18 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-10-17

  1. I think this about sums it up.


    “We hoped they would go away after the election. We hoped they would stop their whining and grandstanding once Donald Trump took office. We hoped they would accept defeat and embrace our Republican president, that they would hold him accountable regarding policy and support any effort to right the ship that has been lurching toward the brink for decades.

    But they didn’t go away. Their whining has grown shrill. Their opposition, not only to Trump, but to anyone who breathes a word in his favor, has swelled like a blistering boil. Our hopes were in vain, and now we’re reaching a breaking point.

    I’m not talking about the liberal “resistance.” They’ll never go away. The Left never stops. I’m talking about NeverTrumpers—or Anti-Trumpers, as many prefer to be called now. Their relentless attacks on Trump echo the Left. They whine about his tweets, “faux masculinity,” vulgarity, personnel changes, unproven “collusion” with the Russians. They call him a racist, white nationalist, dictator, traitor, and a lunatic.

    These paragons of virtue are also attacking fellow conservatives who call out the hypocrisy of the media, focus on the good Trump is doing while calling him to account for the bad, and refuse to jump on the bandwagon of conspiracy theories or get upset over every annoying tweet. For this, they’re called sell-outs, racists, failed conservatives, Trump whores, Putin lovers, media organizations that have lost all credibility.”

    “The problem with the Anti-Trumpers, however, is much larger—a point that’s captured by Sen. Jeff Flake’s transparent display of self-aggrandizement in publishing “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.” This pathetic work of hypocrisy is a shining example of everything that’s wrong with Anti-Trumpers.

    “Never has a party so quickly or easily abandoned its core principles as my party did in the course of the 2016 campaign,” Flake writes. “And when you suddenly decide that you don’t believe what had recently been your most deeply held beliefs, then you open yourself to believing anything — or maybe nothing at all.”

    What a joke. The GOP didn’t abandon its most deeply held beliefs in 2016. That’s been going on for decades. Where was Flake’s scorching pen during the reign of Barack Obama? Did any Republican senator or congressman write a manifesto about how Obama is ruining the country? No, of course not. Far be it from them to offend a Democrat. Instead, they—like Flake himself—propped up Obama’s leftist agenda by voting for policies and personnel that defy our deeply held beliefs.

    Flake refused to join conservatives in their fight to defund Obamacare. He signed on to the Gang of Eight amnesty debacle. He confirmed one of the most dangerous attorney generals we’ve ever had—Loretta Lynch, justifying it in the name of “giving the president what he wants.” He has expanded centralized power by failing to cut spending while raising the debt ceiling. And he’s no friend to the Constitution with his support of gun control legislation.”


  2. So let’s go through the list contained in the piece @ 6:47:

    1. Even members of The Trump Cult don’t like his Tweets.

    2. It was Trump sympathizer Peggy Noonan who pointed out his Faux Masculinity.

    3. Does anyone appreciate his vulgarity?

    4. Does “personnel changes” fairly describe the ridiculous x-rated farce that went on 2 weeks ago involving Spicer, Sanders, Priebus, Big Trump and the unforgettable Mini Trump Scaramucci?

    5. I know of know Never Trumper who has alleged Trump colluded with Russia. We simply noted that he has acted like he was guilty, framed himself, and his goofy son led a group of other aides in a failed attempt to collude with Russia.

    The bigger problems are that he is extremely ignorant, undisciplined, lazy, narcissistic, spiteful and has little understanding of American government, economics, world history and the powers, duties and role of the American President. I challenge any Trump supporter to dispute any part of the previous sentence.

    NeverTrumpers have simply refused to join The Cult. To do so would literally require us to take leave of our senses. We don’t fault anyone who voted for Trump. There were no good choices. Some of us agree that in the short run his presidency will be better for the country than Hillary’s would have been. However, the long term damage to the Republican Party and the conservative movement is going to be enormous. That damage is increased every time a Republican or a “conservative” defends one of Trump’s moronic acts or statements.


