sanctions against China and we also start to clamp down on China’s China Sea militarization?
  • If Iran actually fires on one of our or our ally’s Middle East bases or vessels, would we respond with a diplomatic overture or a military strike?
  • If Russia continues to fund Maduro, Iran, and other dictators in our sphere of influence, how tight would be clamp down on the Russian Bear!  With Russia and the US being basically on par relative to nuclear capabilities, these are high stakes if the bear feels threatened.

If the Left-Wing stalwarts in the Democrat Party and their accomplishes in the left-wing media, aided and abetted by Right-Wing Neo-Cons and “Never-Trumpers”, continue to try to undermine the Trump Administration, and to portray the Trump Administration as weak and as a one-term administration, these competitors/enemies may be emboldened to the point of provoking an all out conflict between the US and one or more of these nations.  Aiding an enemy of this nation, no matter who is president or what you think of that president, is Sedition at least and Treason at Worst!  Both terms are serious and the intent of the perpetrators is the weakening or overthrow of their State.  While Treason is thought to be more serious, both are equally as perverted, especially when undertaken based solely on political differences.  

The Left and the Democrat Party is playing a very dangerous game with US Citizens being placed in their sick crosshairs.  I never thought I would see the day when a US political party, made up of US citizens, would actively engage in aiding and abetting our enemies with the goal of nullifying our electoral process and allowing our enemies to dominate over our nation.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/former-trump-senior-state-dept-official-tells-beijing-to-wait-until-trump-is-removed.1767242/

https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/former-state-dept-official-to-china-dont-negotiate-with-trump/

Difference Between Sedition and Treason

Dying of Cancer or Deceased, McCain is the RINO and Left’s Hero!

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Just STOP this nonsense!  When Sen. McCain and President Trump sparred prior to McCain’s death, the RINOs (including Brian Kilmeade, Lindsay Graham, Paul Ryan and others) the President was chastised for disparaging a war hero that also had brain cancer!  Then, recently it is confirmed that McCain and his aid were instrumental in promoting the anti-Trump Steele Dossier to the FBI and news outlets right after Trump’s 2016 election victory, the President spoke out against McCain again citing this obvious attempt to disparage the President, and, McCain’s duplicity in voting against the Obamacare repeal.  The President’s remarks, of course, took place after McCain death and now Trump’s detractors had a cow that he was “attacking” a dead person!  

So, dead or alive, McCain is an angelic war hero and he cannot be disparaged even though he has lied to his own party, his voters, and certainly the President of the US, and conspired to undue the results of the 2016 Presidential Election!

President Trump endorsed and donated the max to the McCain presidential campaign in 2008.  Trump endorsed McCain again in McCain’s bid for re-election in 2016.  President Trump also allowed McCain to be given a Presidential Funeral when he passed and bent over backward to assist the family in this unprecedented ceremony.  This, when John McCain and his family UNINVITED the sitting President Donald J. Trump from attending the funeral.  

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President and First Lady Trump Uninvited to McCain Funeral

I thank Senator McCain for his military service as I do for all of those who have served this country and put their lives on the line.  I will go so far to say that his service was heroic and the awarding of the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit Medals to McCain, were deserved. 

But that designation does not excuse anyone for how they behave for the balance of their lives.  Honesty, integrity, and loyalty are lived every day and are not subject to dispensation due to prior acts!  Also, your word to your constituents is the most sacred bond any elected official can make.  Your repeated commitments to your constituents for the repeal of Obamacare permeated your “word” to your constituents since the day that that law was enacted and reiterated throughout your 2016 re-election campaign.  McCain also promised his caucus and the President right up to his vote to NOT Repeal Obamacare that he would support the law’s repeal.  Honesty, integrity and loyalty are now sound bites but have to be backed by action.  You failed your constituents and those of us who supported your Presidential election bid in 2008.  

I applaud the President’s denunciation of McCain’s action to undermine a duly elected President, (sedition), McCain’s action to defraud his constituents time and time again, and McCain’s family lack of respect and gratitude to our President as he respected the death of Sen. McCain and his funeral wishes in spite of their checkered past.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/i-was-never-a-fan-of-john-mccain-and-i-never-will-be-trump-lashes-out-at-the-late-senator-from-the-oval-office/2019/03/19/329a7eb6-4a64-11e9-93d0-64dbcf38ba41_story.html?utm_term=.8493f083b30e

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-dossier-timeline-whats-known

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/24518450/ns/politics-decision_08/t/navy-releases-mccains-military-record/#.XJUbHHdFyM8

Illegal Immigration & National Debt Killing the American Dream

 

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Why discuss Illegal Immigration and the National Debt together?  The two topics are an excellent juxtaposition of emotion driven bad policies that lead to a lowering of overall freedom, the lowering of the standard of living for those the government is supposed to serve, and the eventual takeover of government by the government and its elites.  Make no mistake, illegal immigration and the national debt are both primary tools in the socialist toolbox. 

You can’t “Fundamentally Transform” this Nation without Destroying its Social and Economic Foundations First!

