Trump or a Democrat in 2020: Who Will It Be? Part Two

First, it was Michael Bloomberg — a possible candidate for the Democrat Party nomination for President. We continue today listing who is likely to run and then looking at their past. Today, we take a look at former U.S. Senator and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

“Uncle Joe” has run for President before. Biden ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, formally declaring his candidacy on June 9, 1987. He was attempting to become the youngest president since John F. Kennedy. When the campaign began, he was considered a potentially strong candidate because of his moderate image, his speaking ability on the stump, his appeal to Baby Boomers, his high-profile position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the upcoming Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination hearings, and his fundraising appeal. He raised $1.7 million in the first quarter of 1987, more than any other candidate. By August 1987, Biden’s campaign, whose messaging was confused due to staff rivalries, had begun to lag behind those of Michael Dukakis and Dick Gephardt, although he had still raised more funds than all candidates but Dukakis, and was seeing an upturn in Iowa polls. In September 1987, the campaign ran into trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech that had been made earlier that year by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party. Plagiarizing allegations came up again regarding an incident that allegedly occurred when Biden was in law school. He withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his past mistakes.

He served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1942, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He became an attorney in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history. Biden was re-elected to the upper house of Congress six times and was the fourth most senior senator when he resigned to assume the Vice Presidency in 2009. Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Joe Biden Politically

Biden was a long-time member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He chaired it from 1987 until 1995 and he served as the ranking minority member on it from 1981 until 1987 and again from 1995 until 1997.

While chairman, Biden presided over the two most contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in history (at least until that of now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh), those for Robert Bork in 1987 and Clarence Thomas in 1991. In the Bork hearings, he stated his opposition to Bork soon after the nomination, reversing an approval in an interview of a hypothetical Bork nomination he had made the previous year and angering conservatives who thought he could not conduct the hearings dispassionately. At the close, he won praise for conducting the proceedings fairly and with good humor and courage, as his 1988 presidential campaign collapsed in the middle of the hearings. Rejecting some of the less intellectually honest arguments that other Bork opponents were making, Biden framed his discussion around the belief that the U.S. Constitution provides rights to liberty and privacy that extend beyond those explicitly enumerated in the text, and that Bork’s strong originalism was ideologically incompatible with that view. (This is important to note in that recent Supreme Court nomination hearings have centered around nominees opinion on that same matter) Bork’s nomination was rejected in the committee by a 9–5 vote and then rejected in the full Senate by a 58–42 margin.

In the Thomas hearings, Biden’s questions on constitutional issues were often long and convoluted, sometimes such that Thomas forgot the question being asked. Viewers of the high-profile hearings were often annoyed by Biden’s style. Thomas later wrote that despite earlier private assurances from the senator, Biden’s questions had been akin to a beanball. The nomination came out of the committee without a recommendation, with Biden opposed. In part due to his own bad experiences in 1987 with his presidential campaign, Biden was reluctant to let personal matters enter into the hearings. Biden initially shared with the committee, but not the public, Anita Hill’s sexual harassment charges, on the grounds she was not yet willing to testify. After she did, Biden did not permit other witnesses to testify further on her behalf, such as Angela Wright (who made a similar charge) and experts on harassment. Biden said he was striving to preserve Thomas’s right to privacy and the decency of the hearings. The nomination was approved by a 52–48 vote in the full Senate, with Biden again opposed. During and afterward, Biden was strongly criticized by liberal legal groups and women’s groups for having mishandled the hearings and having not done enough to support Hill. Biden subsequently sought out women to serve on the Judiciary Committee and emphasized women’s issues in the committee’s legislative agenda.

Biden was involved in crafting many federal crime laws. He spearheaded the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, also known as the Biden Crime Law, which included the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004 after its ten-year sunset period and was not renewed. It also included the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which contains a broad array of measures to combat domestic violence.

Biden was critical of the actions of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the 1990s Whitewater controversy and Lewinsky scandal investigations and said “it’s going to be a cold day in hell” before another Independent Counsel is granted the same powers. Biden voted to acquit on both charges during the impeachment of President Clinton.

As chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, Biden wrote the laws that created the U.S. “Drug Czar”, who oversees and coordinates national drug control policy. In April 2003, he introduced the controversial Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act, also known as the RAVE Act. He continued to work to stop the spread of “date rape drugs,” and drugs such as Ecstasy and Ketamine. In 2004, he worked to pass a bill outlawing steroids used by many baseball players and other athletes.

Biden’s “Kids 2000” legislation established a public/private partnership to provide computer centers, teachers, Internet access, and technical training to young people, particularly to low-income and at-risk youth.

Biden on Foreign Policy

Biden was also a long-time member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In 1997, he became the ranking minority member and chaired the committee in January 2001 and from June 2001 through 2003. When Democrats re-took control of the Senate following the 2006 elections, Biden again assumed the top spot on the committee in 2007. Biden was generally a liberal internationalist in foreign policy. He collaborated effectively with important Republican Senate figures such as Richard Lugar and Jesse Helms and sometimes went against elements of his own party. Biden was also co-chairman of the NATO Observer Group in the Senate. A partial list covering this time showed Biden meeting with some 150 leaders from nearly 60 countries and international organizations.

Biden had voted against authorization for the Gulf War in 1991,  siding with 45 of the 55 Democratic senators; he said the U.S. was bearing almost all the burden in the anti-Iraq coalition. Biden was a strong supporter of the 2001 war in Afghanistan, saying “Whatever it takes, we should do it.” Regarding Iraq, Biden stated in 2002 that Saddam Hussein was a threat to national security and that there was no option but to eliminate that threat. In October 2002, Biden voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, justifying the Iraq War. While he soon became a critic of the war and viewed his vote as a “mistake”, he did not push to require a U.S. withdrawal. He supported the appropriations to pay for the occupation but argued repeatedly that the war should be internationalized, that more soldiers were needed, and that the Bush administration should “level with the American people” about the cost and length of the conflict.

Joe Biden Economically

Of course, as Vice President Biden participated in the crafting and pushing through Congress the economic policies of President Obama. He supported deficit spending on fiscal stimulus in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the increased infrastructure spending proposed by the Obama administration; mass transit, including Amtrak, bus, and subway subsidies; the reduced military spending proposed in the Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget. He supported tax increases and fought any suggestions of decreasing taxes while in the U.S. Senate and as Vice President.

Social Issues

On April 14, 2017, Biden released a statement both denouncing Chechnya authorities for their rounding up, torturing, and murdering of “individuals who are believed to be gay” and stating his hope that the Trump administration honor a prior pledge to advance human rights by confronting Russian leaders over “these egregious violations of human rights.” On June 21, during a speech at a Democratic National Committee LGBT gala in New York City, Biden said, “Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend.”On July 26, after Trump announced a ban of transgender people serving in the military, Biden tweeted, “Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.” He also supports same-sex marriage.

During an appearance at the Brainstorm Health Conference in San Diego, California on May 2, 2017, Biden said the public “has moved ahead of the administration [on science].” On May 31, Biden tweeted that climate change was an “existential threat to our future” and remaining in the Paris Agreement was “the best way to protect our children and global leadership.” The following day, after President Trump announced his withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement, Biden tweeted that the choice “imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future.” While appearing at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens, Greece on June 7, Biden said, referring to the Paris Agreement, “The vast majority of the American people do not agree with the decision the president made.

Immigration Matters

Joe Biden as VP fully supported President Obama’s actions on illegal immigration. The Obama Administration downsized Homeland Security by cutting funding, minimized southern border enforcement, and actually separated illegal adults from their children in compliance with a federal court ruling. The pictures of illegal immigrant children in cages widely circulated in 2018 in the press as children separated from their parents at the border under President Trump were actually children separated in 2014 under President Obama.

On September 5, 2017, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Biden tweeted, “Brought by parents, these children had no choice in coming here. Now they’ll be sent to countries they’ve never known. Cruel. Not America.”

Summary

Is it politically IN-correct to mention that if elected, Joe Biden would be 79 years old when inaugurated? My first question is: Why would any 79-year-old want to start such a stressful job as U.S. President? Secondly, could any 79-year-old endure the 24/7 rigors of the requirements to fulfill the role of CEO of the largest company on Earth? “If” Joe runs, his doing so will signal his belief he can do the job and that he wants it. I know that he did when he was quite a bit younger. At 79, life circumstances and abilities diminish for us all.

