It seems like only a week ago (because it was) that the liberal media were taunting Republicans for not speaking out against the rising deficits. I responded by speaking out against the rising deficits, but I guess that didn’t count. Anyway, a Republican who is even more in the public eye, President Trump, just released his proposed budget to the House. Aside from increased spending in some needed areas, such as the military and border security, it calls for the deepest spending cuts ever proposed. So I'm sure the liberal media will love it!
Trump’s budget calls for an average 5% reduction in spending across the board, which combined with optimistic economic projections, would save $2.7 trillion over ten years and theoretically balance the budget.
Of course, nobody can make accurate predictions like that because you never know what’s coming that you’ll have to deal with (when George W. Bush took office, he never imagined he’d soon face the costs of responding to the 9/11 attacks.) Still, one reason Americans elected a businessman is that he knows what budgets are and we hoped he would at least try to do something about Congress’ out-of-control spending. Now, Trump actually has.
Of course, it’s all academic: Nancy Pelosi already made it clear that Trump’s budget will be dead on arrival in the House, where one of the latest fiscally-responsible proposals from Democrats is to bring back pork barrel “earmarks.” If Speaker Pelosi manages to create a budget at all (no sure thing, considering how long we went without one the last time Democrats were in charge), you can bet it will call for far more spending on everything and even higher deficits. And the liberal media will call them…
“The Trump deficits!”
Must-see video: Hit the link and scroll down the page to a video where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s typically uninformed attack on President Reagan as a racist is forcefully refuted by…Ronald Reagan. As the Gipper so eloquently put it, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
Reagan’s former assistant, Peggy Grande, also has a response worth reading. She knew Ronald Reagan. She worked with Ronald Reagan. And AOC, you are no Ronald Reagan.
You might have noticed that I always put quotation marks around the word “Progressives.” There are two reasons for this: (1.) I’m actually quoting them, because they assigned that positive-sounding label to themselves after their failed policies made the word “liberal” toxic. (2.) They have no fresh, new ideas; like Dr. Frankenstein, they keep trying to bring monstrous, long-dead things back to life. What’s “progressive” about that?
For instance, “Progressives” keep trying to reanimate socialism, which has brought nothing but starvation, privation, corruption, oppression and extermination everywhere it’s been tried for well over a century. They are focused far more on the past than the future: constantly looking backwards, judging historic figures from Robert E. Lee to John Wayne by their own constantly-changing standards, ripping down everything that doesn’t comply and burning it, along with the books they’d like to burn, from “Huckleberry Finn” to (incredibly) “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
When they do talk about the future, even that is in terms of going backwards. To save the Earth, we must replace planes with trains, do away with industrial farming that’s eliminating hunger, replace the internal combustion engine with windmills, etc. There are Amish people who are more genuinely progressive than that. Any serious attempt to generate CO2-free energy would involve building more cutting-edge nuclear plants, but they don’t want that because it would actually be progressive.
While the anti-vaccination movement isn’t explicitly a “progressive” plank, it tends to take root among trendy liberals, which is why it’s mostly blue enclaves that are seeing the return of diseases from previous eras, such as measles, mumps and whooping cough. Combine all those unvaccinated people with the “progressive” view of homelessness (people have a right to live anywhere they want, even on public sidewalks, in a state of unhygienic squalor) and open borders (everyone come on in, and bring your Third World diseases with you!), and it’s a recipe for the return of health horrors we haven’t seen since the “Bring out your dead!” scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
Ever heard of typhus? It’s a disease spread by fleas on rats. I wish I could say it's before your time, but the filth generated by all the homeless in Los Angeles has led to a resurgence of typhus (167 cases in the past year) and forced the L.A. City Hall to be closed for fumigation (maybe they should’ve left the politicians inside.)
Meanwhile, in the “Progressive” haven of Seattle, the squalid conditions of homeless camps are creating what one city health official called “a public health disaster.” (Warning: if you’re eating, skip the rest of this paragraph). Seattle is seeing the return of such medieval diseases as shigella (a rare diarrheal disease spread by feces) and trench fever, which is spread by body lice.
And that’s why I call Progressives “Progressives.” Because there’s nothing truly progressive about bringing back the failed socialist experiments of the mid-20th century, refighting the Civil War, and reviving diseases from the 1400s.
I’d warn that “Progressives” will likely bring back the Plague next, but there’s already a plague on America, and they’re it.
In case you missed it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just dumped a big bucket of cold slime over the hot heads of her impeachment-crazed Democratic colleagues. As we say in the South, she took the long way ‘round the barn to get there. She had to tell us all the ways in which Trump is unfit for office, along with the usual litany of ways in which he’s evil personified (he wants our children to breath dirty air and drink filthy water and eat tainted food – but heck, all us Republicans want that, right?) But all those worn-out, road-show DNC talking points aside, there is some major news in what she said to the Washington Post:
“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
Grab your gold dust pan and see if you can find the nugget of truth in all that verbal fool’s gold. That’s right, it’s the word “compelling.”
Speaker Pelosi is trying to gently warn Democratic voters, her colleagues and their PR agents in the media that -- after all the investigations of Trump, all the millions of taxpayer dollars spent, all the Trump associates charged with multiple felonies for process crimes and ages-old tax issues, and all the over-the-top howls for impeachment by Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Rashida “Impeach this M-F-er” Tlaib and the rest of the hyperactive children under her supervision in the House -- even she expects there will be no compelling evidence that Trump did anything to warrant impeachment.
