Evening Edition - October 29

October 29, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may recognize just how badly Adam Schiff’s Soviet-style impeachment circus is going over – or maybe she realizes that the White House’s defiance of her crackpot brigade’s political theater will result in protracted legal battles that will drag this nonsense well into the next election cycle.  But for whatever reasons, she announced that on Thursday, the House will finally vote on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry.  Pelosi said the resolution "affirms the ongoing, existing investigation" and "establishes the procedure" for future investigative steps. 

Then to ladle on her usual side order of sanctimony, she added, “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”  (Of course, it doesn’t do that at all, because the House doesn't have the power to vote to revoke executive privilege, but Speaker Pelosi doesn’t seem to be too concerned with the balance of powers these days, or any limits on her own.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-says-house-will-vote-this-week-on-resolution-formalizing-impeachment-procedures

Schiff added, “We are not willing to let the White House engage us in a lengthy game of rope-a-dope in the courts,” so at least he finally admitted what he is. 

Democrats claim this will nullify the Republicans’ petty process objections (like, “How about giving the President due process rights?”), so they can concentrate on the substance of the impeachable charges against him.  I eagerly look forward to that, since we’ve been hearing about these countless “substantive” high crimes for three years now and haven’t seen one yet. 

Republicans responded that by reversing herself and finally voting to formalize the inquiry and establish some form of due process, Pelosi is admitting that everything the Democrats have done up until now is illegitimate. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/pelosi-feels-pressure-schedules-impeachment-vote-swore-didnt-need/

It’s also odd timing: the Democrats just got a liberal judge in DC to rule that the sleazy tactics they’ve been employing so far are hunky-dory, and now they’re going to vote to legitimize the inquiry and actually establish some fair ground rules?  They must’ve realized how this is playing with people outside the Beltway bubble who are sick of one set of legal rules for one side and a different set for the other. 

The vote will be extremely interesting to watch because while it’s assumed it will easily pass with full Democratic support or Pelosi wouldn’t have scheduled it, it puts some Democrats on the hot seat.  As law professor and blogger Ann Althouse explains, it’s possible that a lot of Democrats are secretly hoping (they’d be praying, but they're on government property) that the vote will fail.  They know that even if it passes, this resolution won’t stop Trump from invoking executive privilege and dragging the left’s impeachment rabid obsession through the courts and the headlines until Election Day 2020, when it could wipe out Democrats who barely won swing districts that support Trump. 

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2019/10/maybe-they-hope-it-will-be-voted-down.html

As Prof. Althouse points out, there are 31 Democrats in districts Trump won, and the GOP is targeting another 55 districts it believes are vulnerable.  That’s 86 Democrats who might want to think long and hard before voting to jump on Adam Schiff’s Crazy Train, about whether they would be signing Trump’s political death warrant or their own. 

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Here’s a little good news on the legal front: the same judge who dismissed Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann's $250 million defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post has partially reopened it after Sandmann’s attorneys filed an amended complaint.  Details are at the link, along with the judge’s original reason for dismissing the suit, and I use the word “reason” loosely. 

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nick-sandmann-covington-catholic-case-reopened

Let’s hope Sandmann’s attorneys are right that this bodes well not only for their lawsuit against WaPo, but also against CNN and NBC.  The media took a story that was actually about some innocent kids being harassed, bullied and put into a threatening situation and showing remarkable restraint, and nearly destroyed their lives by slandering them as racist aggressors.  I can’t help wondering if the reporting might have been completely different had they not been wearing red MAGA caps (what is the term for someone who’s bigoted against people for their headgear?  A “Hat-er?”)

