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Losing the House was not meaningless

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Losing the House was not meaningless

It’s time for a brief civics lesson. When a single party controls the House, Senate, and White House, they are able to press their legislative agenda forward. When the are missing any of the three components, they cannot push their legislative agenda forward. It is an all or nothing situation thanks to the infuriating nature of our two-party system.

Republicans were able to pass tax cuts because they had control of both chambers and the White House. This would have been impossible if the Democrats had the House. This is why it’s ignorant to say the Democrats winning the House is meaningless.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the legislative stalemate we’re going to see for the next two or more years. The only two pieces of major legislation we might have seen if the GOP held the House were immigration reform that included funding for the border wall and an Obamacare repeal that included defunding of abortion-on-demand. The latter was unlikely even if they kept the House.

Instead, the only major piece of legislation we can expect in the next year or so is the one I desperately don’t want to see: an infrastructure bill. It would be hard to argue we don’t need it. It would be harder to argue we can afford it.

Replacing a wall-building immigration reform bill with an untenable infrastructure bill is a major loss for the nation. It’s the only reason I was rooting for the GOP to keep the House. That’s not to say I wasn’t rooting for some Republicans in individual races based on their qualities, but I’ve lost hope in the GOP actually doing the things we need the less-leftist major party to do.

They aren’t cutting budgets. They’re expanding them.

They aren’t addressing entitlements. They’re ignoring them.

They aren’t reducing the national debt. They’re raising it.

No, I’m not saddened overall that the GOP lost control because they didn’t do the right things when they had control. Tax cuts were good (not great) but by cutting taxes without drastically cutting spending, they negated the long-term benefits. Short-term benefits have been solid (the economy and job markets are humming), but to hold the strength of the economy, they needed to cut spending. They didn’t.

Increasing the majority in the Senate could be considered a win because it will make confirmations easier. We’ll see if that comes into play. I think it will. As long as President Trump keeps nominating originalists, I’ll be pleased by the Senate pickups.

Any Republican who says losing the House was meaningless is either ignorant, lying, or had no faith in the GOP legislative agenda that has now been derailed for at least two years.

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Gregory Wrightstone debunks Bill Nye on Ingraham Angle

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Gregory Wrightstone debunks Bill Nye on Ingraham Angle

Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Gregory Wrightstone was a guest with Laura Ingraham on the Ingraham Angle last week on Fox News. On the show, he took on claims by Bill Nye “the science guy” regarding droughts, famines, and how we’re going to have to move up north just to be able to survive as a species.

Wrightstone, who is known for debunking such heavy hitters as Al Gore, who was certain we’d all be burned alive by 2015. On the show, Wrightstone also took on NASA.

Science isn’t all that hard, folks. Where it gets complicated is when “science” is driven by political agendas and money behind the scenes. Both sides of nearly every debate have politics and money manipulating the science, but the lion’s share definitely goes to the leftists who are more “enlightened” and they’re willing to pay for any result they want from the scientific community that they weren’t able to bully into before.

There is no doubt that strange things are happening with the weather. Is it man-made? Is it reversible? Is it going to kill us all in a decade. The true scientific answer to all these questions is, “probably not.”

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Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy?

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Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy

Yesterday in “Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively“, we indicated that we were dealing with a snapshot of a developing story regarding the slaughter of Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was evident that the investigation into this act of terror and hate crime would continue to unfold.

There has been a 180° turn in what New Zealand authorities are saying about how many people were involved in this attack. In the hours after the unimaginable occurred, Radio New Zealand was citing the law enforcement authorities as having multiple people in custody and hastening to determine if more were involved.

Though an Australian citizen is still being held and believed to be the perpetrator, his alleged motive of white supremacy is having further aspersions cast upon it. As we mentioned yesterday, he had travelled to Pakistan and praised the people whom he met there.

“In the post, the accused said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time. He called it an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world.”

Now it turns out that Turkish intelligence is investigating the time that he spent in that country and believes that others may likely be involved. Today RNZ posted an article entitled “Turkish intelligence investigating Christchurch accused ~ report“.

Among the troubling concerns documented are:

“Tarrant’s interest in the Ottoman Empire, which controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries and its downfall, have raised suspicions.”

“Turkish intelligence thinks there is a well-resourced organisation behind this.”

“That kind of ordinary profile, that is not very well educated, and not rich … this person cannot commit such a violent action on his own….”

Without further details, it could be either that he was fascinated by the Ottoman Empire and/or that he sought retribution against the acts of the Ottoman Empire. If the RNZ article is accurate ~ and because it is very much at variance with most of the articles which have been posted showing empathy for the Muslim victims, and painting the perpetrator as a white supremacist ~ it’s unlikely that RNZ would invent the story about Turkish intelligence.