Mr. Biden is a very likable guy — thus his moniker “Uncle Joe.” Yes, there are many documented circumstances and dozens and dozens of associated pictures of the former vice president getting a little too cozy with young women, often to their obvious dismay. But I have not heard of any claim of sexual harassment or of any sexual misconduct on his part.

Regarding the politics of the job: as U.S. Senator Biden, he was known for reaching out objectively to those Republican lawmakers, working together to write and pass meaningful legislation. That ability is sadly missing in Congress today. He might be able to facilitate building bridges between the two Parties to break the constant legislative logjam in Congress.

Will he run? And if he runs, can he win the Democrat Party nomination? More importantly, could a Candidate Joe Biden beat an incumbent President Donald Trump or some other Republican contender? Only time will give us those answers. Biden would bring much experience to such a race along with some credible legislative achievements. But he also would be held accountable for many of the Obama actions that many in America summarily reject.

A Biden run for President would be dicey.

 

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Trump or a Democrat in 2020: Who Will It Be? Part One

One thing is certain: NOTHING is certain about 2020 as far as electing the next President. Certainly, incumbents always seem to have an edge. But that applies to past U.S. elections. The United States presidential elections are no longer “like” past elections. Example: Donald Trump.

One thing IS certain: the landscape and operations of national elections is anything but similar to the past. Civility is gone; issue-only debates are gone; political party unity is gone. All of these past elements that controlled national elections have been forgotten, and have been replaced by Divisiveness. There can be NO question that America is completely divided. Whether one wishes to term the divisions as Republican and Democrat, Liberal and Conservative, Partisan and Non-Partisan, the rift is there. Even not yet having an exact name, we know that political rift is wide, deep, and VERY strong. That rift will determine the winners in 2020 and every national election in the foreseeable future.

Seldom does an incumbent President not run for a successive term. President Trump announced early into his presidency his plans to run for re-election. Many feel there will be at least one challenger from the Republican Party. Several have made some noise about that as a possibility, but to this point in the ramp-up process, no one has confirmed a run. But what IS certain is that Democrats galore are considering — and some have already indicated a “go” — to throw their hat into the ring. And a “ring” it will be: probably a circus ring!

As a guide for this series of stories about Democrat candidates and the ultimate prediction by TruthNewsNet of who will face a Republican challenger in 2020, we will in each chapter of this series introduce you to one or two potential Democrat candidates. Our final chapter will introduce you to the person we are fairly certain at this point will be the Democrat Party’s choice. As we name each, we will give you inside information about them, bullet-point for you their positives and negatives, and rate their chances to be the Dems’ pick to run. In each, we will disclose their views on United States politics, social issues, Immigration, Foreign Policy, and Economics.

As you certainly know, there are quite a few who have been singled out as possible contenders. We’ll narrow the field for you, but not until we give you the scoop on each. So, let’s get started.

Here today is a look and analysis of our first “possible” 2020 candidate for the Democrat Party nomination for President:

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of June 2018, his net worth was estimated at $51.8 billion, making him the 8th-richest person in the United States and the 11th richest person in the world. He has joined The Giving Pledge, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their wealth. Bloomberg is the founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media, and software company that bears his name, and is notable for its Bloomberg Terminal, a computer software system providing financial data widely used in the global financial services industry. He began his career at the securities brokerage Salomon Brothers, before forming his own company in 1981 and spending the next twenty years as its chairman and CEO. Bloomberg also served as chairman of the board of trustees at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, from 1996 to 2002.

 

Bloomberg Politics

Michael Bloomberg as a politician served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms, beginning with his first election in 2001. A Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his party registration in 2001 to run for mayor as a Republican. He won a second term in 2005 and left the Republican Party two years later. Bloomberg campaigned to change the city’s term limits law and was elected to his third term in 2009 as an Independent candidate on the Republican ballot line. In 2018, Bloomberg re-registered as a Democrat.

