43 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-11-18

  1. The globalists won’t like this, but it’s about time.


    “While the country’s attention was fixed on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation these past weeks, a major foreign policy shift has been underway: the Trump administration has finally decided to start treating China like the adversary it is.

    It might not make headlines the way a culture war-infused Supreme Court nomination spectacle does these days, but President Trump’s dramatic policy shift on China could mark the beginning of a kind of second Cold War, with far-reaching implications for national security, U.S. foreign policy, and international trade.

    Last week in a speech at the Hudson Institute, Vice President Mike Pence issued a scathing indictment of Beijing’s “debt diplomacy” through the Belt and Road initiative, its aggressive military expansion in the South China Sea, human rights abuses, and growing efforts to meddle in the U.S. midterm elections.

    “What the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country,” Pence said. “And the American people deserve to know it.” He went on to accuse China of economic espionage and a “whole-of-government approach” to “advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States.”

    Then on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a tense public exchange with China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, who accused the Trump administration of “ceaselessly elevating” tensions over trade, Taiwan, and a host of other things. Pompeo, sitting across the table from Wang, said the United States has a “fundamental disagreement” with Beijing on those issues, and left the country without holding a customary press conference with Wang or meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

    “These are not the actions of an ally, or even a neutral trade partner. The Trump administration is correct to conclude that China’s behavior can only be understood as dangerous and adversarial—and it is appropriate, as Pence explained last week, to respond with a far more robust policy aimed at curbing Chinese irredentism and bolstering vulnerable U.S. allies in the region.”


  2. Good. Maybe a few more stories like this, along with the way Kavanaugh was treated, will open peoples’ eyes to these miscarriages of justice.



  3. Huh.

    The impact of Trump’s trade war with China.


    “However, there is a prominent metric that works independently from this system of chronically incorrect statistical reporting, the CKGSB Business Conditions Index, compiled by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.

    This particular metric has fully illustrated the expansions and contractions of Chinese industry over its seven year history, providing a unique statistical insight into a nation where accurate economic data can be at times hard to come by.

    The most recent reading of the CKGSB Index was its lowest level on record, showing in detail the heavy toll President Trump’s trade war is having on Chinese industry.

    “Most surveyed companies are now experiencing unprecedented difficulties and have become increasingly pessimistic about business prospects for the next six months,” Li Wei, the economics professor at CKGSB who oversees the survey, said in a commentary accompanying the September survey results (which has recently been removed from the CKGSB website). “For most, business has never been worse.”

    To put the record low number of the CKGSB Business Conditions Index into perspective, the current reading of 41.9 is far lower than even Russia’s record low PMI of 47.6 and that country is currently suffering heavily from economic sanctions

    As those critical of President Trump’s trade policies continue to point to the high cost of the trade war on American businesses, this survey and associated research illustrates just how much of a toll the trade war is having on Chinese industry.

    If the results of this particular metric hold true for industry throughout China, the United States is well and truly winning this trade war, despite the large number of metrics and articles with claims to the contrary.

    As the trade war continues to damage industry in China it’s important to remember that international trade is not like a light switch that can be easily switched on and off at will.

    Chinese companies continue to lose market share to competitors throughout the rest of the world, as their goods become uncompetitively priced due to the tariffs. The share of the market they previously possessed may be lost permanently, as its competitors become integral parts of the supply chain of goods to American businesses.

    For this reason every day the trade war continues, the lost contracts and relationships with American businesses will do short to medium term damage to Chinese industry. The growth potential of the Chinese economy will also be impacted, unless a resumption of previous agreements underpins a negotiated agreement between the two nations.

    While President Trump may endure criticism and attacks by those critical of his trade policies, the impact of the trade war on the American industry overall remains relatively marginal. Meanwhile, President Xi is dealing with the reality of a China potentially in too much debt to once again spend its way out of trouble and with too much on the line geopolitically to gracefully back down from the dispute.

    Ultimately, if metrics like CKGSB Index are correct, the United States is currently winning this trade war, as the impact on Chinese industry seems to of a far greater magnitude than that experienced by American Business.”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Do it.


    “The editors of the Wall Street Journal urge Senate Republicans to keep Democrats in Washington, D.C. until every pending Trump administration nominee is confirmed. They have a point.

    Democrats have succeeded to a shocking (and unprecedented) degree in preventing the president from staffing his administration with the well-qualified personnel of his choice. Eric Dreiband and Jeff Clark are perhaps the two best examples of this pattern of obstruction but, at the same time, are the tip of the iceberg.

    As the WSJ editors state:

    Democrats file cloture on every nominee, which kicks off 30 hours of debate even if no Senator is opposed. They figure if they can’t defeat nominees they can delay and consume valuable time. Democrats have forced 117 cloture votes—versus 12 in Barack Obama’s first two years and four in George W. Bush’s.

