Evening Edition - May 24

May 24, 2018

There’s been so much other news that was “sexier” to cover this week that this story didn’t get the media attention it deserves, but it will mean a heck of a lot more in the long run to millions of Americans than, say, James Comey’s tweets or which city embarrassed itself by honoring a porn star. The real news of the weeks is that the House joined the Senate in rolling back the heavy-handed Dodd-Frank regulations on community and regional banks with less than $250 billion in assets.

Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010 in response to the financial meltdown, when stricter oversight made sense in light of the reckless practices of the arrogant, “too big to fail” Wall Street banks. But it backfired because, while the giant banks that caused that mess could afford the staff and lawyers to cope with all the new mandates and paperwork, small town and regional banks couldn’t. These banks had to close, or ironically, get gobbled up by the “too big to fail” banks. The result was that the big banks got even bigger while individuals and small businesses that had always relied on their local banks for loans were left high and dry. As I’ve traveled America over the past few years, speaking and campaigning, I’ve heard countless horror stories about the consequences of the government’s “good intentions,” from private citizens and small business owners and from local bankers struggling to stay afloat in a tangle of red tape.

President Trump ran on a promise to roll back Dodd-Frank, and the bill is one of those rare issues that drew bipartisan support in both Houses. Opponents complain that it will leave only 10 giant banks subject to the full Dodd-Frank regulations. That’s like complaining that giving probation to a swindler is unfair because it would leave so many non-swindlers unpunished. But I’ll make them this deal: if your local bank or credit union causes the next worldwide financial meltdown by recklessly giving you a loan to buy a starter home or open a bait shop, I promise to admit I was wrong.

https://www.westernjournal.com/in-legislative-victory-for-trump-congress-frees-small-mid-sized-banks-from-dodd-frank-regs/

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This week, in a long overdue decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league would fine any team or employee (i.e., player) who fails “to stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem” during NFL games.

As I argued when this trend of refusing to stand during the National Anthem first started, it is not an infringement on First Amendment rights to demand respectful behavior of employees when they are at work. The government isn’t telling them they can’t speak out; their employer is ordering them to observe a basic rule of conduct that’s part of their job. If they don’t like it, they’re free to give up their multi-million dollar contracts and go rail against America in the park all they like. But when they are representing the NFL in uniform during a game, they have no more right to make divisive political speeches that alienate the audience than a McDonald’s clerk would have the right to harangue a customer with his or her personal political opinions.

But of course, this is 2018, the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, so the NFL couldn’t just say they expect the players to show respect for the flag and Anthem when they’re on the clock because it’s the right thing to do and it’s contractually required of them. No, they had to find a way to make one of the most basic standards of the job and of good citizenship sound outrageous and unfair and blame it on Trump.

And so we have stories like the one at the link, in which anonymous sources blame the new policy (actually, just a firm restatement of the longstanding policy) on the league being “terrified” of Trump. Even a team owner who is reportedly a Trump friend is quoted as slamming Trump, claiming that his criticism of the players is “divisive and it’s horrible” and “not in the best interests of America.” Hey, wait a minute: so the players’ criticism of America is protected free speech, but Trump’s criticism of them is divisive, horrible and anti-American?

What they’re really terrified of is the sharp drop-off in viewership since the NFL “got woke,” turned left, and let some players politicize what was once a nonpartisan common area of enjoyment for all Americans, and their ratings naturally followed ESPN and the Oscars down the drain. According to Nielsen, NFL TV ratings fell by an average of 9.7% in one year, and average viewership per game dropped by 1.6 million people.

They blame this on Trump badmouthing the players, but that’s yet another insult to their own fans. News flash to the NFL: the millions of patriotic football fans who were offended by the shows of disrespect for the flag and the National Anthem did not tune out because Trump criticized the people doing it. We didn’t need him to tell us to be offended. He wasn’t telling us what to think, he was just saying what we were already saying.

And incidentally, I can attest that this is one of those incredibly rare occasions when Donald Trump expressed himself in terms that were positively genteel compared to what I’ve privately heard from a lot of other NFL fans.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/24/nfl-owners-are-f-g-terrified-trump-report-says.html

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I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that gas prices have been on the rise lately, and they’re expected to go higher throughout the summer -- which is like saying we expect the weather to get warmer throughout the summer. Gas prices always rise during the summer for two basic reasons: millions of people are traveling on vacation, and the government imposes a baffling array of different fuel mixtures that are an expensive pain for refineries to comply with. Plus, they’re specific to different parts of the country so shortages can’t be fixed simply by bringing gas in from somewhere else.