Bloomberg is a Democrat for most of his life. He is socially liberal or progressive, supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage, strict gun control measures, environmentalism and citizenship for illegal immigrants, for example. On economics, foreign, and domestic issues, Bloomberg tends to be conservative or moderate. He opposed a timeline for withdrawal from the Iraq War and criticized those who favored one. Economically, he supports government involvement in issues such as public welfare, while being strongly in favor of free trade, pro-business, and describing himself as a fiscal conservative because he balanced the city’s budget. He is concerned about climate change and has touted his mayoral efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses. Bloomberg has been cited for not allowing many emergency officials who responded to the September 11, 2001, attacks to attend the tenth-anniversary observation of that day. He was also at odds with many around the U.S. for not inviting any clergy to the ceremony marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Bloomberg on Social issues

Bloomberg supports abortion rights, stating, “Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right and we can never take it for granted. On this issue, you’re either with us or against us.” He has criticized “pro-choice” politicians who support “pro-life” candidates.

Bloomberg supports governmental funding for embryonic stem cell research, calling the Republican position on the issue “insanity”. He supports same-sex marriage with the rationale that “government shouldn’t tell you whom to marry.”

Bloomberg supports the strict drug laws of New York City. He has stated that he smoked marijuana in the past, and was quoted in a 2001 interview as saying “You bet I did. I enjoyed it.” This led to a reported $500,000 advertising campaign by NORML, featuring his image and the quote. Bloomberg stated in a 2002 interview that he regrets the remark and does not believe that marijuana should be decriminalized.

Bloomberg on Immigration

On issues of domestic and homeland security, Bloomberg has attacked social conservatives on immigration, calling their stance unrealistic: “We’re not going to deport 12 million people, so let’s stop this fiction. Let’s give them permanent status.”[109] He supports a federal ID database that uses DNA and fingerprint technology to keep track of all citizens and to verify their legal status. Bloomberg has held that illegal immigrants should be offered legalization and supported the congressional efforts of the late John McCain and the late Ted Kennedy in their attempt at immigration reform in 2007. Regarding border security, he compared it to the tide, stating, “It’s as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: defeat the natural market forces of supply and demand… and defeat the natural human desire for freedom and opportunity. You might as well as sit in your beach chair and tell the tide not to come in. As long as America remains a nation dedicated to the proposition that ‘all Men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’, people from near and far will continue to seek entry into our country.” In 2006, Bloomberg stated on his weekly WABC radio show that illegal immigration does not strain the financial resources of New York City since many immigrants are hard working and “do not avail themselves of services until their situation is dire.”

Bloomberg on Foreign Policy

As mayor, Bloomberg made trips to Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel in the first four months of 2007. In late 2007 he conducted an Asia trip that brought him to China, where he called for greater freedom of information to promote innovation. He attended the United Nations Climate Conference in Bali. Initially, Bloomberg strongly supported the war in Iraq and the rationale for going in. He stated, “Don’t forget that the war started not very many blocks from here,” alluding to Ground Zero. In regard to the Global War on Terrorism including Iraq, he said, “It’s not only to protect Americans. It’s America’s responsibility to protect people around the world who want to be free.” During the 2004 presidential election campaign, New York City hosted the Republican National Convention at which Bloomberg endorsed President George W. Bush for President of the United States.

Bloomberg Economics

Bloomberg characterizes himself as a fiscal conservative for turning the city’s $6-billion deficit into a $3-billion surplus; however, conservative PAC Club for Growth has criticized him because he increased property taxes and spending while doing so.

Being a fiscal conservative is not about slashing programs that help the poor, or improve health care, or ensure a social safety net. It’s about insisting services are provided efficiently, get to only the people that need them, and achieve the desired results. Fiscal conservatives have hearts too – but we also insist on using our brains, and that means demanding results and holding government accountable for producing them. To me, fiscal conservatism means balancing budgets – not running deficits that the next generation can’t afford. It means improving the efficiency of delivering services by finding innovative ways to do more with less. It means cutting taxes when possible and prudent to do so, raising them overall only when necessary to balance the budget, and only in combination with spending cuts. It means when you run a surplus, you save it; you don’t squander it. And most importantly, being a fiscal conservative means preparing for the inevitable economic downturns – and by all indications, we’ve got one coming.
— Michael Bloomberg, speech to UK Conservative Party, September 30, 2007

Bloomberg has expressed a distaste of taxes, stating, “Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody’s got to pay for them, so they’re a necessary evil.”