    Mitch McConnell is in a position now to break the logjam. Vulnerable Democratic Senators are eager to get home and campaign. McConnell has the ability to keep them in Washington so they can do the work — voting on presidential nominees — they should have been doing the past year and a half.


    The question this month is whether Senate Democrats will accept a deal to confirm more judges and nominees. . .Let’s hope Republicans extract a high price for that privilege: Some 198 nominations are backed up awaiting confirmation, according to the Partnership for Public Service tracking.”

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Traitors! Traitors! Bring out the official Trump Cult Inquisitors! Why did you like that post? Why did you follow that NeverTrumper? This is a Soft Coup against Dear Leader.


  6. Someone should try to explain to Dear Leader (use cartoons or have a porn star or Playboy bunny whisper in his ear) that in a trade war, everybody loses.


  7. One side blames tariffs, the other an out of control fed raising rates too soon. The truth is somewhere in the middle.

    Either way, it couldn’t go up forever, and sooner or later a correction was bound to happen.

    You’ll have to forgive me for feeling little sympathy for the tech stocks and Bezos. Zero in fact.


    “U.S. stock index futures tanked ahead of Thursday’s open, as the global market rout continued to thrash stocks.

    Around 7 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures sank 205 points, indicating a loss of about 300 points at the open. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also pointed to sharp drops at the open.

    Tech shares were also headed for a steep decline after posting their worst day in seven years in the previous session. Facebook and Apple were both down more than 1 percent in the premarket, while Amazon and Netflix dropped at least 2 percent each. Twitter and Alphabet also traded more than 1 percent lower.”

    Thursday’s moves come a day after the Dow sank more than 800 points. Worries over fast-rising interest rates and a steep tech rout sent U.S. equities tumbling on Wednesday. International markets also fell on Thursday. Asia-Pacific stocks saw sharp declines by the region’s market close, while European shares tumbled.”



    “Buying a home just got a bit more expensive.

    Rates on the most common mortgage topped 5 percent for the first time since February 2011, making it even harder for buyers to get an affordable house.

    The average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate home loan – the most popular mortgages for purchases – increased to 5.05 percent last week, up from 4.96 the previous week and 4.16 percent a year earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Rates on other types of home loans – jumbo, FHA, 15-year and 5/1 adjustable-rate – all hit multi-year highs.

    The steadily rising 30-year rate also has cooled the appetite from borrowers. The volume of purchase applications slid 1 percent last week from the previous one, while the number of refinance applications sank 3 percent, according to the MBA.

    “Up until two weeks ago, I was quite busy,” said Scott Sheldon, branch manager of New American Funding in California. “But it’s slowed down. It’s not normal.”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Haley isn’t a traitor. In fact, unlike numerous never-Trump frauds who also signed the loyalty pledge, she’s someone whose word can be trusted.

    And she isn’t interested in ruining her future chances in order to make a losing effort to make you, Kristol, and the rest of the NT brigade happy. You’ll have to rely on Flakey or some other soon to be out of work anyway sucker for that losing endeavor.

    Trump 2020


    Liked by 1 person

  9. If even Trumpkins agree that the truth is somewhere in the middle, could someone dispatch a porn star or Playboy bunny to convince the economically illiterate Trump to stop making things worse and call off the trade war. Bezos is not going to go broke, but a recession would put a lot of Trumpkins out of work.


  10. Here is where I differ from Kristol. Haley is neither as smart nor as principled as Sasse, and she has the stink of Trump on her.

    Sasse 2020!


  11. SP, I agreed with most of the points in French’s article. I generally agree with French and Williamson. I almost agree with Mona Charen. It has to do with our age. If you have closely observed an effective conservative leader, you tend to have little tolerance for ignorance, demagoguery or incompetence.


  12. Never Trumpers are not to be trusted. They’d rather make nice with communist China than with their own neighbors at home who they see as worthless. As a Never Trumper, Sasse would be a poor choice in any year. Much better to go with Trump/Pence or Pence/Halley. If people really like Sasse, help him stay in the Senate where he has a chance of doing some good.


  13. Here’s a semi-good article in National Review about Russia, China, and the US. It draws some useful conclusions, but at the same time, the writer seems completely oblivious to the long-term causes. Instead he blames Obama. I suppose we must be grateful that at least China is being seen as a serious threat instead of the favorite trading partner Republicans have been making of it for several decades.



  14. Yes, it’s gotten this bad.


    “Deranged media gets Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s 3rd grade teacher to bad mouth him”

    “So many lines have been crossed by Democrats and their supportive media, I’m not sure there are any lines left.

    Stephen Miller, advisor to Trump, is hated by Democrats and other leftists because of his role helping elect Trump and Miller’s strong positions on immigration.

    Miller’s condo building has been the subject of protests.

