2018: CAN REPUBLICANS PULL IT OFF…

 

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I tend not to spend much time speculating about polls, especially those that at least ‘appear’ to be favorable to those on my side.  But at the risk of jinxing things I felt it necessary to spend a few minutes regarding some new ‘Morning Consult’ polls that apparently show the Democrats ‘could be’ in serious trouble in Senate races all across the country.  Because it’s at this particular moment that it appears Republicans now have serious leads in West Virginia where incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin trails by 14 points, in North Dakota where incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp trails by 8, and in Indiana where incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly trails by 5.

Also Democrats also seem to be in a bit of trouble in Missouri, where incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill trails by 5, in Montana where incumbent Democrat Jon Tester trails by 5, in Florida where incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is locked in a near-deadlock with Rick Scott, and in Pennsylvania and Ohio where incumbent Democrats Bill Casey and Sherrod Brown are leading by less than two points each, plus Virginia, where Timmy Kaine leads by just 3 on the generic ballot.  So the best-case scenario has the Republicans actually winning up to nine additional Senate seats.  But November is still a very long way away and there is much that can happen.

The polls also ‘appear’ less than favorable for the Democrats in the House where the RealClearPolitics poll average for the generic ballot has Democrats up 6.7%, but the polls are all over the place.  The Economist/YouGov has Democrats with a 3-point lead, Quinnipiac has Democrats with an 8-point lead, as does Monmouth.  The best available data seems to suggest that Democrats are heavy favorites to take the House, but face a seriously uphill battle to take the Senate from Republicans.  This is a rarity in modern politics; the last time a president’s party picked up seats in the Senate but lost seats in the House was Ronald Reagan back in 1982.

And it was in 1970 that Richard Nixon’s Republicans lost 12 seats in the House but picked up two seats in the Senate.  And it was in 1962 that Kennedy’s Democrats lost four House seats but gained three Senate seats. Today, Republicans are expected to lose dozens of House seats but could simultaneously pick up a half-dozen Senate seats.  Given our wildly divisive politics, this isn’t particularly shocking.  But it is a sign that our national divisions are serious and regional — that politics can’t easily be nationalized. And that means that President Trump still has a path in 2020 to victory, if he can eke out wins in the same states he did in 2016.

One thing that I would like to think that the Republicans may have in their favor is a Democrat platform that has as its major planks things like reparations and the ‘promise’ of gutting much of our First and Second Amendment rights.  And then there’s the Democrat Party’s intense hatred of all white people especially those who reside in ‘Red’ states.  To me that would seem to be a losing platform.  And also, instead of the usual relatively muted response to a presidential defeat that they usually display, they lost their freaking minds and have therefore put conservatives on the defense instead of lulling them into an apathetic stupor.

I do kind of like the way the election is shaping up.  We have prosperity, a level of which that hasn’t been seen for decades, a possible big triumph over North Korea, and growing black support, a mainstay of the Democrats has seen a nearly 10 point erosion in just this week as people wake up to the idea that being employed and having control of your life is better than being dependent on Democrat politicians on the welfare plantation.  If Trump or the Republicans pick up another few points in approval I think both the Senate and the House can be held.  With a solid control of Congress Trump can proceed with making America great again.

While we know Paul Ryan will not be returning, those now being mentioned most prominently as candidates for his replacement would bring about little change.  What I think would go a very long way in helping the Republicans maintain control of the House is Rep. Jim Jordan being selected as Ryan’s successor.  If voters knew going in that Jordan would be the next Speaker it just might be what the doctor ordered as far as convincing people to give the Republicans one more shot at being the majority party.  And over in the Senate, Mitch McConnell has got to go.  He has been nothing but an abject failure as the majority leader in the Senate.

And you wouldn’t think the antics of congressional Democrats over the course of the last two years would convince enough voters that they deserve being in charge of Congress. Time and again they have continually demonstrated that they have absolutely no interest in helping working class Americans.  They are all about getting power, but when they get it, do nothing positive with it.  A perfect example of that would be the first two years of Barry’s first term when all they did was to force ‘passage’ of Obamacare, which hasn’t stopped costing us money and unraveling since day one.  Do we really want to go down that road again?

