I mentioned yesterday that while the media were distracted with covering (and in some cases, celebrating) the impeachment vote, other important stories were being ignored. For instance, you might have heard that the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA 2020), blandly described as a “national defense bill” to keep the military funded, protect the homeland and give a raise to our soldiers. Naturally, President Trump is expected to sign it. But he might want to read carefully first. It's a textbook illustration of the need for a line item veto.
Here’s what you weren’t told: buried in its thousands of pages were a lot of surprises, including amnesty for about 4,000 Liberian illegal aliens, visas for 4,000 Afghan officials, paid family leave for government employees, and something called the “Fair Chance Act” that bars the government from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record (aren't there enough criminals working in our government already?)
Also tucked away amid all the verbiage is something called the “Parole in Place” act that supposedly helps the families of military members, but that critics say overturns one of Trump’s executive orders tightening immigration law and creates legislative precedent for a future Democratic President to greatly expand amnesty for illegal aliens.
What do programs like this have to do with the military? Only that they’re hidden inside this massive bill like soldiers inside the Trojan Horse.
As Daniel Horowitz in the first article linked above reminds us, this is what James Madison was talking about when he said, “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”
On the plus side, another story that was obscured by the impeachment brouhaha was that while the House was doing what it had no business doing, the Senate was actually taking care of business by confirming 13 more Trump judicial nominees in two days (12 on Thursday alone!) That makes a total of 187 Trump-nominated judges so far, far outstripping Obama.
A spokesman for one leftwing legal organization fumed that this was “the most underrated story of the Trump era.” They accuse Republicans of “stacking the courts,” which I guess is only bad if you do it by winning the White House and Senate, but fine when you do it by rewriting the Constitution to bloat the Supreme Court to 18 seats. Since the left's go-to tactic for imposing policies the public would never vote for is to get unelected judges to write laws, it must be terrifying for them to see the courts getting “stacked” with judges who will actually do their jobs according to the Constitution rather than following Nancy Pelosi’s example and just making it up as they go along.
I know you were probably burned out on watching Democrats lie to you, but there was another Presidential debate last night. Even though they were down to only seven candidates, it still lasted three hours! It was like watching Martin Scorcese’s “The Irishman,” only the Trump-hating stars were even older.
The debate almost didn’t come off because the candidates refused to cross a food workers’ picket line, but the DNC intervened on the union’s behalf and got a tentative deal that allowed the debate to go on. In other words, they used their political power to coerce the bosses into giving them something that benefited them in the 2020 election, or as Adam Schiff calls that, a “quid pro quo” (i.e., an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE!!)
It’s generally agreed that there were a few exciting dust-ups and the PBS moderators were better and tougher than those on CNN and MSNBC (they must not have gotten the memo that said their unofficial job title was “cheerleaders.”) Biden and Warren were deemed reasonably strong, Klobuchar was the standout, and Buttigieg had the worst night. The others ganged up on Mayor Pete, slamming him for his lack of experience and taking donations from billionaires (pretty hilarious, considering all the money the party takes from George Soros, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, not to mention they have TWO billionaire candidates, one of whom was standing on stage at that very moment, for no discernible reason.)
Warren slammed Buttigieg for holding a fundraiser in a crystal-filled cave with $900-a-bottle wine, and asked who do you think would attend that? I was going to guess Mike Bloomberg, but Marianne Williamson might show up for the crystals.
To me, the overriding theme, as it so often is at these debates, was the total denial of reality. For instance…
Whenever Democrats aren’t in power, they talk about America as if we’re in a Great Depression (when only they are.) They paint a picture of workers suffering and the middle class collapsing, when that was only true when they were in power. Since Trump took over, we have record-low unemployment and rising wages in all demographics, but you’d never know it from watching that.
