It’s the weekend, and a good time to wrap up a little unfinished business.  This is a particularly good weekend for that, because this past week brought commemorations of the birthday of Elvis Presley, whose motto was “TCB: Taking Care of Business.”  It gives us a good opportunity to reflect on who is living up to Elvis’ credo and who is not.

First of all, a big “TCB” salute to Florida’s new Governor Rick DeSantis, for taking care of the long overdue business of suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his deadly failure to take care of his business of keeping the students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School safe.  From Israel’s office ignoring advance warnings about the shooter who eventually killed 14 students and three staff members to his deputies taking cover and waiting outside while the shooter mowed down innocent victims, DeSantis said Israel repeatedly failed and demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership, and it’s now been well-documented that the massacre might never have happened if it weren’t for his “neglect of duty and incompetence.”

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Naturally, Israel said he “wholeheartedly” rejects those findings, that he did nothing wrong and acted honorably, the Governor is just playing politics with the NRA, and he’ll fight the suspension in court.  But his whining and excuses cut no ice with grieving parents, one of whom said his daughter was fleeing down a hallway and would be alive today if the shooter had been delayed by even one second.  But he wasn’t, because Israel’s armed deputies, following his protocols, were protecting themselves outside while listening to the shots ringing out inside the school.  It only ended after officers from neighboring Coral Springs showed up and actually engaged the shooter.  Israel has the right to make the case in court that he did everything right and is the wronged party here, but he’d better hope that I’m not on his jury when he makes it.


Of course, nobody “take care of business” like the US military, and that was proven again this week when President Trump revealed that a precision airstrike in Yemen was very precisely targeted at Jamal al-Badawi, one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists and an al-Qaeda operative behind the bombing of the USS Cole.  That pre-9/11 attack killed 17 sailors and injured 39 more.  al-Badawi twice escaped custody in Yemen and has been in hiding since 2006,

Then-president Bill Clinton vowed at a memorial service in 2000, “To those who attacked them, we say: 'You will not find a safe harbor. We will find you, and justice will prevail.’"  It took until New Year’s Day of 2019, but that promise was finally fulfilled: Trump wrote on Twitter, “Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!”

Congratulations to our military and to everyone over nearly two decades who kept up the hunt until justice was finally delivered from above.  On a related note, a Chinese general recently floated the idea that China should attack a couple of US Navy ships and kill a lot of Americans, because Americans are so fat, lazy and divided that we’ll we slink away like cowards and refuse to fight. Well, it took us nearly 20 years to find Jamal al-Bawadi after he attacked one of our ships, but we never gave up and now he’s been blown to atoms. If the general hasn’t yet heard of him, then I have to assume his bosses in Beijing are not as stupid as he.  They have certainly heard of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and how effective those attacks were at intimidating Americans into surrendering.

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Finally, in the category of people who are not living up to Elvis’ TCB motto, here’s the latest on the partial government shutdown, which as of today is the longest-ever. 

In an age when some people think it’s the government’s business to do everything from taking over our health care to telling us how much soda we’re allowed to drink, two responsibilities that really are the business of government – securing the borders and keeping Americans safe from criminals – are not merely being ignored but openly spurned by one of the two major political parties.

President Trump is trying to take care of the government’s real business by offering to meet and work with the opposition to get the job done.  He traveled to Texas, to force the TV news channels to show what’s happening at the border; and he even canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to stay in DC and be available to reach a deal to reopen the closed government offices.

Trump also made time to comfort the grieving relatives of a police officer killed by a criminal illegal alien who shouldn’t have still been in the US… 

And he even offered to help create a path to citizenship for H1-B temporary workers with valuable skills.


Some Republicans in the House and Senate are also trying to take care of business by offering up bills to keep government workers’ paychecks coming during the shutdown, or to shut off their own paychecks until it’s settled, or else just refusing pay or donating their pay to worthwhile causes such as veterans’ groups.


Meanwhile, on the other side of the wall, Democrats continue to make feeble excuses for not providing a fraction as much funding for border barriers as they’ve backed under previous Presidents.  They continue to engage in dismissive rhetoric about border security and illegal immigration that are 180-degrees opposite to things they’ve said in the past.

It’s become clear over the past week that their arguments run counter to obvious evidence, the hands-on experience of border security agents, common sense in general, and the views of the vast majority of Americans.  Unable to refute reality, they’ve entered an ugly phase of openly denying it, with snarky tweets and eye-rolling TV appearances that mock the pain of Americans who’ve been victimized by and even lost family members to violent criminal illegal aliens.  Some Angel Families are now speaking out about how low and offensive this dismissal of their suffering is.

In a final rebuke of Elvis’ “Taking Care of Business” philosophy, while Trump remains in DC, waiting to settle the impasse, both Houses of Congress went home for the weekend, where the Democratic members will no doubt bemoan the plight of the poor government workers and blame both the shutdown and its protracted length on the President who’s waiting back in DC for them to come back and do their jobs.