THIS NOVEMBER REPUBLICANS MUST FOCUS ON WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT…

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It’s unfortunate but the current situation in which we Republicans now find ourselves, regarding November’s election, can be blamed directly on those in our leadership positions.  And it is those same individuals who, very clearly, have no business being in those positions.  As I’m sure many are well aware, the general consensus is that the Republicans will almost certainly lose the House and could quite possibly lose the Senate as well.  And it has much to do with the fact that our ‘leaders’ chose to support a $1.3 Trillion omnibus bill, which was not just the most reckless spending bill in history, it was an abject surrender on every single political and policy pledge made to those who put them in office.  They have now botched every opportunity presented to them that would have resulted in November’s election being a runaway for them.

And it’s been this way practically from the very beginning.  First, they asked for control of the House and its appropriations authority to right the fiscal ship, and as importantly, to end Obamacare. In 2010, they got it — and immediately stated they could do nothing without the Senate.  In 2014, they were awarded that, too — and just as quickly declared they could do nothing without the White House.  So, in 2016 they were handed that, and with it complete control of the legislative process, and with no more excuses available what exactly have they done?   They surrendered without a fight to where any real advances that have come, have been driven by the White House.  Congress has done nothing.  But I still maintain that our ONLY viable option come this November has us essentially saving the Republicans from themselves.

Here’s the difference, as I see it, between the two parties.  For the past eight years, the GOP has been the party that begins each conversation with, “This is why we can’t do it.” The Democrats begin theirs with, “This is how we’ll get it done.”  That needs to be seen very clearly for what it is, a failure of ‘leadership.’  Who we must have in those positions of leadership are those who are capable of creating smart political strategies and are able to craft much needed legislative victories.  And the part we have to play, as voters, is to keep the Republicans in control long enough, and to make all concerned well aware that while we remain willing to back the Republicans for now, there must be an endgame in sight.  There must be the advancing of an agenda the purpose of which is to prevent any further slippage to the left.

Our Republican members of Congress need to get busy and they can start by showing a willingness to wrap themselves around the president in order to save him from impeachment.  This means publicly embracing him as their leader.  More to the point, it means supporting everything he puts on the table from here through November, and doing so with great enthusiasm.  They must get to work on reversing the disastrous $1.3 Trillion omnibus and to finally kill Obamacare once and for all, because nothing less will do.  Republicans must stop the funding of an organization that proudly massacres more than 300,000 babies annually with $450,000,000 dollars taken from American taxpayers.  They must fund border security and deliver real personal tax cuts to the American people.  These are the reasons people voted for Republicans.

Here is the bottom line. On September 30th, five weeks before the election, there will be the need for a new spending bill to keep the government running.  Everything that have mentioned is able to be accomplished in that one piece of legislation.  No more excuses. No more punts.  No more stalling.  Now what those of us who have tolerated much from this bunch of the last 10 years could say is: “We gave you complete control, and you not only accomplished nothing, you broke your word on virtually everything. Good-bye.”  And while we would be correct in doing so, what would be accomplished other than perhaps making ourselves ‘feel’ better?  Is that really what’s best for the long term?  Personally, I don’t think so.  Because to do so would be nothing less than a complete surrender on our part.

We who love this country had a real chance for positive change and sadly the party leadership, to be perfectly blunt, let us down.  Sadly with RINOs Ryan and McConnell leading the charge too many on our side were willing to follow them instead of doing what they were elected to do.  So now what we, the conservative voters, need to do, what we must do, is focus.  Focus our anger, our frustration and our disappointment on an effort to remove every single RINO that we can, and replace them not with some radical leftwing Democrat but with, yes, another Republican.  If we’re foolish enough to think that handing control of Congress back to the Democrats is the best way to force upon the Republicans some level of retribution then all we have done is to doom not only our country, but our children and grandchildren as well.

