30 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-21-17

  1. I remember when Orrin Hatch was young, and I used to really like him. It is probably time for him to retire, and look at the young conservative poised to be his successor:


  2. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Clown World still wants to talk about crowd size:


  3. I started reading Shattered last night.
    I’m only in the second chapter, but I can see the problem already.
    Hillary’s mind was still in 2009, she was not a leader nor a good manager.
    There’re was lots of infighting in the campaign and Hillary chose loyalty over competence.
    Hillary never wanted to lead the country, she wanted to be called “Madam President”.
    (The book doesn’t say that. I surmise that from what I read.)

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  4. Ricky,

    McMuffin needs to make up his mind. Does he want Chaffetz job, or Hatch’s?

    Personally I think he’ll go for Chaffetz’s seat because it would be easier to achieve. It’s one thing to take votes from a non-Mormon in Utah, but quite another to dislodge another well known Mormon. While the poll may show him beating Hatch in a hypothetical head-to-head, and I wouldn’t trust the guy not to be a disloyal tool to the party again and try to primary Hatch, it’d be a much tougher road. Hatch has already announced he’s seeking re-election. Plus Hatch has already chosen Romney as his heir apparent. Best to take a shot at one he might actually win, and that’s Chaffetz’s seat,





  5. Fears that Trump would cause widespread damage to the world economy seem to have been greatly exaggerated.


    “But these policy makers said that important initial decisions have been far more centrist than might have been expected. The European Union’s commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici, summed up a widely shared sentiment as he highlighted how two people at the top of Trump’s economic team – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council – have curbed the worst fears over the young U.S. presidency.”

    “What Trump might mean for the U.S. and world economies has preoccupied central bankers, investors and analysts since the new president took office promising a virtual revolution in the way the United States relates to the rest of the world.

    Though much about Trump’s policies remain unformed as the administration approaches the 100-day mark, the more extreme risks – such as a trade war or a budget-busting fiscal program that unhinges inflation – seem to have receded.

    “My belief is that a multilateral framework promoting free trade will continue. There won’t be huge changes to that,” Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters on Thursday.

    In remarks on Thursday, Mnuchin said tax reform remained a priority as are other steps to boost U.S. growth. But he said the hope for faster growth would mean a stronger world economy, and that it was constructive to coordinate policies through international organizations like the Group of 20.

    “This administration is willing to reach out and get ideas from the outside,” Mnuchin told top-level bankers at a conference organized in parallel with the IMF meeting.”


  6. AJ, I think McMullin has selected his main job: Drive Trump and his followers crazy by popping up here and there on Twitter and in polls.

    Poor Hatch and Romney (and other Republicans) have to make the horrible decision:
    1. Oppose Trump and anger his cult; or
    2. Humiliate yourself by supporting Trump and being tied to his craziness.

    Poor Chaffetz quit rather than be forced to make that decision on a daily basis. It is interesting that Mormons are more opposed to Trump than any other conservative group. Maybe there is a rule that you can only belong to one cult at a time.


  7. Some good news…..


    “President Donald Trump and his aides won the release of an Egyptian American aid worker who returned to the US late Thursday after being imprisoned in Cairo for three years, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

    Aya Hijazi, a dual US-Egyptian citizen, was detained in Egypt for nearly three years on human trafficking charges.

    She was flown back to the United States on Thursday on a US military plane, accompanied by a top White House official, a senior administration official said.

    Hijazi was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children.

    Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and attended George Mason University, was released from jail on Tuesday, having been held for nearly three years.”


  8. I don’t know Ricky. Being tied to Trump is certainly helping the party financially. And what R politician doesn’t want to be tied to the RNC cash machine? Money talks.


    “The Republican National Committee on Friday announced it raised $41.5 million in the first three months of 2017, its strongest-ever total for the first quarter following a presidential race.

    “Our record-setting fundraising pace has been fueled by grassroots enthusiasm for President Trump and the Republican Party,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement.

    “The RNC is in a strong position to make an impact in key races in 2017 and 2018 as we plan to take a leading role in preserving our congressional majorities and prepare to reelect President Trump in 2020.””


  9. AJ @ 1:27 Let’s see how he deals with a little adversity like a slight recession. You know he will see it as the fault of the Chinese or Ryan or the New York Times or Schartzeneggar. Does anyone think there is a steady hand on the wheel? We need to dodge bullets for 45 more months.

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  10. Donna and Michelle,

    I think you two probably see the effects of this more than most of us here, and I’d be interested to hear what you thought. I know from past conversations that for your lines of work you are pretty much forced to use Facebook as a business tool, like it or not. They’ve eaten up the advertising dollars that used to go to newspapers and other print media. Is it better this way, or is it time to break this up a bit?

    “Google is a monopoly, and it’s crushing the internet.”


