MITCH MCCONNELL, PROOF THAT ONE CAN LIVE WITHOUT A SPINE…

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Can we all please come to agreement on the fact that Mitch McConnell is little more than a nutless wonder?  After all, which party is it that now has a majority in both the House and Senate?  Well, if you go by the numbers it’s the Republican Party.  And whose leaders are now acting like a couple of limp-wristed, pansy-assed, pussies?  Sadly that too would be the Republican Party, that same party which holds a majority in both houses of Congress.  But besides being a nutless wonder, McConnell is, and always has been, a NeverTrumper who has become quite comfortable there in the same ‘Swamp’ that Trump promised us that he would drain.

As proof of what I say I point to how McConnell has once again folded like a cheap suit, giving into demands coming from Democrats and the state-controlled media for a Special Counsel.  Despite, at least from what I’ve read, the fact that most of the emails released by WikiLeaks came from within the DNC.  From the same poor schmuck who died under rather curious circumstances.  Supposedly the FBI has some 44,000 emails that this guy sent to WikiLeaks, so was he too working for Vlad?  So this is all nothing more than smoke and mirrors with old Mitch only too happy to play a part as long as there’s a possibility of damaging President Trump.

And let’s face it, the Democrats have been talking about impeaching Donald Trump since before he even took office.  And it was within days after the election that the state-controlled media had taken up the refrain and it has been in the past several days that both the Washington Post and New York Times have both claimed to have “scoops” regarding the most recent topic du jour, the Comey firing.  But neither showed Trump as having done anything illegal nor was grounds for impeachment.  And now the RINOs are beginning to chime in. And they are not just attacking Trump, but also his supporters. And that they may come to regret.

And make no mistake here, Trump voters fully understand what’s really going on here.  Trump declared he would “drain the swamp” and now it’s the swamp that is fighting back.  There is NO substance to the claims against him. There is NO evidence Trump colluded with Russia. There is NO evidence he compromised national security in sharing terror intelligence with Russia as, wait for it, Obummer had done.  And the idea that he obstructed justice in talking with James Comey is demonstrably untrue.  When Trump claims, as he did on Wednesday, that no politician “has been treated worse or more unfairly,” he is absolutely correct.

Look, the state-controlled media, aka the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, is furious that Trump one, won the election, and two calls them out as being ‘fake news.’  So as a form of retaliation, shall we say, they have set out to do anything and everything they can to make sure that he would be unable to enjoy any semblance of a “honeymoon” in office.  And Democrats have continued to treat Trump as if he had executed a coup instead of winning an election, having now gone so far as to dub themselves the “Resistance” and in so doing have set about to obstruct every Trump nominee, every bill, and every policy decision.

Now to be honest Obummer complained about Republican “obstruction,” too.  But while their opposition hardened in response to the very bogus $862 Billion ‘stimulus’ bill and Obamacare, the Republicans gave him a chance to govern.   And Republicans approved most of Obummer’s Cabinet appointees pretty quickly. They told voters “elections have consequences,” and joined Democrats to confirm his early Supreme Court nominees. They never spoke of impeachment, though he had, arguably, earned it and on more than one occasion.  Trump has never been given the same chance, or for that matter any chance, to carry out his agenda.

And for months now, Trump’s supporters have watched as the state-controlled media fawned over the hysterical opposition, praising the “pussyhat” protesters and downplaying the extremists within their ranks.  But still, Trump’s supporters have not abandoned him because he has not abandoned them.  They are patient and they are very well aware of what it is that he is up against.  Their only worry is that he may choose to compromise in order to save himself.  And hopefully it is now beginning to slowly dawn on Trump that no amount of compromise will ever satisfy his critics, on either side of the political aisle.

Meanwhile, the Democrats have now succeeded in burning nearly every bridge back to political reality and civility.  But that seems to have had little effect on their twisted insistance in going down the path that they have now chosen for themselves.  And the NeverTrump faction, shamed into silence by the election results and by Trump’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, have now re-emerged behind the shield of the ‘mainstream’ media to taunt him.  And politicians who once courted his favor now stumble over one another in their rush to the cameras to condemn him, thinking that by doing so they are somehow saving themselves.

But Trump’s voters understand this is not an attack on Trump alone. They know to be true what White House adviser Steve Bannon told CPAC back in February: “If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day it is going to be a fight.”  And by spoiling for that fight, the Washington establishment is, foolishly, giving frustrated Trump supporters a new reason to go to the polls in the 2018 midterm elections.  And it’s in so doing that I hope millions will go out on Election Day and view themselves as being on a mission, a mission to get rid of every single scumbag Democrat and every RINO they can!