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Costs of Illegal Immigration

Trying to determine the actual costs of illegal immigration is as difficult as trying to determine how many illegal aliens (IA) are in the United States at any one time. The  conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform pegs the IA population at 12.5 million while other alternative sources put the number much higher, 20-30 million.  Wikipedia estimates that the IA population could be as high as 20 Million.  12.5M seems to be conservative and is quoted by the left and right.  But, if the population is 20 million, then the overall net costs could be higher.

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But, in the past two years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the make-up of illegal immigration at our Southern border and this shift is adding even higher costs to the processing and care of the new illegal immigration population.  Historically, most of the illegal immigrants came from Mexico into the US.  Some sought to stay here permanently while others came on a seasonal basis for seasonal work.  Today, the majority of illegal immigrants are seeking asylum and are coming out of Central America and consist of family units or unaccompanied minors.  

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This shift puts a tremendous new burden on our Customs and Border Patrol, Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies.  Care of minors and family units requires extensive healthcare services as well as investigative services to ensure that the adults with the children are actually the parents or guardians of the children.  Today, there are over 2,000 IA who have been detained at the border are now quarantined as they have infectious diseases such as mumps, chicken pox, and other diseases that have been pretty much eradicated in the US.  IA net costs estimates do not include any costs for treating US citizens who have been infected due to contacts with IA and their children.

Net Immigration Costs-12.5M IA

That said, lets assume that the 2018 costs of illegal immigrants entering and living in the US is still indicative of today’s 2019 costs.  At a high level, there are a number of cost components that are provided by the Federal Government then by State and Local Governments.  (The percentage shown next to the cost is the % of the Federal Government Spending ($4.1TT) less Social Security and Medicare ($1.63T) or $2.47T total spending)

  • Federal Costs of Illegal Aliens: $45.8B (1.85%)
    • Federal Education-$1.6B
    • Federal Medical Costs-$17.1B
    • Federal Justice Expenditures-$13.1B
    • Federal Welfare Programs-$5.8B
      • Meals in Schools-$1.003B
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance-$1.96B
      • Women, Infants and Children Care-$1.098B
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-$1.785B
    • Federal Tax Receipts (all taxes) From Illegal Aliens-$22.1B
    • Net Federal Costs from Illegal Aliens: $30.4B (1.23%)
  • State and Local Costs of Illegal Immigrants:  $88B
    • State Educational Expenditures;  $44.4B
    • State Medical Expenditures:  $12.1B
    • State Justice Expenditures: $10.8B
    • State Welfare Expenditures: $2.9B
    • State Taxes Collected (All taxes) from Illegal Aliens: $3.5B
    • Net State and Local Costs from Illegal Aliens:  $85B
  • Net Federal, State and Local Impact of Illegal Aliens:  $115.4B (4.7%) (Note 1)

Hidden Costs of Illegal Immigration

There are many other costs that are not quantified such as those associated with having to provide an extensive Multi-Lingual components to our overall education system due to IA children.  Increased medical costs to citizens as a result of formerly eradicated diseases being reintroduced into our general population.  With over 12M IAs willing to work for low wages, what is the cost to our economy and to our workers for IAs artificially depressing our wages?    Well, assuming IA keeps lower incomes depressed by $3.00/hour, and there are 12M illegal aliens in the workplace, this would decrease overall wages and our GDP by $74,880,000,000.  Yes, that is BILLIONS.  Adding this to the net cost of supporting IA you are almost to $200B Per Year! No wonder the left want to artificially set the minimum wage to $15.00/hr!

The other cost is that of law enforcement.  Open border supporters state falsely that ‘immigrants” commit less crime that do US Citizens.  This is false narrative as they add legal immigrants with the illegal immigrant numbers; do not include crimes such as document fraud, fraudulently applying for government benefits, drug offenses and offenses committed in sanctuary cities that are ignored altogether.  

The bottom line is that illegal immigrants are 3 times more likely to commit a crime than a US Citizens and lawfully present aliens.  

Negative Impact of Illegal Immigration

One key takeaway is that IAs do NOT contribute to the US economy and are actually a negative in terms of cash flow in the amount of $115,400,000,000 per year!  That is equal to about $375 per year for every citizen, men, women and children in the US! 

President Trump submitted a Budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for 2019 in the amount of $198,000,000,000.  The IA net costs if eliminated would pay for over half of the VA costs! 

In spite of what you hear to the contrary, IAs receive the following services from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT today.  This does NOT include the services that they receive from State and Local governments that are over and above these Federal services:

  • They receive $943,200,000 for Primary and Secondary Education Support;
  • They receive $541,694,040 for LEP-Limited English Proficiency Title III support;
  • They receive $206,140,000 for Migrant Schooling Title IC support.
  • They receive $$8,200,000,000 in Uncompensated Hospital Expenditure costs;
  • They receive $1,242,990,372 for Medicaid Births (children are automatically US citizens)
  • Their healthcare contributes $3,458,475,000 to Medicaid Fraud.
  •  They receive $4,234,129,200 in Medicaid for US Born Kids of Illegal aliens. (children are automatically US citizens)
  • They add $1,240,000,000 to our Federal Incarceration costs.
  • They add $3,218,000,000 to our Enforcement and Removal Costs.
  • They add $5,968,729,360 to our Customs and Border Protection costs (much could be eliminated with a wall.)
  • They add $1,126,840,000 to Other ICE operations.
  • They add $210,000,000 to our State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.
  • They add $168,120,000 to our Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  • They add $1,200,000,000 to our Alien Minor program.
  • They add $16,920,000 to our Byrne Grant Program (note 1)
  • They add $1,003,000,000 to our Meals in Schools.
  • They add $1,963,416,000 to our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (SNAP)
  • They add $1,097,829,360 to the Women Infants and Children program.
  • They add $1,785,000,000 to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Illegal immigration is expensive and a drag on our economy in terms of costs and just as important, it is a drag on the wages of our low-end wage earners who struggle to make ends meet ($75B/yr).  Illegal immigrants do not pay their way and are a drag on our economy in terms of depressing wages, lowering our GDP, adding to our national debt, and endangering our citizens with higher per capital violent crime rates than that of US citizens.

