28 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-1-17

  1. It seems that the answer to the question I posed yesterday is: No.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/richard_dreyfus_and_tucker_carlson_six_minutes_with_two_real_american_thinkers.html

    Americans are not taught: How a Bill Becomes Law. This is why tens of millions of citizens, talk show hosts, TV news anchors and our President do not understand how our government works. I repeat yesterday’s suggestion: Move Tucker back to his old spot and replace O’Reilly with a Civics class.

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  2. I don’t know much about Donald Trump. NBC won’t sell us their channel here in Crescent City, CA. When we lived in Downey, CA (12 miles south of the Los Angeles Civiv Center) our antenna wouldn’t pick up NBC, so we didn’t watch it at all. Then when we got cable we didn’t have cable in our upstairs bedroom so we didn’t watch NBC up there.

    We never got to watch Trump’s “You’re fired!” show. I suppose we could have watched him on WWE…

    This is why I am so uninterested in reading much about him and his foibles.

    If I mentioned Trump as much as “Some people” do my wife wouldn’t be very pleased. And “If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy!”

    Please, be like the “Good hands of Allstate.” Drop it!

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  3. I pay very little attention to Washington these days. It is what it is, as they say. I’m happy to move along, it’ll all sort itself out in time, for better or worse — and probably a bit of both.

    Ricky, you’d have been proud of me last night. I watched The Alamo with John Wayne. Awesome fringed outfits and fur hats. I’m sure I’d seen it before, but not in like 100 years. 🙂

    I continue to escape and remain a proud citizen of The Land of Denial.

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  4. This is the mindset I have to put up with in my area. It’s why I say I’m surrounded by idiots. If this isn’t proof enough, check out the comment page. Yikes.

    And all of it much ado about nothing, ‘cept maybe to demonstrate that a history lesson for some is in order.

    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2017/04/man_freaks_out_over_confederat.html#incart_most-read_

    “A man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday afternoon after causing a stir outside Hotel Bethlehem, city police said.

    Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said the Confederate flag was placed inside the window of the hotel, 437 Main St., in the early afternoon hours for a private wedding.

    The couple had met during a Civil War re-enactment and their wedding was themed for the period, DiLuzio said.

    “There were people dressed in long dresses, there were uniforms,” DiLuzio said, noting the Confederate flag was placed next to an American flag in the window. “They just wanted their theme to be of the Civil War era. There was no political message.”

    The flag, which is associated with racism, was not meant to offend anyone, the chief added.

    A man passing by then spotted the Confederate flag and began yelling loudly and shouting obscenities in protest, according to the chief. Main Street at the time was crowded with people and small children.

    “He was freaking out, screaming and yelling,” DiLuzio said. “He created a very aggressive and disorderly scene.””
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  5. The Republican Congress. A Democrat’s second-best friend.

    I know it’s only a stop gap to prevent the dreaded govt shutdown, but really, who’s in charge here? It doesn’t encourage me for what the final one will look like. This just seems like the establishment undermining Trump to some degree as well.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/01/bored-winning-new-spending-bill-no-money-wall-no-cuts-sanctuary-cities-funding-planned-parenthood/

    “Surveying the total fiscal wreckage of this deal, Philip Klein comments that it’s what you’d expect if Democrats controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress rather than the GOP. If you think that’s an exaggeration, spend some time with Bloomberg’s report and take in the full extent of this defeat. A blockquote can’t do it justice.

    If Boehner had negotiated this deal, right-wing media would destroy him for it. If Ryan had negotiated this deal under Obama, right-wing media would destroy him for it. But because Trump’s going to sign this deal — I assume — and call it a “victory” since it avoids a shutdown until September, we’re looking at half a day of grumbles. Maybe.

    GOP leaders eager to focus on health-care and tax overhauls bowed to Democratic demands to eliminate hundreds of policy restrictions aimed at curbing regulations, leaving the Trump administration with few victories…

    The White House sought funding to begin building the border wall, as well as $18 billion in cuts to domestic agencies, and both demands were rebuffed. The spending deal includes money for Planned Parenthood, despite Republican demands to defund the group over its provision of abortions…

    Trump will get $1.5 billion for border security, but it can’t be used for the border wall or additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to one congressional aide. There are also no new restrictions on money going to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t fully enforce federal immigration laws…

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which Trump has sought to shrink dramatically, would receive a 1 percent reduction of $81 million in funding and no staff cuts.

    “Overall,” Bloomberg sniffs, echoing Klein, “the compromise resembles more of an Obama administration-era budget than a Trump one.” The bill even allows DHS to increase the number of H-2B visas through September, for &%$@# sake. As for the scant Republican “victories,” most of them also represent climbdowns from what the GOP was initially demanding. Trump got $15 billion more in defense spending, but that was less than what he asked for; he got $1.5 billion for border security, as noted above, but that was half of the $3 billion he requested and comes with the limitations described by Bloomberg. The only clear win, it seems, was striking a permanent rather than temporary deal on health care for retired coal miners, although I’m sure that was a fight Democrats were happy to “lose.” They need to rebuild their party among working-class whites. That’s something they can point to.”
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  6. Yes, I’m near Bethlehem. I can be on Lehigh’s campus in about 20 minutes. I’m bout 8 minutes from arch rival Lafayette.

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  7. From the article:

    Opinions, of course, aren’t facts. The problem is that Trump doesn’t know or doesn’t care about that. And his supporters believe whatever he tells them to believe. Which means we are in a post-fact political world. And that is scary as hell.

    The CNN guy thinks it is “scary”. I prefer to see this development as “liberating”. Did y’all hear that Lincoln used chemical weapons against civilians in the Shenandoah Valley?

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  8. Yep. Jest like all them gud jobs comin to ‘Merica jest as soon as we open up are borders an get us sum college learnin’, inbred dolts that we is.