For those who say this far and no farther I would only ask that if we do decide to allow the much talked about “blue wave” to simply run its course, what happens then?  Because if that happens it could be an entire generation, if ever, before we may ever have another chance to regain some of what we will most assuredly lose.  The left already has near complete control of the news media including, I would argue, Fox News.  It controls our schools and therefore access to the minds of our young.  As things stand right now at least we have our foot in the door and if we were to focus on electing more would be allies of this president isn’t that at least worth the effort?  Look, we know who the RINOs are, let us be determined in our efforts to get rid of as many of them as we possibly can.  That’s what should be our mission.

2018 NOT TIME FOR RETREAT, TIME TO SEND IN THE CAVALRY…

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Let me start by saying that anyone who can look into the eyes of ANY Democrat politician and NOT see very clearly that their goal is to destroy this nation is beyond ignorant and represents the same threat level as those politicians for whom they vote.  But sadly, there are also many ‘Establishment Republicans’, aka RINOs, of whom I think it can be said share that same Democrat Party goal.  To the point where it would seem that our current batch of RINOs has little interest in winning a larger majority in Congress, or in retaining their current majority.  It would seem that their only interest is in wanting to prove Trump’s election was a fluke and are willing to do whatever it takes to do so, even relinquishing their current congressional majorities.

Can you imagine if the Republicans were to actually put a little effort into trying to win the mid-term elections, and were able to win a super-majority in both houses of Congress?  But then, I suppose, that would put them in the position of having to get off their dead asses and to actually do something.  As we all know they are rather excellent at making promises, just not very good at making good on them.  So, since they are unwilling to do what is necessary to prevent the Democrats from making significant gains, it’s going be left up to those of us who love this country to make sure that that does not happen.  And how do we do that?  By getting out and voting to keep Republicans in control and then to hold their feet to the fire.

Look, there’s no denying the fact that RINOs McConnell and Ryan are little more Democrats in Republican clothing, and traitors not only to their constituencies, but to the country as well.  And despite the fact that Ryan will be gone after this year, that hasn’t prevented him from trying to pull all manner of political shenanigans as he heads for the door.  And the names now being floated as his replacement as Speaker, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, should the Republicans actually maintain control of the House, should be seen as simply unacceptable.  They both are very far from being the sort of leader that we would so desperately need going forward into the 2020 election.  My personal favorite for Speaker would be Jim Jordan.

So anyway, as we approach these very critical midterm elections, what are patriotic Americans to do?  Well, the answer to that is pretty simply really, and it most certainly is NOT to vote for more Democrats, no matter how sane they may sound, or the degree to which they may try to portray themselves as being anything other than the rabid leftists that we know them to be.  The conservative Democrat is a political animal that long ago went extinct.  And even those who still today refer to themselves as being some sort of ‘centrist’ in their party are doing little more than trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people.  Nor is the answer to simply sit out the election.  That’s no different than choosing to vote Democrat.

Now before you start saying that many Republicans are just as guilty as Democrats in wanting to destroy this country, let me just say that I’m well aware of that.  Republican candidates essentially lied to us in 2010, in 2012 and again in 2016.  All manner of promises were made with few, if any, being kept.  And in knowing that, is the proper response for us to not vote Republican this November?  Let’s all remember that just because those we elected were not up to the task that we gave to them, that DOES NOT mean that we simply throw up our hands, shake our head in disgust and walk away.  That’s not only irresponsible, it’s insane.  I repeat, the primary goal of those running under the Democrat Party banner is to destroy this country.

So why are there so many on the conservative side who simply want to roll over and allow that to happen?  Have we forgotten already the first two years of Barry’s presidency when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress?  Or the state of the country upon Barry’s departure after 8 long years.  How there was the weakest of economic ‘recoveries’ from a recession, how race relations were set back 100 years and the rise of Black Lives Matter, the implementation of a disastrous healthcare plan with the only increase in coverage being those already eligible for Medicaid.  Say what you will about President Trump, but even with all his personal failings he has done more positive things for America in one year than Barry did in eight!

And then there’s a Republican National Committee (RNC) that seems reluctant to support non-establishment candidates in the primaries.  They didn’t support Donald Trump and look how that turned out.  We need to get out and vote, holding our nose if we must, if it prevents the Democrats from taking control.  They are already running on raising taxes, open borders and beginning impeachment proceedings.  We put up with do-nothing Republicans for far too long.  At least we have a President doing great things despite them.  We can’t throw it all away now, we just need to suck it up and deal with it.  The Left remains freaked out by Trump’s election and are feverishly agitating and organizing, and willing to vote for anything Democrat.