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Our National Debt Crisis

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Most American taxpayers complain about taxes in all forms while glossing over the US National Debt and its potential impact on their lives.  Today, we, you and me, are on the hook for over $22 Trillion in debt and each man, woman and child in the US owes over $67,000 of this debt!  The annual interest for 2019 on the debt is $363 Billion which is almost 8% of the total Federal Budget for 2019!  With $363 Billion, you could fund about 50% of the military; or, you could fund 62% of Medicare; or, you could fund 39% of Social Security; or, you could fund the Entire Discretionary Spending for the 2020 Presidential budget for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, and Labor!  So, interest expense isn’t cheap!  

Separate Out Social Security and Medicare From the US Government Budget!

The Federal Budget is so convoluted that it is incomprehensible to the average person, even those with an accounting degree.  In order to “simplify” the Federal Budget, we should separate those programs that are supported by taxpayer contributions into their own “accounts” as you would in business.  The two largest, Social Security and Medicare should be separated and any program, such as Social Security Disability, should be moved out of Social Security and into a safety net group of benefits that would include Medicaid, SS Disability, CHIP, ACA and other marketplace subsidies, and all forms of welfare including SNAP (food stamps).  SOCIAL SECURITY, BY LAW CANNOT EVER ADD TO THE NATIONAL DEBT, PERIOD!  MEDICARE CAN.

By separating these two programs out of the Central Federal Budget citizens will be able to see and monitor of these two large programs, including any shortfall in funding they may experience.  IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE A PROBLEM, YOU CAN FIX IT! 

Another benefit would be to see and understand that the Social Security Fund holds 50% of the US Intergovernmental debt totaling over $3 Trillion dollarsThe Medicare Fund holds over 3% or $184,800,000,000 of US Intergovernmental securities.  In other words, your funds are LOANING money, at a ridiculously low rate to the Federal Government in order for it to operate!  The reader should understand that by law the Social Security and Medicare trustees can only invest in low yielding US treasury securities.  They are not allowed to invest in the US economy in lets say the S&P 500 that yields orders of magnitude times that of the US securities.   For example.  In 1928 you invested $100 each in the S&P 500, 3 Month T-Bills, and 10 Year Treasury Bonds.  In 2018, They would be worth:  (Note 3)

      • S&P 500:  $382,850 (minus my $100 investment)
      • 3 Month T-Bill:  $2,063 (minus my $100 investment)
      • 10 Year Treasury Bond: $7,308 (minus my $100 investment)

It is easy to see that by restricting the Social Security and Medicare trust funds to the 10 Year Treasury Bonds we are getting screwed big time in terms of return on investments.  I was born in 1945 and if we look at these same funds today, they would have a present value of:

  • S&P 500:  $382,624 (minus my $100 investment)
  • 3 Month T-Bill:  $1,944 (minus my $100 investment)
  • 10 Year Treasury Bond: $7,129 (minus my $100 investment)

Politicians are Lying to You!

Your politicians, especially on the Progressive-Left but also many conservatives, tell you that it is too risky to invest in our economy!  The amounts shown above include the past 90 years and also include the Great Depression, many recessions including the 2008 Great Recession!  Even including those catastrophic financial meltdowns, the S&P 500 went from our $100 investment to $382,850!  Rather than projecting that Social Security and Medicare funds would be depleted by 2030, those funds would be secure into the next century if even 50% of the money had been invested in the S&P 500!  Heaven forbid if we actually saw an increase in the Social Security benefits! 

The other benefit would be that the Social Security and Medicare funds could FUND OR RETIRE THE ENTIRE US DEBT! 

Back to the Budget and the National Debt

OK, let’s remove Social Security and Medicare out of the President’s FY 2020 Budget and see where we are.  (We are using the President’s budget as it is the latest indicator we have for revenue and spending.  BUT, with a Democrat House, the spending numbers for social programs are going to be lobbied for increases.)

      • 2020 Expenditures-$4.746T
        • 2020 Social Security ($1.102T)
        • 2020 Medicare ($.679T)
      • Net 2020 Budget Expenditures ($2.965T)
      • 2020 Revenue-$3.645T
        • 2020 Social Security Revenue: ($.949T)
        • 2020 Medicare Revenue:  ($.289T)
      • Net 2020 Budget Revenue: ($2.407T)
      • 2020 Deficit Less SS and Medicare ($.558T)
      • 2020 Deficit With SS and Medicare ($1.101T) Note 4

Remember, both Social Security and Medicare are still projected to be solvent per current funding through 2030.  Social Security by law CANNOT add to the National Debt.

