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Today's Commentary --- President Trump declares a national day of mourning -- Revealing new poll -- Mueller releases "sentencing memo" on Gen. Michael Flynn -- Follow President Bush's example -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Must see video -- “The Pence Effect”: -- Evening Edition - The Scroll -- Daily Verse

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Former national security adviser to President Trump and three-star Gen. Michael Flynn will not be going to prison.

The idea that prison was even a possible fate for such a longstanding American public servant, a 30+ year veteran, tells us a lot about the state of our criminal justice and law enforcement institutions right now. How could this have been considered for one moment? Even the two FBI officials who questioned him –- one, ironically, was Peter Strzok –- didn’t think he was trying to be deceptive.

At this writing, Mueller’s highly redacted sentencing memo on Flynn, in which he says Flynn was cooperative and recommends no prison time for him, has just been released. Right now, even the congressional oversight committees don’t know what’s hidden by all those heavy, black bars. But they have only a few weeks before Democrats take over Congress, so they’ll have to work fast if they want to exercise some due diligence.

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Mike Huckabee


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Revealing new poll

By Mike Huckabee

A new IDB/TIPP poll found that by far the #1 issue Americans want the new Congress to tackle is lowering health care costs.  Good luck with that, considering the party taking over the House is the same one that gave us Obamacare and that insists it’s popular and working and needs to be preserved.  That’s despite the fact that, as the numbers in the linked article show, health care spending as a share of GDP was falling for four years before Obamacare passed, and since then, it’s risen by a full percentage point to 18.2% of GDP. 

As the name falsely implies, the “Affordable Care Act” was supposed to lower health insurance premiums (remember Obama’s promise that the average family would save $2500 a year, which proved to be as phony as the promise that you could keep your doctor?)  In fact, instead of introducing cost-lowering market-based reforms, Obamacare increased government involvement.  Result: since 2013, the rate of cost increase for employer plans has been well above inflation, and for individual plans, premiums have more than doubled. 

Of course, some Americans get government subsidies to help pay for it (we all know that government money is free and falls from the skies like rain; it doesn’t actually come from anybody’s pocket.)  But even those who got subsidized policies often find that they have deductibles of up to $14,000 a year and pay nothing if they have to go outside a very restrictive provider network. 

Americans are now clamoring for relief from rising health care costs, and the House is back in the hands of the same people who poured gasoline on the forest fire last time.  Their only solution: vastly increase government intervention. Talk about seeking a cure from a quack!

I fear that the only brake that will be applied to rising health care costs for at least the next two years will the GOP Senate telling the House that it can't apply any more leeches to the problem.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/health-care-costs-obamacare-ibd-tipp-poll/

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Mueller releases "sentencing memo" on Gen. Michael Flynn

By Mike Huckabee

Former national security adviser to President Trump and three-star Gen. Michael Flynn will not be going to prison.

The idea that prison was even a possible fate for such a longstanding American public servant, a 30+ year veteran, tells us a lot about the state of our criminal justice and law enforcement institutions right now.  How could this have been considered for one moment?  Even the two FBI officials who questioned him –- one, ironically, was Peter Strzok –- didn’t think he was trying to be deceptive.

At this writing, Mueller’s highly redacted sentencing memo on Flynn, in which he says Flynn was cooperative and recommends no prison time for him, has just been released.  Right now, even the congressional oversight committees don’t know what’s hidden by all those heavy, black bars.  But they have only a few weeks before Democrats take over Congress, so they’ll have to work fast if they want to exercise some due diligence.

READ THE REST OF MY COMMENTARY HERE>>>

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Follow President Bush's example

By Mike Huckabee

Let’s all hope that some of the more politically hyperactive news hosts will rein in their partisan zeal and observe the type of decorum that Bush would’ve wanted.  At the link, Mark Thiessen makes a thoughtful plea that politicians and media members follow Bush’s example and give Americans a break from the vitriol, at least until the funeral services are over.

