Nice to know we still a few sane people left in Washington!
from Rand Paul for the Washington Examiner:
Sen. Rand Paul: The debt and the decline of empire
I ran into a couple of GOP senators the other day. They were talking about the fall of the Roman Empire (who knew senators might actually discuss history?). One senator made the point that Rome’s fall corresponded with a loss of values, which of course has some merit. But that’s missing the bigger picture. I responded that perhaps their decline had something to do with being overextended militarily, knowing that they would likely reject this point since it might imply that the United States, also, might be faced with the same future.
History certainly has lessons, but it’s amazing that after 2,000 years we still draw different conclusions. I couldn’t resist to jab them a little: “You know our own decline will ultimately come when we can’t manage our debt.”
from the Washington Examiner:
What liberals and progressives get so horribly wrong about taxes
It’s a consistent complaint that those wondrous social democracies over in Europe get so much more from government, so why can’t we here in the U.S.? Some advocating this are even willing to make the (true) point that to get so much more from government, we’ll all have to pay so much more, as they do, in taxes.
Well, as long as people are willing to point out both sides of this, that we can only get “free” healthcare and college if we pay for it, then that’s fine. It becomes an argument over what is either efficient or fair as a method of delivering those things which we know we’re going to have, healthcare and college.
from the Washington Examiner: Immigration in 2016 matched a record high, 600,000 more than at the height of the 1920s great migration through Ellis Island in New York harbor. (AP Photo)
Long-standing “chain migration” policies that encourage legal immigrants to bring dozens of family members into the U.S. led to an explosion of entries in 2016, 53 percent higher than in 2011, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data.
With an estimated addition of 1.8 million legal and illegal immigrants, 2016 is tied with 1999 for seeing the most enter, about 600,000 more than at the height of the great migration through New York’s Ellis Island in the 1900s.
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.
from the Washington Examiner:
Mick Mulvaney isn’t pleased with the power wielded by his competitor, the Congressional Budget Office. You can chalk that up in part to a natural rivalry between the CBO and Mulvaney’s Office of Management and Budget, which is an arm of the White House. Mulvaney also highlights some reasons everyone concerned with good policy should want reform at CBO.
“At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself, has the day of the CBO come and gone?” Mulvaney told the Washington Examiner‘s writers and editors in a recent meeting at the White House complex. Mulvaney specifically tore into a CBO staffer who helped give the Republican healthcare bill a bad score.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
An Amtrak train derails killing seven so far and injuring hundreds more. Frankly it’s a miracle more weren’t killed. Some are in critical condition and may still die from their injuries, but still, it’s a minor miracle.
Evidently the train was traveling in excess of 100 mph. “The speed limit is 70 mph just before the curve and 50 mph along the curve itself,” the Federal Railroad Administration said. Amtrak inspected the stretch of track on Tuesday, just hours before the accident, and found no defects.
Although there have been track and equipment failures in the past – some might call these things “infrastructure” – it’s pretty rare. Actually, train accidents are pretty rare, regardless of the cause. Including this one, there have been six train accidents thus far in 2015, and exactly none had anything to do with equipment or “infrastructure.”
In January a prison bus was struck by a train in Texas. There were two in February: a Metro North train hit a car and a derailment in California caused by hitting a vehicle on the tracks. There were two in March: an Amtrak train hit a tractor-trailer in North Carolina and a Los Angeles Expo-line train collided with two cars. Then of course there is this latest horrific derailment that appears so far to be driver error.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
It seems that Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner has found a few choice quotes from Democrats, namely Bella Pelosi (I vant to suck your wallet) as the title of her article on Saturday would suggest: “Dems: Gruber wrote computer code, not Obamacare.”
Is that right. Well, he sure does have a lot to say and sure seems to have plenty of detailed strategic information for some guy tucked away somewhere pecking at a keyboard. That, or a very active imagination. Maybe he’s the inadvertent Edward Snowden of Obamacare, or maybe he’s a typical egotistical arrogant liberal who, like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al, think they can say anything and not be held to account, even when they’re caught on audio or video. “Are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes?”
Nonetheless, Susan writes that House Democrats contend that Jonathan Gruber was merely a computer code expert who was factually wrong in the assertions he made, regarding Obamacare.
By now most of us have heard that he was merely a computer “modeler, who wrote 15,000 lines of computer code.” And for this, writes Ferrechio, he “banked more than $1 million from the federal government and states by helping design and implement the Affordable Care Act.” Where do I sign up for that gig?
Susan reports that although Pelosi insists that he played no role in writing Obamacare, Gruber evidently visited the White House eight times. Now why in the world would anyone in the White House invite a mere computer programmer to meet with them just once, let alone eight times? Answer: they wouldn’t.
This won’t surprise Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or GOP old bull Sen. John McCain — the largest chunk of the Republican Party is now very conservative.
According to a new PPP poll, which has Sen. Ted Cruz the top choice for the 2016 Republican nomination, those who describe themselves as “very conservative” make up 39 percent of the splintered party. Add in those who consider themselves “somewhat conservative,” and the right-leaning voters comprise 76 percent of the party.