So, what is left in the budget?

  • Discretionary Spending
    • Defense Spending:  $726B
    • Non-Defense Spending:  $700B
  • Total Discretionary Spending:  $1.426T
  • Mandatory Programs (Less SS & Medicare)
    • Medicaid, ACA & other Subsidies:  $418B
    • Basic Health Exch. Subsidies:  $50B
    • Other Mandatory Programs:  $587B
    • Infrastructure Allowance:  $5B
    • Interest:  $479B
  • Total Mandatory (Less SS & Medicare): $1.539T
  • Total Spending:  $2.965T
  • Total Receipts (Less SS & Medicare):  ($2.407T)
  • Total Deficit:  ($558T)

Discretionary Spending:

It is easy to understand that the first bucket is Defense Spending.  President Trump’s budget calls for $726 Billion to be spent on the military FY 2020.  But what is the Non-Defense spending that is $700 Billion?   Well, this is the cost to run the government and includes treasury, education, VA, etc..  It is basically the entire non-military executive branch operating costs. 

The President’s budget includes cuts to every executive department while taking money out of the Corps of Engineers and the DHS for additional wall funding.  Congress fought President Trump in the last two fiscal years against his CUTTING the cost of government via cutting non-defense discretionary spending.  There are tons of fat in the executive bureaucracy, and even whole departments that could be eliminated, but until we get a fiscally conservative Congress the President will have to do the best he can.

Mandatory Spending Programs (Not Including Social Security & Medicare):

This grouping adds $1.539 Trillion in spending to the budget.  The description, “Mandatory” is a bit misleading as the definition is spending that Congress legislates outside of the annual appropriations process, usually less than once a year In short, these programs are mainly on auto-pilot with automatic increase triggers of 6-8% Per year!  So when you hear that the President is “cutting” some of this spending, he is actually asking for a REDUCTION IN THE PERCENT INCREASE IN SPENDING.  THE ACTUAL DOLLARS ARE INCREASED! 

Below is a chart of all Mandatory Spending including Social Security and Medicare to help you visualize what is included from 2015.  Most of the non revenue generating healthcare amount shown, $985.7 billion, is for Medicaid.  Food and agriculture is included in this protected group as this department administers Food Stamps (SNAP).  Also included is the cost for the VA, Federal Unemployment, transportation and federal employee benefits.

Deficit Reduction:

2% Plan:  So, how can we eliminate the $558 Billion dollar Discretionary & Mandatory Spending Deficits Spending and start paying down the deficit?  President has included in the 2020 budget is “two-penny” plan where all spending would be cut by 2% except for the military, Social Security and Medicare.  The goal is to eliminate deficit spending within 5-7 years through budget cuts and economic growth.  Once deficit spending turns positive, then the deficit will start to shrink.  

Welfare Reform:  All Welfare programs, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP etc.,  need to be streamlined and simplified under a single agency to eliminate duplication and abuse.  Many estimates point to $200B in waste and fraud alone in these programs.

Stop Illegal Immigration:  Build the wall, eliminate chain immigration, Visa Lotteries, open amnesty laws, make E-Verify mandatory and with stiff penalties, deport Visa overstays, and make it illegal for illegal aliens to receive any welfare assistance.  By eliminating the costs of illegal immigration discussed at the top of this article, we can save an additional $200B and provide decent wage increases for entry-level positions and add to our GDP.

Eliminate Department Overlap:  Eliminate Wasteful or Duplicate Federal Department Functions:  The department of Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Interior, Agriculture and others can be streamlined and in some cases folded into another agency.  Most function as grant administrators rather than perform an actual function or add to the overall output of our economy.  Energy, Agriculture and Interior have a lot of synergy and could be combined;  Labor and Education are synergistic by their very nature.  

There are many more cost saving measures that can be undertaken but it will take a fiscally conservative Congress to work with the President to accomplish them.  The current crop of socialist that are overtaking the Democrat Party are not going to sit by and watch this happen quietly!

Add US Economy Investments to Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds:  

Open both funds so the administrators can start investing some of the revenue and surplus into market securities such as the S&P 500.  Gradually allow a percentage of market securities to be included to perhaps a cap of 50%.  This would allow for the 10 year treasury bonds to provide somewhat a buffer in the event of a prolonged market downturn.  But, even during the Depression, the 10 year bonds did not do any better than market securities.  

This move would allow Social Security and Medicare to become self-funding in perpetuity.  Medicare does need some streamlining and cost cutting but the current administration is already addressing much of this and their moves will lower healthcare costs overall to the US consumer.  Just think, instead of your “$100 investment” in 10 Year Treasuries being worth $7,308 over the past 90 years, you could have added $191,275 to your $100 investment! (50% investments in the S&P 500).  Politicians will screw this one up big time!

Conclusions:

The crisis at the border is not only a current immigration, asylum, humanitarian, health and crime issue, it is a long-term economic and social crisis.  The costs and the wage depression impacts are unsustainable to say the least.  The very core social fabric is at risk as well as our historical norms and mores.  Eventually the costs and wage depression associated with illegal immigration will swell to $500,000,000,000 if current levels of illegal entry are not checked substantially.