    The New York Times investigated Miller’s high school and college years:

    Mr. Miller’s journey to this point, outlined over dozens of interviews with friends, classmates and current and former colleagues, is a triumph of unbending convictions and at least occasional contrivance. It is a story of beliefs that congealed early in a home that he helped nudge to the right of its blue-state ZIP code, and of an ideology that became an identity for a spindly agitator at a large and racially divided public high school.

    These formative years supplied the template for the life Mr. Miller has carved out for himself in Washington, where he remains the hard-line jouster many of Mr. Trump’s most zealous supporters trust most in the White House — and many former peers fear.

    In June 2018, Politico even ran a piece from one of Miller’s 3rd grade classmates, I Sat on the Other Side of Stephen Miller’s First Wall:

    It was difficult to make Stephen laugh. I found him difficult to reach at all, and so, it seemed, did most everyone else. He was frequently distracted, vacillating between total disinterest in everything around him—my stories, of course, included—and complete obsession with highly specific tasks that could only be performed alone.

    He especially was obsessed with tape and glue. Along the midpoint of our desk, Stephen laid down a piece of white masking tape, explaining that it marked the boundary of our sides and that I was not to cross it. The formality of this struck me as odd. I was a fairly neat kid, at least at school, and I had never spread my things to his side of the desk. Stephen, meanwhile, could not have been much messier: His side of the desk was sticky and peeling, littered with scraps of paper, misshapen erasers and pencil nubs.

    Now The Hollywood Reporter has jumped on the bandwagon, running a column by Miller’s 3rd grade teacher Nikki Fiske badmouthing Miller’s 3rd grade conduct, focusing on glue again, Stephen Miller’s Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue:”

    👉 and 😆 time.


    Liked by 1 person

  15. The televised Trump/Kanye West meeting is on now and is pretty funny. Trump has finally found someone who is more “full of bull” than himself.


  16. I listen to the Eric Metaxas show when I drive around. He’s on 2 hours a day, so I pick and choose which podcasts to listen to and generally avoid political ones.

    He had Ken Starr on the show on October 2 and because Ken Starr took care of a friend’s daughter in a dramatic circumstance in Central America ten years ago, I like him.

    He’s written a book about the Clinton investigation but several things came out of this interview which were of interest and which I think R. Weaver might find interesting. (Skip all the Hillsdale College parts, the music and anything that sounds like an ad).

    I did not know that Judge Kavanaugh, for example, worked with Starr on the Whitewater probe. That may not mean anything, but it is an interesting wrinkle.

    He also had positive things to say about Robert Mueller and his investigation. What was interesting was Starr’s comment that the indictment put Putin and Russia on report that they cannot export their meddling into American politics without someone paying attention.

    Apparently the same day Russia sponsored a pro-Trump rally in NYC, they also sponsored an anti-Trump rally–thereby attempting to sow discord in the US political system.

    I didn’t know that. Anyway, it was interesting. FYI


    Liked by 1 person

  17. Thanks, Michelle. I will try to listen to it on my evening walk.

    Kat Timpf reviews the Trump/Kanye summit.


  18. Huh.

    So a red wave for the Senate will also translate to better turnout for House races and governorships in those states as well.


    “RealClearPolitics data is pointing to a red wave in the Senate this November, with recent polls showing key seats like North Dakota and Arizona going or staying red.

    RealClear currently predicts that at least 49 Senate seats will be Republican and at least 44 will be Democrats, with seven toss-up races. In three of those toss-ups, recent polls contain good news for Republican candidates. If Republicans do win in the four toss-up races where they have the best chances — Arizona, Tennessee, Nevada and Missouri — the Senate could see a net gain of up to two senators, from 51 to 53.

    Other toss-up races in Nevada and Missouri show slimmer margins for Republicans. Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller is up by two points, which is within the margin of error, on Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen, according to numbers from late September and early October. In Missouri, Republican challenger Josh Hawley has a narrow 0.4 lead on Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to RealClear.

    Republicans will likely pick up a seat in North Dakota, where Republican challenger Kevin Cramer has as much as a 12-point lead on Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, according to polls from late September and early October.

    RealClear most recently changed its ranking for the Texas Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, from “Toss Up” to “Leans GOP” Monday.

    FiveThirtyEight highlighted Republicans’ improved Senate chances Tuesday. ”



  19. Everyone just focus on Kanye, and ignore the real news. 🙂



  20. “Eventually all rational conservatives come to the same conclusion:”

    Yes, I agree.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that you and the rest of the NTers are a bunch of whiny adults perpetually stuck in mean middle school girl mode..

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Think about it: Little Bush had Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice. Trump has Kanye West, Mike Tyson, Omarosa and Diamond and Silk.


  22. So it was all about the hat:


  23. No wonder the man got invited to the White House. He speaks Trumpkin gibberish.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.