Regulation Nation Would Be Fourth Largest

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Donald Trump has been saying for months that part of America’s problem is that we’re just not winning anymore – and you know – he’s right – sort of. We don’t win regarding trade deals or wars or whatever. As he states – the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

Well, not exactly.

As many others and I have attempted to explain (wars aside), we lose because of self-inflicted wounds – not from outside forces outflanking us, so to speak. Let me explain it this way.

There are two racers at a starting line about to compete in a 200 meter dash. It’s not rocket science. The fastest guy wins – that’s it. However, in this race the track is not laid out equitably. The first sprinter has but one rule. Stay in your lane and run full out to the finish line. But the second racer is not so lucky. In front of him (or her, for all you feminists) there is a mud pit, a 15 ft cargo net and log obstacles. And to add insult to injury, the obstacles were set up by his own coaches. Now who do you think will win? Of course the sprinter who has no obstacles. read more

Podcast – Who Should Be On Our Money – Tribute to Prince – The Sierra Club Now Wants to Kill Gas and Oil

In this episode I give a stirring tribute to the artist known as Prince. The next segment centers on a discussion of just who should be on our paper money. The Donald and his surrogates believe we should leave it alone and that the change is just due to political correctness. I then give my thoughts on just who should adorn our dollar bills.

In the final segment I discuss a recent IBD article regarding the Sierra Club and their attack on our remaining energy sectors. You won’t believe what they admit to. read more

More Man-Caused Disaster in The Golden State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Way back on April 7th (4 days ago) I wrote an article regarding the California drought explaining that the conditions they are now faced could have been dealt with, with a little innovation and a lot less wacky environmentalism. You may review it here.

stop-poseidon-desal-plantThe left leaning journal The Economist even advances the fact that “Other places have dealt with drought better than California. Israel, for example, has built large desalination plants that helped the country, which is 60% desert, cope with a seven-year drought between 2004 and 2010 and the driest winter on record in 2013-14. In California, desalination is harder because electricity is costly, thanks to a renewable-energy program. And green rules make building anything slow. A company called Poseidon will this year complete a $1 billion desalination facility to increase San Diego’s water supply by 7%, but only after six years of permitting and litigation. Many other desalination projects around the state have stalled or simply been abandoned.” The Greenies strike again!

So now battle lines have been drawn over who gets the water. Governor Moonbeam is busy putting restrictions on cities and towns but has left the farming communities virtually alone, reports conclude.

“Mr. Brown put his foot on urban hosepipes while letting farmers carry on merrily wasting water, for which they pay far less than urbanites. Agriculture sucks up about 80% of the state’s water (excluding the half that is reserved for environmental uses),” the Economist adds. read more

Elections Will Be Stolen

from: IBD

Theft: As “calibration errors” switch votes in Illinois and Maryland, an election watchdog group sues the latter over massive voting by noncitizens in one county after discovering voters registered in multiple states.

The fact that many people will do anything to get out of jury duty has exposed massive fraudulent voting in Frederick County, Md., that may have been going on for years. Illegal aliens who stated they were noncitizens on jury duty forms were found to have cast votes in elections. read more

Buckle Up for Housing Bubble Part Deux

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

It’s déjà vu all over again! Reports are coming in that the federal government is once again relaxing the rules regarding mortgages. The new rules being adopted by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-government mortgage insurers, decreased the down payment requirements from 5% to 3%.

Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency said, “Through these revised guidelines, we believe that the enterprises will be able to responsibly serve a targeted segment of credit worthy borrowers with lower down payment mortgages by taking into account compensating factors. It is yet another much-needed piece to the broader access-to-credit puzzle.”

You may have noticed that Watt used the code words, “targeted segment”, which of course means minorities.

So who is Mel Watt? Well back in January, IBD warned us all of who he is. They wrote: “We warned that Watts swearing in as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency would mark the start of the next housing bubble. We pointed out the Congressional Black Caucus former head has a soft spot for those who can’t afford homes and that as a Democrat lawmaker he pressed Freddie to lend even to ‘welfare recipients’ in his district.”

In other words, Mel Watt is a Social Justice Racialist. read more

Dick Durbin Bullies Walgreen

from IBD:

Well, the thugs and bullies in the White House and on Capitol Hill have scored another victory — if you can call it that — over a major American company.

After a month of assaults and threats from the D.C. political class, venerable drug retailer Walgreen Co. announced it will remain headquartered in Illinois for the time being instead of entering a tax-inversion merger with Europe’s Alliance Boots that would move it abroad to lower its tax bill.

Good news for Washington, but the millions of Walgreen shareholders aren’t partying it up. read more

Unions Sour On Green Aganda

In a colossal “See, We Told You So”, it seems even Unions are souring on The Obama “Green” agenda. The shame of it is that probably 90% of them voted for their own potential demise by voting for Obama.

from IBD:

Well, well. Another big union has publicly declared that its members are the real front-line victims of the Obama administration’s war on domestic energy production.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers came out with guns blazing this week against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

In a press release, it warns what we’ve been saying about these economically masochistic carbon emission regulations from the start: “They will kill more than 150,000 good jobs while having a minimal effect on global greenhouse emissions.” read more

McDonald’s CEO Supports Raising The Minimum Wage

from IBD:

Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, recently remarked that his company would support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

It is always noteworthy when a chief executive has kind words about regulation affecting his industry. After all, if McDonald’s saw benefit in paying its workers more, it could do so today without having to wait for Congress. No regulation needed. read more

Holder To Ban Religion In Terror Probes

While reading the following article, ask yourself why? What could be the administration’s possible motivation? Is it just political correctness gone amuck, the obvious affection for the Muslim Brotherhood or something else – something far worse? Something like the want to invoke Martial Law if another attack occurs. Whatever the motivation, it appears the administration is inviting another attack.

 

from IBD: According to NBC News, the Justice Department will soon prohibit religious profiling in terror cases. The move, if true, would completely blind federal law enforcement to the threat from Islamic extremism.

Already, the department has forced the FBI to bleach references to “Islam” and “jihad” from its counterterrorism training materials. It’s also made it harder for agents to infiltrate radical mosques.

But Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly now wants to make it illegal for agents to even consider religion in their investigations.

Democrats on the Hill are cheering the changes, along with the ACLU and radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups, who have all lobbied the administration for them. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has seen several of its officials jailed on terror-related charges, calls it “a step in the right direction.”

Appearing before the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 2012, CAIR demanded the administration remove religion as a factor in terrorism investigations, even though just four years earlier Justice had named CAIR an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator. read more

Why Is The Press Fighting To Protect Wendy Davis?

Bias: Have you heard the one about the Texas gubernatorial candidate who created a fictional life story to sell herself to voters? Probably not, since the person in question is a darling of the liberal media.

Wendy Davis hit the national spotlight last year when she mounted an 11-hour filibuster against a bill to ban late-term abortions in Texas (that was ultimately signed into law).

The media swooned. The New York Times called her “a feminist folk hero,” a “titan in pink tennis shoes” and “a single mother who became a lawyer (and) stood up to the Republican boys’ club.” CNN gushed about Davis’ “history of persisting against tough odds.” Others called her “courageous,” “articulate,” “gutsy” and “inspiring.”

She was a rising star in the Democratic Party with a shot at claiming the governorship in a solid-red state.

Given Davis’ oft-repeated story, such praise may have seemed fitting. The bio on her state Senate website says she’s “been taking on tough fights her entire life.” read more