The national debt is real and it is important.  It is also too much for the current Congress to deal with.  Without a fiscally conservative, gutsy group of men and women in Congress they will keep kicking the ball down the field and ignoring the debt.  You should know that without doing much of anything, the annual federal spending will rise at 6-8% per year as the Congress has basically put the budget process on auto-pilot!  The President’s “2-Cent” plan does not have a chance in this 116th Congress as the House Democrats will block it and the Mitch McConnell wimpy RINOs don’t have the stomach for a fight that is truly for the soul of this country.

2020 is right around the corner.  All this can be solved by your vote for fiscally conservative politicians…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Note 1:  Federal Spending used much of the State and local spending for these programs originate with the Federal Government.

Note 2: The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program or the Byrne Formula Grant Program is a federal grant provided to states from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) division. This grant aims to help law enforcement agencies enforce and strengthen local and state laws designed for serious offenders or violent criminals. 

Note 3: Link to Investment Table Comparisons:  http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/histretSP.html

Note 4:  Some SS and Medicare revenue and expenditures include non core outlays for disability and other welfare expenditures.

Hat Tips

https://cis.org/

https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-outbreaks/more-than-2000-migrants-quarantined-in-u-s-detention-centers-due-to-disease-outbreaks-idUSKBN1QR0EW

http://fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/scaap-data-suggest-illegal-aliens-commit-crime-much-higher-rate-citizens

http://www.usdebtclock.org/#

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

https://www.thebalance.com/who-owns-the-u-s-national-debt-3306124

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/histretSP.html

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042415/what-average-annual-return-sp-500.asp

 

RINOs Resurrected and Strike At Trump-McConnel Head RINO

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Who Needs Enemies

With A “Friend” Like Mitch!

Not only did McConnell and the RINO led Senate vote to rebuke Trump’s Syria and Afghanistan troop reduction decision, these traitors did it on the day of Trump’s State of the Union Address!  Senate Bill 1, that passed by a 77-23 vote, includes:

  • Directs Trump to Impose Sanctions on Entities Doing Business with Syrian President Al-Assad
  • “Urges” Trump Not to Exit the Conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan
  • Includes Aid for Israel
  • Allows State and Local governments to refuse to do business with anyone who boycotts Israel.
  • To totally insult, “throw shade” for those under 30, at the President, McConnell allowed this bill to pass on the day of Trump’s State of the Union address.

In case you missed it, the name of the bill is “Senate Bill 1”, which means that this is the first bill that the new REPUBLICAN RINO SENATE had passed in the new 2019 session.  An omen for things to come?  Most in this Senate and the House, would have trouble finding Syria and Afghanistan on a map let alone direct policy.  They, instead, hide behind so-called civilian, think tank and military “experts” to cover their respective asses and go against the President of the United States. 

All the while, McConnell and his RINOs have steadfastly refused to dump the undemocratic practice of requiring 60 votes to pass anything through the Senate except for the overabundance of verbal and anal FLATULENCE!  

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The timing of this bill passing on the day of the SOTU address, was timed and intentional.  This bunch of wimps and do-nothings think they are going to preempt the President and take his talking points away on these key foreign policy issues.  WRONG!  My hope is that the President take both the Republican RINOs and the moronic Democrats on directly and state exactly what he is going to do again in these theaters of conflict as he has in the past.  I also hope he pulls McConnell in and tells him point-blank that he will not stand for McConnell to stand in for Flake, McCain and Ryan as the Anti-Trump leader in the Senate.  That if McConnell expects any help in the future that he damn well better wake up and understand that the Democrats and the hard-left are the enemies of the United States and not the President.

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I hope everyone contacts Senator McConnell and tells him that you think he is a traitor to the Republican Party, Donald Trump, and those of us who support President Trump and his policies.  You can call his Washington DC  office at Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499 or send him a letter or postcard to,   317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.

Here are some links to the Chief Senate RINO McConnell, (these links should take you to the appropriate page when you click on the link) 

Government Website: mcconnell.senate.gov
Email\Office\Phone: www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
Campaign Website: www.teammitch.com

Social Media Pages

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell
Twitter: www.twitter.com/McConnellPress
YouTube: www.youtube.com/RepublicanLeader

These Senators have absolutely no direct responsibility for our Foreign Policy and will duck for cover should this bill actually cause more of our brave soldiers to lose their lives.  Maybe they should read Article 2 of the US Constitution and understand that it is not their role to micro manage our foreign policy.  God knows Congress has enough power to screw things up in the US and this is not one of them!  You might say that this wimpy resolution to keep troops in Syria and Afghanistan is not binding.  That may be true but it undermines the positions taken by the President with the American People.  RINO-MAC may have forgotten but We the American People elected the President and expect him to have the support of at least our own party.   

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Many of these same Senators voted to get us into these never-ending wars with no real objective or rules of engagement to actually win and protect our most prize asset, the American Soldier.  Did they all of a sudden gain cerebral supremacy.  I think not!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://www.newsmax.com/headline/senate-rebukes-trump-syria/2019/02/05/id/901384/

https://www.democratichub.com/mitch-mcconnell-contact

Were Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez Racists? Obviously Not! Rep. Steve King?