The Washington ‘Establishment’, that cesspool of corruption and dishonesty, whose membership consists of those from both sides of the aisle and who firmly believes that it is their right to rule the common folk.  But the only argument for having an elite in the first place is that it will not be swayed by the momentary passions of the mob.  Instead, the ‘Establishment’ has imposed a virtual state of emergency, one that threatens the very institutions that they, ‘The Establishment’ claims to be defending.  Case in point: James Comey, for all his protests about the “integrity” of the FBI, continues to use it as a political weapon.

Those, like myself, who decided to cast their votes for Mr. Trump last fall, against the advice of their “betters,” did not do so only to see their hard fought victory snatched away by a radicalized Democrat Party together with a contemptuous state-controlled media and the bunch of sore losers that comprise the NeverTrumpers.  Until now, while his supporters might have once been tempted to punish President Trump’s slow progress on some issues by staying home from the polls, it’s all of this groundless talk of “impeachment” that will be what will motivate them once again come 2018, when they will come out again, fighting for the survival of their country.

And while the RINOs, Democrats, and the majority of those in our state-controlled media are now gunning for Mr. Trump after his firing of James Comey, and the subsequent leaks from Comey associates portraying alleged conversations between the two, there are more than a few legal experts who are quite skeptical when it comes to there being a case that can be made for a charge of “obstruction of justice.”  Professor emeritus at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz, a guy who is himself a flaming liberal, writes in the New York Daily News that “on balance, the obstruction case against President Trump is not strong, as a matter of law.”

And it is in the New York Times that author and professor of constitutional law at Florida International University College of Law Elizabeth Price Foley makes the point that President Trump’s alleged statements to Comey do not constitute an obstruction of justice.  She says, “Indeed, if they did, virtually every communication between criminal defense lawyers and investigators would be a crime.”  And she goes on to write:

“It’s Section 1510 of Title 18 of the United States Code that addresses obstruction of criminal investigations. It is a narrow statute, criminalizing only willful acts “by means of bribery” that have the effect of obstructing the communication of information about crimes to federal investigators. Even assuming Mr. Comey’s memo is accurate, there is no indication that President Trump willfully attempted to bribe the F.B.I. director. As the Supreme Court stated in United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers of California, “for bribery there must be a quid pro quo — a specific intent to give or receive something of value in exchange for an official act.”

There is no evidence of a quid pro quo. Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that Mr. Trump intended an implied offer of continued employment in exchange for Mr. Comey’s dismissal of the Flynn investigation, it would be implausible for Mr. Comey to construe it as such.  Mr. Comey was aware that he was an at-will employee who could be fired by the president at any time, for any reason.  Indeed, when Obummer endorsed Hitlery for president in June 2016, during the height of the FBI’s investigation into her private email server, it would have been similarly implausible for Mr. Comey to construe Obummer’s pro-Hitlery remarks as an implicit offer of continued employment, in exchange for dropping the Clinton investigation. Even though Mr. Comey dropped the investigation one month later, he presumably knew that although it would please both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, it would not insulate him from being fired.

But even if one adopted an unprecedentedly broad conception of bribery, Mr. Trump’s purported statement still would not violate Section 1510. The statute is designed to preserve the free flow of information, prohibiting only acts that obstruct investigators’ access to information. Bribery of a potential witness, for example, is behavior prohibited by Section 1510. But telling the F.B.I. director that someone is a “good guy” and expressing the hope that an investigation will cease does not obstruct the free flow of information.”

As a hard working family man and a guy who just wants to live his life, I will tell you that if they attempt to impeach Trump over this type of bullshit that has no basis in fact, they had better be ready to face the consequences.  I will be happy to join the “Real Resistance”, those who love America and are against the globalists and those who are working diligently in their effort to sabotage our duly elected president.  They are trashing the Constitution and our institutions.  Our country will literally be “over” if that happens.  If that happens it will be up to those Patriots who remain to stand up and take it back, no matter what the cost.

But even with all that being said, things are not always what they appear to be.  While those of us who still support the president may be angry about the continuing attacks, I firmly believe that when all is said and done the outcome will be the complete exoneration of the president.  And while these continuing attacks may come to serve the very useful purpose of drawing out the Republican snakes from the tall grass and exposing the media and the Democrat Party as being evil and corrupt, what is most concerning to me is that these attacks accomplish exactly what the Democrats are wanting, the slowing of the Trump agenda to a crawl.

This continuing saga being perpetuated by the Democrat Party, any number of RINOs as well as an undetermined number of those in our state-controlled media proves nothing if not the fact that ‘The Swamp’ does not WANT to be drained and will not go willingly nor without a fight.  And, of course, there is nothing that those who are hip deep in the ‘Swamp’ will not say or do in their effort to make the point that there really is no need to drain the swamp.  But I would like to take the opportunity to thank the “impeach Trump” Republicans for marking themselves for us.  Now we know exactly who needs to face primary challenges next year.