Ironically, Democrats who are watching their hoped-for “blue wave” recede like blue-tinted Ty-D-Bowl water swirling down the toilet plan to use higher gas prices as an election year weapon by blaming them on Trump. Alex Griswold at the Washington Free Beacon traces the history of this tactic, which has been used by whichever party is out of power for decades, despite the limited power that Presidents have over trends in the international energy industry. Democrats argue that since Trump blamed Obama for high gas prices, it’s fair for them to blame Trump (and please forget that when Obama was blamed, they argued that Presidents have no control over gas prices.)

http://freebeacon.com/blog/democrats-resurrect-worst-talking-point-politics/

I would respectfully disagree with his contention that Presidents have no control over gas prices. While it might be difficult for Presidents to bring them down, they can help drive them up. Obama’s Administration was unprecedented in that it was the first time we had a President who openly declared war on the fossil fuel industry and did everything in his power to restrict drilling and shut down mines, refineries and power plants while showering tax money on well-connected “green energy” companies, like the now-defunct Solyndra. There’s not a lot Trump can do to bring down prices during the summer, but at least he’s reversed previous policies that seemed deliberately crafted to drive them up (remember, when Obama first ran, there were people around him who openly declared that it would be great for the environment if gas cost $10 a gallon and they wanted to do everything possible to make that happen.)

But to add an extra layer of irony to the Democrats’ plan to blame higher gas prices on Trump: the highest gas prices in America are in blue states and can clearly be attributed to Democratic policies. For instance, in California, a whopping 92 cents of the cost of every gallon of gas is taxes. Just last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed another 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax hike that was supposed to pay for fixing the state’s roads; but so far, nearly 28 projects (many of them liberal pet projects such as electric buses and light rail) have been granted money from the tax receipts, and none have anything to do with fixing the roads. It would have been cheaper for California's taxpayers just to go out into the streets and fill all the potholes with their money.

At the link is a list of various government policies, from bans on building new refineries to zoning laws that block new gas stations, that keep fuel prices sky high in blue states like California. See if you can spot any of them that Trump or any other Republicans support.

https://www.westernjournal.com/here-are-the-govt-programs-raising-gas-prices-sky-high-in-some-places/

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You might have heard that a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional for President Trump to block trolls from his Twitter account. It might seem like judicial activist overreach on first glance, but the judge had a solid legal reason for the ruling.

The Twitter account had been Trump’s personal account before he ran, but after he became President, some of the functions of it were taken over by White House staff, which would arguably make it a “public forum” under which the First Amendment right to free speech applies. In other words, all readers would have the right to post there. Trump could mute them so he wouldn’t have to read what they post, but he couldn’t block them so others couldn’t see it (even though, trust me, he must get some stuff nobody in his right mind or with a sense of decency would want to see.)

Trump’s attorneys are considering an appeal, but it’s not likely to succeed. Part of being on social media is accepting that trolls will be trolls and ignoring them. If his attorneys really want to keep busy, though, might I humbly suggest that they take up the left’s crusade that Trump’s page is a public forum where differing political views can’t be censored and extend that idea to all social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, which have become notorious for censoring conservative political views.

As far as I’m concerned, let the left, the right and everyone in between post their thoughts freely on the Internet, debate issues without some algorithm monitoring and censoring certain views, and see whose ideas prove most persuasive. I even have a suggested name for this new social media open forum: “The Free Marketplace of Ideas.” I know it’s not as catchy as “Snapchat,” but I like it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/federal-judge-rules-way-trump-uses-twitter-is-illegal/

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If Democrats are still casting around for a winning platform this November, why not take this idea from former New York City Mayor and liberal billionaire, Mike Bloomberg: “Tax the poor!”

Click to see Bloomberg explain that it’s good to tax the poor because taxes are especially punishing to them, and that’s how the benevolent government can force them to do things for their own good, like stop drinking sodas or being employed in coal mines. Thanks, Mike!

We might need to modify one of the “three biggest lies of all time” to read, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you…or else, peasant!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/bloomberg-raising-taxes-on-the-poor-a-good-thing/

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It’s official: Kim Jong-Un has managed to play himself out of a summit that could have pulled North Korea out of the Stone Age and ended its worldwide pariah status. This morning, President Trump sent Kim a cordial, “more in sorrow than in anger” sort of letter, canceling the scheduled June summit, but leaving open the possibility of talks at a later date, if Kim decides he can be civilized. And if he pulls anything foolish or reckless, the US military is “ready, if necessary,” to respond.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trumps-letter-to-kim-jong-un-canceling-north-korea-summit

Acting like a grown-up isn’t a trait that Kim has been demonstrating recently. He followed his stunning overtures to South Korea and willingness to dismantle his nuclear program with a 180-degree turn, badmouthing Vice President Pence and ranting about US-South Korean military maneuvers and US policy in Libya.