    “Five to 10 years ago, independent bloggers used to be able to get by on internet advertising, like the broadsheets of yore. But that changed quite quickly, and for two big reasons: Facebook and Google. They now gobble up the vast majority of internet advertising dollars — about 85 percent, as my colleague Jeff Spross writes — and a great many media outlets have been forced to move to direct subscriptions or other business models.

    Google and Facebook manage this because they are platform monopolists. They can exert tremendous influence through their control of how people use the internet — and crush productive businesses in the process. Like any monopoly, it is long since time that the government regulated them to serve the public interest.”


  11. Ricky,

    Polls, shmolls……..


    “Good news for McMullin? I guess, but then there are those three reasons for skepticism. One: The group that sponsored this poll has an agenda, “to persuade elected Democrats and Republicans to abandon their party affiliations in hopes of finding common-ground solutions to the nation’s problems” in the words of the Deseret News. What luck that their data has a would-be independent ahead of the Republican dinosaur. Two: How much is any head-to-head poll worth when nearly a third are in the “don’t know/someone else” column and another 10 percent support a generic Democratic candidate? What would happen to Hatch’s numbers when the Republican establishment inevitably showered him with cash to block the Trump-hating conservative McMullin from ascending to the Senate? Three: There’s less reason than ever to believe that McMullin will challenge Hatch now that Jason Chaffetz is vacating his House seat. McMullin said last month that he’d consider primarying either of them; now, with Chaffetz retiring, he doesn’t need to. McMullin did particularly well last November in a key part of Chaffetz’s district too, pulling 30 percent of the vote against Trump and Clinton in the county that includes Provo. (That was nine points better than he did statewide.) If he’s hellbent on getting to Washington, running for the House in the 3rd District, where he’s apt to have the highest name recognition in the field, is a safer bet than challenging a household name like Hatch for Senate.

    Plus, I’ll repeat what I said last month: McMullin against Hatch would risk shifting the focus from Hatch’s long tenure to Trump’s short tenure. If the electorate is strongly anti-Hatch, why would you want to do that?”


  12. Huh.

    Maybe Evan’s just doubling down to restock his campaign chest and pay off his substantial debt from his last failed attempt.

    You would think such a fine, upstanding conservative would do a better job with his finances.


    “Evan McMullin exploded onto the 2016 presidential election scene as an Independent with a message of conservative values and Reagan-esque ideals. He didn’t make a blip on the radar, and following President Trump’s election has turned his sour grapes into a #NeverTrump box of sickly-sweet wine that reeks of desperation and, worse, of self-aggrandizement.

    To top off his head-spinning fall from grace, McMullin owes nearly $670,000 for his failed presidential campaign.”

    “McMullin, a resident of Utah who has previously mulled a run for Orin Hatch’s Senate seat, reportedly owes $670,000 to various vendors whom he’s reportedly told he cannot pay.

    The Salt Lake City Tribune reports:

    Evan McMullin ran a long-shot — and ultimately failed — campaign last year to deny Donald Trump enough Electoral College votes to keep him from the presidency, but now the Utah native faces a hefty bill that will be challenging to pay off and could hamper efforts to enter the political arena again.

    McMullin, who jumped into the presidential race a few months before Election Day, still owes some $670,000 to vendors who helped his campaign, including more than half a million dollars to a law firm.

    . . . . And vendors are worried they might get stiffed.”


  13. Interesting post by Nancy Pearcy on FB today:


    How Transgender Ideology Narrows Gender Roles

    Even the New York Times is starting to question politically correct gender ideology.

    “I just wanted to check,” the teacher said. “Your child wants to be called a boy, right? Or is she a boy that wants to be called a girl? Which is it again?”

    I cocked my head. I am used to correcting strangers, who mistake my 7-year-old daughter for a boy 100 percent of the time.

    In fact, I love correcting them, making them reconsider their perceptions of what a girl looks like. But my daughter had been attending the after-school program where this woman taught for six months.

    “She’s a girl,” I said. The woman looked unconvinced. “Really. She’s a girl, and you can refer to her as a girl.”…

    My daughter wears track pants and T-shirts. She has shaggy short hair (the look she requested from the hairdresser was “Luke Skywalker in Episode IV”). Most, but not all, of her friends are boys. She is sporty and strong, incredibly sweet, and a girl.

    And yet she is asked by the pediatrician, by her teachers, by people who have known her for many years, if she feels like, or wants to be called, or wants to be, a boy.

    In many ways, this is wonderful: It shows a much-needed sensitivity to gender nonconformity and transgender issues. It is considerate of adults to ask her — in the beginning.

    But when they continue to question her gender identity — and are skeptical of her response — the message they send is that a girl cannot look and act like her and still be a girl.

    She is not gender nonconforming. She is gender *role* nonconforming. She does not fit into the mold that we adults… still impose upon our children.

    Left alone, would boys really never wear pink? (That’s rhetorical — pink was for decades considered a masculine color.) Would girls naturally reject Matchbox cars? Of course not, but if they show preferences for these things, we label them. Somehow, as we have broadened our awareness of and support for gender nonconformity, we’ve narrowed what we think a boy or a girl can look like and do.”