RYANCARE, INSTEAD OF ONE STEP FORWARD, IS TWO STEPS BACK…

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Ok look, now I know I may not be as smart as a member of Congress, either in the Senate or the House, but I seriously don’t understand why it is that the Republicans seem so determined to make this entire “repeal and replace” process regarding Obamacare so difficult.  I saw Paul Ryan on Fox News last night and all he kept repeating, nearly ad nauseam, was how the Republicans are keeping their promise to “repeal and replace.”  I can only assume that he thinks we’re all too stupid to recognize that what’s currently being offered is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  And I’ll tell you right now, if what we’re seeing now becomes a reality, then come 2018 Ryan will no longer be Speaker, McConnell will no longer be leading the Senate and the Republican Party will be returned to the status which they seem to be much better suited.  Now either these guys think we’re bluffing or they simply don’t care, but either way the American people will have their say.

And so here we are, seven long years later, years spent listening to these same Republicans continue to make the same promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.  And after years of waiting for them to come up with what we all hoped would be viable plan to do just that, what do we get?  We get a bill from House Speaker Paul Ryan which, for all practical purposes, is even worse than Obamacare!  Seriously?  And when you stop to think about it, it’s a rather impressive feat because, in their pursuit of a lower score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Democrats made Obamacare just about as bad as they thought they could get away with while still calling it “universal” health care.  While many other analyses are focused on how Ryan’s American Health Care Act will make life worse for certain lower income Americans compared to Obamacare, pointing out the similarities is more important for understanding its politics.

Under Ryancare, most people will get coverage through their employer, just like with Obamacare.  And in both cases, many of the poor will get coverage through Medicaid. And with both plans, lower/middle income people without employer coverage will be encouraged to use tax credits to help buy ‘regulated’ private insurance.  Neither Obamacare nor Ryancare has any real price control measures to deal with our dramatically out-of-control healthcare prices.  Both plans leave groups of Americans without insurance they consider to be ‘affordable’.  Finally, both are heavily “financed” by a Cadillac tax on expensive employer-provided insurance that is delayed for a decade, resulting in no one expecting the tax to ever go into effect.  There are four major areas where Ryancare does differ from Obamacare, but even here, most of Ryancare’s provisions are only a bad funhouse mirror version of very similar Obamacare policies.  They are:

1) Medicaid:   The most important difference is that Ryancare will change how the Medicaid expansion works and is funded starting in 2020 by freezing enrollment and creating a per capita cap, which places funding limits on each person. Of course, that might never happen. If the GOP doesn’t feel comfortable implementing these changes now, I don’t know how they think it will be easier in the middle of a presidential election.   This Medicaid cut will cause about 4-6 million people to lose Medicaid coverage, according to S&P (which I need to cite since there is no CBO score).

2) Tax credits:  The second most important difference is that Ryancare will, in 2020, replace Obamacare’s age/regional based, means-tested, refundable tax credits to buy private insurance with age-based, sort-of-means-tested, refundable tax credits to buy private insurance.   On the plus side, the more modest means-testing design in Ryancare means the tax credits should be slightly easier for the government to administer, will make insurance more affordable for some Americans who currently make too much to qualify for Obamacare credits, and somewhat addresses the issue that means-testing created a big effective marginal tax on lower income people.   The issue is that Ryancare’s “fixes” the problem created by Obamacare only providing lower income Americans enough tax credits to make insurance affordable by basically making tax credits equally insufficient for everyone. And since they aren’t pegged to the cost of health care, the Ryancare tax credits could become less sufficient every year.

3) Individual mandate replaced by late enrollment penalty:  Ryancare gets rid of the deeply unpopular individual mandate. In its place, it imposes a late enrollment penalty that’s supposed to nudge people to buy private insurance in a timely manner. If you fail to buy coverage for awhile, you will need to pay 30 percent more when you do buy insurance.   Both systems suffer from the basic flaw that they don’t make insurance truly affordable for everyone but punish you if for some reason you feel you can’t make your premiums. Obamacare has hardship exemptions for the mandate, though.

4) Taxes repealed:  Finally, Ryancare repeals almost all of the other Obamacare taxes, meaning it probably won’t pay for itself. Repealing the Obamacare taxes on the rich will likely be viewed by many as being nothing more than just a big giveaway to the rich.

Ryancare is not a change of structure from Obamacare. It’s a change of scope.  The big similarities, and the fact that even the differences are more a matter of size than radical policy redesign, completely undermines the GOP’s ideological and political position. It’s not based around a coherent theory for what is wrong with health care, nor does it offer any big new ideas to fix our problems.  By comparison, there are intellectual theories behind how plans like the old Wyden-Bennett bill or Medicare-for-All could improve conditions with big system-wide changes.  There is no principle or story behind Ryancare to explain how, even in theory, it could make things better. There is no reason to even hope it could make things cheaper or coverage better. There is no way to look at what is really nothing other than a worse version of Obamacare and not conclude that it would have an impact similar to Obamacare.

