Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Think Trump’s Unpopular? Think Again  07/18/2017  Source: AAN  by: Remington Strelivo

Think Trump’s Unpopular? Think Again
Donald Trump’s personal approval might be languishing at 40.5%—but his policies are astonishingly popular among voters.

Rather than simply survey Trump’s approval rating, the latest poll from the Committee to Defend the President asked 2,967 likely voters various questions about Trump’s agenda.

When asked whether or not voters supported Trump’s primary accomplishments as President—like appointing Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court Justice, supporting women in science, and his “Hire American” and “Buy American” initiatives to promote manufacturing—a whopping 56% said that they approved, while just 24% disapproved. These policies received wide support, regardless of gender and age.

When it comes to President Trump’s budget spending plans, like increasing funding for national defense and law enforcement, 53% approved and 32% did not approve.

The poll also rehashed the 2016 election—asking voters whether they would feel safer with President Trump in office or with Hillary Clinton in office. 46% felt safer with Trump, and just 38% felt safer with Hillary Clinton. Likewise, 44% of voters believe that President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have a better vision for the country, compared to just 37% who believe that Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi do.

Democrats have long planned to fight the 2018 and 2020 elections solely on the basis of Trump’s relative unpopularity. But after losing four special elections in a row, it’s clear that winning back the votes of the American people will require the Democrats to develop an actual vision for the country, rather than just ride a wave of anti-Trump sentiment.

But even that could bring its own difficulties: regardless of voters’ personal feelings towards Trump, they overwhelmingly back his biggest policy objectives.

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This Obama Appointee Needs To Be Removed From The Bench

A federal judge in Hawaii ordered a loosening of President Donald Trump’s travel ban late Thursday, ruling that the Trump administration’s interpretation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling is too narrow.
Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Hawaii District Court’s decision:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trey Gowdy Gave Deep State Leakers This Bad News

The Deep State has schemed to take down Donald Trump.
For months they have planted leaks in press stories designed to create an air of scandal that will hamstring the administration.
But the Deep State just got bad news as Congress is zeroing in on their leader.
Ben Rhodes was the Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama administration.
He was a figure of great controversy.
In order to sell the Iran deal, he created a press “echo chamber” where he could plant false stories about the negotiations and sell the American people on Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal.
Conservatives have pointed to Rhodes and his echo chamber as the culprits behind the illegal leaks of classified information plaguing the Trump administration.
There has been on average one leak a day since Trump has taken office.
All of this has added up to a plot against Trump designed to ruin his Presidency by forcing him to resign or creating a toxic environment that guarantees he lose the re-election in 2020.
But one Congressman revealed that Trey Gowdy is digging into the Deep State’s plot and that it is bad news for Rhodes and other big names from the Obama administration.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., wouldn’t say Saturday whether the House Oversight Committee is going to call former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to testify about potentially playing a role in the leaks from the Trump administration of classified information to reporters.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, DeSantis admitted he’s spoken to his committee’s chairman, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, about it, and while he would defer to Gowdy to identify people of interest, he did say the panel has brought in some “big names.”
“They’re doing a lot more than what the press knows in terms of some of the people they have brought in,” DeSantis said. “They’ve brought in some big names that I’m not authorized to say…
…. Hewitt had asked DeSantis about Rhodes in particular because of an interview he did recently with the Washington Free Beacon in which he accused Rhodes of being a primary source of the leaks causing harm to the Trump administration and called on Trump to remove all Obama official holdovers from his administration.
DeSantis further explained to Hewitt that Rhodes may be in contact with Obama holdovers in the National Security Council, who are behind the “selective leaking” hurting Trump’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”
Reining in the Deep State has become a critical endeavor.
These leakers are not whistle blowers trying to expose wrong doing.
It is a deliberate attempt to overturn the results of the election.
Conservatives believe these leakers must be rooted out and held accountable.
And that means the administration and Congressional Republicans must go beyond “naming and shaming” the Deep State leakers.
They need to prosecute the individuals who illegally leaked classified information.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.
If President Trump’s First Term is Like His First 6 Months – He’ll Be the Greatest Economic President Ever!

Via Billy


Here's Ronnie!  Cal Thomas  Posted: Jul 18, 2017

Here's Ronnie!