There are those who believe this isn’t actually Kim’s doing, but China pulling his strings; that China decided it would rather have an unstable, totalitarian basket case threatening the world than have North Koreans join the 21st century, discover that capitalism actually provides people with food and start becoming friendly toward America.

Trump is, of course, being blasted for his alleged incompetence and naivety by the same liberals whose brilliant diplomacy resulted in Kim having nukes and missiles in the first place. I assume they think Trump should have begged Kim to hold talks and given him whatever he wanted (maybe even sent him a planeload of cash) just so he could come out and declare that he’d signed a deal, any deal, and there would be “peace in our time” (look it up.)

Some of Trump’s opponents seem more pleased to have an issue to bash him with than they are disappointed that the talks to end the nuclear threat are off. They don't seem to know how to process a US negotiator who refuses to signal that he can be rolled. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez scoffed, "The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal.”

Actually, if he’d ever read “The Art of the Deal,” he’d know that one of the most important factors is being willing to walk away, even at the last minute, if the other side pulls something you don’t like. If you hold the stronger hand, they’ll realize they blew it and come crawling back in a weaker position; and if they don’t come back, then they couldn’t be trusted anyway. If the people who’ve been practicing “the art of diplomacy” over the past couple of decades understood such basic rules of negotiation, Trump wouldn't have to be dealing with a nuclear North Korea now.

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-trump-pulls-out-of-summit-with-north-korea-sad-moment-in-history/

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  • Patrick Koch

    06/02/2018 07:54 PM

    I tried to leave a comment on today's page sat. June 2 . Anyway I would like to suggest having adoption as a choice at planned parenthood that way there is a choice. With prenatal care ect . It would be a great way to use the funding that is provided already for a better cause. Call it "alternative choices" it would also make more sense of their name .

  • Janet H. Hecht

    05/27/2018 04:25 PM

    I feel sorry for the NFL protesters, poor babies. They are part of an elite group who make millions of dollars for "playing a game." I like football, but no one needs football to survive! They should be grateful for the opportunity this country affords them. While on the field, they are at work and should act like it.

  • Marty Morehouse

    05/26/2018 05:02 PM

    Dear Former Pastor Huckabee, Thank you for your your Daily Verses ! They are a blessing !

  • Patti Greene

    05/25/2018 06:18 PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! to you & your wife! ??????

  • Robert McFate

    05/25/2018 11:14 AM

    Seems to me either they have not studied the early 20th century history about T. Roosevelt 'talk softly and carry a big stick" or have just chose to ignore it. Trump showed the big stick first to get NOK attention that he was serious about what he wanted. Walking away when NOK decided they didn't like some of the thing said was the right thing to do as with in hours they were crawling back and asking for the talks again. Trump is a master of the media by showing that they are extremely anti-American in most everything they do. "And Trump said, Feed them more rope!"

  • Walter D. Kerr

    05/25/2018 10:53 AM

    Just wanted to thank you for you common sense articles and comments.

  • Bob Tropfenbaum

    05/25/2018 10:22 AM

    After 40 years as a salesman and sales exec, it never ceased to amaze me how many senior executives and politicians were, and continue to be terrible negotiators. But you would be hard pressed to convince them of that, even when you show them the terrible results they wound up with after the fact. Donald learned and honed his skills in the trenches of NY real estate development, dealing with tough negotiators in there own right such as Unions, contractors, the city, property owners, etc. and now those skills, which most people don't understand, are on display (and working very nicely).

  • Alison Bell

    05/25/2018 09:42 AM

    You are spot on. The main stream media's only focus is on bashing Trump, not on what is best for the USA. Trump has proven that he can negotiate far better than previous administrations already-- we have 3 healthy prisoners back. Under Obama, poor Otto was left there to be tortured...

  • Ann Conklin

    05/25/2018 09:26 AM

    My offense to the Poor respect from the players in the NFL had nothing to do with Trump. Being a patriot I was offended by their disrespect and further disappointed by the lack of their employers doing anything about it. The Patriot display before the game, the anthem, the military presence, the Police and First responders along with every other american is covered by that flag and what it stands for or what it used to stand for. We, as a country, need the flag to be respected so at least we can unite and agree on ONE thing. Respect our flag and country. Thanks.

  • Beverly Tischler

    05/25/2018 08:32 AM

    Thank you.......I learn so much from your newsletters because you address issues in a clear, concise way. So, I pass your emails on to others. Thanks, we need more leaders like you................and thanks for your Huckabee TV show. I look to both newsletter and TV show to get the REAL STUFF that's happening.