    HT: J Richard Pearcey at The Pearcey Report

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  14. I’ve got a FB ad running right now–FB controls who sees your information both on your private page and my author page. Those of you on the site must see how what you’re really interested in–your friends’ comments–are often lost in a sea of garbage.

    That’s why we’re told to have author pages and a newsletter that can direct people interested in our work to our author page. No one can take our author page and newsletter away from us.

    The trick is to convince people to sign up for our newsletter and to follow our author page.

    I’ve spent the last few months reviewing social media information as I prepare for Biddy’s launch in October. I’m mind numb and so tired of it already–and I’m six months out. Yesterday, I began going through my email contacts list to ask friends to subscribe to my newsletter. Some of you may get that request–feel free to subscribe or not.

    I’m uneasy with this method, but a newsletter is part of the process–the more readers the better. As I’m often reminded–“you wrote a book so people will read it, right? So make sure they know about it.”

    It goes against my grain, but I’m doing the painstaking work.

    I’ve also been hunting for forums in which I could write blog posts or articles. I have found very little–certainly nothing that pays, though that wasn’t the issue. It’s frustrating.

    The best way to combat this is to do something so outrageous it’s all over the newspapers, twitter feeds, FB news. Frankly, that’s part of why Trump was so successful.

    As writers, we vacillate between “God called me to write this book thus He will supply the publicity,” and “I better get to work hunting down every last potential reader, even if I have to beat the bushes to do so.”

    I’d rather write interesting and insightful blog posts–but if people don’t read them, what good are they?

    Or, better yet, work on the next book–plenty of research needs calling from that direction.

    But the publisher has made an investment in my and my project–I need to honor that.

    As a side note, I saw the first ten pages and the photo section yesterday. They’re gorgeous. I am so grateful.

    (Michelle now returns to hiding her light under a bushel for the rest of the day. This can get demoralizing).

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  15. As another note, lifting the basket up to peek, I sat through a lengthy discussion of email newsletter canvasing yesterday and was horrified by the suggestion you get 1000-10000 subscribers and then figure out what you’re going to write.

    I could get cynical, but there’s nothing to be gained by so doing. Sigh.


  16. Chas (re ‘Shattered’), yes, pretty much. And also that Hillary didn’t do well when it came to articulating or formulating the more sweeping messages that voters yearn to hear (and that candidates such as Obama were so gifted at). She’s a policy wonk and that doesn’t translate well on the campaign trail. People want the big vision. (And, as inarticulate as he was, I suppose Trump was able to convey that in his own way — no details, but the overarching vision was there, flawed or not.)

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  17. I put up a Facebook page for Arnold Weaver for President during the campaign. Facebook immediately wanted me to run an ad for $3 or $5. Of course I was too cheap to buy the ad. I have often wondered if the race might have ended differently if only I had run the ad.


  18. They would have kept hitting you up for money, Ricky, telling you just what you could get for this much, etc. They are always after me to boost a post. I’ve used my author page to send ads to people who identify as liking My Utmost for His Highest. Beyond that, I have no clue where the ads go. But 35 people looked at the post/ad and liked it, so that helps.

    Meanwhile, back in the social media jungle where I’ve been all day (hey, ten more friends signed up for the newsletter! At four hours of work . . . ), my Pinterest page announced I get 60.5K people a month looking at my pins. What on earth does that mean?

    I’ve got this weird Pinterest anomaly when you look at stats. My 60K “audience” is 3-2 men to women. Generally speaking 90% of people on Pinterest are female.

    I’ve got a bunch of World War I boards, however, and men must prefer flame throwers and dessicated battlefield photos to cupcakes and decorating.

    But that’s only a guess . . .

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  19. Michelle, It is males of all ages. When my son was about eight, he came in from reading a book about Sergeant York, and excitedly told my wife and me that World War I was really a Great War (my iPad literally forced me to capitalize those two words) for the use of new weapons: tanks, airplanes, poison gas, etc.


  20. “The Department of Health and Human Services says child care should cost 7 percent of a family’s income at most — but 42 percent of families who buy care for young children spend considerably more than that, according to census data analyzed by Beth Mattingly at the University of New Hampshire. A report by New America and Care.com put the average cost of child care in the United States at $16,514 a year.”

    So, where did they come up with that random 7 percent number (is that at least “per child”?), and who is supposed to pay for anything beyond that?

    This piece would seem to offer proof that even the New York Times can’t afford editors any more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/upshot/how-child-care-enriches-mothers-and-especially-the-sons-they-raise.html

    Then they have an article in which they say, “Most people say workers should get paid leave to take care of a baby, a sick family member or themselves, according to two new surveys. But they disagree on the details: who should pay, and whether it should be mandatory or optional.” Which means “most people” don’t understand economics. Is it nice to have paid family leave, of course. But the money comes from somewhere.


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