So now Republicans are left trying to explain why they kept claiming Obamacare was such a terrible existential threat that it can be completely fixed by cutting rich people’s taxes and making it less generous to some people in need.  As a result, the ideological Republicans aren’t happy, the more pragmatic Republicans who would need to implement it aren’t happy, the non-partisan groups aren’t happy, and even the political hacks don’t know how to sell it.  The Republican PR team is honestly left pointing to the fact that Ryancare has fewer pages as being proof that it’s better.   Selling Obamacare was almost impossible for Democrats; selling what is really nothing more than an even worse version of Obamacare should prove even more difficult for the Republicans.  Frankly, I don’t understand why it is that the Republicans seem so determined to make things so much more difficult than they need to be.  A lot more difficult!

And I’ll tell ya something else, the Republicans are going to have one chance, just one, to get this thing right, and while Ryan may think he’s being pretty clever, the truth is, he’s not fooling anybody.  Personally, I think Ryan, like most politicians, is pretty lazy, hence is recent and lame justification regarding the eight day work schedule planned for the House next month.  And while Ryan may think he’s pretty cute, I think most folks realize that he’s doing little more than trying to appease his big donors in such a way that will allow him to claim he tried his best to keep things as close as possible to the original Obamacare.  At least he can say, “See I tried to keep it as the establishment wants, but that’s just not going to fly”.  His big donors can’t say he didn’t try.  I think Ryan has known all along that this rendition was never going to pass the smell test.  So now let’s move forward with a serious attempt to “repeal and replace” and leave this attempt behind.

If the GOP insists upon pushing millions of poorer Republican voters, who rely on Medicaid so they can get medical treatment and survive, off of Medicaid, the GOP will surely lose its present majority position in government and the mantra of “Make America Great Again” will be relegated to bumpersticker status in much the same way that “Hope and Change” was.  It’s called cutting off your nose to spite your face, I think.  Alternatively, we can replace Obamacare and move on to accomplish a hundred other important tasks that need to occur in order for “Make America Great Again” to become a reality.  The stars will never again align like this in our lifetime.  If Republicans blow this opportunity the “Make America Great Again” is dead and the Democrats, like the Phoenix, will rise again.  And America will go into steep socio-economic and moral decline while the borders are thrown wide open and our civilization declines.

Those who now seem to be so determined in their effort to shove through what is nothing more than a soup sandwich do so not only at their own political peril, but it also places at risk the future of our country.  Because their continuing opposition to this new Americanism will most assuredly destroy this country just as quickly as the regressive left in this country will.  Republicans need to focus on getting the job done, and done right, while keeping the promises that were made so that we can then move on to trade, taxation, immigration, and a hundred other things that are now, after eight years of Barry “Almighty”, in urgent need of being addressed!  Come on people, it’s just not that freaking complicated.  And if a simple old soul like myself is able to recognize that fact then why is it that those in positions of power seem to be so freaking mystified by the entire concept of doing what it is that they promised and in the way that they promised to do it!

CAN’T SAY I’VE EVER BEEN A FAN OF PAUL RYAN…

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I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of ‘RINO’ Paul Ryan, to the point where during his last campaign for re-election I went so far as to donate to his primary opponent.  But to no avail.  Because the imbeciles that comprise his congressional district saw fit to re-elect him, choosing to ignore completely the fact that he is no conservative.  And apparently I am far from being alone in holding a rather low opinion of Speaker Ryan.  Betsy McCaughey, a former Donald Trump economic advisor, recently said that Ryan should step down if he cannot pass an Obamacare repeal package.  Speaking to radio host John Castimatidis on AM 970 in New York, McCaughey said, “If he can’t do his job as Speaker, to hold these Republicans together and get a repeal and replace bill through, somebody else should be Speaker.”

Ms. McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York, said that “Obamacare is in a death spiral,” and she accused Speaker Ryan of pushing for what amounts to “Obamacare-lite.”  Gee, I sure can’t argue with that.  I’d say Ms. McCaughey has hit the nail right on the proverbial head.  McCaughey is not the first Republican to oppose the Ryan plan to replace Obamacare.  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that the Ryan plan’s refundable tax credits could amount to a new “entitlement program.”  Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) has said that taxing expensive employer-sponsored health insurance plans creates a new “Cadillac tax.”  And it was Ms. McCaughey who also made it quite clear that she doesn’t think that Ryan is in line with Trump’s agenda.

Ms. McCaughey said, “Ryan has attached things to his version of the replacement bill that are very unpopular. He’s got to get on board with Donald Trump, because Donald Trump’s program is popular.”  And she argued that limiting the tax deductibility of health coverage raise taxes on half of America.  She said, “That’s like stabbing in the back the rust belt union workers who made Donald trump’s amazing victory possible.”  Sometimes I wonder if President Trump hasn’t got just as many enemies within his own party as he seems to have among the Democrats.  Personally, I’m of the opinion that the Republican leadership teams from both Houses of Congress should be summoned to the White House and given an ultimatum, either they do their job or he will go over their head, directly to the people!

