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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.

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

One of my biggest pet peeves is the attempt by atheists to use “science” to disprove the Bible. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which being Pascal’s Wager, but the strangest part is how much of science must be ignored in order to make the claim a Biblical worldview runs counter to modern science.

Some may object to this topic being part of mostly political news site, but it’s been more widely covered in recent years by liberal sites attempting to paint the Biblical worldview in a negative light, so it’s good to give equal time to the counterarguments.

There are better videos than Ken Ham’s discussion on the topic, but few are more easily understood. It’s well worth the hour.

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Bettie Cook Scott is a racist politician. And she’s a Democrat.

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Bettie Cook Scott is a racist politician And shes a Democrat

Racism is owned by the Republican Party. That’s the narrative the press and their handlers, the Democratic Party, wants America to believe. Someone forgot to get that memo to Michigan state representative Bettie Cook Scott.

Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: ‘Don’t vote for the ching-chong!’

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/08/16/detroit-rep-bettie-cook-scott-on-asian-opponent-dont-vote-for-the-ching-chongMore than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

My Take

There are two important takeaways here. First is the hypocrisy surrounding Scott, a (formerly) rising star in the Michigan Democratic Party. If the comments she made were spoken by anyone other than a Democrat, the calls wouldn’t be for an apology. The press and social groups would be calling for her to step down and jump into a hole somewhere.

The second point is that in the real world, the one not seen through the lens of liberals and the media, racism exists everywhere. It is not owned by Republicans, conservatives, old people, white people, or any other classification. One can even make a valid argument that it’s no more prominent in the Republican Party than it is in the Democratic Party that supports groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

Racism must be eliminated from society. That will never happen as long as so many people naively believe it only exists in the minds of certain people on the political right. It exists everywhere. Accept that and we can work to make it stop.

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