As I already mentioned, President Trump reportedly plans to sign the compromise budget bill to keep the government from shutting down again, but he’s not happy with the paltry funding for border security and intends to build the wall and fund other measures by declaring a national emergency and shifting military funds that he controls to border security.
Before he signs it, I hope he will read it carefully and have his best legal staffers do so as well. Word is that the bill has been loaded with poison pills designed to block him from taking independent action to do what Congress refuses to do. If so, then he should refuse to sign it and force them back to the drawing board, even if there is another partial shutdown. There’s also the concern that Democrats will use this as precedent for future Presidents to impose their agendas by declaring gun control or other hot button leftist issues to be a national emergency. But that’s a red herring: do you really think they wouldn’t try to do that anyway, no matter what Trump does? And if he really thinks something is a national emergency, then he shouldn’t ignore it just because someone might try to abuse that power in the future.
Between this bill and Andrew McCabe’s revealing 60 MINUTES interview, this week has certainly thrown a spotlight on how desperate various powers are to prevent Donald Trump from being able to exercise the powers granted to every other President by the Constitution. Even before he took office, we had unelected bureaucrats scheming to remove him, Democrats calling for impeaching him (they’d think up charges later), the media attacking everything he said and did, and leftwing groups cherry-picking activist liberal federal judges who tried to usurp his executive powers. We’ve also seen Congress try to pass an unconstitutional bill to make Robert Mueller fireproof, in effect turning him into an unaccountable fourth branch of government; and now a budget bill that not only shirks Congress’ responsibility to protect our borders but tries to tie Trump’s hands to keep him from doing it.
As I noted yesterday, Obama declared 13 national emergencies, some of them having to do with foreign policy issues; and wrote 276 executive orders, many of them designed to do an end-run around Congress and usurp the powers of the legislature. When he did it, liberals hailed it as “bold leadership” that bravely brushed aside all that pesky partisan obstruction to do what needed to be done. Yet when Trump seeks to use his executive powers in perfectly legal and legitimate ways, it’s unconstitutional and grounds for federal lawsuits if not impeachment.
All of this stems not from any understanding of law or the Constitution, and certainly not, as McCabe seems to think, from answering some higher patriotic calling to save America. It all stems from a psychotic inability to accept the reality that the Democrats lost the 2016 election they thought they had in the bag and that Trump is really President. More than two years later, they are still trapped in the first two stages of grief (“Denial” and “Anger”) and refuse to move on, keeping the rest of the country stuck there with them. Nancy Pelosi made it clear she will never graduate to stage three (“Bargaining”), so that Democrats can move on to “Depression” and finally, “Acceptance.”
As for those of us who support the President, we are moving backward through those same stages. We immediately Accepted the people’s verdict, got Depressed at our opponents’ childishness, tried Bargaining with them to no avail, finally got Angry at how their mule-headed intransigence is dividing people and harming America, and are now determined to go to the polls and Deny them any more power until they learn how to behave like grownups.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “dying middle class” – everything from Grammy critics blaming the decline of rock on teens not being able to afford instruments and families no longer having houses for garage bands to play in, to all the Democratic Presidential candidates vowing to help the dying middle class somehow by taxing the bejeebers out of the businesses that create their jobs. And of course, there’s the endless nonsense in the media about how the Trump tax cuts robbed and cheated the middle class by…making them pay less in taxes? What?!
I keep wondering if any of these people have ventured outside their elite bubbles since Obama left office because the uphill battle for America’s workers that they describe fits his Administration to a T but is starting to appear as outdated as the 2009 Grammy Awards.
At the link, Investor’s Business Daily lists some of the good news pointing toward a revival of the middle class under Trump that the media are trying desperately not to report.
When the media grudgingly mention any good news about the economy, it’s usually to try to give credit for it to Obama. Anyone who owns a business will tell you that things are booming now after eight years of anemic growth because Trump reversed the liberal policies that were keeping the government’s heavy foot pressing on the economy’s throat.
But if they told you that, you wouldn’t vote to bring back those toxic policies. So even if every American family could suddenly afford a four-bedroom house with a Whole Foods chicken in every pot and a rock band in every garage, you’d still be hearing about how the middle class is dying under Trump. Come on, who you gonna believe, the media or your stupid paychecks?
In recent years, New Yorkers have gotten used to seeing residents and businesses move out to escape the high taxes, heavy regulations, bureaucratic corruption, micromanagement and other crushing burdens of “progressive” blue state leftism.
Still, this latest story must set a new speed record for high-tailing it out of New York.
Amazon had barely decided to locate its new headquarters in Queens when all the liberal politicians and activists swarmed like ants at a picnic, accusing the company of “greed” for accepting tax breaks to move in, demanding more pay and benefits for workers, and raising other typical leftist complaints. Seeing that this was going to be more trouble than it was worth, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said “thanks but no thanks” and pulled out of the deal, taking his $2.5 billion building project and 25,000 new jobs with him.
