20 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-23-17

  1. The focus today should be on the House vote on healthcare. Instead, by his bizarre behavior in going to the press and then to Trump (and not to his own Intelligence Committee) to describe reports of questionable relevancy that he does not even possess, Nunes has become the main story. Many, on both sides of the aisle, have said these strange actions by Nunes makes it clear Nunes can not head the investigation of Russian involvement in the election or Trump’s “tapp” allegations. Calls for a Select Committee wii grow. There will be calls for Nunes to be removed as head of the Intelligence Committee. Ryan is going to face tough questions about what he said to Nunes at their meeting before Nunes went to the White House. Who knows how all this will affect the healthcare vote?

    What we do know and what is becoming clearer every day is this: If a party nominates and elects a buffoon, some in that party will feel compelled to support every bizarre statement and act of the clown and that party will soon be widely regarded as a joke. Last night, a number of analysts on Twitter were echoing my comparisons with Watergate and 1974. 2018 could be a bad, bad year for Republicans. Trump’s approval rating is at 37%. How low can he go?

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  2. I read the Politico article linked above (pretty much a waste of time except for the crumb below).

    It’s interesting to see what comes to light when creatures of the swamp have their habitat disrupted. Although I suspected as much, I might never have known for sure that being rude to a junior senator’s staffer, by their own admission, could do more damage to a nominee than the Muslim Brotherhood. That is certainly consistent with elitist politics. It’s also one reason we elected Trump to drain their habitat, and give him much leeway to do so. :–)

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  3. rw: Nunes is not the issue here. We should allow whatever investigations follow to play out. What it looks like now is that our previous President, whose party was defeated in November, has used the US intelligence apparatus to use surveillance on the opposing party’s President-elect, then changed the rules to make it easier to leak, which was followed by a mass dissemination of info. This is all against a sitting President, among many others. What about our civil liberties?

    The investigations need to discover: Who did it, and when? Who authorized it? How exactly did the Obama admin make it easier to leak? Who broke the law? Then prosecute the lawbreakers.

    It’s too bad the msm couldn’t be put on trial as well…

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  4. What did Obama know, and when did he know it???!!!!

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/03/22/time-to-investigate-obama-not-just-trump/

    “Although I have more confidence in Trump (whose errors usually seem those of braggadocio) than I do in Obama (who — from the evidence of Obamacare and the Iran deal alone — seems to have been capable of the most consequential prevarications), the issues inherent in this situation are bigger than the pluses and minuses of either man. We have reached a point in our history when there appears to be no privacy for anyone at any level of society, nor organizations, such as the FBI, that can be relied upon.

    Meanwhile, this situation keeps exploding. A letter just published online alleges that not only Donald Trump has been been bugged, but the chief justice of the Supreme Court. It also avers our intelligence agencies have been engaged in systematic illegal surveillance of prominent Americans for years while lying to us consistently. But the subject of the letter, who claims to have left his contractor job at the NSA and the CIA with “47 hard drives and over 600 million pages” (of classified information), is himself accused of fraud. So I take no stand.

    Nevertheless, something must be done about this privacy problem from top to bottom if we are to have decent lives as citizens and have a democratic republic in any way similar to what the Founders conceived. How this can be accomplished in the present atmosphere is, to say the least, unclear. The hatred of Trump by the media and the Democrats is so profound that rational discussion seems close to impossible. But we are headed toward being a society devoid of trust, if we don’t try. I made my little attempt at comity. Originally this article was titled “Time to Investigate Obama, not Trump.” I add the “Just” — for fairness.”

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  5. Tychicus, Obama has known that Trump was a deranged liar (and a poor speller) for years. He, along with the rest of the rational world, was reminded again of those facts three weeks ago with the “tapp” allegations. It is all very funny unless you are the one being slandered.

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  6. Debra @9:12, I did note that Trump gave in to the demands of the staffer of the Junior Senator who represents the “elitist interests”.

    Debra @ 11:43 I would argue that immigrants of all types and taxpayers (my word for “globalists”) are assimilating very well in the modern world. They move to places where there are jobs, acquire the knowledge and/or skills needed to holds those jobs, and WORK. It is the Democrats and the Trumpkins who are having trouble assimilating in the modern world.

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  7. Most of the supporters of President Trump’s agenda want to be law abiding, charitable, and fair particularly when it comes to jobs and immigration. Not so the Globalist in America. Followers of this politically entrenched cult tend to ignore unfavorable studies and statistics such as these:

    “In 2012, 51 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) reported that they used at least one welfare program during the year, compared to 30 percent of native households. Welfare in this study includes Medicaid and cash, food, and housing programs. “

    http://cis.org/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-Native-Households

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  8. Or these facts from the same study:
    “ Welfare use is high for both new arrivals and well-established immigrants. Of households headed by immigrants who have been in the country for more than two decades, 48 percent access welfare.”

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  9. Facts can be so unkind to the poor Globalist … from the same study:

    “Welfare use varies among immigrant groups. Households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico (73 percent), the Caribbean (51 percent), and Africa (48 percent) have the highest overall welfare use. Those from East Asia (32 percent), Europe (26 percent), and South Asia (17 percent) have the lowest.”

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  10. And there is this:

    “Many immigrants struggle to support their children, and a large share of welfare is received on behalf of U.S.-born children. However, even immigrant households without children have significantly higher welfare use than native households without children — 30 percent vs. 20 percent.”

    I would have thought that folks who are intellectually rigorous and honest would get tired of perpetually ignoring all the facts—-but Globalists have apparently made a career of denial. Hence the need to drain the swamp. ;–)

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  11. Once they start rounding up the criminals responsible for the unmasking, then maybe we’ll know for sure just what, if anything, Obama and his team were up to. Time to put some feet to the fire, and plug these leakers.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/woodward-obama-officials-possibly-facing-criminal-charges/article/2618185

    “The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump’s transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities “unmasked” after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.

    The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain “masked” if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.

    During an interview on Fox News, Woodward said that if that information about the unmasking is true, “it is a gross violation.”

    He said it isn’t Trump’s assertion, without proof, that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower that is of concern, but rather that intelligence officials named the Americans being discussed in intercepted communications.”
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    “He drove the point home, adding that “under the rules, that name is supposed to be blanked out, and so you’ve got a real serious problem potentially of people in the Obama administration passing around this highly classified gossip.””

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  12. McMullin understands the con man.

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  13. Trump counts on the blindness of his cult followers and the intellectual laziness of those in the middle.

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