WND Exclusive – The Debt-Ceiling Big Lie

By making a deal with the devil and siding with Chuck Schumer, President Trump may be lurching toward the dark side. And for what – an $8 billion disaster-relief package?

Eight billion dollars is a lot of money for the likes of us, but to the government it is nothing. They waste or misplace that amount in a week or two.

Heck, with a budget of around $4,000 billion ($4 trillion), the feds spend about $11 billion a day. We’re expected to believe that they can’t divert less than a day’s outlay to help out the truly needy – those who have lost everything in Texas and Louisiana, in some cases? Not to mention those who will surely lose everything if Irma tracks into Florida. We’re supposed to buy this load of crap? read more

Economics of Bacon and Natural Disasters

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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You may have noticed that the price of bacon is off the charts. I know I have. It appears to have basically doubled in the last months. Why?

It’s simple – supply and demand. Over the last few year demand for everything bacon has skyrocketed. It seems bacon is in everything. There is Maple Bacon ice cream for dogs. There are bacon cream Oreos, bacon flavored gumballs, bacon mayonnaise, bacon toothpaste and Amazon sells Lester’s bacon soda. I love bacon, but ick!

In February, Business Insider explained the effect the demand for bacon has had on the industry.

The country’s supply of frozen pork belly — the meat used to make bacon — fell from 53.4 million pounds in December 2015 to 17.8 million pounds in December 2016. That’s the lowest level the nation’s pork reserve has been at since 1957, according to US Department of Agriculture data. “Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” Rich Deaton, the president of the Ohio Pork Council, said in a statement highlighting the data. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.”

What we’re witnessing are naturally occurring market forces at work – basic economics – supply and demand, and why the cost of bacon has increased so much. As demand outstrips supply, prices naturally increase. If it didn’t, soon there would be no supply left. The free market, left to its own devices, devoid of government meddling, will then re-balance itself, allowing supply to catch up with demand. Bacon will then return to more reasonable prices.

Put it this way. You go to store to purchase something. For this scenario, it doesn’t matter what it is. Luckily, you happen upon a store offering the product at 50% off. Why? read more

Our Religious Freedom Falls in the Lap of the Supreme Court

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The supreme Court is set to begin its next session in October. It has a full docket when it gavels in. Among them are a couple Labor Relations/Arbitration cases, a plethora of immigration/refugee cases, and one which has “not been set for argument” as of yet.

Case No. 16-111 is “Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”

This case has become a familiar refrain to those who follow this nonsense – like me and all of you. It’s another case of religious freedom vs. the “rights” of homosexuals to demand a curtailment of religious freedom. I wonder what side the Colorado Civil Rights Commission falls on. Gee – I wonder.

In 2012, a happy homosexual couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, wished for Masterpiece Cakeshop to craft a wedding cake to commemorate the blessed event. “But Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, declined to make the cake for Mullins and Craig, saying that doing so would violate his religious beliefs. The couple then filed a complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission, arguing that Phillips’ actions violated the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation,” wrote MSNBC

David Mullins said in an interview that, “We’re not trying to shut down Masterpiece Cake Shop. We want Masterpiece Cake shop’s policy toward gays and weddings, gay weddings, to change.” read more

Enough Broken Promises Mr. President

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Why are we wasting our time talking about DACA? As much as I hate giving up on an issue, this one is a waste of our energies. The 800,000 (to start) illegal aliens are here to stay. And make no mistake – they are illegal aliens. Whether they are said to be “protected” by an illegal presidential action appears to be irrelevant.

Obama knew, as do the majority of the political left, that it has become easy to just create an entitlement class. Obama simply used a “stop me if you dare” executive memo to do so. With no such authority, he singlehandedly established, what Michelle Malkin describes  as a new “deserving” class.

She frustratingly repeats the tiresome refrain of DREAMer advocates:

“They don’t deserve to be punished.”
“They deserve protection.”
“They deserve the American dream.”
Deserve, deserve, deserve.

And why? Well – there is no why. There no longer has to be. Obama and the left knew that all they needed was time. Enough time for our political class to grow comfortable with idea of a new entitlement group. Time is the friend of all entitlements. They knew that given enough time, the new entitlement would become the new normal. Once it is installed and a little time is allowed to pass, it’s there for good. read more

Nothing More Important than Saving DACA

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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President Trump appears to be as good as his campaign promise – to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illegally instituted by Obama.

Well, he kind of did and kind of didn’t. Although some on the right are praising him for ending the amnesty program, he did so with a caveat.

