December 11, 2017


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Today's Commentary:  Now this is how you respond to Obama -- Here we go again -- Jerusalem -- Army-Navy -- Tax bill snafu -- Distractions -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries


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Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (full disclosure: my daughter) was asked to respond to Barack Obama’s attempt to take credit for the robust job creation numbers, suggesting it’s just part of the continuing streak that started on his watch. He actually attributes the boom in jobs (and I assume also the record-setting stock market, sky-high consumer confidence and GDP growth of 3.3% and rising) to the carbon regulations he imposed on industry and his focus on clean energy. Yes, nothing makes the economy boom like expensive, complicated government regulations and huge giveaways of tax money to crony companies like Solyndra. All those years of growth below 3% (well, it was an unprecedented accomplishment for a President) were just the economy’s way of gathering steam so that it could burst forth as soon as business owners and investors (purely coincidentally) learned that Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to be able to continue and expand Obama’s policies.


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Here we go again

By Mike Huckabee

Here we go again: the parents of Alphie Evans, an 18-month-old British child with a mysterious brain ailment, are being blocked by a hospital from taking their baby to an Italian hospital that thinks it might be able to help. The British doctors want to turn off Alphie’s life support instead.  If this sounds just like the Charlie Gard case, it is in many respects, right down to the comatose child suffering from a related condition.  It’s renewing the debate over who should be allowed to make decisions regarding whether a child receives care or is allowed to die: the parents or the doctors (and by extension, the government, since the involvement of the National Health Service brings in questions about whether budget concerns are influencing medical decisions.) 

Personally, I hope it renews that debate, although I’m outraged that there was ever any debate to begin with, and that after the Charlie Gard case, that it wasn’t settled once and for all that the parents are in charge.  They’ve even raised the money to take the child to Italy.  What could possibly justify blocking them from trying, especially if there is even a slim hope and delay reduces the odds?  The hospital claims that it’s “in the child’s best interests” to let him die.  I’m glad they’re not looking out for my best interests.    

By the way, if you think the doctors should be allowed to make the decision because of their infallible medical expertise, Alphie’s father notes that when he was first taken to the hospital, the doctors claimed he had only a couple of hours to live.  That was last New Year’s Eve. 



By Mike Huckabee

The President officially recognized Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. For many of us, especially those of us who believe that the Bible hasn’t been repealed, this was a great decision because it recognized that Jerusalem has only been the capital for one people, the Jewish people. It is the seat of the Israeli government and the indigenous, historic, and undivided capital of the Jewish State. Here’s the premise—if you believe that Israel’s enemies ought to determine where it’s capital should be, you will not like the President’s decision, even though the vote to do this was actually UNANIMOUS in the US Senate by 90-0 just this summer. That’s right—one of the few things that Democrats and Republicans have agreed upon. Of course, until President Trump actually did it and some then criticized the very action they voted for. But we aren’t talking about common sense; we’re talking about Congress. But would we let Iran or North Korea tell us where our capital had to be? Pretty sure we wouldn’t. So we simply allowed Israel to say where it’s capital is. And it’s the city where it’s always been. And only been. See, that shouldn’t be so hard!



By Mike Huckabee

Congratulations to the U.S. Military Academy for its 14-13 win in this weekend’s Army-Navy football game.  Congratulations to both teams for a hard-fought game.  And a big salute to everyone involved for showing the world (and the NFL) how the pre-game performance of the National Anthem should be presented. 


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Tax bill snafu

By Mike Huckabee

This is why lawmakers shouldn’t try to write huge bills under tight deadlines: the Wall Street Journal reports that under the Senate tax reform bill, in certain circumstances, some business owners could end up owing a tax rate of more than 100%.  Luckily, this is the type of snafu that can get fixed in reconciliation.  Although, if they kept that in, they might actually be able to get Nancy Pelosi to vote for it. 



It’s astounding how the media have allowed themselves to become so distracted by irrelevancies that one of the biggest stories of the past decade went almost unnoticed Saturday.  But while most of our journalists were preoccupied with debating the finer points of politicians’ sex lives, the prime minister of Iraq announced that the war against ISIS in Iraq is now over, because Iraqi and affiliated forces have completely defeated that once-spreading would-be caliphate of brutal terrorists. In November, they were driven out of Rawa, the last Iraqi town they held, and they’ve now been totally crushed and Iraqi forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. 


Additional Commentaries

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