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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Psalm 10:17
- Durham plows onward, identifies "Tech Executive -1
- Bernie Sanders says something I agree with
- Spending fight
- Stick to your principles
- “Elections Have (Dire) Consequences”
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Durham plows onward, identifies "Tech Executive -1"
By Mike Huckabee
In breaking news Thursday, Special Counsel John Durham has followed his indictment of former Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann by revealing the identity of “Tech Executive – 1” named in that indictment. He is Rodney Joffe, senior vice president of Neustar. The WASHINGTON EXAMINER has the story in detail.
Alfa Bank, which was used in that fake story about computer servers in Trump Tower communicating via “ping” with servers in their building, is suing both Neustar and Joffe. (They’ve already sued Christopher Steele, successfully.) According to the detailed “speaking indictment” released by Durham, Sussmann was working on behalf of both the Hillary Clinton campaign AND “Tech Executive 1,” both of whom were depending on him as their attorney to disseminate the fake Russia story. Durham alleges that Sussmann, Joffe and then-Perkins Coie partner Marc Elias “coordinated and communicated about the [Alfa Bank] allegations during telephone calls and meetings, which Sussmann billed to the Clinton Campaign.”
These guys hardly bothered to cover their tracks at the time, and we’re guessing that’s because they were sooooo darn sure Hillary would win and no one would ever know what they were doing. Sussmann even billed his meeting at the FBI with James Baker to Hillary’s campaign, as “work and communications regarding confidential project.” Not so confidential now, is it?
Though his lawyers are trying to present him as non-political, Joffe was in tight with the Democrats. An email he wrote soon after the 2016 election suggests that he had been “tentatively offered the top [cybersecurity] job by the Democrats when it looked like they’d win. I definitely would not take the job under Trump,” he commented. To that we would say, lucky for Trump.
Sussmann, charged with lying to the FBI when he said he wasn’t working on behalf of anyone else, is turning out to be a central player in the Russia Hoax, which clearly was an attempt to frame candidate and, later, President Trump for “collusion” with the Russian government to help him win in 2016. Ultimately, the elaborate story is –- just as we knew –- based on NOTHING. There is no evidence of this at all.
Perhaps I shouldn’t say “attempt” to frame him, because they actually did do it, as the media treated the hoax as absolutely real and millions of people were duped into believing it. An untold number still do.
The latest subpoenas issued by Durham are for documents from Perkins Coie during the time Sussmann and Elias represented both Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Joffe, through his legal team, issued a statement saying he had “no idea” Sussmann’s firm was also working for the Clinton campaign (what?) and characterizing his indictment as a political smear. To that we would say political smears are something Sussmann seems to know a lot about.
Finally, here’s a little something extra for your weekend reading: a detailed article from REAL CLEAR INVESTIGATIONS published in May of 2020 (yes) that tells much more about what Michael Sussmann was up to for the DNC. As we’ve mentioned, he’s the one who hired Shawn Henry of CrowdStrike –- the same Shawn Henry who'd served as executive assistant director of the FBI under Robert Mueller, who later became special counsel (unbelievable) –- to determine who had hacked the servers. CrowdStrike provided Sussmann with the "Russia" narrative. CrowdStrike never has turned those servers over to the FBI but did have to admit under questioning that they have no evidence of an “exfiltration,” or hack. (There’s exactly the same amount of evidence of a hack by Russia as there is of a “ping” at Alfa Bank, which is to say NONE.)
Refresh your memory on this complex story; there will be much more to come. We wouldn’t be surprised if the DNC server story were where Durham was headed, with some of the biggest revelations of all.
Bernie Sanders says something I agree with
By Mike Huckabee
Even after working under early Friday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to corral enough support to pass the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill. But she hopes to somehow get it passed today. This link has continuous updates:
This is all looking like a demolition derby because many Republicans oppose the bill on grounds that it doesn’t spend nearly enough of that $1.2 trillion on actual infrastructure and they oppose the government-bloating leftist wish list items that it does fund.
Meanwhile, so-called “progressives” are demanding the even bigger and more destructive $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” bill (I’m really burning through the quotation marks with these people) be passed first. They’re furious at moderate Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for refusing to back it on the grounds that spending $3.5 trillion we don’t have when there's no recession and we already have a $28 trillion national debt, is fiscal insanity. The “progressives,” who are big fans of fiscal insanity, think we should spend at least twice that but for now, they'll settle for blowing $3.5 trillion.
Meanwhile, in opposing passage of the $1.2 trillion bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders said this about Pelosi’s late-night deal-making attempt:
"It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what's going on. That's unacceptable. And I think what has got to happen is that tonight, the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated.”
Mark this down as an historic day: Bernie Sanders just said something that Mike Huckabee agrees with entirely. But for completely different reasons, of course.
In a related story, here’s an example of how “fiscal restraint” is a relative term.
Politico obtained what it says is an agreement between Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer, outlining what it would take for Manchin to support the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” bill. One requirement is the cost be whittled down to no more than $1.5 trillion.
