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I recently wrote a piece on the exhaustion I feel trying to keep up with the Trump administration.  As I wrote, there seems to be a new development, or crisis, by the hour.  All of this in the first seven months before this President has really faced any unforeseen challenges.  Events which all President’s ultimately deal with, will arise.  We may be on the cusp of finding out how President Trump will react.  Granted, much of this is his own doing, but if the first half of the year is any indication, the second half could be a wild ride.  Here are my hot takes.

Obamacare

“Obamacare will be repealed.”  “Repeal and Replace.”  “Maybe just trim it up around the edges?”  “Congress can’t get it done, so we’ll just let it implode.”  “Yeah, we didn’t really mean we could get rid of it, for the last 7 years.”

I’m not sure there’s really any more to add here.  Nothing is getting done.  Premiums will continue to rise and the economy will suffer.

Tax Reform

This talking point lasted about two days.  I highly doubt this republican congress has the stomach to make any meaningful reforms.  Something will pass, but it will more than likely just be a shell game.  Like it or not, it’s getting to be election season all over again.  Get ready for a lot more talk and no action.

Infrastructure

Likewise, this theme week lasted about fifteen minutes.  Mostly due to the President’s own actions.  I’m no fan of any huge spending package.  I’m pretty sure Obama did this one and it only led to close to a trillion dollars in new debt.

DACA

He campaigned on the wall, enforcement and ending DACA.  Enforcement has been pretty good.  I’ve got more bricks in my yard than the new “wall”.  And, Trump will end DACA, or give Congress six months to do something about it.  For all the outrage, for the time being, nothing has actually been done.

Foreign Affairs

This is the area I consider the most concerning and most likely to throw the administration into a tail spin.  The two big topics here are North Korea and the Middle East.  I’ll take them in turn.

First the Middle East.  After campaigning to get out of unnecessary wars, Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan and is doing “stuff” in Syria.  His cabinet officials tend to contradict him on foreign policy, almost daily.  He calls Qatar a terrorist state, then we sell them military equipment.  We will negotiate with “moderate” Taliban, while also killing them.  These are just a few examples.  Your guess is as good as mine.

Then there’s North Korea.  There was a lot of talk of “fire and fury”.  He took a new approach and I can appreciate that.  Then North Korea threatens Guam, fires a ICBM over Japan, and over the weekend detonated a nuke.  So, yeah, that just happened.

The 2nd Half

The first half, of the first year, of the first term of team Trump has been interesting to say the least.  The President has governed just as he campaigned.  There is no indication he is in any mood to change.  Most of the domestic problems this administration has faced, thus far, are self-inflicted wounds.  That will most certainly change when the next economic crisis emerges.  We seem poised for a correction in the market.

I believe our adversaries are still taking a wait-and-see approach on Trump.  After all, it’s only been seven months.  How the President deals with North Korea will most likely set the tone for what threats we face for the remainder of this administration.  That could be good, or that could be bad.

So, how will it all turn out?  I don’t know.  Your guess is as good as mine.

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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Kamala Harris stutters through non-answer when asked about her Jussie Smollett Tweet

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Kamala Harris stutters through non-answer when asked about her Jussie Smollett Tweet

In one of the most cringeworthy moments of Senator Kamala Harris’s new presidential campaign, the California Democrat found herself hesitant and uncertain about her feelings towards Jussie Smollett’s apparent hate-crime hoax. This is in stark contrast to her bold and racially charged accusations of a “modern day lynching” allegedly perpetrated by two Nigerian actors at the request of Smollett himself.

Above, you can see her attempt to calm the situation and state that facts are still emerging about the case. Of course, this is three weeks after the alleged incident, which is strange since her response the moment the news broke seemed to express zero interest in waiting for facts to emerge.

“. is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”

This is the latest minefield Democrats find themselves traversing after quickly reacting to false claims. It happened with the Covington Catholic School boys. It’s happened far too many times since President Trump ran for President in 2016.

The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

http://noqreport.com/2019/02/18/anti-maga-hoax-epidemic/There’s a trend that’s been quietly, consistently rearing its ugly head against the President of the United States and his supporters since before the 2016 election. We’ve seen it among unhinged journalists, virtue-signaling celebrities, and Democratic politicians. We’ve seen it manifest in the ugliest form of hatred – the common hate-hoax – and it’s doing more to divide America than the source of the perpetrators’ anger.

They hate President Trump. They hate the people who got him elected. The hate the idea of making America great again because as much of the MAGA agenda comes to pass, they’re learning they’ve been wrong the whole time. I know first hand. I’ve been proven wrong myself.

It doesn’t take a skilled orator or ethical paragon to say, “I reacted too quickly before. I should have waited for all of the facts to come out before reacting emotionally.” Of course, doing so requires humility, which Kamala Harris apparently does not have.

 


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