    Alternative facts have been alive and well at least since Reagan. And they are indeed liberating….as long as you’re not on the receiving end of them. ;–)

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  9. Debra, Here is the political problem for folks like you. Trump is ruining the populist brand. There were others the “anti-Globalists” could have picked. Santorum and Huckabee would have been just as anti-immigration and just as protectionist as Trump. Probably more so, because they likely wouldn’t have hired Wall Street guys as their top economic advisors. They could have beaten Hillary. Evan McMullin and Arnold the Dog could have beaten Hillary running as the Republican nominee. You could have possibly formed alliances with some of the successful young people who tend to be libertarian, but have been fed anti-corporate propaganda their entire lives. As it stands now, the vast majority of young people hate Trump and they hate everything he stands for because he is such an unpleasant liar and buffoon. Support for immigration and free trade has actually climbed in the last few months, particularly among young people. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would suspect a cabal of globalists were secretly behind your man.

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  10. Actually, I think this is the political problem for folks like me. And maybe for folks like you too. I found an article that uncovers what I think is the primary weakness in my political predictions for 2018. If Democrats are able to muster their resolve and follow their own best advice, they could be a formidable force at the polls.

    ….Canter and other members of Global Strategy Group have delivered a detailed report of their findings to senators, congressmen, fellow operatives and think tank wonks — all part of an effort to educate party leaders about what the data say really happened in last year’s election…..

    The findings are significant for a Democratic Party, at a historic low point, that’s trying to figure out how it can win back power. Much of the debate over how to proceed has centered on whether the party should try to win back working-class white voters — who make up most of the Obama-Trump voters — or focus instead on mobilizing its base.

    Turning out the base is not good enough, the data suggest.

    “This idea that Democrats can somehow ignore this constituency and just turn out more of our voters, the math doesn’t work,” Canter said. “We have to do both.”………..

    “There’s an active conversation within the party about whether persuasion was the problem or turnout,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, vice president for social policy and politics at Third Way, a center-left Democratic think tank.

    That debate is complicated because some Democrats think winning over voters is already a lost cause, Hatalsky said.

    “There’s still a real concern that persuasion is harder and costs more than mobilization, so let’s just triple down on getting out the people who already agree with us,” she said. “And I think there’s a lot of worry that we don’t actually know how to persuade anymore, and so maybe we should just go talk to the people we agree with.”

    A conversation about where Democrats go next as a party inevitably turns into a discussion about whether it should embrace a form of economic populism similar to one pushed by Sen Bernie Sanders, or move instead to the political middle.

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/democrats-say-they-now-know-exactly-why-clinton-lost/ar-BBAz1Gn

    Of course, Democrats could always just dismiss their own research and decide it’s more fun to continue burning stuff. It’s hard to say how it will turn out, but I think I will stick with my original predictions, and as always, hope for the best. :–)

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  11. Debra, In 1980 Reagan won the 18-25 vote and that group pretty much stayed Republican after that election. The age breakdown in 2016 is not good for the future of Republicans. Virtually everyone I know who is older than me LOVES Trump. They watch Fox News. They even think old Obama put a tapp on Trump’s phone. Most of the young people I know think Trump is a crazy old sexual predator and con man. They get their “news” from Colbert and SNL. Those new 18 year olds we get every year don’t like Trump and they don’t like Republicans. It’s true they don’t vote very much, but Trump may inspire them to turn out.

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  12. Ricky, The age demographic is important in the long run, but not so much for 2020, I think. Older and mid-range folks are going to continue to vote.

    The guys getting their news from SNL and Colbert will just be happy that the new legislation that’s due to be passed will prohibit Feds from going after their weed in states where such is legal. And if the job situation improves, they’ll be less motivated to change administrations I think. Tinkering with student loan terms/payments and availability would be a more likely activator of that group. But riots on campuses designed to suppress free speech don’t generally activate the broad Democratic base either. And it does nothing at all to woo working class voters, which was the group that broke the ‘blue wall’.

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  13. 2018 is going to be an interesting year for turnout. Traditionally, older, whiter Republicans turn out in the off-year elections and younger, less-white Democrats stay home. In 2010, the Tea Party gave extra energy to the Republicans. That year, the Republicans didn’t run FOR anything; they ran AGAINST Obama. In 2018 I don’t think young people are going to be voting for student loans or against Milo speaking on campus. They are going to be voting AGAINST Trump.

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  14. And speaking of the tone-deaf Democratic party, they have a new slogan: “Democrats Give a S*** About People”. Because apparently, nothing says ‘I care about you’ like trashing a university and driving out its invited guests while sporting a profanity laced t-shirt.

    But not to worry, they have a new hero too, only she looks an awful lot like the old one. According to this piece, Elizabeth Warren is shaping up to be a contender for 2020. I doubt many working people are going to find her credible after her tag-team, matching-outfit performance with Hillary.

    https://stream.org/elizabeth-warren-factory-bad-ideas/

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  15. I agree with you about Warren. In 2020, I think the Dems may run a non-politician. People like Oprah, Tom Hanks, Mark Cuban may jump in. Trump proved that celebrity helps and that you don’t have to understand the issues.

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  16. The other way for the Dems to go would be with a squeaky clean governor. This would be the right move if the country swings back and decides it wants a leader who: 1. Has some concern about telling the truth; and 2. Has shown he/she can work with a legislature.

    I tend to think Dem voters would pick Oprah, Hanks or Denzel Washington over a Democratic version of Scott Walker.

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  17. Now he is Tweeting about Andrew Jackson:

    He mangled the facts some in the interview. However, the point he made in the Tweet is correct. We should probably forget healthcare, tax reform and immigration and just discuss The War of Northern Aggression.

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