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Most economists amuse me. They are like Baptists, about whom we say, “where there are 2 or more gathered, there are at least 7 different opinions.” Almost without fail, when the weekly or monthly economic reports are released the first line is usually this: “Economists are surprised by the jobs report…” or “Economists express surprise at the GDP…” Have you noticed that economists paid to understand and predict what’s going to happen are always surprised? It’s like a weatherman who is surprised it’s cold in the winter and hot in the summer. They are the most surprised people on earth! But economics doesn’t have to be that complicated. If you earn money by work, you probably would like to keep as much of it as possible. But the government will take some of it in the form of taxes, even if they call it a fee.
Fair enough for the government to get funding for things we need and want. Most of us want to have fire trucks, police cars, paved roads, and even jails to lock up people who threaten our security and safety. We want there to be schools that will teach kids to read, write, and learn some skills and citizenship. We believe we need a military to keep us from being overrun or attacked. But while we are willing to make contributions to vital services of the government, most Americans don’t believe in the redistribution of their income to those who instead of working, stayed up late playing video games.
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Liberals wonder, can I get a refund?
By Mike Huckabee
When fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s supporters set up a GoFundMe account to pay his legal fees, the kind of anti-Trumpers who drift off to sleep with visions of impeachment dancing in their heads rushed to donate, running up the final total to a staggering $568,496. This despite the fact that he hadn’t been charged with anything (and knowing DC, likely never will be). They didn’t even know why he had been fired; they just assumed that the eeevil Trump had unfairly given him the ax. I warned them, but talking reason to an anti-Trumper is like trying to reason a rabid pit bull into letting go of your foot.
And now, with the release of the IG report, we know why McCabe was fired -- and not by Trump, but by the Attorney General on the recommendation of the FBI’s own internal ethics investigators: for unauthorized leaking and lying to FBI investigators, both fireable offenses for any FBI agent.
So with reality finally having slapped McCabe’s donors in the face like a fish in a Monty Python sketch, Liz Shield at PJMedia.com looked into the obvious next question for them: “Can I get a refund?” Answer: Probably not. There are a couple of longshot possibilities, one involving contacting your credit card company and the other a really long longshot (asking the organizers for your money back. Good luck, sucker!) But for the most part, it looks as if a deservedly fired liar and leaker has profited off his unethical behavior to the tune of a cool half-million bucks.
Donors might have to just consider this a expensive lesson. The Internet is filled with worthy causes deserving of your support. There’s also the occasional scammer looking to pick your pocket. Before opening your heart and wallet, do your research. And these days, especially remember that just because someone calls President Trump a “con man,” that doesn’t mean that he is and they aren’t.
By Mike Huckabee
George Stephanopoulos’ interview with James Comey originally ran five hours before it was distilled down into the embarrassing hot mess that aired on Sunday, where Comey came across less as an FBI leader discussing the President than as a catty teenager dissing the football player who stood her up for the prom (“Well, I can’t say for sure that he did nasty things with those skanky cheerleaders from Russia High...but I can’t say that he DIDN’T! And did I tell you about his tan? And the size of his hands?...”) Yet somehow, even with five hours to kill, Stephanopoulos never got around to asking the questions that a real interviewer would have.
Fortunately, Kimberley Strassel did the job for him in the Wall Street Journal. At the link is her list of 28 questions that Comey should have been asked. Since he’s going to be making more TV appearances this week than the inventor of My Pillow, let’s hope that at least one of his interrogators will take the job seriously enough to bring some of these issues up.
New Tim Allen project
By Mike Huckabee
Granted that dismantling the arguments in a Slate.com article is like shooting fish in a barrel with an AK-47 (note to Slate writers: that is an actual automatic rifle), Cillian Zeal at Conservative Tribune does an especially entertaining job fileting a Slate piece about the talk of reviving Tim Allen’s shows “Home Improvement” or “Last Man Standing” in the wake of “Roseanne’s” success. The aghast Slate author argues that those aren’t really blue collar sitcoms. You see, unlike the “real” Middle Americans on “Roseanne” who are barely scratching out a living, Allen’s characters lived in nice houses with luxuries like satellite dishes, so they represented wealthy families with “massive” white privilege.