But seriously folks, despite all the promises that we’ve heard going all the way back to 2010, I have always questioned the commitment of the Republicans when it comes to the repealing of Obamacare. They only wanted to be seen as posturing to try to repeal it.  They all assumed that Hitlery would be in office, and that Obamacare would become a permanent fixture just like Social Security, and that nobody would ever dare even mention its repeal after that.  They didn’t even have a plan to repeal it.  They lied, it’s just that simple.  The Republican Party has been infested by RINOs, whose job it is to absorb the backlash against the left’s charge towards globalism and Marxism.  People vote for the perceived opposition, only to watch the perceived opposition barely fall short, time and time again.

Now they are struggling with how to help enable the left without being too obvious to their constituents.  Some like Ryan have just given up and are now all-out lefties.  Frankly I’m not sure if Ryan was ever opposed to Obamacare.  He only opposes the left for show and then goes back to his constituents and tells them how hard he has worked to stop the left, and although he fell short, with more votes and money, he will get back up and keep swinging.  That’s how these RINOs roll. They are not opposition to the Democrats, but rather are there to prevent real opposition from forming.  They absorb all of the votes of people protesting the move towards globalism and socialism, then pretend to oppose it and lose.  Now that Trump is around, the contrast makes it clear they are not legitimate opposition.

The thing is, I don’t think the Republican ever really wanted to repeal Obamacare.  I think they were content to put up just enough of a fight to make it appear as if they were against it, and to then just let it ride until we the American people simply accepted it.  Otherwise, I’m thinking, they would have had an alternative plan long ago just waiting for the opportunity to implement it.   But nope, they’re too spineless to even want to try to undo ANY of the Democrat’s crappy ideas.  Every Republican since the 2010 midterms has run on repealing Obamacare and they’re still dragging their feet now that they have total control of Congress and the White House.  We long ago needed a serious, and very thorough, house cleaning, especially in the Senate.  McConnell is a liar, he also has campaigned on repealing Obamacare.

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Paul Ryan is simply incapable of being an effective Speaker. Less so than even Boehner was.  And Boehner was a nothing less than a complete disaster and on so many levels.  I think the time has now come for Ryan to finally acknowledge his lack of leadership ability, and for the sake of the American people simply step down.  Since first assuming his current position it has become glaringly obvious, on nearly a daily basis, that he simply does not possess the necessary skillset that would help his fellow citizens who are in desperate need of health insurance at a reasonable cost, for these families are losing their ability to sustain healthy lives.  It is a crime that Paul Ryan refuses to admit his limitations while Americans are suffering the consequences.

Unfortunately, what President Trump will likely be forced into doing is to make clear to the American people that Ryan and McConnell would rather serve as speedbumps on the way to ‘Making America Great Again’ than doing what is necessary to actually accomplish that goal.  They are just as guilty of dragging their feet as are the Democrats.  They should be given a reasonable timeline and if they fail to meet it he should bring the full weight of his office down upon them.  There needs to be an understanding when it comes to who it is that’s running the show.  As for RINOs like McCain and Graham, they should be stripped of any chairmanships or positions of power they currently have.  They are embarrassments.  Examples must be made to convince others to think twice before choosing to obstruct.

President Trump is going have to put the hammer down and soon.  And he must be very cognizant of the fact that the RINOs in Congress will be just as much of an obstacle to his agenda as the Democrats will most assuredly be, and are just as determined in their effort to make sure he fails.  And while, I suppose, there is little pressure he can apply to the Democrats, those Republicans who continue to be obstacles should be leaned on, and leaned on hard.  He must make them understand that they are either with him or against him, and if against him he will do everything in his power to bring an end to their political careers.   And he must continually make it known that there is a select few Republicans who would rather side with the Democrats than do what’s necessary to “Make America Great Again.”

PAUL RYAN, POLITICS HAS GOTTEN SO UGLY…

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It’s according to Paul Ryan that when it comes to American politics today, it’s easy to be “disheartened.”  And so it was, in speaking on the state of American politics and taking questions from Capitol Hill interns on Wednesday morning, that Ryan said, “It is so easy to get disheartened” about what is happening in American politics today.  Ryan delivered his remarks from the House Ways and Means Committee room where he used to serve as the chairman before replacing John ‘Spineless’ Boehner as House Speaker back in October.