(The explanation by the CNN analyst at the link that it will be much easier to defeat Trump in 2020 than to impeach him might hold water if CNN hadn’t also thought it would be really easy to defeat him in 2016; plus, so far, the 2020 Democratic field is running to the left of Chairman Mao. And Pelosi's claim that Democrats wouldn't want to divide Americans is hilarious. That's their entire current election strategy.)
The reason I divine so much from one word is because if anyone is in a position to know what the allegedly “compelling” evidence of impeachable offenses is that Schiff keeps bloviating about, it’s Nancy Pelosi. And yet, here she is, backing away from impeachment and tacitly signaling to her colleagues to back down off their high horses quietly.
I think this is because she knows that they have nothing real to impeach Trump on. If they try to impeach him anyway, most voters will view that as putting a partisan vendetta ahead of justice and the good of the nation and punish them at the polls. But if they don’t impeach him after all this “volume-turned-up-to-11” #Resistance hysteria, leftists and NeverTrumpers will be furious with them for pulling the rug out from under them. And Independents will be furious with them for wasting our time and the taxpayers’ money and ripping the nation apart for no good reason.
All that extra verbiage about the obvious but unprovable unfitness of the evil Trump is a smokescreen to disguise the real news here: Nancy Pelosi knows they’ve got nothing, but they don’t want to admit all this impeachment talk was just a tantrum they were throwing to avoid facing the fact that voters rejected them in 2016 because their policies don’t work and their unlikable and untrustworthy candidate insulted half the nation to our faces.
They don’t want to admit it, but it’s been true for over two years now, and it's only becoming more obvious with each passing day.
A reminder: there are a lot of people who truly are unfit for their offices and richly deserve to be removed from them. But it doesn’t require a bunch of impeachments. All it will take to clean House is for all of you to go to the polls in 2020. Think of every vote against these people as your own personal impeachment vote.
Friday, the Labor Department reported that only 20,000 new jobs were created in February, when Wall Street had estimated the figure would be 185,000. The White House dismissed the number as a “fluke.” But usually, the only math in Washington that’s that far out of sync with reality are Congressional estimates of how much their latest government program will cost.
Fear not, though, because there could be all sorts of reasons for that low job number, even that the government shutdown interfered with the job of counting the jobs. Don’t be surprised if the number leaps back up next month, when the post-Christmas layoffs end and the spring hiring begins and the job counters are all back on the job. But as the New York Post’s John Crudele reminds us at the link, you should take all government job stats with a grain of salt because a lot of it is just pure guesswork.
Besides, even though only 20,000 jobs were allegedly created (or that’s how many the government got counted, at least), somehow, unemployment dropped by a tenth of a point; the U6 unemployment rate (people with part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time jobs) plummeted from 8.1 to 7.3%; and hourly wages shot up by 3.4%. That is, if the government’s numbers are accurate, which they most assuredly are not. This is where we got the saying that if all the economists in Washington were laid end-to-end, they still wouldn’t point in the same direction.
Read Crudele’s explanation of how the government counts jobs and see if it fills you with confidence about the idea of the feds taking over your disease diagnoses.
Famous lie politicians tell in public: “We’re from Washington, and we’re here to help you.”
Infamous truth politicians have only recently begun to admit: “We’re from Washington, and we’re here to use the power of the state to force you to change your behavior.”
The Democratic media attack dog masquerading as a nonpartisan watchdog, Media Matters for America (remind me again why they have tax-exempt status?), dug up some politically-incorrect things said by Tucker Carlson on a shock jock radio show in 2006, and liberals are using it to try to get him fired.
Fox News isn’t playing this now-familiar game (talk to me about it when the Governor and Lt. Gov. of Virginia finally resign), and Tucker had a defense last night that you can read or watch in full here:
Personally, I don’t defend what he said, and I wish he hadn’t used such language. But that was what was expected on the regrettable "shock jock" format. This is one of many reasons why I’m glad that I have always kept to the standards I learned from my parents and the Bible, and not those of pop culture, no matter how unhip that may seem to some.
Considering that it was liberals who ruthlessly mocked those of us who try to uphold standards of decency in public discourse, and who gave us the whole “sexual revolution/shock jock/gangsta rap/call the President an ‘M-F’ in front of children” culture, I’m not impressed by their claim to be born-again Puritans offended by Tucker Carlson's words. When they demand that people who played along with the very rules they imposed on the rest of us must now be put into the stocks over a decade later, I would respond with Matthew 7:5:
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”
Of course, under the current leftist Puritan standards, I probably just said something offensive because I quoted the Bible.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jaw-dropper of the day: “We live in a society where if you don’t have a job, you are left to die.”
Reality: The federal government alone spends about $4 trillion a year, and 59% of that goes to a massive array of social safety net programs. That doesn't even include state and local social programs or private, community and church charities.
Fun observation from the linked article: If AOC’s claim that Americans with no jobs are left to die is true, then by helping to create record-low black unemployment, President Trump is saving countless black lives. I’m sure she’ll thank him publicly for that.
If you’ve been staggering around, trying to recover from losing an hour of sleep on Sunday, you might be excited to hear that Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan and Sen. Marco Rubio have introduced the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. That means keeping time where it is now, with no more “spring forward, fall back.” We sprang forward, now let's just stay here.
The linked article contains some of the arguments for why shifting the hours of the clock twice a year is an outdated relic based on bad science, and it actually has negative health and psychological effects on many people. Besides, if we want an extra hour of daylight, the Democrats in the House can just pass a bill mandating that daylight last an hour longer. Hey, if the government can rebuild every structure in America, replace every plane with trains and make cows stop breaking wind all in 10 years, ordering the sun to stay up for an extra hour a day should be a cinch.
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