Ever get the feeling the wrong government workers are going without paychecks?


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  • Rosalie Gilliland

    01/15/2019 03:19 PM

    The Democrats insult new groups of people every day. Now it's Angel families, and the immigrants who are the most impacted by illegal criminals who typically dwell in their neighborhoods. In addition to hemorrhaging constituents who are "waking up," the Dems are repulsing all rational, thinking humans who are getting their news from many different sources. Despite all their corrupt, covert tactics, and a colluding media, the liberals appear to be in free fall. After decades of the Left's murder of our loved ones in manufactured wars, the theft of our hard earned money, and the criminalization of our Christian faith, it will be a sweet reward to watch President Trump take them down,

  • Bill Kohl

    01/15/2019 12:41 PM

    Mike, please ask your daughter to talk to HQ NGB, my former office (14+ years).

    National emergency means President Trump can get the National Guard to build the Border Wall in record time. No swamp government contracts to pad CEO and Politicians pockets. No overtime charges, no fraud, no waste, no abuse. President Trump keeps moms families safe!

    Those that would be against President Trump declaring a national emergency? Swamp rats that would rather take bribes to keep business as usual care nothing about the safety and security of the people. President Trump 100% responsible to keep us commoners safe.

    The wall loses money for drug traffickers, hospitals and doctors that exploit the crisis to their favor, business owners and wealthy elite that love cheap labor, terrorists, and governments that love the extra flow of federal money to put bandaids on mountain sized problems. Politicians get pockets filled from them all! All while they go home to properties with walls, armed body guards and state of the art security systems.

    I am ok with any future President using executive actions and emergency declarations. 50 Senate votes for all except for items specific to 2/3, such as impeachment. All else appeases the swamp rat of the day to get extra votes.

    Bill Kohl, USAF, retired

  • Bunny Douglas

    01/15/2019 12:13 PM

    Well, this is what I think.......

    "... every action is either strong or weak,
    and when every action is strong we are successful." Wallace D. Wattles

    You know when the action you take is strong (and you know when it's weak). I am so glad our President has taken a strong choice and action. I support him to make the strong choice, and go for the strong action every time!

  • William King

    01/14/2019 04:07 PM

    Hi Governor: I enjoy your news and comments very much. I have come to the conclusion that if the public doesn't subscribe to your newsletters and listen to Fox news, they really don't know what is going on in this country. There is so much bias in the world and too many Jim Accosts's that haven't got enough common sense to give the news as it has happened. If the news media would report everything just as it happens, the public would vote the idiots out of office but no they have to lie, lie, lie and make the public believe these lies.
    As for the wall, there are almost 200 million people over 21 years old in the U.S., Providing 50% of these wanted a wall, and were willing to donate to the cause, that would be $56.00 per. Someone needs to start a fund and donate to the cause. If I were the liberals, I would be totally ashamed , as much money as they waste, to cause some of the American people to be have their safety jeopardized for a piddling$28.00 for each person over 21. They are probably whooping it up in Puerto Rico on our dollar as we speak. Thanks, I'm glad to get this off my chest. Keep up the good work!!

  • Dr. Richard Moulton

    01/13/2019 05:45 PM

    Seems obvious now who the REAL deplorables are: DEMOCRATS. Why did Hillary get even a single vote?

  • jack macdonald

    01/13/2019 01:01 PM

    Scott Israel's conscience should bother him, but I doubt that he has one. A total Narcissist creep.

    Regarding shutdown: Everyone has the right idea about stopping pay for congress during shutdown, term limits, no pensions, etc. Just one problem, who is going to pass those improvements? Even though congress allegedly works for us and we are their boss, it seems they are in charge of making the rules and they are not about to do away with the cushy realm they have created for themselves. Seems the founding fathers left a flaw in our constitution by assuming that there would be only honest people elected to govern. They didn't see Hillary, et. al. coming.

  • Vicki L Shutters

    01/13/2019 12:43 PM

    Government shutdowns are result of Congress not doing its job. Congress should NOT be getting paid until there is a resolution.

  • Susan Eley

    01/13/2019 11:54 AM

    Isn't it true that Nancy Pelosi is languishing i Puerto Rico as we speak. The audacity of her actions is disgusting!