Meanwhile, many voters on our side seem a bit complacent, to the point where many are unsure whether they’re even going to vote.  And if the Democrats turn out and we don’t, guess who wins?  President Trump’s victory was great but it was simply nowhere near enough.  We need to put in place a far more conservative Congress or at least one with a few less RINOs and even less Democrats.  And as I have said before, we need to replace as many RINOs as we can in Republican primaries, and then replace as many Democrats as we can with Republicans come November.  President Trump is almost single-handedly holding back the forces of evil without any assistance from the Establishment Republicans.  It’s time to send in the cavalry.

And then it was just last week that some reports were saying that the Republicans were gaining some level of traction and had actually narrowed the Democrat poll advantage down to roughly 4 percent.  So how was it that our intrepid Republican leadership chose to respond to such news?  Well, Ryan and his loyalists want to talk with Democrats about amnesty, Grassley, along with his establishment buddies, with help from the Democrats, wants to protect Mueller.  And then we have McConnell who went out his way to kill any chance that President Trump might have had to strip $60 Billion of spending from the recent omnibus debacle.  Hence my wondering if these guys are purposely trying to sabotage their own election prospects.

So look, no one ever said this was going to be easy.  What we have here is quite the dilemma.  In that we have to make sure Republicans remain the majority in Congress, essentially in spite of the Republicans’ best efforts to make sure that they don’t.  And it all could be been so very different.  Republicans had but one task to complete that would have ensured not only that they would remain in control, but would also have virtually guaranteed a Trump landslide in 2020.  But instead, as is usually the case with this limp-wristed, light-in-the-loafers bunch, they chose to take the coward’s way out.  So now all of the heavy lifting has been left to ‘we the people’ if we are to have ANY hope of winning in November.  I sincerely hope we’re all up for it!

THE 2018 ELECTIONS, WHAT MIGHT LAY IN STORE???

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Ok, so the million dollar question is: What’s going to determine how it is that people vote come this November 6?  Will it be something as basic as the continuing economic boom brought about by the policies of the current administration, and which, despite recent claims to the contrary, the last administration has had absolutely nothing to do with?  Or, will it have more to do with the allowing into this country of millions more illegal immigrants and then providing them with free healthcare and education while also providing all manner of ‘freebie’ to anyone who’s willing to vote Democrat?

I think we can all admit that the first year of the Trump administration was little more than a complete waste of time, and I place the majority of the blame for that not on the president but on those Republican members of Congress who once again seemed to have a difficult time remembering why it was that they were elected.  And it was beyond frustrating that they were so willing to let pass by that which was a ‘golden’ opportunity for making some very significant progress on a whole host of issues, many of which were the reason why Donald Trump was elected president.

The Democrats, on the other hand, have continued to put petty partisan politics above the needs of the American people as they have remained unable to move beyond the unexpected loss of their candidate, Hitlery.  Democrats have made it their purpose in life to stonewall, to obstruct and, yes even, to ‘resist’ on every level our duly elected president and the agenda that got him elected.  But their obstruction notwithstanding, progress has been made on moving forward with that agenda, despite the president receiving very little assistance from congressional Republicans.

Rarely have the Republicans ever been in the position of having complete control of Congress as well as control of the Oval Office, which makes the squandering of an entire year all the more infuriating.  And while that alone may be sufficient to cause some to throw in the towel when it comes to voting Republican this November, I think it goes without saying that should the Democrats gain control of Congress number one on their list will have little to do with the needs of the American people, the number one issue for them will be to impeach, one way or another, President Donald Trump.

So on which side of the election ballot will more Americans come down on?  I go back to my original question.  Does the impeaching of their president really matter more than a thriving economy to the majority of voters, regardless of political affiliation?  I wish I knew the answer to that question, but sadly I don’t.  And yet whenever I hear the Democrats speaking about their vision of America I find myself wondering why it is that there aren’t more people laughing in their face.  Because nearly everything that the Democrats support is, in one way or another, detrimental to this country.

