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Mainstream news reports paint a picture of President Trump and his White House as increasingly upset and worried about what new information special counsel Robert Mueller will turn up with his aggressive searches of attorney Michael Cohen’s home, office, hotel room and security deposit box. Absent from such accounts is any defense of the right to attorney-client privilege, which appears to be as endangered in recent days as the concept of privacy on Facebook. Overzealous reporters –- and prosecutors –- start from the assumption that Trump has something to hide, and then they split legal hairs into microscopic fragments to find some reason for his constitutional rights to be waived.
Of course the President is frustrated –- wouldn’t you be? Still, the media narrative goes even further, describing a President bursting at the seams and ready to fire Mueller. This is incorrect; Trump is well aware that eager opponents are just salivating at the thought of him firing the special counsel and the inevitable chain of events that would follow. His lawyers are surely telling him, “You’re innocent, so don’t act guilty.” I’d say he’s less likely to fire Mueller that than he is to give up tweeting.
Heroic pilot is calm, cool, collected...and Christian
By Mike Huckabee
On Tuesday, an entire planeful of people –- pilot, crew and passengers –- en route from New York to Dallas via Southwest Airlines showed incredible composure and courage as an exploded engine forced them down in Philadelphia. Somehow it almost seems inadequate to call them Huck’s Heroes, because in this case that goes without saying. When a piece of metal from the blast on the wing pierced one of the windows, depressurizing the cabin at 32,000 feet and sucking a woman partially out of the plane, they tried in vain to save her life and showed remarkable bravery during what was almost certainly the most frightening event of their lives.
As for the pilot, we’re learning a bit about the woman who calmly notified air traffic control of their situation and completed her emergency landing with one engine dead. (“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” she matter-of-factly reported to the tower. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit...they said there’s a hole and, uh, someone went out.”) Former Navy pilot Tammie Jo Schults, 56, was already known for breaking barriers for female fighter pilots, and her unshakable attitude would surprise no one who worked with her. But one reason for her incredible sense of calm that probably won’t be mentioned in many reports is that Schults is a devout Christian.
View of Republican policies changing
By Mike Huckabee
I always caution people not to put any faith in polls taken a year before an election, but the media are so addicted to horse races, they never learn. Meanwhile, the much-ballyhooed “blue wave” continues to ebb. The latest sign is a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing that the GOP now has a 7-point lead over Democrats on which party has the better policies for handling the economy and a 4-point lead on which has the better tax policy (hard to believe anyone thinks “If it moves, tax it” is a better policy than anything.) A slim majority still think the tax cut bill was a negative. That’s partly because some think it’s a “giveaway to the rich” (which proves that wall-to-wall propaganda is hard to overcome, although reality is slowly eroding its effects) and partly because they’re concerned about it increasing the deficit.
Believe me, I share your concerns about the deficit, but the tax cut isn’t the problem that’s driving deficits. According to Congressional Budget Office projections reported by Investors.com, by 2027, under the new tax bill, the government will be taking a 17.9% share of the economy in taxes. When Bill Clinton took office in 1991, it was taking 17.3%. In fact, under the new tax bill, the feds will actually be taking a bigger bite than the average over the past 50 years. The deficit is projected to grow not because we aren’t being taxed enough but because Congress spends money so fast, they make drunken sailors look like Ebenezer Scrooge.
Want more numbers to crunch on? The CBO estimates that over the next 10 years, the feds will take in about $40 trillion in revenue. Still, the debt will continue to grow, but only $1 trillion of that borrowing will be due to the tax cut – and the revenue estimate is based on the assumption that GDP growth will average just 1.9%, which it’s already outpacing now that Obama’s policies are being obliterated.
Again, it’s not that Washington isn’t taking enough money, it’s that Washington is spending too much money. They're like the people who win the lottery and still end up broke five years later.
I know it’s easy to feel fed up when you see an atrocity like the recent Omnibus spending bill being passed under GOP Congressional leadership. But their excuse was that if they cut spending, they wouldn’t be able to get it past Democrats in the Senate, where they needed a 60-vote threshold. I expect the "blue wave" to continue to recede because voters still have about seven months to think about whether adding even more Democrats – or, Heaven forbid, handing the leadership of Congress to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who suddenly became horrified at the thought of deficits the second Trump was sworn into office -- is going to result in less federal spending. I doubt that enough voters will ultimately decide it will, no matter how many states have legalized marijuana.
Boston college professor tries something new
By Mike Huckabee
Kudos to Boston College philosophy Professor Kerry Cronin, who is trying to counter the drunken, hyper-sexualized “hook-up” culture on campus by offering students extra credit to go on an old-fashioned style date. That means ginning up the courage to ask someone out (while sober), learning not to fear rejection if told no (I assume that means girls are also expected not to file harassment charges if they are asked out by someone they don’t like); and if the date is accepted, going out to enjoy a mutual activity without getting drunk and having sex.
Cronin says this isn’t so much about meeting your soul mate as it is about developing a thicker skin and learning to deal with the “foibles and the hard work and the joys and the despair” of dating. In other words, learning to be an adult, which today's students are making it all the way through college without grasping (she recently discovered that many of her students had reached their senior year without once going on a real date.)
It’s funny, we keep being told that high school students are wise enough that we need to lower the voting age to 16 and let them write our laws and rewrite the Constitution. At the same time, we have to provide young adults in college with safe spaces equipped with Play-Doh and crayons, give them remedial lessons in how to go to dinner together and hold a conversation, and keep them on our insurance as dependent children until they’re old enough to qualify for Medicare. I just want to know: what is causing so many of the younger generation apparently to suffer serious brain damage between high school and college? Is it all the drinking at the proms?
Barbara Bush RIP
By Mike Huckabee
Tuesday, former First Lady Barbara Bush passed at home at 92, just one day after her office released an announcement that she had decided to decline further hospital treatment and go home. As is appropriate, President Trump put aside his political differences with the Bush family and issued a statement in her honor, as did First Lady Melania Trump. Trump also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings until after her funeral.
It’s not surprising that both statements from the White House mentioned Mrs. Bush’s strength and her love and support of family. She was the only woman in American history other than Abigail Adams to be both the wife and the mother of United States Presidents. She was renowned for her graciousness, kindness, compassion and promotion of literacy and the family. But there was never any doubt that in a family that included two Presidents and a governor, she was the true center of strength and inspiration to everyone around her.
In a time when the feminist movement was attacking traditional family roles and trying to redefine what being an empowered woman meant, it was obvious that despite her motherly exterior, she possessed an inner strength of iron that no "Riot Grrrrl" could match. She was America’s favorite “mama bear,” the type of warm and loving mom who was completely devoted to her husband and children, but woe unto anyone who dared threaten her family or the nation she loved. Even when her son was being attacked in the media on a regular basis, you got the feeling that his loudmouthed critics wouldn’t dare say that if Barbara were there. She was more than a great First Lady. She was a role model, an inspiration, a pillar of strength and an American icon.
I would like to extend deepest sympathies and prayers from everyone in my family to all in the Bush family for their loss of this remarkable wife, mother and patriot.