“Ignorance is the lack of Knowledge, Stupidity is the lack of curiosity to gain Knowledge”!

United Farm Workers founder and farm worker union activist Cesar Chavez and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. both adamantly opposed illegal immigration from Mexico of low skilled workers.  Both felt that by allowing unfettered illegal immigration into the US from our Southern Border, that American workers, Hispanics and Blacks especially, were forced to compete in a labor market where wages were being depressed due to the influx of cheap labor.  Both also favored limits on legal immigration for the same reason.  Chavez fought to unionize agricultural workers who were typically on the low-end of the pay scale.  Rev. King likewise fought against the influx of cheap labor that drove many Blacks into abject poverty due to a lack of jobs and low entry-level wages.

NO one has ever accused either Chavez or King of being RACiSTS. Or described their positions as “IF you are Brown, Turnaround”!  NO one has ever accused Chavez or King of being “American Supremacists”, bigots, racists, or xenophobes.  It has been reported that Chavez departed from Dr. King in that he also incorporated violence into his quest to stop illegal immigration.  According to the Daily Signal article on January 16, 2019, by Walter E. Williams,  “He sent union members into the desert to assault Mexicans who were trying to sneak into the country. They beat the Mexicans with chains and whips made of barbed wire. Undocumented immigrants who worked during strikes had their houses firebombed and their cars burned.”  Yet, Chavez was joined in various protest marches by LA Cardinal Mahoney, Democrat Senator Walter Mondale, and civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy.  

“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”)

Recently, a group of protesters railing against President Trump’s immigration policies and his support for strong border security, were waiving Mexican flags, shouting “Si, se puede”, meaning “Yes, We Can”What the Left and this group they organized failed to comprehend was that this slogan was coined by Cesar Chavez but Chavez meant that “Yes, we can seal the Southern Border” and stop illegal immigration! To this day Chavez remains a hero of he left.

Representative Steve King, (R-Iowa),  Recent Comments

Rep. King has always been outspoken and unfiltered.  Recently he has been ripped apart by the media, left and right, as well as politicians and others on both sides of he aisle.  He has been especially outspoken about illegal and legal immigration and its impacts on the US and the world at large. 

The catalyst for this outcry was precipitated by an interview he did with the New York Times recently.  King was interviewed by the NYT’s Trip Gabriel who quoted King as saying:  

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization (Western Civilization)?  Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.”

The NYT and others pointed to many of King’s past remarks as racist which was certainly not accurate.  Even Brit Hume, not a big fan of Rep. King, stated;  “Some of them weren’t even about race. Some of them were about Islam, Islam is not a race, it’s a faith. Many of them might be considered insensitive, but they weren’t racist.  Racism means a very specific thing, it means a belief in the superiority of one race over another. And it is taboo in the United States as well as it should be.” Hume referred to the NYT piece as “completely bogus”! Hume went on to discuss using the term racism and admonished his colleagues saying: “News media, shouldn’t be throwing the word racist around with abandon.  We should be very careful in how we use it.”

Another Criticism of Rep. King was his support for a comment made by a Dutch Politician Geert Wilders.  King Tweeted:  

“(Geert) Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

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Wilders was arguing against Europe’s recent open borders policy that has exploded the Muslim populations throughout Europe including a 25% Muslim population in the Netherlands.  (Muslim population in the US is 1%)  Wilders was pointing out that the birth rates of the European Dutch was below that of the recent Muslim immigrants and that demographics, (statistical data relating to the population and the groups within it), will frame a nation’s future culture and destiny.  THIS IS NOT RACIST, IT IS A FACT!  The Netherlands culture today may be White, European Dutch, but tomorrow it will morph into something that melds its historical culture with cultural elements that are influenced by the new Muslim immigrant population. 

Rep. King had made a similar statement and observation of the US “culture” and the influence of immigration on our “Western Values” and “American Culture”.  The “American Culture” has been undergoing a constant metamorphosis since its founding due to the influence by various immigrants who have come to this country.  Today, the US allows about 1.5 million legal immigrants into this country and is subjected to over a million illegal immigrants entering this country from primarily Mexico and Central America.  It is estimated that 22 million illegal aliens reside in the US today and are primarily from the same regions.  Rep. King’s point being that with this level of immigration, and our shrinking birth rates, what will be the impact on the existing “American Culture”.  He then states that the current “American Culture” cannot be maintained without being impacted/changed by “babies” from other non United States offspring whose parents grew up in a non US culture.  THIS IS NOT RACISTS, IT IS A FACT.  

Cesar Chavez, Dr. King & Rep. Steve King:

What do these three men have in common?  They all questioned the impact of immigration on the US and its citizens, both minority and majority members.  They questioned our priorities and whether we were placing non US citizens in front of US citizens.  Were any of these men Racists?  NO.  None of them believed that one race was superior to another race.  It is unfortunate that Rep. King did not have the same oratory skills as Dr. King!