  3. Sen. Ron Johnson is on CNN talking healthcare. It turns out that 89% of US healthcare expenditures are made by the government and insurers. Consumers only pay for 11%. In 1949 consumers paid for 68% of the costs. As noted before, 1965 (Medicare & Medicaid) was the year everything changed. Of course, healthcare costs have soared since 1965 as the government and the insurance companies have no incentive to keep costs low.

    If the destruction of America was a sundae, LBJ was the ice cream. Obama was the whipped cream. Trump is just the rotten little cherry on top.


  4. Once again, they leave out some extremely relevant facts. But this way they can say it happened under Trump’s watch. But the reality is it’s just another mess left by Obama and Bill Clinton, who gave them the missile tech necessary to ramp their efforts years ago.


    “Earlier this week, the Washington Post shook up the world by reporting that the Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded that North Korea had “successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.” The report changed the public calculus on the standoff with the Kim regime, and touched off a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. However, as Fred Fleitz wrote last night at Fox News, the Post’s story also left out a salient bit of history. The DIA concluded at least four years ago that North Korea had crossed the supposed technological obstacle of miniaturization, and the real emerging threat was the ICBM rather than the warhead (via PJM’s Debra Heine):

    Tuesday’s bombshell Washington Post story that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has determined North Korea is capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles – possibly ICBMs – left out a crucial fact: DIA actually concluded this in 2013. The Post also failed to mention that the Obama administration tried to downplay and discredit this report at the time.

    During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile.”

    “If the DIA reached the same conclusion in 2013 and 2016 that they did this week, why didn’t the media take as much notice of it then? The Obama administration, and Obama himself, seemed content to keep kicking the can down the road, perhaps hoping that quiet diplomacy with China and sanctions pressure would deter the Kim regime. The media appears to have followed their lead, rather than challenge those assumptions. Obama’s gamble has clearly backfired. That would explain why Trump has changed rhetorical tactics, at least, and now wants full pressure on China and North Korea rather than a strategy of passive-aggressive denial.”


  5. And just a reminder here. Even if the fishing expedition turns up some financial crime by Manafort, that’s on him, not Trump. He just gets to play Scooter Libby this time around.


  6. None of this has anything to do with Trump, but they’ve gone fishing.


    “Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, according to people familiar with the matter.

    As prosecutors gather many years of information about his financial affairs, Manafort could be dragged deeper into any number of legal disputes. He has a history of doing business with oligarchs and politicians in Ukraine and Russia that predates his political work for President Donald Trump, with payments routed through foreign banks and investments in U.S. real estate.

    Part of the reason Manafort is getting intense early scrutiny is that Mueller is drawing on investigations that were well underway, including one by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, when he was appointed in May.

    With prosecutors combing through his financial life, the 68-year-old has been toeing a fine line, cooperating with congressional requests for information about the campaign, and insisting he has nothing to hide from Mueller’s team of prosecutors who are delving into his past. Privately, his supporters question Mueller’s work to unearth conduct with no apparent connection to the 2016 election.

    Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, declared last month that Manafort was not a “cooperating witness” — a legal term for someone who agrees to provide evidence and testimony to prosecutors. When reached Wednesday, he only addressed the revelation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, saying, “Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.”

    Late on Thursday, Maloni said in a statement that Manafort was retaining a new law firm, Miller & Chevalier, to replace WilmerHale.

    As a practical matter, the blitz of recent subpoenas to global banks poses a challenge to Manafort’s ability to continue his day-to-day business activities as a consultant and investor, said one of the people familiar with the matter.”

    Which is their intended purpose.


  7. Trumpkins, like Trump himself, are strangely sensitive about the Russia investigation. Nevertheless, I am going to stick with my initial conclusion that Trump foolishly framed himself until I see evidence that he had a rational reason to fear an investigation by Comey or Mueller.


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