I hope Sandmann not only takes these reckless and unethical media outlets to the cleaners, but that Clint Eastwood also buys the screen rights to his story for a movie like his next one, which reminds us that media malpractice aimed at everyday Americans media elites look down on is not a recent development:

https://youtu.be/8tol-REbnKQ

 

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Elizabeth Warren has been dodging like a Heisman Trophy winner whenever she’s asked if “Medicare For All” would require raising taxes on the middle class (I’ll tackle that question: “YES!!!”)  She’s promised to release a plan on how she’ll pay for it, but it’s not out yet.  Bernie Sanders doesn’t even seem to care how much it will cost, he just tosses it onto the giant pile of free stuff he’s promising to anyone dumb enough to vote for him.  

But we have a new assessment of just how much Medicare For All will cost, and Democrats can’t dismiss it as coming from a partisan rightwing source, since it’s from the Urban Institute, a center-left think tank venerated by liberals.  Brace yourselves.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/10/high-cost-warren-and-sanderss-single-payer-plan/600166/

According to this left-wing think tank, Medicare For All would require $34 trillion in additional federal spending just over the first decade.  According to the CBO, that’s more than the projected cost over the next decade of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid combined. 

But would it require raising taxes?  Uh…duh! Yes! The only time the US has ever raised taxes as a share of the economy as fast as it would take to fund Medicare For All was during the height of World War II.   

The linked article has more, including a great quote from Syracuse University Prof. Leonard Burman, a former top tax official in both the Clinton Administration and the CBO.  He said that raising that much more tax revenue “is plausible in the sense that it is theoretically possible…But the revolution that would come along with it would get in the way.”

But here’s the good news: if you get injured in the anti-tax revolution, you’ll be fully covered by Medicare! 

 

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With a nod to Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” here’s a glimpse of the future if “Beto” O’Rourke should ever become President (cue Tiny Tim: “God help us, every one!”)

https://www.westernjournal.com/china-begins-cracking-churches-unauthorized-version-bible-report/

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Just in time for Halloween, a list of hectoring liberals who should not be invited to costume parties because they might show up in blackface:

https://www.westernjournal.com/liberals-really-shouldnt-invite-costume-party/

Although good liberals probably would prefer trick-or-treating to parties on Halloween anyway. That’s the one night when Americans indulge people who put on a false face, pretend to be something they’re not, and go around demanding free handouts, so it’s sort of like a "Democratic" socialist national holiday.

 

 

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  • Carol Bernice Cordier

    10/30/2019 05:16 PM

    Way to go Mr. Huckabee!! You are the best!

  • Alice Keife

    10/30/2019 12:06 PM

    A few years ago on your tv program you showed a special fire retardant. Would that help the Reagan library and Gettysburg museum?

  • Peggy Siragusa

    10/30/2019 10:32 AM

    Oh my goodness, I chuckled out loud several times reading today's message. You are such a blessing with the truth and your lighthearted humor. Thank you so much.

  • Amelia Little

    10/30/2019 10:03 AM

    Let's hope the House Democrats get "woke" to the fact that this impeachment debacle is just that--and vote no. Too bad that people who were elected to represent people in their districts aren't allowed to vote as they see is most beneficial to their constituents without being threatened in some way by the party.

    Their (pelosi, sciff, et al) statement about "may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas" is laughable when one considers investigation into IRS targeting conservative organizations--where people did not come to testify or all their answers were "I don't recall" or "I don't remember" or the obama administration lawyer sitting next to them advised them to not answer. The Trump administration would not be withholding documents (how many were withheld in hil's email investigation, or by the FBI and DOJ for starters) if they were allowed to attend the hearing, have legal counsel attend, being able to question witness brought by the democrats, etc. They (pelosi, schiff and friends) are the ones who are stalling any investigation--and it's ludicrous that they won't admit President Trump is being denied due process---why, it's just not necessary. "We're going to do this our way, and make up our own rules as we go along and discard any rules that get in our way."

