Trump to Bureaucrats – Out With the Old

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There should be no permanent jobs in U.S. government of any kind. A large portion of the problem incoming administrations have is the entrenched, perpetual bureaucracy.

Whether they be elected, appointed or hired as any other employee would, there should be no permanent job security. Even at its best, permanent job security leads inevitably to sloth. With tenure there is also little incentive to excel and innovate. This is of course where the old saying, “good enough for government work,” comes from.

Yet this has been the life’s work for the democrat party for decades. Over the years, rules have been crafted pertaining to the hiring and release of federal government bureaucrats. It’s far too easy to hire them and very difficult to fire them. Leftist bureaucrats are specifically bred in colleges and universities to populate government. They are trained for nothing else.

Therefore, as we would expect, Republican administrations have a much tougher go of it when they obtain authority over these departments, by way of winning elections.

Some say it’s impossible for an incoming administration to clean house, so many take this as gospel and don’t even try. Others, like the George W. Bush administration, tried the compassionate conservative approach, thinking his people could work with the entrenched bureaucracy. He found out otherwise. He discovered that regardless of who wins elections, the bureaucrats believe they run Washington and the government. And as long as incoming administrations buy into this premise, it will just continue. This is what is meant by “shadow government.” read more

Trump’s Travel Expenses Should be Scrutinized as Obama’s Were

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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We on the right complained of the incredible expense over the years of Obama’s travel, and rightly so.

For eight long years the U.S. economy struggled while King Barack and the Royal family jetted off to wherever they liked, incurring millions of dollars of expense for every trip.

And we chided him for his callousness – that he should lead by example – and why can’t he and his family just utilize the fully equipped Presidential retreat, Camp David as his predecessors have done?

This is our money we said – not his that he is recklessly wasting. And in the end, the final tally for Obama travel was a truly staggering amount.

On December 29, 2016, Breitbart reported  that, “Taxpayers footed the bill for $96 million in mostly personal travel expenses for President Obama and his family over the eight years Obama has occupied the White House.”

Judicial Watch stated that, “documents from both the Secret Service and the Air Force relating to Obama travel expenses, bring the known total over the past eight years to $96,938,882.51…”

Just shy of $100 million in travel expenses! That’s incredible and sickening. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive – Democrats: The Wackier They Get the More We Win

Think about just how bad your message must be if you still can’t win elections, even with virtually everything stacked in your favor.

The Democrats have had the television and print media in their pockets for decades. Hollywood has been firmly behind them – even producing programming wholly designed to promote the left’s candidate, as in the TV show “Madam Secretary.” Save for a few instances, they’ve had leftist judges and courts consistently rule in their favor regarding election law.

They’ve been able to divide the nation into victimized groups, by way of race, creed and gender – informing each, or rather lying to them, that they cannot succeed without Democratic help. read more

Can We Please Repeal Dodd-Frank Already

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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As most are aware, the government’s response to the mortgage/banking crisis was the passage of the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” commonly known as Dodd-Frank, for the namesakes and supposed authors of the bill, Chris Dodd and Barney Fwank.

Dodd-Frank was signed into law on July 21, 2010, by our dear former president Obama. Practically the day after passage, Republicans came forth en masse to protest the law and vow to repeal it.

Well – it’s been 7 years – how bout it.

Just yesterday Senator Orrin Hatch declared  Dodd-Frank to be, “worse than Obamacare. I think it’s one of the worst bills that’s ever been passed through Congress.” Hatch added that, “To treat all these banks like they’re a bunch of crooks and you have to watch everything they do is, I think, beyond the pale.”

Naturally, those on the left are all a-twitter, insisting that the infinitely more competent federal government must continue to keep these “crooks” and incompetents on Wall Street in check. Without government intervention, Wall Street and Mortgage banking would look like the Wild West.

So who’s right and who’s wrong, and just why did we need the over-burdening Dodd-Frank law to begin with? read more

Sanders v Cruz – A Debate for the Ages

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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My son and I watched the Obamacare debate between comrade Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz the other night.

We both agreed it was the most entertaining debate we had ever watched. It was actually fun. When was last time anyone could say that of a political debate? Answer: Never!