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."(French proverb)
While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on "The Tonight Show," hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was "between jobs," having left office as governor of California, where he served for eight years, but not yet president. He would challenge Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination in 1976, barely losing at the nominating convention, but setting himself up for what would be a successful run in 1980.
What fascinates about Reagan's appearance with Carson is how little has changed in the intervening 42 years, except some things are worse.
The questions Carson asked Reagan and his responses sound like recent campaigns.
Here's one of Reagan's comments on taxes: "I still say the answers to our problems in this country ... is to have a law that says there is a percentage limit of the people's earnings that government cannot go beyond without the consent of the people."
Later he noted that when he and Carson were boys, "governments, whether federal, state, or local, were only taking about 15 cents out of every dollar earned. Today they're taking almost half..."
It's gotten worse. Depending on where you live, the combined total of government taxes can exceed 50 percent, including income, sales and hidden taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, the nation's leading independent tax policy nonprofit, Americans this year will pay $3.5 trillion in federal taxes and $1.6 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total of $5.1 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation's income. Still, governments never have enough of our money. The feds borrow from other governments and the national debt approaches $20 trillion.
In one of his many clever turns of phrases, Reagan told Carson: "We live in a country where it takes more brains to figure out your income tax than it does to earn the income."
Then came a line he would use to great benefit when he ran for president in 1980: "...people keep looking to government for the answer and government is the problem. ... There's very little government can do as efficiently and economically as the people can do themselves..."
Reagan added, "The biggest problem is that we have built a permanent structure of government -- federal, state and local -- they're permanent employees. And they've come to the place where they actually determine policy in this country more than does the Congress..."
At the time, Reagan said there were 14.5 million public employees in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2015, there were nearly 22 million government workers. Can anyone claim governments are more efficient and cost-effective because there are more government workers?
Reagan bemoaned the deficit, which then was about $53 billion. Last Friday, the White House said faltering tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to rise to $702 billion this year, $99 billion higher than was predicted in late May.
When Carson asked for his solution, Reagan cracked, "I think balancing the budget is like protecting your virtue. You have to learn to say 'no.'"
Politicians can't say no to themselves or to petitioners for our tax dollars. They buy loyalty and votes to protect their careers. As Reagan noted and would mention again, people become addicted to government handouts and once addicted embrace the notion of entitlement, losing the virtue of personal responsibility and coming to see government as a first resource, not a last resort.
As the 1975 Reagan interview demonstrates, the problems haven't changed because the solutions have not been embraced. Contemporary Republicans should learn lessons from Reagan, but many of them appear too eager to tread water while we sink deeper and deeper into debt and slowly lose our freedoms.

Cruz seems to be more than willing to work with and to support Donald Trump, perhaps he should pull Cruz into his immediate circle of advisors...Cruz is a smart man and could be a valuable asset

Cruz Rescues Republicans on Obamacare  Stephen Moore  Posted: Jul 18, 2017

Cruz Rescues Republicans on Obamacare

Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators -- Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah -- to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government, all without alienating millions of voters. He's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire, flipping a losing strategy into a big-time winner.
The Cruz amendment -- which has been inserted into the GOP Senate health plan -- is smart, because it doesn't take anything away from anyone. If you want Obamacare, you can have it. You can have the coverage for the 10 "essential benefits"; you can have the subsidies and exchanges that were supposed to save $2,500 per family. It's still there for you.
The Cruz amendment introduces what is called the "Consumer Freedom Option." The Consumer Freedom Option allows insurers who offer Obamacare-compliant plans to offer a range of less costly plans. In other words, it empowers people and families to pick and choose what they want in their own insurance packages. Some families want, and can afford, blanket coverage that insures them for everything from cancer to contraceptives. If you want to pay for that coverage, go for it.
What about people with lower incomes or healthy lifestyles that want the other extreme? They can opt for slimmed-down coverage that protects them from major medical expenses, such as costly ongoing treatments for a serious disease. These families may choose to pay for more routine medical expenses, such as checkups, out of pocket. One benefit is that since more people will pay directly for medical services, they are likely to shop around for the best prices, and this competition will lower prices for everyone.



