Saturday, July 22, 2017

op ed review 7/22



Border Patrol union chief praises 'miraculous' drop in illegal immigration under Trump
Morale among U.S. Border Patrol agents is at an all-time high …..”agents felt hamstrung for years under the Obama administration´s catch-and-release policies at the border. "
President Trump has cancelled the Obama covert CIA program giving weapons to ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria.
Food Stamp Use Falls to Lowest Level in Seven Years

President Trump´s top legislative priority was dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday night as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the party´s health care overhaul. Trump quickly called on Republicans to simply repeal Obamacare and begin work on a new health care plan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would try to do so.
The Senate Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare is the victim of a seriously flawed report saying it would have cost 22 million people their health insurance.
Gloats the New York Times:  “Republicans relearned a lesson that has bedeviled them since the New Deal: An American entitlement, once established, can almost never be retracted.”
The Republican Party in Congress could be on the verge of losing the 2018 midterm elections…..The GOP crowd now looks like that little circus car disgorging clown after clown after clown, each one honking his horn and offering a personal version of Obamacare repeal.
Senior GOP officials spent much of Tuesday surveying the anger and frustration within their own party and taking calls from bitterly disappointed contributors, some of whom threatened to turn off the cash spigot.

Democrats have their own problems:  Under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt. They’re broke.

Texas Republicans take aim at liberal cities

In a hard-hitting essay, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has joined the dozens of Christian leaders who have denounced the ignorant and insulting article published last week by the Vatican-vetted journal, La Civiltà Cattolica. The essay paints an offensive caricature of conservative Christians in the United States as politically ambitious racists who promote an “ecumenism of hate” and long to impose a theocratic state.
The Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Sen. McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he did not plan to step down after a public rebuke by President Trump, saying he continued to carry out the president’s directives as the country’s top law enforcement officer.

The group behind last week´s protest against the National Rifle Association over rhetoric it claimed was a "direct endorsement of violence" wished a convicted cop killer and fugitive a happy birthday on Monday.

"Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign." The irony of last week´s Big Leak on Don Jr. (likely by Robert Mueller) is that it is helping reveal that the real criminal activity was by the Democratic Party.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
William Murchison  7/18

John McCain’s blood clot, which caused Republican Senate leadership to suspend formal consideration of Obamacare replacement, isn’t by far the Grand Old Party’s gravest malady. Nothing in the diagnostic manual of political afflictions compares with the near-complete disappearance of the party’s backbone.

If it’s not one thing causing GOP senators and governors to equivocate on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, it’s something else: Medicaid expansion vs. Medicaid contraction; cheaper vs. costlier insurance policies; eligibility for coverage of pre-existing conditions; contraception coverage; etc.

Meanwhile a united Democratic Senate bloc watches with ill-disguised amusement. This is how you get things done in an age of political acrimony — you just do ’em. Good things, bad things, it doesn’t matter. You do ’em and wait to see what happens. Such was Democratic strategy when Obamacare was enacted — everything rolled together in a package under Harry Reid’s and, especially, Nancy Pelosi’s tutelage. Collaboration with the Enemy — Republicans — was a hanging offense. No Democrat opted for the discipline of Nancy’s noose. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote cast in its favor, or even one Democratic vote cast against it.

The circumstances of Obamacare’s birth indicated both the strength of the opposition to repeal and the necessity of Republican unity in overcoming that opposition. Alas, Democrats have proved to love Obamacare more than Republicans, as a body, detest it.

The likelihood swells daily that the whole repeal-replace movement, once instrumental to the Republican political recovery of 2010-16, is a thing of hot air; an exercise in breast-beating and theoretical thinking. It becomes obvious, once again, that Republicans and Democrats are two parties — separate and distinct, with different drive wheels, different motives. They play different games.

Democrats are naturals when it comes to offense; they love to batter down doors and burn down barns to get done those things they have decided for one reason or another need doing, such as the creation of a program of federally subsidized health care.

Republicans by temperament play defense; they hold that line — or fail to hold it — and then fall back to work out terms that might make the situation a little less disagreeable than it was before. Republicans are never entirely unhappy with half a loaf. They think on how much less than half they could have gotten. The notion of wrestling away the whole loaf and digesting it happily in front of the Democrats inspires comparatively few Republicans. They’d rather deal — a preference that comes naturally to the business, front-office types who make the party their home.

Here’s the problem with that preference. Rather, I should say there are two problems. The first is short-term. The GOP swore in blood to get rid of Obamacare. It starts to look as if a number of the oath-takers had their fingers crossed behind their backs. They didn’t mean make the blasted thing vanish; they meant get rid of the bad parts and keep the good ones (assuming any can be found). Which isn’t what they, or most of them, said. They should have interesting explanations to make at election time to customers — i.e., voters — who feel double-crossed. We can henceforth trust the GOP to — do what? Make more promises? With what effects?

The second problem is that Obamacare is correctly understood as a Lamborghini ordered for a McDonald’s worker. The country can’t afford it; witness the retreat from the insurance marketplace of companies unable to make a profit by selling Obamacare policies. The remedy for which is, as always, more federal borrowing and higher federal taxes to subsidize these unaffordable policies: with the predictable result of helping Democrats whip up demand for a so-called “single payer” system, with all medical expenses — all — paid by the government.

Toward that gruesome, essentially un-American outcome we will start tilting just as soon as enough backboneless Republicans sabotage the unrecoverable chance to follow through with what they promised — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Of course that was then, and this is now — right, ladies and gentlemen of the Republican Senate majority? And could you speak a little louder? It’s getting hard to hear.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“On the cusp of a historic failure, the [GOP] has begun the finger-pointing, and it’s hard to argue with any of it. The establishment is right that Trump is incapable of true legislative leadership. The Trumpists are right that the establishment is ineffectual. Conservatives are right that moderates don’t really want to repeal Obamacare, whatever they’ve said in the past. And pragmatists are right that a few conservatives are beholden to a self-defeating purity.”
                -Rich Lowry
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LEFTIST WATCH
It’s spelled out as clearly as can be. The decimation of the Western World via a global immigration plan.”

NAACP leader Rev. Barber says praying for President Trump 'borders on heresy'...

Imagine what this will do for race relations: HBO is planning a series “Confederate” which imagines slavery as a modern-day institution.

Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, met with top Clinton donors in the Hamptons. Harris’ meetings with Clinton’s donors signal that they are rallying behind her as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
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GLOBALONEY
A new paper analyzing government temperature data says the Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data published by NASA and NOAA are "not a valid representation of reality." In fact, the three respected scientists who published the paper hint strongly that the data may have been fudged.

Scaremongering is what Gore does best, and fear is the business model that has made him rich, though his every apocalyptic scenario has failed to materialise.
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ARTICLES
Republicans may be consolidating behind President Donald Trump—and against the legacy media—the more the establishment press sensationalize their Russia coverage. Despite the legacy media’s wall-to-wall coverage of various Russia-related “scandals” involving President Donald Trump’s associates since April, “the number of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who think that the Russians sought to influence the election, and that the Trump team intentionally helped them,” has plummeted from 18 percent in April to nine percent today.

The lawyers arguing for criminalizing Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a foreign national who wanted to volunteer information do not realize just who they would have criminalized — every exchange of information concerning a campaign involving any illegal immigrant in the country (“undocumented” immigrant in media-speak) or foreign national around the world. If these Trump bashing lawyers were right, they have just allowed the mass indictment and incarceration of most politically active Dreamers, as well as all the political groups that solicit their campaign involvement, even if merely for information.
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WISE WORDS
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
                 -Thomas Jefferson

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