Debates are predictable and boring. We can mostly surmise what each candidate will say before they do. And it’s always droll political double-speak. They talk and talk and never say anything. It is a practiced and smarmy art form.

But this was different, which is why it was a relative ratings bonanza. Obviously people enjoyed it as it was the night’s top-rated cable news program in the 25-54 age bracket.

What I personally found fascinating and was pleasantly surprised by were that the moderators, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, TV news stars in their own right, made no attempt to put themselves before the two participants. Many times over the last year, the moderators attempted to steal the limelight, as it were. read more

Lee Has Advice for Cruz

Mike Lee tweets Ted Cruz a hilarious video to prepare for Bernie Sanders debate

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (R)and Senator Mike Lee of R-UT attend a hearing on sequestration effects on military budget and spending before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 7, 2013. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

In a very funny video posted on the Twitter account of Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), he gives Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) some help preparing for his debate with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) set for Tuesday evening on CNN. read more

Has Rahm Emanuel Foreshadowed the Death of the Democrat Party

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Rahm Emanuel, democrat Mayor of Chicago, had some sage advice for all the other hard leftists in the Party nationwide.

In a speech  he gave on Monday at Stanford University, he told his fellow dems to “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.” He also added that if some had dreams of winning back power two years from now, “It ain’t gonna happen in 2018.”

Ahhh – music to my ears. But if they keep this up – he’s right – they will be hard pressed to win anything in 2018 – or beyond. And that is Emanuel’s point.

Communist and former Obama Green Jobs Czar Van Jones was quoted as saying: “I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

In others words, I will hide my outward radical leftist façade from the public and remake myself into a respectable member of society. I will stop marching and protesting and trade in my Che Guevara t-shirt for a suit. I’ll still be a Marxist. I will just no longer look and sound so conspicuous and scary. read more

Senators Propose Cutting Immigration by Half

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If one wants to know what an “America First” approach to reforming our legal immigration system looks like, one need look no further than the bill introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (C, 76%) and David Perdue, R-Ga. (C, 75%).

On Tuesday, the duo introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, which would restructure our immigration system to better address the needs of the American people.

All in all, Sen. Cotton’s office press release states, “The RAISE Act would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year and to 539,958 by its tenth year — a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015.” read more

So Who is Really in Charge of Immigration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s obvious and has been demonstrated repeatedly as of late, that the Democrat Party cares less for American citizens than it does for foreign visitors and illegal immigrants.

The Party has also exhibited a willingness to flaunt or outright break the law in doing so.

Being that the Common Constitutionalist is not an actual Constitutional scholar, I cannot say for certain if President Trump’s temporary ban of people from seven foreign nations is or is not Constitutional – anymore than I can say Obama’s was. But I can read…and think.

However, the larger and longer lasting issue is that of illegal immigration, and States and cities refusal to follow federal law. However some would consider this a gray area.

If one were to look to the Constitution, which should always be first consulted, we would see that the word immigration doesn’t appear anywhere. What does is Article I, Section 8, clause 4, which states that, “Congress shall have the Power To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…” read more

Leftists Go Nuts at the Thought of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The intolerance of the “tolerant” left has never been more evident than during the many cabinet hearings this year. The democrat vitriol has been on full display in virtual every hearing, but possibly none more contentious than that of nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. Although it may be a toss-up between her and Jeff Sessions – a 1 and 1-A type of thing.

Let me go on record, saying emphatically, that there should be no education Secretary, because there should be no federal Department of Education.

But since there is, and it doesn’t appear President Trump has any design to dump it, we must have someone to run it, so Trump has chosen the multibillionaire DeVos, as the left prefers to describe her.

Radical leftists have lost their minds over DeVos. The College Fix reported  on a Facebook post by UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, former labor secretary under Bill Clinton and senior whack-job of MoveOn.org saying: “DeVos knows nothing about public education, cares nothing for public education, has never even been publicly-educated, and appears to have learned nothing in her briefings for the hearing. If she’s confirmed, anyone can be confirmed for anything.”

Well, knowing nothing more than this, she has my endorsement. But Reich isn’t too far off, regarding his comment that the Senate will confirm anyone for anything. read more