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Racism is abhorrent in any form or context But, I agree with Brit Hume that we should all be very careful how we use it and what we attach it to.  It is sad that when someone brings up a “controversial” topic or Tweets something that make us sit up and question, our first reaction is to label it as racist, or homophobic or some other ist or ic.  We should use some of these as learning moments and question not only the topic or issue, but who we are and are there elements that we need to examine.  Anytime I am engaging someone and they immediately go to name-calling, I am out of there!  There is no need to try to engage in a logical conversation with someone who hides ignorance behind belligerence!  

Politics and Racism

I am sick and tired of feigned moral outrage that negates logical discourse.  As soon as someone says something that someone else labels as racist, others, join in like kindergarteners in the sand box to pile on and condemn.  That is the coward’s way out.  Unfortunately, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Liz Chaney, Sen. Lindsay Graham, and many other Republican politicians did this to Rep. Steve King.  Thank God that the left and right have not done this to Cesar Chavez, Dr. King and everyone that supported them and their movements that were aligned against illegal immigration.

“Ignorance is the lack of Knowledge, Stupidity is the lack of curiosity to gain Knowledge”! 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/01/16/a-history-lesson-on-the-shifting-political-stances-on-illegal-immigration/

Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/01/brit-hume-racism-charge-against-steve-king-bogus/#4L34UCAt5uzKJcmu.99

https://www.capsweb.org/blog/martin-luther-king-jr-and-cesar-chavez-immigration

https://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/13/steve-king-tweet-geert-wilders-immigration-all-about-culture-not-race-someone-elseshttps://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/13/steve-king-tweet-geert-wilders-immigration-all-about-culture-not-race-someone-elses

Trump Border Wall National Emergency Declaration-The Facts!

Congress Doth Protest To Much!

Confused by all of the so-called legal analysts on TV, including the sour grapes Judge Napolitano on Fox, (Napolitano apparently is holding a grudge as Trump picked Kavanagh over him) regarding the possible Emergency Declaration by President Trump to fund and build-out the wall on the Southern Border?  Then you get to listen to all of the Congress men and women, who know virtually nothing about federal law and the US Constitution (scary thought), say that Trump would be setting bad precedent, and the funding and build-out of the border wall is solely within the power of Congress or that this action by the President would be met with lawsuits and is a “fool’s errand”.

Is The Southern Border Illegal Immigration a Crisis?”

To hear the Democrats, Left-Wing-Media, RINOs and others, the Southern Border is just fine and while the murdering of a US residents by an illegal alien is “tragic”, it does not add to the designation of the border situation being  a CRISIS.  Recently, I posted an article “Why a Border Wall is ABSOLUTELY Necessary”, Link: https://wp.me/pY51c-1f5.  Some of the justifications that I cited included date published by DHS for 2017-2018:

Drug Smuggling:  Methamphetamines:  38% Increase; Heroin (Opioids):  22% Increase; Fentanyl:  73% Increase

Drug Smuggling Seizures by Border Patrol: 282,000 Lbs. Cocaine; 248,000 Lbs. Methamphetamines; 6,500 Lbs. Heroin (opioids); 2,400 Lbs. Fentanyl; 7,000,000 Lbs. Narcotics Seized In Total In 2018

Terrorists, Gangs, and Criminals Arrested: 3,755 Known Terrorists; 6,000 Gang Members; 17,000 Adults with Existing Criminal Records; Criminal Organizations Make $2.5 Billion in Profit Each Year from Migrant Smuggling!

Rise in Vulnerable Populations Overwhelming Resources: 60,000 Unaccompanied Children-Increase of 25%; 161,000 Family “Units”-Increase pf 59%; 2,000% Increase in Asylum Claims even though 72% do not qualify for Asylum! Over 2,000 Persons Per Day (730,000/yr annualized) are Captured at the Border.  These cannot be deported because of “Catch and Release”.

Depth of Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border: 50 Migrants/Day Referred to Medical Providers; 4,300/Yr People in Distress Rescued by CBP; 31% of Women Sexually Assaulted on Journey; 17% of Men Sexually Assaulted on Journey; 70% of Migrants Traveling are Victims of Violence.

If all of the so-called experts do not think that we have a genuine Crisis at the Southern Border, then consider some of the Emergency Declarations that are STILL ACTIVE that have been declared by Presidents since Jimmy Carter and none, to my knowledge were ever challenged seriously by Congress or challenged in court by so-called aggrieved parties.  (For a total list of active declarations, scroll down to bottom of this article)

Presidential Authority to Declare a National Emergency Via the National Emergencies Act of 1974

Congress, yes those petulant morons that appear on TV every minute decrying Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional actions, GRANTED BROAD POWERS to the President Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976.  According to Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, the President has broad powers as she stated:  “So if he can really just sign his name to a piece of paper, whether it is a real emergency or not, that creates a state of emergency that gives him access to these special powers that are contained in more than 100 different provisions of law that Congress has passed over the years.”  Further she stated, “Congress chose not to put any substantial or really any barriers on the president’s ability to declare a national emergency.”