  • s

    01/13/2019 11:36 AM

    Thanks for keeping up the good fight! Not much good Trump does reaches us in Puerto Vallarta. Watching Amlo dismantle Mexico
    He is taking over the state run health care to make it better. Said he would leave the banks alone for two years (after his people said they were going after banks for charging too high fees to people and peso dropped like a stone)

  • eddie chicago

    01/13/2019 01:26 AM

    May our Lord Bless you and your daughter, Gov. for bringing truth to readers and viewers. Love to Elvis and his family. Thank you U.S Military, you have no equal ! Kind folks who love the USA, ask our Lord to Bless and Protect President Trump and his family. Our best Commander in Chief ever. Praying and playing my '76 fretless P bass as always. e/c

  • Joanne Sgrignoli

    01/12/2019 10:08 PM

    The Democrats think "We the people" are stupid automotons... or sheep. They're wrong. They dismissed all investigations except those involving the president as their first order of business. They're vile and evil people, which more people are coming to see as they awaken to truth.

    Thank you to our president and those who value Americans and eschew the elite/NWO people. We shall stand for truth, justice and the American way! In God we trust!

  • Robert Huber

    01/12/2019 08:09 PM

    Thank you, Governor. I wish everyone in the U S would read your email and the Mollie Hemingway article you sent previously.

  • joseph orsini

    01/12/2019 07:57 PM

    Begin TV COMMERCIALS on liberal networks showing "2-faced" Dems on "border security" 10+ years ago vs. now


    01/12/2019 06:15 PM

    ELVIS PRESLEY: He was born there in Tupelo, Mississippi a few years before me, I the 27 of Nov. 1937 and just as the lyrics. of Dixie states, 'early on a frosty morn'. He was a FAVORITE of my mom. I don't know that she and dad knew his parents; just that he was her FAVORITE singer. I especially remember the movie he and Ann Margret made together, that seemingly long, long ago and in a galaxy far far away. Mom died of what began as breast cancer, in 1990, she and dad and their firstborn who lived on 9 months buried in Priceville Baptist Church Cemetary in Tupelo. 81 now and looking up and counting down to LIFT OFF courtesy of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen, Amen, Amen

  • Mike Smith

    01/12/2019 06:08 PM

    Hi Governor,
    I think the al-Badawi situation should be considered a win-win. Not only is he no longer breathing, but no lawyers had their incomes supplemented by having his attack discussed, scrutinized and justified in a civil court. He'll be judged much better and more effectively where he's going now.

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    01/12/2019 05:49 PM

    And this newsletter is what should be in Sundays headline of the national news of every paper. Truth.

  • Pat Hunsucker

    01/12/2019 05:40 PM

    If their pay was cut with NO back pay, I'll bet the dems would resolve in a heartbeat.

  • rodney Burke

    01/12/2019 05:27 PM

    I think it has become apparent there is gross incompetence in Broward county. Ron De Santis needs to send people into that dens of iniquity and clean house. The jails need to be FULL of the slime that is Broward county government. Voting, sheriff's office, who ELSE is guilty of government malfeasance? Multiple state agencies need to swoop in there, all at once and make them accountable. Apparently Brenda Sikes AND Scott Israel both think they can do as they please and they are "beholden to no one." Time for that to end. This is our enemy at work. Time to pay.

  • Christine Pfeiffer

    01/12/2019 05:25 PM

    Just a quick correction; our new Florida governor is Ron DeSantis. The previous was Rick Scott. I enjoy your emails and your show, thanks for being a voice of reason and keeping me informed so I don't have to watch the "news".

  • Karen Johnson

    01/12/2019 05:00 PM

    I agree congress should be penalized for going home

  • Joseph

    01/12/2019 04:37 PM

    It is so mind boggling that so many Democrats can be elected to high offices when they are obviously so ignorant and lacking of common sense. They have also become deaf over the years too because they no longer even hear what the people are saying that they want. They have become so twisted with hate that they can no longer do the job they took the Oath to do. Maybe we are at that point when Parties should be eliminated and people elected on there individual merits and with their own money and not the millions corporations and the rich give to their parties. Their terms should be no longer than 4 years and only one term with no benefits for life. If they can't work together for the benefit of the Country in four years why would they change with a longer term. The longer they are in office the longer they have to mess up everything just like they have in todays government.

  • Virginia Stephens

    01/12/2019 04:28 PM

    Yes the wrong salaries are stopped. All the elected politicians should be stopped. I was told a few days ago if their pay was cut out they would change their hateful attitude. I believe so.
    Thanks for your updates.
    (No publication please.)

  • Joyce weigel

    01/12/2019 04:08 PM

    Pelosi should donate her salary to the Gov. workers not receiving theirs.
    FL's Gov. should fire that Israel not suspend him.

  • Gerald L. Cassity

    01/12/2019 03:39 PM

    Mike, i have said all along that this shutdown would not have happened, if it involved congressional pay. Our so called leaders have no concern for us, but you can bet they still want to be paid for doing nothing.

  • Gerald L. Cassity

    01/12/2019 03:39 PM

    Mike, i have said all along that this shutdown would not have happened, if it involved congressional pay. Our so called leaders have no concern for us, but you can bet they still want to be paid for doing nothing.