Republicans Fiscal Hawks – Oh Please!

from the Daily Wire:

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: Government Shutdown Begins And Ends, Republican Congress Authorizes Trillion-Dollar Deficit

Unicorns.

Leprechauns.

Fiscal conservatives.

All of these are figments of the imagination. But fiscal conservatives continue to haunt the darkened hallways of American politics, every so often materializing to shout “BOO!” at the party in power, only to recede into the shadows as soon as they are called upon to actually govern. How else to explain the sheer cowardice of a Republican Party that just passed a massive budget increase, then cheered it as the very model of a modern budget victory?

ABC News breaks down the bill: read more

We Know How Great our Military is – We Don’t Need a Parade to Prove it

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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President Trump says he has an interest in a military parade in Washington D.C. sometime in the future.Image result for military parade

Fox Business reported on it.

“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

First, I don’t think it really serves any purpose. Those who love and respect the military already do, and show it as often as we can – and you’re not going to change the minds of leftists. Also, in my humble opinion – those who can’t fight, parade, those who can, don’t need to parade.

Personally I hated wearing my dress uniforms. Heck, I don’t care for wearing a civilian suit. Most of our military are lunch-pail, fatigue wearing fighting men and women. They are not accustomed to goose-stepping down some city street like so many dancing monkeys, on display for their civilian overlords. read more

Have the Democrats Introduced an Immigration Overton Window Scenario

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Conservatives constantly complain about a lack of transparency in Washington, and for good reason. Just look at the MuellerImage result for McCain Coons investigation, the FBI and FISA. But on at least one issue, things are as transparent as they can be.

This issue is immigration and the transparency is John McCain’s white-hot hatred of Donald Trump. McCain will not miss a single opportunity to stick a finger in the eye of Trump, regardless of the damage to his Party and especially the nation.

And so it is yet again as the great Maverick of the Senate, John McCain, joined forces with democrat Chris Coons to introduce their own “bipartisan” immigration proposal.

Bipartisan is supposed to mean working together and compromising, when needed, for the good of the whole. Yet we should know by now, bipartisan in Washington bears no resemblance to the real world. D.C. bipartisanship means only that Republicans cave to the immediate demands of democrats, trusting the untrustworthy dems to follow through with whatever vague promise they make of maybe giving the right a little of what they want later. And we also know that later never comes. read more

WND Exclusive – TRUMP’S TRANSFORMATION FROM CARICATURE TO STATESMAN

OK, everyone has said their peace regarding the State of the Union speech. I guess it’s my turn.

I must admit that I was dreading that night. I was so close to not even watching it. I never cared for Trump’s voice, his inflection, his mannerisms, his facial expressions. There was pretty much nothing I liked along those lines.

I had also prejudged the speech – figuring I knew what he was going to say and how he would act. So why even watch? But I decided to suck it up and watch it anyway. I’m glad I did. This was not campaign Trump or rookie Trump. This was our president and a statesman. read more

Video Podcast – How is Trump’s Economy Doing?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss that the left has been attempting to downplay the startling Trump economic recover by saying that, “See, he didn’t the 3% growth target we were meant to expect.”

Yes, the economy that staggered along at 1.nothing percent to negative percent growth under 8 years of Obama has been eclipsed in short order by 2.3-2.6% growth, and this is somehow disappointing.

I discuss why the huge one day point drop in the Dow is not as big a deal as many would have us think.

And in my financial tip of the day, which is my only tip of the day, I discuss how Federal Reserve interest rate hikes will affect credit card debt and payments, and what to do about it read more

Yes, Democracies Die, but Republicanism Lives On

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The leftist website Vox.com posted an article yesterday entitled, “How democracies die, explained.” Of course it has to do with the president, but they add that, “The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.” Well bully for them. Dilly Dilly!

Now right off the bat, we should notice a glaring error. It may stem from calculation or ignorance. In case you missed it, America is not a democracy. However those of leftist persuasion often refer to the United States as one. We are of course a representative republic.

To the ignorant, those who have not been taught the difference, this is understandable. Being ignorant is simply lacking knowledge. No matter how well educated one is, he or she will always be ignorant of something. There are no exceptions. Okay one. God knows everything.

However, knowing the difference and deliberately misleading the ignorant is a different story. This, for want of better term, is malicious. read more

Democrats Show who the Real Extremists Are

from IBD:

Democrats Dig Themselves Into A Hole After Trump’s Speech

President Trump’s political opponents complain that he is petulant, extremist and divisive. Then they revealed themselves at the State of the Union — with the entire country watching — to be far more petulant, extremist and divisive than Trump. Touché.

Trump has many faults, but one of his unique abilities is to drive his opponents absolutely bonkers. That was nowhere more evident than Tuesday night, when Trump delivered what was by all estimations a very good speech. A CBS poll found that 75% approved of it, and CNN’s poll found that 70% had a positive reaction.

The resulting contrast between Trump’s speech and the Democrats’ childish antics in the House chamber that night was painful.

At one point, Trump stated the fact that black unemployment is at historic lows. read more

SOTU – The Good, the Bad and The Opportunities Missed

from Conservative Review:

Trump must commit to ensuring policy overrides personality.

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Almost all of President Trump’s prepared policy speeches in primetime have been well written and capably delivered in the proper tenor. While State of the Union addresses in recent years have become less impactful, Trump’s speeches always have the potential to open the ears of more voters to his message because those turned off by him are primarily hostile to his persona, not his message. The fact that he delivers a serious and substantive speech gets him more mileage than a typical president. Thus, there is no doubt, much like last year’s address to Congress, this one will be well received, perhaps more so.

The speech was perfectly written to blend together the president’s unorthodox way of approaching issues together with formal rhetoric, story-telling, and props. Unlike with Clinton and Obama, the fact that this was a lengthy speech was actually a good thing. Americans need to hear this version of Trump more often. And those watching the optics of the speech were entreated to a spectacle where he looked quite moderate and the Democrats looked extreme beyond anything we’ve seen before – where there is no regard for American dreamers, victims of illegal alien crime, success against terrorists, or standing for the national anthem. read more

No to Protectionism Mr. President

from IBD:

High Tariffs And Weak Dollar Are No Way To Make America Great Again

As we’ve noted many times, President Trump’s first year was a rousing success when it comes to economic policy. But one new troubling exception has recently emerged: The Trump administration’s advocacy of a weaker dollar and trade protection. It’s a big mistake.

 In recent months, the U.S. dollar has weakened noticeably against other currencies. The Fed’s trade-weighted dollar index, which measures the dollar’s value against all of our trading partners, after adjusting for volume of trade, has fallen just over 8% in the past year, to a three-year low. That’s a sizable decline.

What concerns us is that the pace has picked up since the start of this year, with the dollar falling more than 3% since January 1 as talk of more trade protection for the U.S. economy gathers steam.  More importantly, the Trump administration has all but announced an explicit policy goal of having a weaker dollar. read more

Trump says Release the FISA Memo

from Zero Hedge:

Trump Ignores DOJ Warning, Notifies Sessions He Wants FISA Memo Released

 President Trump broke with the Department of Justice last week by calling for the release of a four-page “FISA memo” purportedly summarizing widespread surveillance absues by the FBI, DOJ and Obama Administration, reports the Washington Post.

The President’s desire was relayed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly last Wednesday – putting the Trump White House at odds with the DOJ – which said that releasing the classified memo written by congressional republicans “extraordinarily reckless” without allowing the Department of Justice to first review the memo detailing its own criminal malfeasance during and after the 2016 presidential election.

The decision to release the memo ultimately lies with congress. read more