And it was in referencing such things as tax reform, trade, health care, welfare reform and entitlement reform that Ryan would go on to say, “It is here in this committee that we debate some of the biggest most consequential issues.”  And he added, “We took our jobs very seriously here on this committee.”  And he recalled, “We disagreed without being disagreeable.”  That must have been with him and his fellow Republican cowering over in a corner.  Then he said, “It sounds like a scene unfamiliar to many in your generation.”

It was in making his comments to those interns in the room that Ryan said, “I see myself in each and every one of you.”  And he shared with them that he too first came to Washington, D.C. as a curious college intern.  And he went on to say, “Our political discourse, both the kind that we see on TV and the kind that we experience among each other, it did not used to be this bad. It does not have to be this way.”  And he stressed, “Instead of talking about what politics is today, I want to talk to you about what politics can be.”

“America is the only nation founded on an idea not on an identity,” he told the interns. “That idea is a beautiful idea, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life.”  And he went on to tell them, “Instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations,” Ryan said about politicians to the voters. “We just don’t resort to scaring you…we dare to inspire you.”  Adding, “We don’t just win your support. We win the argument,” he added, explaining that this is how to have a “confident America.”

He told them, “We question each other’s ideas vigorously, but we don’t question each other’s motives.”  He went on to say, “We all know someone who we love that disagrees with us politically or votes differently,” but in a confident America we don’t shut people down, Ryan stated, referencing the division in American politics today. “We don’t insult them into agreeing with us. We try to persuade them,” he added. “We shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm.”  He said leaders should “talk about ideas” and “not trade insults.”

But I’d be curious to know when exactly it is that the Republicans ever question anything.  More often than not all they ever do is to simply roll over and play dead!  So what the Hell was Ryan talking about?  I mean, did he and the Republicans question anything when it came to the $1.1 Trillion spending package that essentially paid for everything Barry wanted through the end of his presidency?  I don’t seem to recall many questions being asked.  Ryan was too busy giving it his rubber stamp of approval!  And now he has the nerve to whine?

So Ryan wants to talk about how ugliness in American politics has become the norm?  I’ve got news for him, the level of ugliness can be traced right back to those Republican leaders who have in charge since 2010.  Because ugly is funding the enemy Democrats to the tune of $3.8 TRILLION to enable every single progressive fad that they are able to conjure up. Ugly is betraying the GOP base to please the New World Order who continues to fund the political elite on both sides.  Ugly is having six months off every year with a six figure salary and six figure pension to boot!

And ugly is lying to the American people promising to protect us and instead you signed our sovereignty away while continuing to kill our economy via TPP. Ugly is allowing a Marxist in the White House to take down America with a stroke and a pen while our party leaders are too cowardly to put the nation first and stop him!  Ugly is to blame Trump supporters for defending themselves against the racist Black Lives Matters crowd and other left wing thug goon squads. Ugly is giving amnesty and welfare to gang members here in this country illegally.

Ugly is driving the country into bankruptcy while at the same time ripping off seniors who can no longer work and disabled Vets in order to make sure you’re able to keep funded massive welfare and food stamps programs for able bodied people who blow their taxpayer supplied money on drugs, booze and visits to the nearest tittie-bar.  Ugly is giving lower tariffs to goods that your cronies make in Red China than to goods coming in from our allies in Germany or other places, thus making a 3rd world Communist enemy country into an industrial super-power.  WTF Paul?

Ugly is letting lawyers and insurance companies rip our healthcare system, once the best in the world, to shreds in an attempt to ruin it so that it can then be taken it over at the federal level. Ugly is funding Planned Parenthood at a time when the GOP had control of both houses of Congress and could have easily shut off taxpayer money going to it.  Ugly is blowing our money trying to make Islamic countries into first world democracies with welfare spending as a way of combating Islamic terrorism while, at the same time, bringing millions of Muslims into this country.

Ugliness, Paul?  This is the real ugliness in American politics!  And I guess what you’re saying, Paul, is that as we find ourselves on the verge of going over the edge if we were all just a bit more civil everything will get better?  Well, what we, the voters, are no longer willing to accept is the business as usual that we have continued to see ever since we gave you Republicans control of Congress.  The real reason, Paul, that Americans are so pissed off is because the Republican Party has essentially become the equivalent of Chipotle, and they’re making their own customers sick.

RYAN AND MCCARTHY…A COUPLE OF GUTLESS WONDERS…

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There’s a reason, actually several reasons, that as a result of the election that comes later this year the Democrats will very likely regain control of the Senate, with Chuckie Schumer likely to be running the show, they will probably come very close to regaining control of the House and they also stand a very good chance of maintaining their control of the White House.  And the reason for all this can be traced directly back to those ‘Establishment Republicans’, aka RINOs, who we now have in charge of both Houses of Congress.  And their spinelessness was once again put on display when orders were recently issued to all those concerned to, “Stay far away from Hillary!”