And as we inch ever closer to the next election it’s a very rare occurrence when any of the talking heads out there, including many of those on Fox News, consider the election as being anything other than a cake walk for the Democrats.  And if that does prove to be the case, the Republicans will essentially have no one to blame but themselves.  And even the recent tax cuts may not be enough to protect them if they insist upon moving forward with anything that can even remotely be viewed as being amnesty for those who are in this country illegally.  That’s just a political fact of life.

Yet with all that said, it would still seem to me that all the Democrats really have as a campaign issue, if you can actually call it that, as we head into the next election, is that were it not somehow for the Russians, and old Vlad Putin, Hiterly Clinton would now be president and Donald J. Trump would not.  While this would likely prove to be sufficient motivation to garner the support of most in the Democrat Party, would it, I wonder, provide enough incentive for those outside the Democrat Party, perhaps those noncommittal Independents, to vote for Democrat candidates?

And I guess yet another question is; are there enough Americans who yearn for a return to the days of economic policies that succeeded in nothing more than to get our economy to grow at an anemic annual rate of less 2 percent?  And still another question would be, how many Republican voters might use their frustration over the lack of progress made over the past year to justify simply staying home on Election Day, therefore allowing the Democrats to simply waltz back into control of Congress.  There is so much riding on this next election, and there remains so much uncertainty.

Lastly, I guess I would only ask those on the right who may already be contemplating sitting this election out, for one reason or another, to please don’t.  Personally I am less than satisfied with what I’ve seen coming from congressional Republicans over the last year.  But as dissatisfied as I may be, the last thing I want to see happen, and I mean the VERY last thing, is to see Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer in control of Congress.  As far as I’m concerned that would be nothing less than a nightmare scenario.  That is something that we must, at any cost, keep from taking place.

ALABAMA: MONEY VERSUS ISSUES…

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While I will agree that there was much to cheer about regarding the election results in Alabama last night, with the victory of Judge Roy Moore over Luther Strange, there was also much to be concerned about.  The good news is, of course, that the campaign of Judge Moore, while it may have been overwhelmed by a flood of GOP Establishment political cash, it was still able to come out victorious.  The bad news is that there were, quite literally, millions of dollars essentially flushed down the toilet in the effort to beat back Moore, millions of dollars that could have been put to much better use against the Democrats.

Now the full accounting of just how much money was blown in the attempt to bestow the Republican nomination upon ‘Big Luther’ Strange will have to wait for weeks, as the campaign finance filings begin to slowly trickle in.  But it likely amounted to tens of millions of dollars, with some estimates going as high as $30 million, raised by the Chamber of Commerce, by Mitch McConnell’s political action committees, and by other political vehicles of the Republican political establishment.  And though it was all for naught there is little cause to cheer, because it was all a waste.  But as long as there some hope, the money continued to be spent.

Because for all of that flood of campaign cash, Strange still lost in a landslide.  In fact, it couldn’t have been worse if not one dime had been spent to promote Strange’s doomed candidacy.  So why didn’t all that money work?  After all, for all those many years, money appeared to be the most important deciding factor in American politics.  Whoever raised the most and therefore could spend the most would win.  And, as a result, the donor class rose to power and was able to direct the Republican Party to adopt its positions on key issues, even when it was clear these positions were largely rejected by Republican voters.

I suppose the answer might be found in the ancient wisdom of the advertising industry.  Because where advertising spending has its biggest effect is in places where the contest is between products that are so similar that only the advertising makes a difference.  That’s why some of the biggest expenditures on advertising throughout the years have been by companies making products that would be interchangeable under white labels.  For instance, Coke versus Pepsi.  One brand of cigarettes versus the other.  One brand of beer versus another.  Come to this casino rather than the other one.  On and on, but you get the point, I’m sure.

And as long as the Republican Party saw fit to offer voters that which was nothing more than a lighter version of the standard Democrat Party platform, one that was slightly slower and a bit more profitable, campaign cash mattered.  It was about presenting an image, a message, a product rather than a genuine alternative.  No longer.  It began with the Trump campaign, which was outspent by its competitors by unimaginable sums of money.  Let’s call it the Schaffley Rule: When voters are offered an echo, not a choice, money matters.  When voters are offered a choice not an echo, policy and politics matter.