The Real Crimes of Russiagate  Pat Buchanan  Posted: Jul 18, 2017

The Real Crimes of Russiagate

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump's campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC?
And until last week, the answer was "no."
As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, "On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians ... there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. ... There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark."
Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russians -- in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign.
While not a crime, this was a blunder. For Donald Jr. had long insisted there had been no collusion with the Russians. Caught in flagrante, he went full Pinocchio for four days.
And as the details of that June 9 meeting spilled out, Trump defenders were left with egg on their faces, while anti-Trump media were able to keep the spotlight laser-focused on where they want it -- Russiagate.      


It is hard to see when this ends, or how it ends well for the country.

NRA's Colion Noir Has One Heck of a Message for Black Lives Matter   Erika Haas  Posted: Jul 14, 2017

NRA's Colion Noir Has One Heck of a Message for Black Lives Matter

Dana Loesch had liberals curling up in the fetal position when she urged her fellow conservatives to "fight this violence of lies [referring to media bias and the Left’s prime choice of protest] with the clenched fist of truth” in an ad for the NRA. *Gasp.*
Ironically, Loesch, who was condemning violence and hateful, divisive rhetoric, was accused of inciting violence and declaring civil war. 

On Wednesday, members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Lives Matter Movement - and their allies, including Dignity and Power Now, The Reverence Project, RISIST, and Defend Movement - decided to join in on the Loesch-bashing fun and released their own video in response to the NRA’s “aggressive, fear-mongering video tactics.”

In the video, a member from the LA Chapter is seen calling the NRA’s ads “dangerous propaganda” that emboldens “gun-toting racists.”
“We will continue to produce media, teach students, march and protest to not only protect the First Amendment as fiercely as the NRA protects the Second, but to protect our lives from gun-toting racists,” she declares.
Of course, liberals only want protect the First Amendment rights of those who share their opinions and fight for their cause. Anyone who disagrees with them or says something they don’t like should automatically be silenced, hence why the video’s narrator goes on to “demand” the NRA “immediately” remove its (constitutionally protected) ads.
Thankfully, NRA TV’s Colion Noir wasn’t about to let BLM get away with peddling these absurd claims about the Second Amendments rights organization.
In an episode of “Commentators,” Noir first calls out BLM for losing sight of its original mission and turning into “a weaponized, race-baiting machine, pushing the extreme liberal-Democratic agenda, calling everything and anything that doesn’t fit their agenda white supremacy.”
He then goes on to dispel the notion that the NRA’s members are all a bunch of racists and lists the (many, many) things the organization has done for the black community and black gun owners: “Say what you want about the NRA, but it’s done more for black gun rights and the image of black gun owners in this country than the bought and paid-for Black Lives Matter ever has.”
Noir, who himself is a gun-owner and NRA member, notes that, “you don't get asked what race you are when you join the NRA, there wasn’t a ‘whites only’ sign at the annual convention. There are no secrets here.” 
“The NRA isn’t the one telling me I shouldn't be owning guns because I’m black. White, liberal politicians are," he adds.
At the end of the video, Noir offers some friendly advice for the Black Lives Matter Movement before signing off. 
“Oh, by the way," he says, speaking directly to BLM activists, "next time you make a video declaring you fiercely defend the First Amendment the way the NRA defends the Second, you might not want to immediately demand that they delete a video protected by their First Amendment right, just because you don’t like it."
"You kind of look like a hypocrite," he concludes. 
Nailed it.
 Watch Noir’s entire video below.

Finally, a Poll Trump Will Can Like: Clinton Even More Unpopular     

For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse.
Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It’s the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009.
The former secretary of state has always been a polarizing figure, but this survey shows she’s even lost popularity among those who voted for her in November.
More than a fifth of Clinton voters say they have an unfavorable view of her. By comparison, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before the election, and just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now say they view him unfavorably.
“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. "It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good."
The former first lady and New York senator has made a few speeches and occasionally tweaks Trump on Twitter, but has mostly kept out of sight since a defeat in November that shocked the political establishment and surprised markets.
In follow-up interviews with poll participants, Clinton voters denied that their negative feelings about her had anything to do with her losing the election and, therefore, helping Trump move into the White House.
Read the poll questions and methodology here.

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