Thiessen makes a good point: Bush wasn’t a naïve innocent; he spent most of his life in the corridors of power and knew all about hardball politics. So he didn’t ask politicians to become kind and gentle (that would be like asking a bobcat to become a cocker spaniel.)  He merely implored them to be “kinder and gentler.” 

If politicians and political commentators want to prove that they really do respect President Bush and aren’t just using praise for him as a tool to attack others, then here’s their golden opportunity to prove it.  

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/marc-thiessen-for-just-a-few-days-lets-be-the-nation-george-h-w-bush-wanted-us-to-be

 

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The Baltic Experience 2019

By Mike Huckabee

I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.

To learn more about this exciting trip, visit my website here.

See you on the boat,

Mike Huckabee

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Must see video

By Mike Huckabee

Must-See Video: Possibly the most moving and inspiring moment you will see in all of this week’s memorials for former President Bush. 

Tuesday, as Bush’s flag-draped casket was lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda, former Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Bob Dole was brought in to pay his respects.

The two had once been bitter political rivals, but they later became close friends.  They had something greater in common than their political views and their powerful government positions.  Both had served heroically in World War II, and they came together at Bush’s Presidential Library to honor the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Click the link and see the awesome respect shown by one heroic veteran to another as Dole – now 95 and confined to a wheelchair – rises from his wheelchair with the help of an aid, briefly stands and gives Bush’s casket a final military salute.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/bob-doles-emotional-farewell-george-hw-bush-may-powerful-moment-2018/

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"The Pence Effect"

By Mike Huckabee

When the MeToo movement began, it represented a long-needed correction of abusive behavior toward women by men who misused their power at work to exploit and even assault female employees.  But as often happens, once zealots tasted blood, they usurped it, politicized it, and took it too far, branding innocent words and gestures as sexual assaults, making unprovable charges dating back decades, and insisting that all accusations must be believed, that due process rights are obsolete, and all men are guilty and should just “shut up” when accused. 

Now, an inevitable backlash has resulted, and it’s harming women’s careers.  It even has an ironic name: “The Pence Effect.”  Remember when liberals mocked Vice President Mike Pence as a prude for refusing to have dinner or be alone in a room with any woman other than his wife?  Well, it turns out “prude” was just short for “prudent.” 

Male executives in industries nationwide are so spooked at the thought of having their lives and careers destroyed by an unsubstantiated spiteful allegation that they’re adopting the Pence policy and taking it even further. To minimize risk to their careers, they are no longer taking one-on-one meetings with female colleagues, having dinner with women, sitting next to them on planes, staying on the same floor with them in hotels, agreeing to mentor them – in other words, all the things that help women (and men) learn, network and get ahead in business. 

This article says women are grasping for ideas on how to deal with it. One idea I’d strongly suggest they reject is filing sexual discrimination lawsuits.  If someone is too afraid to work with you because of fear of a sexual harassment lawsuit, threatening to sue them if they don’t is not going to allay their fears.  This article concludes by claiming the solution is for men to “just not be a (BLEEP),” but that’s being deliberately obtuse.  What the Kavanaugh hearings showed the world was that it didn’t matter how much of a Boy Scout you were, you could still be destroyed by unsubstantiated charges from 30 years ago that are impossible to prove or disprove. 

The best thing women could do to fight the paranoia that’s harming their own careers would be to speak up against the corrosive ideas that only one gender is capable of lying, that all men are guilty until proven innocent, or that any accusation should be an automatic career death sentence.  Until there is a very public backlash against that mentality from women, male executives will likely keep on believing that whatever they do to protect themselves isn’t paranoia, it’s just prudence.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-03/a-wall-street-rule-for-the-metoo-era-avoid-women-at-all-cost

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Evening Edition - December 4

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!

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The Scroll

The Scroll is a new section of our website, constantly updated, with news we think is worthy of reading.

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Daily Verse

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? 
and why art thou disquieted within me? 
hope thou in God: 
for I shall yet praise him, 
who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

- Psalm 42:11

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