But before we get too carried away with this grand notion that by electing President Trump we have now begun the long painful process back to normalcy, we need to keep in mind that, whether it’s for four years or eight, Donald Trump represents only a temporary shift back toward that universe where up is up and down is actually down.  And we need to keep in mind that it’s going to be up to us to make sure that we keep things moving in the direction that we started with President Trump.  And I would argue that we should have already begun the search for those candidates who will maintain that which was started with his election.

That said, I must admit that last November 8th was, for me, just as it was I would imagine for many others, more than a little bit of a happy day.  After all, it did my heart good to see that monster in human form, Hitlery, get her teeth kicked in, politically speaking of course.  It was, without a doubt, one of the most satisfying experiences I think I have ever known.  What so many still don’t get though, is that Obummer and Hitlery, and the entire Democrat/progressive cabal, made the classic mistake that all totalitarian, dictatorship minded organizations and individuals invariably make when they think they can’t lose, they got over-confident.

I think it safe to say that Obummer, the man who still never tires of talking about himself and how great he is, went one radical, anarchist, socialist bridge too far and thought he was the chosen one, you know, he whom we had all been waiting for.  The one to whom nothing would be denied, the one who would finally be able to show us all the error of our ways.  He said we could go on spending money that we don’t have and it wouldn’t be a problem because all that money was being spent on a worthwhile cause.  But we’re learning that there needs to be a limit to our generosity, and a point at which folks need to become self-sufficient.

It was back in November that I wondered aloud if we should actually send Obummer a thank you note for the great public service he did finally outing himself and his party.  And I made mention of the number of voices on the left that were then claiming how it was that Obummer’s first inauguration would be heralding in what was then thought to be 40 years of sold Democrat rule.  But it was in pretty short order that their dreams turned into what was little more than a nightmare as the Democrats lost first control of the U.S. House, then numerous governorships and state legislatures, then the U.S. Senate and then finally the presidency.

And now, while there is nothing that would give me greater pleasure than to say ‘RINO Season’ has officially begun, I fear it’s way too early to make such a claim.  For many years Americans allowed their voices to be usurped by the big-money donors because the politicians were clever at bait-and-switch.  Until alternative media emerged to do the job no American journalist was willing to do (hold politicians accountable to the people), there was not enough information available to the voter to really identify the liars for what they were.  All has changed and to the benefit of the American citizen over big money interests.

In order for money alone to be sufficient to win elections, first and foremost the voters have to be made and kept clueless.  And it has been a coordinate effort between the Democrat and their media allies to keep voters in the dark.  But the voters now know who ‘The Establishment’ is. The lies and treason against the voters by the Republican establishment is fresh in the minds of the voters.  We still don’t have ‘The Wall’ and Obamacare hasn’t been repealed.  Even the attempts at repealing Obamacare allowed 90% of it intact.  So from here on out, no more lies and broken promises from the Republican establishment. Throw them all out!

PRESIDENT TRUMP, PROMISES MADE, MUST BE PROMISES KEPT…

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I must admit that I was rather late in getting onboard the ‘Trump Train’.  Frankly, I was one of those who were quite confident that he would come to flame out long before the final decision would be made regarding who would ultimately become our Republican presidential nominee.  But as members of his competition slowly began to fall by the wayside I was essentially forced to mover ever closer to becoming a Trump supporter.  And when he came to be the last man standing I was left with little choice but to support him.  While I was never a “Never Trumper”, I was a “Trump Doubter.”  But once it was clear that Mr. Trump was gonna be our guy, even though I still had my doubts, I, somewhat reluctantly, jumped aboard the ‘Trump Train.’

But over time I’ve come to believe that Donald Trump has the potential to become a truly great president.  But in order for that to happen, two things must occur:  He must follow through on key campaign commitments, and the Republican Congress must ‘act’ on them.  After 8 long years that have resulted in nothing more than the doubling of our national debt, the decimating of our healthcare system, more Americans than ever before now living in poverty and on some form of government assistance and the fewest number of Americans in the nation’s workforce since the days of Jimmy Carter, the American people, by electing Donald Trump, showed, very clearly, that they wanted something different.  Something better.