I wasn’t at all surprised to hear how it was that this loud-and-clear message was sent from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Rep. Jason Chaffetz earlier this week.  It was then that they told the Utah Republican, during what was described as being a closed-door meeting, that he cannot go forward with any probe involving the current Democrat frontrunner, Hitlery Clinton.  Multiple sources familiar with the meeting have said that the reason for the private little powwow stemmed from a story published by ‘Politico’ in which Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was quoted.

You see, it was according to Politico that Chaffetz had said that a pending probe into government record keeping practices would not be “specifically trying to target the secretary, but when she creates her own private email system, she’s ensnarled herself.”  And upon hearing the news our two limp-wristed House Republican leaders were less than thrilled with what Chaffetz’s was quoted as having said, saying that they told him specifically to avoid all things pertaining to Hitlery in his larger probe of the use of personal email for government business.  What a couple of find upstanding, and honorable men we have as our leaders there in the House!  NOT!

And apparently, also according to Politico, both Ryan and McCarthy have been very clear about their preference that the FBI handle anything, and everything, even remotely Hitlery related.  But Chaffetz’s comments were responsible for them going nearly apoplectic.  Once again our Republican lawmakers are being overly cautious when it comes to investigations involving Hitlery.  She has been, as you know, under scrutiny for her use of an unsecured home email server and personal email account when she was secretary of state.  Last week, the State Department said 22 emails found on her server were determined to contain Top Secret information.

So whether or not we needed yet another reason for conservatives to be fed up with those currently running the show, we got one.  But you have to ask yourselves, suppose a Republican was to find himself, or herself, in the same position as Hitery now finds herself, could we expect that Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer would be issuing the same type of orders?  Somehow, I very much doubt it.  They’d be issuing orders to do just the opposite.  It’s only those on our side who seem to have no spine when it comes to playing the game as the opposition plays it.  Here we are with our country hanging by thread and our leaders in Congress are just a couple of pussies!

OBAMA ISSUES MARCHING ORDERS TO BOEHNER AND MCCONNELL…

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So apparently, our ‘Dear Beloved Leader’, Barack Hussein Obama has now taken it upon himself to issue what he considers to his marching orders to the Republicans in Congress, warning them against threatening a government shutdown after returning from their break in September.  At which point they will have a month to pass a new federal budget.  And I am quite sure, knowing our ‘Republicans in Congress’ as I do, they will most assuredly be only to happy to do exactly as they are told.  Because it matters not that we are neck deep in debt, only that Barry be allowed to spend.

It was just this past Thursday that, while in New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Barry was heard to say, “Let’s not introduce unrelated partisan issues.”  And our ‘Fearless Leader’ went on to say, “Nobody gets to hold the American economy hostage over their own ideological demands.”  Apparently he most certainly was not talking about himself or any of his fellow Democrats because they have most certainly taken the position of holding the economy, and the country, hostage on any number of occasions over their ideological demands.

Now for those unaware, the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.  And if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, which I don’t think has been done at any time during Barry’s entire presidency, then it must pass a continuing resolution, or a temporary measure in order to keep the government fully funded and operating.  Earlier this week, it was Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate, who said he would push for any continuing resolution to defund Planned Parenthood. Other Republicans have opposed removing the sequester cuts that would require a boost in federal spending.

It was during Barry’s little speech there in New Orleans that he talked about how the economy has recovered. “It’s why we need to do everything we can in government to make sure our progress keeps growing,” Obama said. “That requires Congress to protect our momentum, not kill it. Congress is about to come back from a six-week recess.”  It is only by Barry’s definition that the economy can be said to have ‘recovered’. For Barry to continue to put forth the idiotic claim that there has been an economic recovery of any kind is absolutely ludicrous and patently dishonest.

Barry said, “I want everybody to understand that Congress has about a month to pass a budget that helps our economy grow.” He added, “Otherwise we risk shutting down the government and services we all count on for the second time in two years. That would not be responsible. It does not have to happen. Congress needs to fund America in a way that invests in our growth, in our security. Not in a way that cuts us off at the knees by locking in mindless austerity or short cited sequester cuts for our economy and our military.”  This kind of rhetoric is nothing less than reckless!

Barry went on to issue a veto threat saying, “I’ve said I would veto a budget like that.” He went on to say, “I think most Americans agree, we’ve got to invest in rather than cut things like military readiness, infrastructure, schools, public health, the research and development that keeps our companies on the cutting edge. That’s what great nations do.”  What about ‘great nations’ that continue to spend more than they take in, racking up a $19 Trillion debt.  Are they simply supposed to keep spending record amounts even though they are essentially broke?  How responsible is that?