It seems nothing can be done cleanly in Washington. There must always be an exception or fine print.

Although the DACA program will not accept new arrivals, and that’s good, Trump did give Congress the opportunity, with a 6 month deadline, to “fix it” by way of legislation.

This of course is the way any immigration policy should be defined – by a law – crafted and passed by Congress, which has sole purview over all matters concerning naturalization, and by extension, immigration.

CNN reports that, “Under existing law, before DACA, these children were just as subject to deportation as their parents, even though they were blameless in the decision to cross the border and most have known no other home besides the United States.” read more

Video Podcast – I’m Dreamin of an End to DACA

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Trump has plans to end Obama’s signature program this Tuesday. Let’s hope he does. I explain why DACA is unfair to Americans and frankly is illegal and unconstitutional. Recall that the program was cooked up and sent out as a memo, called an Executive Action.

I also discuss Florida Governor Rick Scott’s convoluted position in favoring the DACA program. He wants to make the Dream Act permanent. Good for him – NOT. read more

A Federal Judge Meddles in Indian Affairs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On Wednesday, August 30, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the descendants of black slaves once owned by Cherokee Indians could legally become citizens of the Cherokee Nation.

This is just another of a long and growing list of judicial usurpations. This lower court justice, Thomas Hogan, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has no business sticking his nose in this case.

“Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who once were owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.,” writes the AP. “The Cherokee Nation can continue to define itself as it sees fit,” Hogan wrote in the ruling, “but must do so equally and evenhandedly with respect to native Cherokees and the descendants of Cherokee Freedmen.”

Well, evidently it cannot “define itself as it sees fit.” It can define itself as a hack judge determines it must.

The Constitution is quite clear that is the sole authority of the United States Congress alone, “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes…” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3)

Yet the Constitution no longer seems to be the barrier it was designed to be against government intrusion and the overreach of activist Judges – especially old white judges. read more

The Left Equates Trump to a Latin America Dictator

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Another day brings more insanity from the left.

As the novelty of statue-felling is slowing, it’s time to return to the old stand-by: Trump Derangement Syndrome. Now they’re worried that Trump will refuse to vacate the White House when his term(s) is up.

It is interesting that the left thinks of Trump exactly what we thought of Obama earlier in his reign of terror – that he would not vacate the White House. Some even posited that Obama would attempt and end around the Constitution and run for a third term, due to his overwhelming popularity.

But later in his presidency, Obama, I thought, couldn’t wait to get out. He had accomplished virtually everything he set out to do. And in the end, he did in fact hightail it out of there to begin a lifestyle of the rich and famous, filled with champagne wishes and caviar dreams (h/t Robin Leach).

Yet, as Barack is living it up, his radical legacy is living on within the pro-communist Antifa movement. They’ve taking the baton from Obama, and are seeking to “change our traditions, change our history and move into a different place as a nation” (h/t Michelle Obama).

Like Obama and the radicals that came before him, like Alinsky, Cloward and Piven and many others – Antifa seeks to upend virtually all American traditions. read more

So the President Pardoned Sheriff Joe – So What

By: the Common Constitutionalist

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I don’t often disagree with the Washington Examiner, but I’m afraid I must this time.

They posted an article entitled, “Trump, once the law and order candidate, embraces lawless disorder with Arpaio pardon.”

So now it’s not only the left who are piling on Joe Arpaio and President Trump, but those on the right are joining the chorus.

You would expect that Trump would have received mass-condemnation from the left. After all, they are the soft-on crime party of illegal aliens. However, many on the supposed right, or who at least call themselves Republicans, are also screeching at Trump’s pardon of the former Maricopa County sheriff.

“The speaker does not agree with the decision,” Doug Andres, spokesman for Speaker Paul Ryan said. “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”

And what is all this hubbub about? Why did Sheriff Joe have to be pardoned? He was found guilty of criminal contempt by a leftist Clinton appointee, U.S. District Court judge Susan Bolton. She found him guilty of defying her order to cease the “profiling” of Latinos. read more

More ObamaCare Rate Hikes Coming

Remember, others and I warned, years ago, that as bad as ObamaCare seemed then, the disaster of the bill would not appear until after Obama was safely out of office. Well folks – welcome to it. Ever disaster that is and will occur was baked in long ago and artificially tamped down or covered up until after this last election.

from IBD:

ObamaCare, Not Trump, Is Causing ObamaCare’s Massive Rate Hikes

In Iowa, the state’s sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%. This isn’t exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised. But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare’s government-knows-best approach to health care.

Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa’s ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave. Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the increases. read more