So here are nine commitments Trump made during the campaign, that the incoming Congress should, and very much need to, assist in making a reality:

  1. Completely repeal Obamacare. Trump’s position paper on health care said: “Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must: Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.” It further stated that reforms put in place after the repeal should “follow free market principles that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country.” Congress must immediately repeal Obamacare — and enact only reforms that “follow free market principles.”
  2. Confirm pro-life constitutionalists to the Supreme Court. “The freedoms we cherish and the constitutional values and principles our country was founded on are in jeopardy,” Trump stated in September. “The responsibility is greater than ever to protect and uphold these freedoms and I will appoint justices, who, like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.” In a letter to pro-life leaders, Trump added: “I am committed to … (n)ominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.”  The Senate should confirm only nominees who fit the model Trump advocated.
  3. Build the wall and enforce the immigration laws. In his immigration plan, Trump promised to: “Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on Day One.” “All immigration laws will be enforced — we will triple the number of ICE agents,” said the plan. “Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation.”  Trump’s plan also would “turn off the jobs and benefits magnet” for illegal immigrants. “Many immigrants come to the U.S. illegally in search of jobs,” it said, “even though federal law prohibits the employment of illegal immigrants.”   Congress should enact all legislation needed to build Trump’s wall and fully enforce the immigration laws.

And any city that insists upon identifying itself as being a ‘sanctuary’ for those in this country illegally, must be made to forfeit ALL federal funding they currently receive.

  1. Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. “I am committed to … (s)igning into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide,” Trump said in his letter to pro-life leaders. Congress should place that bill on Trump’s desk by Jan. 27, the day of the 2017 March for Life.
  2. Defund Planned Parenthood. “I am committed to … (d)efunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions,” Trump said in his letter. Congress should defund Planned Parenthood in the first spending bill it sends Trump.
  3. Cut income tax rates and end the “death tax.” “The Trump Plan will collapse the current seven tax brackets to three brackets,” says Trump’s tax plan. It would cut the top rate from 39.6 percent to 33 percent. Additionally, Trump’s plan would “repeal the death tax,” which can be a confiscatory tax on family owned businesses. It also drops the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.  A great Congress would go further than Trump’s plan. It would enact the “Fair Tax Act” that would eliminate the income tax, replace it with a sales tax and set the stage for repeal of the 16th Amendment, which made direct federal taxation of individual incomes plausible.  But enacting Trump’s plan to cut tax rates and abolish the death tax is a good start to reining in federal tax collections.
  4. Make better trade deals. In 2015, the U.S. had a merchandise trade deficit of $745.66 billion, according to the Census Bureau. Since 1979, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation has lost more than 7 million manufacturing jobs. Trump’s trade plan calls for negotiating “fair trade deals that create American jobs, increase American wages, and reduce America’s trade deficit.” That includes withdrawing from the not-yet-approved Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiating NAFTA.  The Senate should ratify better trade deals when they are negotiated.
  5. End our nation-building foreign policy. Trump’s foreign policy plan says he will end “the current strategy of nation-building and regime change.” Congress should support this, including by reasserting its constitutional authority over the use of military force. That means the president may not use force — except to repel a sudden attack on the United States — unless Congress authorizes it.
  6. Enact a balanced budget. Sean Hannity asked Trump on Fox News on June 17, 2015: “Would you insist on a balanced budget as president?” Trump responded: “I would insist on it relatively soon.” When President Barack Obama took office, the federal debt was about 10.6 Trillion. Now it is about $19.9 Trillion.  Barry “Almighty” and the last Republican Congress kept America on the road to bankruptcy. President Trump and the new Republican Congress must lead us back the other way — and they cannot do it too soon.

And finally there’s one other issue that our new President and our congressional leaders must come together on, and on the very first day of the new administration.  And that would the total and complete defunding of the United Nations when it comes to any and all money furnished to this very corrupt organization that has as its source the American taxpayer.  As far as the other items listed above are concerned, Trump, and our congressional Republicans, will have only a very brief window of opportunity to prove that they are up to the challenge of governing.  And all eyes will be on them, we will be waiting and watching.  They will have less than two years to make progress in getting this country back on the right track.  Time is of the essence.

