What Good is the Debt Ceiling?

from IBD: 

In his surprise deal with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling last week, President Trump went one step further: He proposed getting rid of the debt ceiling entirely. It’s not a bad idea, but only if you control future spending.

“The president encouraged congressional leaders to find a more permanent solution to the debt ceiling so the vote is not so frequently politicized,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Her comments came as the Senate voted 80 to 17 to approve the deal that would raise the debt ceiling and keep the government running until Dec. 8, while spending $15.25 billion on emergency relief. 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

Maybe Trump Really Did Win the Popular Vote

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Let’s say, just for fun, that you were a flight attendant. One of your jobs is to check the number of passengers vs. what’s on the flight manifest. Too few and you would chalk it up to someone missing their flight. Oh well. But what if there were too many passengers? You would figure there’s a problem.

The same might go for a cruise ship, like the Love Boat. Maybe Gopher, the ship’s purser, found a discrepancy. He discovered there was a stowaway – or maybe several more on board than the ship’s manifest indicated. Naturally you would think he would alert the authorities. Stowing away is illegal.

You know what else is illegal? Falsely registering to vote. But this, according to the left, simply isn’t happening. It was just another hyperbolic claim from our unhinged President.

However IBD, reporting on Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project, found that, “some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens.” You don’t say. read more

Republicans Work with Democrats to Bail Out ObamaCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Yep – Republican inner-circle hack, Lamar Alexander, is working with Chuck Schumer to stab us in the back.

Have we voters finally woken up to the reality that Republicans, save for a relative few, never really wanted to repeal and replace, or just repeal ObamaCare?

It’s not that they are enamored with the un-Affordable Care Act. I don’t think they are at all. They are just lazy, shiftless and lack any kind of courage or leadership.

These Senators have the luxury of being only one of 100. The President effectively stands alone. He can’t hide behind other members of the “august” body. He can’t make promises like our current Senate leadership and then blame the failure on some arcane procedural or parliamentarian rule.

He can’t take to the microphone to make some bold statement and then slink off to some back room where a double-deal is being hatched behind locked doors. If he tried, you could be sure it would be leaked almost immediately. read more

Warmists Lie about the Paris Climate Agreement

from IBD:

For Climate-Change Hypocrites, U.S. Is Too Frackin’ Much

The tut-tutting and tsk-tsking about the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement knows no end. But as yet another news story shows, the Paris deal is an utter fraud and should be considered as such.

As Francis Menton of the Manhattan Contrarian blog recently pointed out, a July 9 New York Times headline couldn’t hide the paper’s disgust and contempt for President Trump for once again telling the G20 group of nations that the U.S. would not fulfill President Obama’s unkeepable climate promises under the Paris accords.

“World Leaders Move Forward On Climate Change, Without U.S.,” the Times headline sneered. read more

Comey and Hillary – Doppelgangers of Crime

from IBD:

Mystery Solved: Now We Know Why Comey Did Nothing About Hillary

No wonder former FBI Director James Comey refused to press charges last summer against Hillary Clinton for her egregious security breaches: It turns out, he may have been guilty of the same thing.

As the inside-the-beltway political publication The Hill reported, more than half of the memos FBI Director James Comey wrote after having spoken to President Trump about the Russia investigation contained classified information. The Hill cites as its sources “officials familiar with the documents.”

Not surprisingly, perhaps, Trump on Monday morning tweeted out an angry response: “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!”

He may be onto something there. read more

EU Targets Another American Company – Because They Are American

from IBD:

The European Union has once again kicked a giant U.S. tech firm in the shins in yet another pathetic fit of jealous pique. Last time, it was Apple (AAPL), supposedly because it didn’t pay enough taxes. This time, it’s Google, largely because, well, European companies just can’t compete.

The EU’s so-called Competition Commission — whose name suggests the same level of irony as the Ministry of Truth did in George Orwell’s “1984” — says that Alphabet(GOOGL) subsidiary Google must cough up a record fine of $2.7 billion because Europe’s homegrown firms can’t compete.

“Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors,” said the EU’s top antitrust bureaucrat, Margrethe Vestager. “What Google has done is illegal under EU rules.” read more

Did Trump Win Also Win the Popular Vote?

from IBD:

Late in 2016, we created a stir by suggesting that Donald Trump was likely right when he claimed that millions of noncitizens had illegally voted in the U.S. election. Now, a study by a New Jersey think tank provides new evidence that that’s what happened.

Last November, just weeks after his Electoral College win that gave him the presidency, then President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

The reaction was angry and swift, with the left accusing him of being an “internet troll” and of hatching a “Twitter-born conspiracy theory.”

At the time, we noted that a group called True The Vote, an online anti-voter-fraud website, had claimed that illegals had cast three million votes last year. The media and left-wing groups immediately portrayed True The Vote as a fringe group with little credibility. read more

Wal-Mart has Turned to Cronyism to Compete

from IBD:

Main Street” is Americana. Literally, it’s the primary road in a town, but culturally it’s much more than that. Main street is synonymous with mainstream, but it also evokes core American ideals like fairness — that the rules are the same for the “average Joe” as they are for wealthy corporations.

In recent years, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) has tried to appropriate “Main Street” into the names of various lobbying campaigns it’s funding. First, it was the “Alliance for Main Street Fairness,” a Wal-Mart-led coalition to impose price controls on payment fees.

Now the company is behind the “Main Street Energy Alliance,” a group of companies who are working to convert the government’s ethanol quotas into a weapon against their competitors. read more

Climate Fraudsters Demand More Cash

from IBD:

Just when you think the climate change lunacy couldn’t get any worse, the U.N.’s climate-crats up the ante. Meeting in Bonn, Germany, for yet another unneeded climate conference, attendees are now demanding $300 billion a year more to help less-developed nations cope with anticipated climatic warming. Are they kidding?

By the way, that $300 billion is in addition to the $100 billion that the world’s governments have already promised to deliver under the Paris Climate Agreement. So now they’re asking for a total of $400 billion a year in climate welfare for the developing world. No sane government would sign on to such a scam. Which of course means that most of them probably will.

There’s really no end to this insanity. To make it worse, the proposal before the Bonn climate talks calls for the added taxpayer-funded cash to be doled out not by the governments themselves, or even the U.N. No, the money will be channeled through existing nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs.

In other words, left-wing green groups around the world will become the conduits for billions of dollars in money handed out to ethically challenged, nondemocratic governments. Think there might be a tiny temptation for corruption there? read more