  • norma s holmes

    05/24/2018 11:43 PM

    Prayng you got to Giuliani or other Trump lawyers warning them not to let the President answer a single question posed by Mueller! It has been apparent all along the only fair objective hearing he will get will be SCOUS.??

  • John C. Johnson

    05/24/2018 10:26 PM

    Fire Jeff Sessions!!!

    He may be an FBI Spy planted in the Tump Adminstration!!!

  • Jannette Dillingham

    05/24/2018 10:21 PM

    Thank you for the truth and your eloquent way of reporting. A bully like Kim Jong-Un is so unstable mentally, it's impossible to know exactly what's going on in his mind. One thing I know for sure from personal experience, "force" (whether by word or otherwise) is the only they understand. Personally, I think the Pentagon should be working on Plan B & C, because of unthinkable possibilities.

  • Sandra Evans (joy lewis)

    05/24/2018 09:51 PM

    I enjoyed your postings on "The art of the Deal" especially,
    no deal for us is the best way out in this case. Amd Mendez has that liberal mentality, I hold concerns for NewJersey. Thank you for giving us this news letter

  • Timothy Dale Witthauer

    05/24/2018 09:32 PM

    Thanks Mike, I can always count on hearing the truth from you!

  • Harry Sylvester

    05/24/2018 08:24 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I have watched your show on Fox, read your E-Mails and watch your Daughter during her WH briefings. Both of you have a lot of God given common sense. THANKS for all you do!!! Harry S.

  • Amelia Little

    05/24/2018 07:35 PM

    Yep, Trump doesn't follow politics as usual--oh, horrors!!!! One of the many reasons many people voted for him, but, of course, many in congress (on both sides) and anti-Trumpers just don't get it. The art of the deal is, IMO, going to work better than the art of politics--how's that been working for us, especially over the last 8 years. If the art of politics includes apologizing for America (hmmm, now, if we're so bad, why are all those people, legal, illegal, or "refugees" wanting in here? Well, some of them, for sure, like islam, is to convert us to islam or kill us.) World leaders have made fun of American "leadership"--whiny, apologetic, give in to anything they tell us they want. But I'm betting they are respecting America once again, now that we have strong leaders. Too many in Washington (on both sides) are obstructing anything as much as they can--not because what is being proposed is wrong for us, but because they are po'd that a businessman can do what their "art" of politics as usual couldn't do.

  • Carla Boyle

    05/24/2018 07:05 PM

    What is your opinion of "SPYGATE"? Do you think ANYONE in the Obama Administration will ever be prosecuted?

  • Larry harris

    05/24/2018 07:00 PM

    Keep up the good reporting we live in Arkansas was Blessed with you as Governor

  • Henry Sherwood

    05/24/2018 06:41 PM

    :-)

  • Dan Moore

    05/24/2018 06:41 PM

    Week after week it amazes me how you come out with such smart and realistic comments and solutions - we think so much alike ... how did you NOT get elected President???

  • Norma Morris

    05/24/2018 06:11 PM

    I'm very confident that our president knows exactly what he is doing. I've said it before: Let out the rope.

  • Joan Chambers

    05/24/2018 05:58 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    Hillary keeps saying that she won the popular vote - she did, but they were illegals voting, because Obama told them they could.
    If all the voters were legal she would have LOST.
    She is a hopeless loser who still thinks that she should have won,
    I sure an happy that we have President Donald Trump who is doing great.
    I wish the haters would stop hating long enough to see all the good that the President is doing.
    God Bless you for all the good things that you are doing and God Bless Sarah.
    All the best and thank you,
    Joan Chambers

  • Robert Hanish

    05/24/2018 05:57 PM

    Good Evening Mike

    Thank You for your insight, and keep up the Outstanding commentary.

    Bob

    PS Great job raising your Daughter. She's Unbelievable.

  • Brenda Butterfield

    05/24/2018 05:51 PM

    Just want to say thank you, Mike, for your regular columns that I read almost every day. I appreciate your views, your strength, your commentary on each subject, and your faith. My husband and I recently discovered your great program on TBN and now we never miss it! Thank you for all you do and for your support of our president. We also appreciate the toughness of your daughter Sarah as she deals with the media! God bless.

  • Diane DeLallo

    05/24/2018 05:48 PM

    Thanks Mike. Your page is much appreciated, as is your daughter.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/24/2018 05:41 PM

    Trumps Twitter is FREE Speech, how dare lowly judge try to block, Wake up U Twitter users, she means U too.,
    See the Dble Std by the Left, One way Leftists.
    Hey Twitter users rise up & demand Hands OFF OK Judge.
    Name names.
    Lets get serious.