WHEN DID ‘GOP’ COME TO STAND FOR, ‘GROUP OF PUSSIES’…

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Ya know, just once I wish there would be an instance to which I could point where the guys on our team showed just a little backbone by standing up to the Democrat leadership in Congress instead of running off like scared little wimps and cowering in the nearest corner.  And people wonder why it is that Donald Trump continues to kick ass in the polls.  When, exactly, did GOP come to mean, “Group of Pussies?”  Because that’s pretty much all that we now have in Congress.

And it was just yesterday that ‘Dingy Harry’ made yet another threat, saying, “Unless Republicans go along with Democrats, the government shuts down at midnight this Friday.”   And he went on to say, “If we fail to meet that deadline, it will be another evidence of a Republican failure in leadership.”  I think I’d just drop over dead if just once the Republican in Congress put the needs of the country above political expediency and stood up to this flaming asshole!

‘Dingy Harry’ went on to say that if Republicans fail to pass an omnibus appropriations bill by midnight on Dec. 11 — a date that they themselves picked — it will be because they continue to attach their “ideological agenda” to the must-pass omnibus.  Now what the Hell is thus asshole talking about?  Isn’t that the very same thing that ‘Dingy Harry’ himself can be said to be guilty of?  So am I to understand that Republicans are to be denied being able to play by the same rules?

‘Dingy’ said, “No legislation will pass with these poison pill riders. We passed a bipartisan budget agreement, we did it through good-faith negotiations. It was meant to stop a government shutdown, and we need Republicans to work with us, to stop with their demands for provisions that won’t be signed into law.”  Why is it always the Republicans who MUST work with the Democrats but the Democrats never see it as being appropriate to work with the Republicans?

And it was at the same news conference, that proverbial dingbat Democrat from Washington, Patty Murray, chose to throw in her two-cents.  This imbecile proceeded to make a threat of her own saying Republicans had better work with Democrats if they know what’s good for them.  Really?  She said, “[If] there’s one thing that’s clear from the past few years, it is that the only way for Republican leaders to avoid a Tea Party crisis is to work with Democrats to get things done.”

And it then that this escapee from a padded room in some mental ward said, “We saw that with our bipartisan budget deals, we are seeing that today with the Every Student Succeeds Act, and I’m hoping that we can see it again with this omnibus.”  Murray said Republicans are “still playing games” by trying to jam through policy riders that have no chance of becoming law and that would be devastating for our workers, our seniors, our women and our families if they do.”

And still this idiot babbled on making very little sense.  She said, “So they need to push the Tea Party demands aside, they need to drop their poison pill riders and work with us to finish this budget process in a way that works for middle class families and the economy.”  I thought a bit ironic to hear that coming from someone whose party has been the principle architect when it comes to the damage that has been done to the middle class, especially over the course of the last seven years.

House Speaker Paul ‘RINO Ryan’ told reporters on Tuesday that, “we’re not going to let the arbitrary December 11th deadline stop us from getting this right. We’re going to get the best agreement we can possibly get, and those negotiations are ongoing.”  Ryan held out the possibility of passing a short-term (“handful of days”) continuing resolution to keep taxpayer money flowing at current levels until the omnibus spending package can be passed.

Barry “Almighty” has already promised to veto a CR. The White House says Republicans have had enough time to meet their own deadline.  Once again the Republicans prove to be their own worst enemy.  What they should do, but likely won’t, is to let Barry veto the bill and then hit the airwaves blaming any government shut down on those truly responsible.  But that’s likely too much work so they’ll simply cave on the issue and go home for the Holidays.

Why is it that those on our side always seem to be so completely incapable of articulating the hard choices that must be made if our country is to survive long enough for the next generation to take over?  And why can’t they make it crystal clear that should the government be made to shutdown it’s only because of the Democrats stubborn refusal to do what everyone knows full well MUST be done.  But nope, we can’t do that, it’s just so much easier to simply cave.