The far-leftists such as Bernie Sanders and AOC are going ballistic over that number, decrying it as ridiculously low. Sen. Manchin obviously thinks it’s an acceptable maximum. And to show you where I am on this scale, I’m outdated enough to think that one-and-a-half-TRILLION dollars still sounds like a massive mountain of money, particularly when you’re already in debt by over 18 times that much.
By Mike Huckabee
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema continue to bravely endure the rhetorical flamethrowers of their party’s dominant Loudmouthed Wacko wing for their refusal to dive headfirst into fiscal insanity and blow $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ leftwing wish list bill.
But as admirable as their stand is, and America is blessed to have any bulwark in place against the dangerous leftward lurch that most Democrats are trying to impose, it’s important to remember that they aren’t fiscal conservatives. Manchin made it clear that he’s not opposed to spending a big pile of money we don’t have; just to spending a mountain of it.
J.D. Rucker of LibertyDaily has a good article quoting what Sen. Manchin said and analyzing what it really means. Rucker reminds us that the “small,” “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill (I use all those quotes because you could make an argument against each adjective) is described as costing “only” $1.2 trillion, but in their spending frenzy, Democrats have forgotten that even one trillion bucks is still a heap of money. (Proponents argue that some of the $1.2 trillion isn’t new spending but things like previously-allocated unused COVID relief funds. So if we take deficit spending meant for one thing and spend it on something else, then it doesn’t cost anything! There’s DC economics in a nutshell.)
Biden recently said that “trillionaires” are doing fine, apparently not realizing there’s no such thing as a trillionaire. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $177 billion, but he’d need more than five times that much to have even one trillion dollars. If the Democrats confiscated the entire wealth of the 10 richest people on Earth ($1.15 trillion), they’d still need to scrape up another $50 billion just to cover their “small” spending bill.
Are you starting to suspect that they can’t really cover nearly $5 trillion in spending just by “taxing the rich?” The only good news if this passes is that you’ll soon discover YOU’RE “rich.”
Rucker notes that Democrats decried the “massive” cost of Trump’s $20 billion border wall, and now they want to spend 175 times that (none of which, needless to say, will be used to finish the border wall.)
Rucker also explains that this detachment from fiscal reality is due to most Democrats and too many Republicans embracing Modern Monetary Theory, which is the belief that the government can pay for anything simply by printing as much money as it wants, and this won’t harm our economic health in any way. Sure, everywhere it’s ever been tried before, it’s led to ruinous hyperinflation and the collapse of society, but they insist that can’t happen here. It’s odd to me that they hate the very idea of American exceptionalism, yet they believe that in this one way, we’re the exception to every ironclad rule of economics.
Here’s another way of dealing with our debt that’s so crazy, even the Biden White House claims nobody is considering it (for now, anyway.)
That link also talks about the fight over raising the debt limit and features our Quote of the Day, from Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington: “It is not our duty to raise the debt limit; it’s our duty not to spend so recklessly, irresponsibly, and egregiously that we bankrupt this country.”
On a side note: I misspoke recently in saying that only a Senate filibuster could block the “infrastructure” bill if the House passes it. I forgot that with the help of some “Republicans,” it already passed the Senate and there won’t be any reconciliation. So if the House okays it today, Biden will sign it. But Speaker Pelosi is still trying to muster the votes to pass it because Democrats on both the far left and the center are threatening to withhold their votes for conflicting reasons. So Pelosi might be forced to delay it again.
Stick to your principles
By Mike Huckabee
Another great column by Kurt Schlichter on a very important lesson for Republicans: no matter what a GOP candidate believes, the Democrats and the media will always portray him/her/xir as “literally Hitler.”
The worst way any Republican can respond is by compromising principles to try to win their favor. That’s like throwing raw meat into shark-infested waters. Kurt’s advice is the same that I’ve been giving for years: stick to your principles, be true to yourself, and when they launch ridiculous slanderous attacks on you, laugh at them. Leftists have no sense of humor, certainly not about themselves, so mocking them is their Kryptonite.
And if you’re scared of the Twitter mob saying bad things about you, remember these two words: “Who cares?” Roughly 90% of tweets are generated by about 10% of Twitter users, and most of them are far to the left of the majority of Americans. Also, having a social media account doesn’t mean your opinion carries any particular weight. Twitter and Facebook banned the President, but they allow anyone else with an Internet connection to have an account for free. If talk is cheap, then how much is free talk worth?
“Elections Have (Dire) Consequences”
By Mike Huckabee
Maybe this will help Americans make the mental connection between voting for Democrats and the ensuing terrible consequences. Despite nearly 6 million people finally getting off the expanded and extended unemployment benefits, initial weekly jobless claims rose more than expected to 362,000.
Maybe it would help if the President stopped firing people for declining vaccinations in industries with critical worker shortages.
If that doesn’t convince Americans, this should get their attention: Dollar Tree is going to start charging more than a dollar for some items.
It’s being spun as a positive (they can carry higher quality goods, etc.), but we all know the real reason: Bidenflation. Due to labor shortages, higher fuel costs and other consequences of terrible Biden Administration policies, prices are rising so fast that by the blessed time he leaves office, the only thing you’ll be able to get for a dollar is two quarters.