Joe diGenova’s comments on Wednesday’s “Ingraham Angle” about the FISA court have created a stir, but still not enough of one. (If you watched the show and thought, “Wow, Laura Ingraham has REALLY changed,” that’s because it was me hosting that night.) DiGenova broke the news that Admiral Mike Rogers uncovered FISA abuse in 2016 and worked with the FISA court for months to determine that illegal spying had taken place and that the court had been lied to by Obama's DOJ/FBI.
Trump has been aware of this; in fact, I get the impression that Trump’s tweet that Trump Tower had been “wiretapped,” greeted by leftists with scorn and ridicule at the time, was sparked by a briefing he got from Rogers. Trump KNEW. The chief FISA judge now confirms that illegal spying happened, that it had been blithely going on during the four years previous to the election, and that AG Sally Yates and her deputy AG knew about it. This was carried out during Obama’s tenure, and it targeted Republicans.
Here’s a detailed timeline of what happened, along with a telling quote from Rogers.
The FISA court first issued an opinion on this in 2017, but the details of the story have been lost in the shuffle of all the endless accusations and investigations that have gone on since before Trump became President. Now that the special counsel investigation is over and President Trump is able to tap his constitutional authority without being accused of “obstructing the Russia investigation,” it’s time for accountability. And diGenova did say that indictments would be coming out of this.
For background, here’s a detailed story about criminal abuse of the FISA court that came out in 2017, noting that the “MSM keeps quiet.” Indeed. And the silence is deafening even today. But this will not be going away, not now.
Joe Biden finally made it official this morning, releasing a video in which he announced that he is running for President. He also showed that he will not allow any of those young Democratic whippersnappers to get the jump on him by letting the very first words of his candidacy announcement be an already-debunked whopper of a lie.
Biden claimed he has to run for President because we are in a “battle for the soul of our nation,” citing President Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides” of race riots in Charlottesville, and “with those words, the President of the United assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it."
As even anti-Trump outlets like CNN once admitted before they went insane, Trump was extremely clear that he was talking about good people on both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments, and he stressed at the time that he condemned the white nationalists unequivocally.
Maybe Joe was just proving that he is ready, willing and able to look Americans straight in the eye and tell them a divisive, corrosive lie about his opponent that anyone who’s been paying the slightest attention should know is a crock of horse manure. Judging from the field so far, I’d say that’s definitely one of the requirements for the Party’s nomination.
If he wanted to prove that he really cared about protecting the soul of America, it would have been far more impressive to stand up to the nutjobs in his own party, urge them to get over their derangement that’s tearing the nation apart, face the truth, and deal with it honestly like adults. But I think we know how likely he’d be to win the Democratic primaries if he did that.
As I have tried to impress on my readers, viewers and listeners for a decade now, polls should always be taken with a pillar of salt, and polls taken well over a year before the election are worth less than a lecture on ethics from James Comey. The latest “shock” news being touted is a Morning Consult poll showing Joe Biden entering the race with an 8-point lead over Trump.
I’ll remind you that in the last election, one poll far closer to Election Day showed Hillary Clinton with an 11-point lead over Trump. By that standard, Joe is way behind. He’d better hurry out there on the campaign trail and start pressing the flesh.
Wait, maybe I’d better rephrase that…
How come every idea that comes out of the “progressive” movement is just a rehash of something that was already tried and failed in the last century? Now, yet another chunk of recycled garbage has been plucked from the scrap heap of history, shined up and trotted out as new: “price controls.”
While President Trump has been working hard and had success at lowering drug prices by eliminating bonuses to middlemen and fast-tracking approval of generic drugs, Bernie Sanders has a better idea: price controls! The government will just put a limit on how much pharmaceutical companies can charge for drugs, based on an average of what they cost in five other nations.
Of course, this doesn’t take into account the fact that America leads the way in innovative drug breakthroughs because our capitalist system allows the companies to charge enough to pay for all the expensive research and development it takes to test many drugs that don’t work out until they find one that does (a process that costs about a billion dollars per drug.) Take that away, and you not only create shortages and black markets, as price controls always do, but you also choke off the creation of innovative new drugs. Medical patients pay for that with their lives.
I do have to hand it to the “progressives,” though. For once, they didn’t just reach back to the last century to pluck another failed bad idea (although price controls were certainly tried then, and always failed, as with the 1970s “energy crisis.”) This time, “progressives” actually came up with an idea that’s proved disastrous again and again down through history for over 4,000 years. (Note: they are trying to pretty it up in some cases with a new name: “binding arbitration.” Same poison, different chalice.)
At the link are some examples from a book called “Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls,” detailing the consistently catastrophic effects of price control regulations starting with ancient Babylon, moving forward through Egypt and Greece, the Roman Empire, George Washington’s troops nearly starving to death because of food price controls, the French Revolution, World War II and right up to today.
If Bernie supporters give the usual socialist excuse that the right people just haven’t been in charge of implementing price controls yet, you can point out that virtually every people on Earth have been in charge of implementing them at one time or another, and the results have always been the same: 4,000 years of catastrophic failure. Or to put in even more shocking terms, nearly 52 times longer than Bernie Sanders has been alive.
At the link is a terrific video you’ll want to see, and if you have kids who are high school age or, worse, in college, you should sit them down right now and show it to them. This is Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus explaining the difference between capitalism and socialism.
As he accurately notes, socialism “robs people of their independence, their dignity and their finances, leading to government dependence, suppression of ideas and lower standards of living for those under its thumb.” The belief that wealth is finite and production must be controlled by easily-corruptible government authorities always leads to shortages, poverty and oppression.
Meanwhile, America’s free market capitalist system “has been the biggest creator of wealth and prosperity the world has ever known, lifting billions of people out of poverty, and far more superior than any government program could ever be.” That wealth creation also enables our high levels of giving to charity. And it’s much fairer than socialism because capitalism is the only system where a simple idea can turn anybody into a financial success.
For example, he notes that in 1979, he’d just been fired and was broke when he co-founded Home Depot and turned “a simple idea and hard work into a company that employs more than 400,000 people and has created thousands of successful millionaires,” which could only happen under America’s capitalist system.
Ironically, Bernie Marcus could have also pointed to America’s most prominent socialist, Bernie Sanders, as an example of the exact same benefits of capitalism that he enjoyed. After college, Sanders tried his hand at a number of private sector jobs: Head Start teacher, psychiatric aide, carpenter, filmmaker, writer of leftwing articles, seller of “radical film strips” to schools, and more, all with no real success. But then he got into government and had a simple idea – write a book about how great socialism is and sell it to his poor, deluded supporters. Today, he’s a millionaire with three expensive houses!
That socialist owes it all to capitalism!
This is not a Huck’s Criminal Mastermind story, although it does involve a crook who is a bird brain. In this case, it’s a parrot who has more brains that any Huck’s Criminal Mastermind.