That’s right: the “blue state model” in New York is so hostile to business that businesses are now fleeing New York before they even open there.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is already facing blowback over his inhuman abortion bill and sweating over a $2 billion+ drop in tax revenues is now saddled with the bad publicity from this debacle.
Meanwhile, leftwing activists such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are crowing about their victory in driving away Amazon. She tweeted, “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
Actually, they didn’t defeat his power. His power is that he can take his 25,000 jobs (which, incidentally, have a starting pay of $15 an hour, not below minimum wage, as she apparently believes) and put them anywhere he likes. And if New York’s political and union environment is hostile to that, then other states would be more than happy to roll out the red carpet, which they probably bought on Amazon. As for AOC, let’s hope she runs for reelection on a campaign slogan that highlights her two greatest achievements so far: “I brought you the Green New Deal and helped drive away 25,000 new jobs!”
It’s no surprise that I’ve seen joke caps and other merchandise popping up online that read “MABA: Make Alexandra Bartend Again.” With her kind of leadership, bartending jobs may be all that her constituents will be able to get.
New York’s new Democratic majority, with the gleeful support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, recently passed a law legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth (there have been many articles attempting to dispute that; they are wrong and based on weasel words such as “health of the mother” that can mean literally anything the abortion doctors want it to mean.) This law not only defies basic human decency, it also flies in the face of all we’ve learned in recent years about the development of infants in the womb.
New York’s politicians want to keep people in the dark about what abortion really is because the only way it can thrive is by hiding it behind clinic walls and euphemisms like “reproductive choice.” When people see it what it actually is, they turn away from it in horror. The vast majority of women change their minds about having an abortion if they see a sonogram, which is why killing laws requiring sonograms is also part of the left’s current tide of pro-abortion laws (to paraphrase the Washington Post, “Abortion thrives in darkness.”)
Well, Focus on the Family is about to turn on the lights in New York to see if the cockroaches scatter. They’re launching a 12-week campaign called “See Life Clearly.” It will culminate on May 4th with an event in Times Square called “Alive in New York.” It will feature pro-life speakers, music, and most importantly, live 4-D ultrasounds of a third trimester baby projected on a massive Jumbotron screen.
FOTF President Jim Daly said, “It looks like a picture of a 1-year-old. There is no way a person is going to be able to say, 'That is not a child.' It is a child and we want everybody to see it."
I am bracing for pro-abortion groups to try to challenge the event’s permits or use any other tactics to keep New Yorkers from seeing the kind of carnage they endorse. If there’s a blackout in NYC on May 4th, I’d suggest the police look for pro-abortion activists with wire cutters.
If it’s true that the test of character is what you do when nobody’s watching, then those who think President Trump’s pro-life stance is just an insincere ploy to court Evangelical votes should see what he did when he thought nobody was watching at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast.
In the UK, a pregnant 19-year-old who fled to the Middle East at 15 to become an ISIS bride now wants to come back to Great Britain and give birth to her terrorist-fathered baby at the expense of the National Health Service. Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid is moving to block that, saying he won’t hesitate to keep people from returning who are full of hate for their own country. And Security Minister Ben Wallace agreed, telling BBC Radio 4, “I’m not putting at risk British people’s lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state…actions have consequences.”
But giving the US yet another reason to ignore "international law," Lord Carlile, a former independent reviewer of terrorism laws, said blocking her from coming back might violate international law: unless she has a second nationality, she must be allowed to return to prevent her from becoming “stateless.”
My response to that is that she chose her state: the Islamic State. If she wants to let some nice British couple who don’t believe in mass murder adopt her child, then that’s great for both the baby and the couple. But why should British taxpayers be expected to provide free medical care and probably an array of other public benefits to someone who abandoned Great Britain because she wanted to see it and everything it stood for obliterated from the face of the Earth?
For background: she had two other babies in Syria that died and admits she’s not sorry she went there and only wants to return for the free health care. As this article notes, she “claims she lived a 'normal life' in ISIS' capital Raqqa and was 'not fazed' by the brutal execution of its enemies, recounting how she once found an 'an enemy of Islam's' decapitated head in a bin.”
You can read more at the link then feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section on whether compassion and the concept of welcoming back the Prodigal Son (or daughter) should extend to someone who abetted torture, enslavement and mass murder and isn’t even sorry about it.
Weekend TV Note On a “Huckabee” Family Member: If you enjoy the essays by “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth, look for her this weekend on your TVs and computer screens. She’s not only a fine writer, she’s also a fantastic retro-jazz recording artist. She was recently honored by the Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards with an unprecedented triple win for Video, Album (“New Vintage”) and Female Vocalist of the Year at a ceremony hosted by Thelma Houston.
A TV special made from that evening recently aired nationally on Dish Network. This weekend, it will be broadcast on WATC-TV in Atlanta at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday and again at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday. You can also watch it streaming live online at WATV’s website. Here’s more info on the AMG Awards show:
And more about Laura’s music. Congratulation, Laura!