On impeachment, we got the now-familiar rhetoric about honoring the Founders and the Constitution, coming from the leaders of a party who’ve spent the past few years telling us that the Founders were old, slave-owning white guys whose statues should be torn down and the Constitution is an outdated parchment that should be considered a “living document” and completely rewritten. Who knew these liberals were all such strict constructionists?
Mayor Pete continued pushing the false narrative that then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence oppressed him somehow. He claimed he has proven wide appeal to voters because he’s a “gay dude who won in Mike Pence’s Indiana,” smearing Pence and his home state as synonyms for homophobic bigots. In fact, Pence was never anything but kind and supportive toward him, South Bend is a longtime Democrat stronghold (hence its current problems), and out of a population of about 100,000, in his landslide reelection win, he garnered a whopping 8,515 votes.
Warren was asked about economists who say her massive spending plans would require huge tax hikes, and she simply dismissed them as “plain wrong.” Some liberal pundits called her response “brilliant,” but I think they’ve confused that term with “plain delusional.”
Joe Biden managed to avoid nipping at Bernie Sanders’ waving hands, but I can’t imagine anyone voting for someone for President who has such a cavalier attitude about the negative effects of his policies on Americans. When asked if he would push his anti-fracking agenda even if it cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, he answered yes without the slightest hesitation. These people never seem to have a moment’s concern about spending other people’s money and killing other people’s jobs. Joe claimed he would create better-paying jobs than the good-paying fracking jobs. I guess that means he plans to get us all $80,000-a-month gigs on the board of Burisma.
If you really want to hear more on this, Mary Anne Marsh has a write-up with clips at Fox News:
But the most entertaining way to absorb the event is to scroll back through a couple of live blogs of it, such as Stephen Green’s at PJ Media…
...and the crew at Townhall.com. There are some great observations and sharp one-liners in this, such as Katie Pavlich’s comment that the way these candidates talk about climate change, it’s going to kill us all before Nancy Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
I knew AOC had some problems in the thinking department, but she’s now apparently mistaking her own reflection for someone sitting across the aisle from her.
Abortion activists don’t spend all their time and energy trying to prevent pregnant women from learning the truth about what abortion really is. They’ve also been working to promote the widespread availability of abortion-inducting drugs by claiming they’re a safe alternative to early-term abortion with little-to-no complications or side effects. If you saw the movie “Unplanned,” you’ll remember that was what Abby Johnson was told, and she thought she was going to die from the painful side effects.
Well, in the interest of helping women make a truly informed choice about their reproductive health, here’s a story about a study recently published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. It found that abortions induced by drugs given to women up to the 10th week of pregnancy are far more dangerous than advertised, and have a complication rate four times higher than surgical abortion.
Here’s a quote from that article:
“According to the research, risks include ruptured ectopic pregnancies, hemorrhage, infection and retained pregnancy tissue, which require surgery in as many as one in 20 women. The FDA reports at least 24 women have died along with their unborn babies from the drugs, and thousands more have been injured.” Between 2000 and 2018, the FDA reports there have been 24 deaths, 97 ectopic pregnancies, 1,042 hospitalizations, 599 blood transfusions, and 412 infections (including 69 severe infections), with a total of 4,195 adverse events reported,” due to these drugs. And it could be much higher, since only 28 states require clinics to report such complications.
Meanwhile, the abortion industry claims they’re so safe, they dispense them remotely by webcam so that women don’t even have to see a doctor before taking them.
Tell me again about how these people are the guardians of women’s health.
Interesting story about how, despite more than $1 billion in spending to eliminate homelessness, Seattle’s homeless problem just keeps getting worse. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that “progressive” officials are spending most of the money on fighting “oppression” and “(interrogating) the current structures of power” in order to “examine the legacies of structural racism in our systems, and co-design a path towards liberation with black, indigenous, brown and other marginalized communities.”
Silly me, I would have spent the money on shelters, drug and alcohol programs, mental health care and job placement. Let’s hope that the next increase in the homeless population comes from those officials being thrown out of office and into the street.