The article further states:

“Senior politicians from Turkey have been meeting with New Zealand government representatives and are expected to spend the next few days in Christchurch.”

Therefore it is rather surprising that today, New Zealand Police has tweeted out that:

“This is now an international investigation which includes staff from the FBI and @AusFedPolice on the ground in New Zealand, as well as investigators assisting in Australian states.”

No mention of Turkish authorities.

NZP also tweets:

“There is no indication at this stage that anyone else was directly involved in the attack – we believe this horrific act was committed by one person.”

Just as FBI quickly concluded that the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was strictly an act of domestic terrorism. But there is adequate information even in the public domain that Terry Nichols had traveled at least twice to his wife’s home country of the Philippines and had opportunity to potentially meet with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to learn the art of bomb-making.

So, NZP appears intent upon disavowing or simply ignoring earlier indications of co-conspirators for Christchurch. They acknowledge the FBI and Australian Federal Police but they do not allude to the presence of Turkish officials in New Zealand at this time.

When we add to this the warning for the New Zealand Jewish Community to stay away from their synagogues the day after the attack on Muslims in their mosques in Christchurch, it is readily apparent that a wider threat was perceived even though the gunman was in custody. So, if the shooter acted alone, all this was just an over-reaction by New Zealand authorities. An alternative explanation could be that there are others still at large that they don’t want to discuss.

But the most important consideration goes even deeper into what is starting to look like a possible cover-up. Was white supremacy really the motivation?

“It’s more than just irony that the mosque attack occurred in a city named Christchurch. It’s probably deliberate. An alleged white supremacist chose such a locale. So could a Muslim offended by the city name. In this, they’d have common cause. Both wonder why Muslims chose to live there.”

If Christchurch was intended to strike a blow in the name of white supremacy to end unmitigated immigration by Muslims, it has accomplished the exact antithesis of that objective. Overnight, the prevailing narrative of Islamic terrorism against non-Muslims in a worldwide Jihad ~ though accurate and well-documented ~ has been replaced by politicians everywhere jumping on the bandwagon to express solidarity with Muslims as victims of religious bigotry.

We will continue monitoring the aftermath of Christchurch. Our purpose is to provide counterpoint to those who start with a preconceived notion and then strive to confirm it. Rather, we look at the facts and draw conclusions objectively.

If it was white supremacy, we will plainly so state. But, the alternative is not necessarily a false flag operation. The perpetrator could have been manipulated by those with motives different from his own. That’s why this report about the suspicions of Turkish intelligence are so significant.

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It’s official: Sen. Mike Lee has come out of the closet

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Its official Sen Mike Lee has come out of the closet

In the Age of Trump, where Trumpservatism has replaced conservatism within the Republican party, many of those once heralded for their “strident” defense of conservative values have come out of the closet — politically speaking — to publicly admit their same-politics attraction to the Far-Left.

One such “conservative” is Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame enshrinee, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

Over the past two years, Lee has developed a political infatuation with Ivanka Trump’s socialist feminist agenda and has worked to advance many of the same policies promoted by Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign.

Lee, along with Marco Rubio, were same-politics partners with Daddy’s precious to “help” working families by using so-called tax reform to increase their dependency on the federal government via the tax code.

A few months ago (Nov 2018), Lee was same-politics partners with Ivanka and Van Jones — yes, THAT Van Jones — to promote and eventually pass the First-Step Act, a law that Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz said gave drug traffickers and gun felons early release from prison, emasculated police and prosecutors, and made America less safe.

This brings us to Lee’s most recent out-of-the-closet moment.

In his 2018 State of the Union, Trump pushed a big-government agenda even Barack Obama would love, and his wish-list of progressive priorities included Hillary’s and Ivanka’s paid family leave. Following the SOTU, Lee, Rubio and Ivanka engaged in another political affaire de coeur to create a so-called “budget neutral” scheme that would allow individuals to borrow from their future Social Security benefits in order to take several paid weeks off work for the birth or adoption of a child.

Though temporarily put on the back burner until after the 2018 mid-terms, Trump again promoted paid family leave in his recent SOTU. And just as before, Mike Lee got to work to make it happen, this time with a new same-politics partner, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Known as the CRADLE Act (Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment Act), Lee and Ernst have proposed a plan that will allow America to “catch up with other countries” by creating a cradle-to-grave welfare state sure to bring a smile to Ivanka’s face.

Conservatives know that creating a new entitlement is a bad idea for a host of reasons. But when you add the U.S. debt crisis, the unfunded liabilities of $123 trillion dollars and growing already on the books for entitlements, and the fact that Social Security is projected to be bankrupt in 15 years, Lee’s socialist-friendly proposal is epitome of out-of-control big government.

Mike Lee has officially come out of the closet to declare his same-politics attraction to the Far-Left. Meanwhile, the search for a “straight” conservative in Washington continues.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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