March 1, 2018


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Today's Commentary: If you read the President's full quote you would get a different story -- Trade school-- Teen unemployment plummets after higher minimum wage -- AK-15 -- Coward of the county -- Happy Purim -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries



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President Trump is taking a tsunami of mockery from Democrats, Twitter trolls and late night comics for criticizing the do-nothing Broward County deputies by saying that he would have run into that school to help stop the shooter, even if he hadn’t been armed. But that apparently wasn’t just braggadocio: Someone looked into the New York Daily News archives and found a story from 1991 about how Trump saw a mugger beating someone with a baseball bat. He had his driver stop, and he got out and accosted the mugger, who ran away. One witness disputed that account, but another confirmed that it did happen. I don’t know for sure, but I do think that if I were being mugged in New York, I’d have a better chance of Donald Trump showing up like Batman and stopping the mugger than of Stephen Colbert doing it.

But there’s another very important aspect of this story that’s been overlooked in all the partisan attacks and defenses. Apparently, nobody bothered to read what Trump said in its entirety. In talking to a roomful of Governors, he actually said this:


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Trade school

By Mike Huckabee

Say, parents: do you think that paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to help your kids get a college degree that landed them a job at Starbucks was a big waste of money? Well, cheer up. There’s a new college course (in – surprise! – California) that’s based on such biased political fantasy that it’s even more worthless than whatever your kids had to take to get their B.A. in Post-Modern Transgender Poetry or whatever.

It’s a course on Presidential impeachment that focuses on liberal daydreams about how to impeach Donald Trump (Hint: it would require a Democratic House majority and Senate two-thirds majority, plus actual grounds, so it’s not happening), while ignoring Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson…the only two Presidents who were actually impeached. It’s sort of like paying for a Chemistry class, only to find that the teacher never mentions hydrogen or oxygen, but does force you to listen to all his Air Supply albums.

I have two words of advice for the students in this class: “Trade school.”


Teen employment plummets after higher minimum wage

By Mike Huckabee

Getting that first job used to be a rite of passage for every teenager. But far fewer teens have been working recently, and not always by choice. George Mason University just released a study of why so few 16-and-17-year-olds have joined the work force since 2000. The reasons include competition for jobs by immigrants and the pressure to excel academically while racking up tons of extracurricular credits, leaving no time for an after-school job.

But the most significant factor is the campaign to raise the minimum wage. It’s pushing teenagers out of the work force because employers won’t pay up to $15 an hour for a young, inexperienced worker. The extra cost means business owners are also cutting training programs that benefit workers down the road, and reducing job opportunities for all workers, not just teens. The study also found that in states with higher minimum wages, teens who do have jobs get slower pay increases.




By Mike Huckabee

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida and news that the shooter bought one of his rifles from Dick’s Sporting Goods, the CEO announced that the chain would no longer carry AR-15 rifles. This made headlines, even though there’s less to the story than meets the eye. For instance, the rifle purchased at Dick’s wasn’t used in the shooting. It also wasn't an AR-15. It couldn’t be, since Dick’s already stopped selling those in 2012. This latest announcement applies to Field & Stream, an outdoor and hunting goods chain owned by Dick’s. You could tell that the people celebrating the news were clueless about what they were celebrating by how many of them on social media referred to the rifle in question as an “AK-15.”


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Coward of the county

By Mike Huckabee

I’m about at the point where nothing that comes out of the Broward County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department can shock me anymore. But I did a double-take at news that the officer who waited outside the school with his weapon while children were being mowed down inside was the winner of the 2014 “School Resource Officer of the Year” Award from the Broward County Crime Commission. Their motto: “Evil triumphs when good people stand idly by.”

That should be the motto of the entire Sheriff’s Department.


Happy Purim

By Mike Huckabee

To all my Jewish friends, I wish a happy Purim. The holiday began Wednesday evening and lasts through today’s sunset. Purim’s origins are recorded in the Bible’s Book of Esther, and it celebrates the foiling of a plan to kill all the Jews in the ancient Persian empire. Traditions include coming together to share a meal, exchange gifts of food and drink, and donating to charity. It’s sometimes referred to as the Jewish Mardi Gras. At the link, some more fun facts and cool photos relating to Purim.



Additional Commentaries

Chicago's example

Broward County, Florida: another swamp that needs draining

Monica Lewinsky, 20 years later

Florida bombshell: Armed deputy cowered outside school during shooting

Memo to Jeff Sessions

Canada revives "death panels"

The scandal runs as deep as in 1972 (UPDATED)

Mueller ups pressure on Manafort and Gates to cut a deal

ICE needs to keep it up, not pull back

My tribute to Billy Graham

Media narrative on "Russia" indictment is wrong

Is America the only place?

CIA argues it shouldn't have to comply

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