I think we can all come to agree that our Republican majority in Congress has proven to be nothing more than an unmitigated disaster and a complete disappointment and shows no sign of becoming anything different in the near future. Republicans are going to have a very important decisions to make over the course of the next few months if they are to have any hope of maintaining their current majorities beyond 2017.  They can either do as Barry says, or they can do as we the people demand!  You would think that the decision would be a relatively simple one.  And yet…

RASMUSSEN PROVIDES GOP WITH A HEALTHY DOSE OF REALITY…

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A recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports is something that, to me, should serve as being the rough equivalent of a slap upside the collective head of the Republican Party.  The reason being this survey pointed out that if “The Donald” does go on to lose the Republican presidential nomination and then decides to run as a third-party candidate, he would most definitely come to put a serious crimp in any GOP plans to reclaim the White House.  It made clear that what we have here is the possibility of the same scenario in 2016 that we saw in 1992.  One that could allow Hitlery to win this time just as it made possible ‘Slick Willie’s’ win back then.

You see, it’s because of a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey that we now find out that 29% of ‘Likely U.S. Voters’ say that they are at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump if he is not chosen as the GOP nominee and decides to run as a third party candidate.  But that number includes only 14% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him.  Meanwhile, it’s 68% who say they are unlikely to vote for the billionaire developer if he runs as a third-party presidential candidate, with 51% who say it’s Not At All Likely.  However, this survey goes on to find even more worrisome news for the Republicans that they really ought to be paying attention to.

Because this survey also points out that it’s 36% of ‘Likely GOP Voters’ who say that they are likely to vote for Trump if he’s a third-party candidate, with 18% who are Very Likely to do so.  Also, it’s one-in-three, or 33%, voters who are not affiliated with either major party who are also likely Trump voters, including 16% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him if he runs third-party.  Even 19% of Democrats describe themselves as likely Trump voters, although that includes just 9% who say they are Very Likely to vote that way.  This is what happens when you insist upon running candidates who too closely resemble the opposition’s candidates.

Right now, Trump leads the pack of 17 Republican presidential hopefuls, going into their first debate this week.  It is 46% of all voters who say they have voted for an independent candidate not affiliated with either major political party.  Among these voters, 34% say they are likely to vote for Trump if he ends up running as a third-party presidential candidate, including 18% who say they are Very Likely to do so.  At this early stage of the game, name recognition is key, and the headlines Trump has been making in recent weeks have undoubtedly helped push him to the top of the heap.  But it will take more than that to remain there and the debates will tell us much.

Here’s how all the presidential hopefuls stack up so far.  Men are more likely than women to have voted for an independent candidate.  Blacks are less likely to have voted that way compared to whites and other minority voters.  Trump is a more attractive third-party candidate to men and younger voters than he is to women and those 40 and over.  Interestingly, roughly one-third of both conservative and liberal voters say they are likely to vote for Trump if he runs third-party, while 74% of moderates say they are Not At All Likely to do so.

Also 34% of voters who think the country is heading down the wrong track say they are likely to vote for Trump if he’s a third-party candidates, but just 21% of those who say the country is heading in the right direction agree.  As each candidate formally announced in recent weeks, Rasmussen asked voters in their respective parties what they think of the candidate and how they rate his or her chances to be their party’s nominee next year. Bush is seen as having the best shot among Republicans, with 56% who see him as the likely nominee, but his last name is a drawback for some.  As far as I’m concerned, his name doesn’t bother me as much as some of his positions.

Hitlery Clinton remains far and away the leader for the Democrat nomination. But some in her party worry about her electability given the controversies swirling around her, and ‘Slow Joe’ Biden is now reportedly exploring a presidential bid to challenge her.  But let’s face it, at the end of the day the actual Democrat candidate isn’t really all that important.  Those who routinely vote for Democrats will be looking at which of their candidates stands the best chance of keeping their gravy-train in the tracks.  And if that proves to be Hitlery, so be it.  Their no sworn allegiance here by the parasite class, it’s all about who’s willing to pay the most for their vote.

In January 2012 just before the last presidential primary season kicked off, only 6% of Likely Republican Voters said they were prepared to vote third-party if their favorite didn’t win the party nomination.  As well 63% of all voters said later that year that the current electoral setup discourages third-party challenges.  This time those who vote GOP are looking for a bona fide conservative candidate that they can vote for, not a McCain or a Romney.  So if Bush, opposed by many conservatives because of his moderate views on illegal immigration and his support of the Common Core, wins the party nomination, will those right-leaning voters bolt to a third party Trump?

Now I’ll admit I voted for Perot back in 1992, but I just don’t see myself voting for Trump this time around should he decide to go the third party route.  Especially if the only possible outcome would be to virtually guarantee that Hitlery, and her pervert of a husband, would once again gain entry into the ‘People’s House’.  But having said that I am also not so sure that if Bush, or one of the other RINOs currently vying for the prize, were to be the one to win the GOP nomination I could bring myself to vote for any of them.  After all, I’ve been watching the RINOs since assuming control of Congress I’ve seen very little difference than when the Democrats were in charge.