    Good news for Nick Sandman, hopefully the WaPo will just be the tip of the iceberg, and that Nick wins big time, and more outlets follow. Maybe being hit in the pocket for false news, for not INVESTIGATING incidents they are going to report on will make them all take remedial journalism classes (by a good old professor, not the new "woke" ones.) But, I'm sure they have financial backing by big pockets (soros, anyone?) so there might not be a big monetary hit for them.

    I don't go to movies (the last one I went to was with Clint Eastwood--Gran Torino) but I might make an exception here. If it shows up on Netflix (that probably wouldn't happen?) or Hulu or on a DVD my kids can get it to show for me.

  • Anita Mule

    10/29/2019 10:19 PM

    I just started reading Pat Reeder's book and am enjoying it immensely. Even my husband who hardly reads books anymore because of eye problems and who never likes anything, is enjoying it! As clever as you would expect. Good read!

  • Bettye Armour

    10/29/2019 09:23 PM

    You nailed it!!! Just like you always do!!!!!

  • Jo Cluck

    10/29/2019 09:17 PM

    So, "Pelosi said the resolution "affirms the ongoing, existing investigation" and "establishes the procedure" for future investigative step!" I have to ask - WHAT are they investigating? Schiffty said it was all but over. ABC Carville says the noose is being prepared. Dipstick Schumer says the witness is credible.....Good grief! When is this charade going to come to a screeching halt? Gov. Huckabee, I love reading your newsletter and was so very proud to think that Sarah may be considering expanding her career to that of Governor of Arkansas! God bless. Sure hope so.
    On another note..I see Jeff Sessions is considering a run for the Alabama Senate..is that a good idea in your opinion? I have naggings that concern me. Thank you and have a Happy Halloween!

  • Dusty

    10/29/2019 08:22 PM

    What has happened to our country and those who run it in our Congress biggest bunch of SWAMP idiots there has ever been. First the whole debacle of the Mueller Russian and nothing found that could arrest anyone in Trumps group. Manafort got scammed per who and why on business dealings . He was set up see Glenn Becks special and amazing how many are not bothering to see the truth he Glenn has all kinds of evidence to show the whole set up and the Democrats. Whoever this man today who is military and Ukranian born said on the phone call then why did we get a whole different report on this word for word and not what I believed per the call of the Pres threatening at all. VP Biden was more of his threat on the 1 billion. Voters that is our money our tax money we sent there and where and who spent it? Let the games begin.

  • mark poyhonen

    10/29/2019 06:21 PM

    The so called 'impeachment inquiry' is a continuing witch hunt aimed at demeaning the president, his staff, and all republicans in a dishonest attempt to tilt the 2020 election. If they want to perform a legal impeachment, they should specify a crime, (or high misdemeanor), and vote for it.
    When this fails, another accusation will appear to instigate yet another hunt for something to justify a lynching, (probably tax oriented).

  • Stephen Russell

    10/29/2019 06:14 PM

    Dble Std laws:
    Inside DC Beltway your Immune
    Outside your Open to attack??
    Seems only effects Beltway A-Z??

  • Anne Turner

    10/29/2019 06:09 PM

    You see usually so right on public opinion but I understand that polls show a majority of people have come around to supporting impeachment. The media has done a superb job. After almost 30 years I have subscribed to WAPO. I am cancelling. There are a lot of features I enjoy but I can’t take it anymore. It is one thing to opine on the editorial page, quite another to do it in news headlines.

  • James W DeCoursin

    10/29/2019 05:47 PM

    Keep up the great work, Mike!!

    All the best,

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    10/29/2019 05:30 PM

    I had...studies done ! and we found out that..rich people own things...like stores where we gotta go to...buy stuff ! Yeah, that's the ticket ! ( with apologies to Jon Lovitz ;-} When the rich guys' costs
    ( taxes ) go up, they raise taxes on guys like us. Who's paying the taxes, then, Fauxcahontas and Sanders ? Those two genuises can't be trusted to work as department store clerks, much less Senators ! I'm relatively certain that they couldn't even make...change...for a dollar ;-}