Slate’s offices are located in Brooklyn, so I have to assume its writers seldom venture west of the Hudson, to the frontier lands where Allen’s sitcoms were set (Detroit and Colorado). If so, they might be stunned to learn that out in flyover country, not only can you find a fairly nice house for less than $2 million, but that “middle class” blue collar people often have things like satellite dishes or nice furniture, and don’t necessarily live in squalor and eat government cheese.
Zeal’s article is a recommended read for the way it exposes the utter cluelessness of Slate writers about the way that most Americans live, but special kudos for picking up on the entertaining details. Such as the way the writer tries to explain the kind of “blue collar” values that “wealthy” people like Allen’s characters can’t possibly understand or represent by quoting the song “Working Class Hero,” written by John Lennon -- one of the richest rock stars in the history of the world.
Fun read, and it really makes you want to sign a petition to bring “Last Man Standing” back.
Comey brings people together
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump sent out a series of tweets on former FBI Director James Comey Sunday, with one of the nicer terms in them being “Slimeball.” I have a feeling those tweets will sound like tea party invitations from Miss Manners compared to what he’ll have to say about Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Comey got a lot of attention for his dissing of Trump, but I suspect that in the long run, the only reputation he’s permanently damaged is his own. Even some people you’d suspect would defend him noticed that he offered no revelations of substance against Trump, just more innuendo and personal invective that makes it even clearer why he richly deserved to be fired.
I always try to think of something positive to say, but this time it’s harder than trying to find a needle in a hay field. I wasted an hour of my life watching a man who helped elect Bill Clinton President and now poses as an objective journalist interviewing a pompous, partisan egomaniac who posed as an impartial law enforcement official, with both passing judgement on President Trump’s moral fitness to hold his job. I saw a man so convinced of his own superiority that he was outraged that when Trump ran a meeting, he did most of the talking and expected his subordinates to do what he said. Just like a mob boss! Or any other boss on Earth, running a meeting. Why, that guy acts like he thinks he’s President of the United States or something! And he can’t possibly be President when the Dalai Lama of DC Ethics, Jim Comey, disapproves! If only he were more humble, like Comey’s idol, President Obama, who once reportedly claimed that he knew how to do the jobs of everyone in the room better than they did.
But after taking a few calming breaths and thinking really hard, I was able to come up with a couple of positives from this Himalaya of Hubris.
First of all, in these divisive times, Comey deserves credit for actually bringing together people from both sides of the political spectrum, who have joined as one in expressing disgust at his self-serving behavior. For instance, Republican Chris Christie, who worked under Comey as a US Attorney and has previously defended him, said his recent behavior “depressed” him, and that if he had gone to Comey and said he had information he planned to release 11 days before an election that might affect the outcome, Comey would have fired him “on the spot.”
Meanwhile, in The Hill newspaper, former Clinton pollster and adviser Mark Penn eviscerated Comey in an op-ed, writing that “each day, it becomes clearer that (Comey and fellow Deep State officials with unlimited budgets and power to bug citizens) are the real abusers of power in this drama” and that the book “impeaches Comey’s fitness to have ever held high, nonpartisan office.”
Even as partisan a Democrat as Lanny Davis blasted Comey as a liar, although his issue wasn’t with his slamming of Trump but his contradictory justifications for reopening Hillary’s email investigation just before the election (Davis nurses the common delusion that this cost Hillary the Presidency, which I seriously doubt. Nobody who cared about that issue was going to vote for her anyway, and nobody who was willing to overlook everything that came before could possibly have been swayed by that).
But the point is that we finally have an issue upon which both Republicans and Democrats agree: James Comey did a rotten job. So why are half of those people still throwing a fit because he was fired?
Finally, I was able to find one thing Comey said in the interview with which I actually agree. He said he thinks of the Trump presidency “as a forest fire. That forest fires do tremendous damage…And terrible things happen in forest fires. But I'm an optimistic person. And so I choose to see the opportunity in a forest fire 'cause what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could've grown… I think this forest fire will leave us better and stronger.”
On this one point, we agree, although not for the reasons he went on to list. Forest fires are terrible, but they are nature’s way of clearing away the overgrowth, rot and deadwood within which lurk venomous vermin who occasionally need to be flushed out into the light and eradicated. You might say that they are nature’s equivalent of a human being who drains a swamp. In that way, Trump’s presidency is like a forest fire. Right now, a lot of venomous vermin are squealing at getting exposed and having the heat applied to them. It’s not a pleasant sound, and I have no interest in listening to it, nor in paying good money to read it in book form.