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Trump won’t lead, GOP won’t follow

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The long, slow, cancerous death of the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare is a textbook case of a failure of leadership.

President Trump, obsessed with his war on the main stream media, never led on health care or tried to sell it to Congress. In fact, I am rather convinced Trump doesn’t care if Obamacare persists, as long as blame cannot be laid on him. I guarantee he will distance himself from the entire mess and blame Congress when it’s all over.

The GOP in Congress, however, deserves plenty of the blame. They simply couldn’t get it together. They had promised to do something, that in 2015 was not a problem when Obama controlled the White House and an override-proof veto was imminent.

Further, the 2015 vote didn’t roll back the Obamacare regulations on existing condition coverage and standard plans, which the Cruz amendment would have done.

There’s no other conclusion we can reach other than many Republicans want to have Obamacare regulations in place. They want big government, and more of it. They want hidden taxes, higher taxes, and complex regulations.

They are not conservative. Trump is not conservative.

It’s interesting to note that the Democrats have become the party of “principle” (and discipline) on many issues. They have moved to the far-left, but march in lockstep, having purged their ranks of moderates, “Blue Dogs” and compromisers. Privately, some Democrats in Congress might hold those values, but they don’t dare cross the whips.

Republicans have no discipline, no principle, and no plan at all.

They are led in the White House by a clown show, a man who can sell nothing but himself. They are led in the House by a reluctant Speaker who was put in place by compromise, not mandate. Speaker Ryan means well, but he’s more a referee than a head coach.

They are led in the Senate by a man who never succeeded in blocking a single Democrat power grab, budget explosion, or government takeover of liberty. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell only knows how to use the Democrats’ own tools against them–he was effective at keeping Garland off the Supreme Court, and putting Gorsuch on it. But those were easy choices.

The $1 trillion budget, the failure on an Obamacare repeal, and the failure of the GOP to even make a dent in our fiscal nightmare of entitlement growth will sink the Republican Party.

No leadership and no followers is a very bad way to run a government.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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