So, Congress has an “Aw Shi#” moment.  Their original law granting the President far-reaching emergency powers included the provision that the House could pass a resolution by simple majority and the Senate could affirm the resolution by simple majority and the President COULD NOT VETO THE RESOLUTION DECLARING HIS EMERGENCY DECLARATION AS VOIDTo bad for Congress, the pesty Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that the President had CONSTITUTIONAL powers to veto any Congressional Legislation, including this act, and that Congress could only THWART THE VETO BY A 2/3rds VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES!    So, if President Trump declares that the Southern Border is an emergency and poses a threat to American Sovereignty, and/or, it is creating a humanitarian crisis, and/or it is endangering Americans by flooding drugs into our communities, and/or, it is promoting human trafficking, the House and Senate would have to have enough votes to overturn a Trump Veto if they attempt to invalidate his declaration!

Jonathon Turley quoted the Congressional Research Center when it wrote in 2007, “Under the powers delegated by such statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”

Further, Congress has passed laws that allow the President to tap the military to design and contract for the wall and that any Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated.” Will the Democrats sue?  Absolutely!

Those that claim Trump should not issue the declaration as it would set a bad precedent are too late.  Congress has already lost this battle by “self-emasculation” via their own legislation.  Obama has already used non-existent executive powers to rewrite immigration law and granting status to DACA recipients.  Any good Left-Wing Progressive cares less about precedent!  

Who has “Standing” in Court to Sue Trump Over the Declaration

In terms of the declaration itself, since Congress passed the law, it would have some level of standing (the right to sue as an aggrieved  party) and attempt to invalidate the President’s declaration.  But, CONGRESS BUILT INTO THE LAW THE METHOD WHEREBY THE CONGRESS COULD CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT VIA RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO A VETO!  The Democrats in Congress could file a suit to invalidate the declaration, but it would probably not be upheld by the Supreme Court as Congress gave up their standing within their own legislation!

Eminent Domain:  Some argue the landowners along the border who have not sold or granted access easements to the Federal Government where the wall would be built, would have standing to sue the Trump Administration citing the National Emergency Declaration as being harmful to the value of their real and personal property. BUT!  The procurement of these lands is subject to negotiation or legal proceedings via Eminent Domain.  The latter action and procedures are subject to their own statutes and remedies and do not necessarily provide standing against the National Emergency declaration.  The Federal Government would either have to negotiate access rights or an outright land purchase from such landowners or use Eminent Domain to procure the land.  While the landowners may sue citing the declaration, there is a slim chance the Supreme Court would deem their standing valid.  

Timing of the Legal Actions and Impact on Building the Wall

Once Trump issues the emergency declaration, the lawsuits will start. 

  • A Democrat Friendly Federal District Court would probably issue a cease and desist order against the declaration that would be immediately challenged by the Trump Administration. 
  • If the challenge does not cause the Federal Court to reverse the injunction, the Administration would appeal the lower court decision. 
  • The first action would have probably been filled within notorious the 9th District. 
  • The 9th District Court of Appeals would probably uphold the lower court’s injunction. 
  • The Administration would have to then appeal to the Supreme Court. 
  • The Administration could appeal the original decision directly to the Supreme Court, by passing the appellate court, but they tend not to short-circuit the appeal process through the lower courts.  

This process could take anywhere from 3 months to two years!  But, the Army Corps of Engineers could begin the design of the project; the property procurement could commence; and contacts could be developed.  It is doubtful that the Administration would drop everything and wait on the lawsuits!  

Trump, and his supporters, don’t have much to lose.  The Democrats are not going to fund the wall at this point and may not up through the 2020 elections. 

At least declaring an emergency could get the ball rolling and Trump has enough discretion to begin the process.  Right now it is a game of chicken and we will see who blinks first. 

Trump is looking for existing funding within the impacted agencies to make payroll.  If he does this, he can pretty much wait out the Democrats!  He already appears to be the only adult in the negotiations as Chuck and Nancy have only sat on their hands.  Time will tell.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

31 Active Emergency Declarations Since jimmy Carter:

1. Blocking Iranian Government Property (Nov. 14, 1979)
2. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nov. 14, 1994)
3. Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
4. Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (March 15, 1995)
5. Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers (October 21, 1995)
6. Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba (March 1, 1996)
7. Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan (November 3, 1997)
8. Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans (June 26, 2001)
9. Continuation of Export Control Regulations (August 17, 2001)
10. Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks (September 14, 2001)
11. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism (September 23, 2001)
12. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (March 6, 2003)
13. Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest (May 22, 2003)
14. Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria (May 11, 2004)
15. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (June 16, 2006)
16. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 27, 2006)
17. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions (August 1, 2007)
18. Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (June 26, 2008)
19. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (April 12, 2010)
20. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (February 25, 2011)
21. Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (July 25, 2011)
22. Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 16, 2012)
23. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)
24. Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (April 3, 2014)
25. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
26. Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 9, 2015)
27. Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (April 1, 2015)
28. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (November 23, 2015)
29. Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption (December 20, 2017)
30. Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election (September 12, 2018)
31. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua (November 27, 2018)

Hat Tips

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/chuck-grassley-trump-border-wall-shutdown/2019/01/11/id/897858/

https://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-10-armed-forces/10-usc-sect-2808.html

https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/emergency-powers

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683501440/congress-aims-to-control-presidents-emergency-powers

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/98-505.pdf

https://jonathanturley.org/2019/01/10/yes-trump-has-the-authority-to-declare-a-national-emergency-on-the-southern-border/