Summary

The question most should ask is whether or not Bloomberg will actually run. He has indicated several times an interest to run for president in the past, but those runs never materialized. Maybe, just maybe his ongoing dislike for President Trump and many Trump policies may spur him to enter the race. The two have much history. And remember this: what does every billionaire on Earth have? Answer: pretty much everything they want. However, this billionaire — Michael Bloomberg — can make only one political accomplishment claim: that of being New York City mayor — three times. You may find it hard to believe that a guy worth $50+ Billion would want the daily horrors of U.S. politics in his lap 24/7. When pondering that, however, just remember that Michael Bloomberg looks at the world from a bit different perspective than do all but 100 or so people on Earth. Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire who is accustomed to having and doing anything he wants. United States President is probably on Michael Bloomberg’s bucket list. And why not? He like Trump has been very successful in private business and Bloomberg at his personal sojourn into politics as New York City Mayor.

Not unlike almost every other politician, after their time in office, they can point to wins and losses, accomplishments and failures, and can (and often do) point to other people and circumstances that played roles in those wins and losses that are often more substantial than their own. Bloomberg as not just a politician, but a billionaire politician, must deal with the negative trappings that come with having lots of dollars. But on a positive note about dollars, Bloomberg was able to spend approximately a quarter of a billion of his personal dollars on were costs included in his three successful campaigns for New York City Mayor. Advertising in New York is pretty costly!

Whatever he does next, Bloomberg said, when he looks back on his three terms as mayor he is content to know that he defied special interests. “Yes, it’s nice to have everybody love you,” he said. “And, yes, I don’t like the question ‘Why is your polling down?’ But the truth of the matter is that if fifty to sixty percent of the people still think you’re doing a good job after twelve years in office—that’s pretty good. It’s like skiing. If you tell me you don’t fall, you’re not skiing the double black diamonds.”

Daniel Doctoroff, a deputy mayor in Bloomberg’s administration from 2002 to 2008 and now the president and C.E.O. of Bloomberg L.P., said, “Mike is not afraid to be criticized or to be wrong. He cares much less about how people think of him than anyone I’ve ever known. He’s comfortable with himself. He’s highly self-confident. Yet he doesn’t have a big ego.”

What will determine if a Michael Bloomberg run for the Democrat Party nomination for President will happen? It certainly will NOT be based on money. If Bloomberg was willing to personally shell-out $250 Million for the New York City Mayor’s job, what would it be worth personally to run for President? Add his money to what the DNC would throw in, and a Bloomberg campaign would certainly enter the 2020 race way ahead of any Republican candidate in dollars and cents.

But will rank and file Democrats support a billionaire from the East Coast? Hillary saw Middle America reject a coastal elite in 2016, choosing another billionaire. The question is: could Bloomberg copy Trump’s ability to fully engage the Middle Class sufficient to win?

As American voters, we will not know if Bloomberg will give it a go for a couple of years. And we certainly will not know if he can grab that win until that November evening that is just two short years ahead. Until then, we will push ahead, looking at other Democrats who may be ready for a run.

 

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Prediction

Months before Donald Trump even hinted at throwing his hat in the 2016 run for the White House, I online wrote a story predicting he would not only run, but would win. My friends and associates laughed hysterically at my thought that such an arrogant, self-absorbed, reality show star could possibly win a presidential election — especially against the odds-on favorite Hillary Clinton. And so they were wrong and I was right.

Fast forward to today and the short trip to the 2020 election. Surely President Trump is the preemptive favorite to again carry the GOP banner. But who will run as the choice of Democrats? There is a virtual logjam of possible Dem candidates. But there are a handful who are “likelies” to run.

Is it too early to start a conversation about 2020? Is that a conversation you want to have? Why not!

Over the next few days, TruthNewsNet.org will analyze the top 5 Democrat “likely” candidates for the Democrat Party nomination to run against President Trump in 2020. AND…at the end of the analysis, I will tell you who the Democrat nominee will be.

Some will read from a perspective of honest curiosity to learn about possible candidates and who they really are. We have many members that lean left who will be looking in to see what those on the right are thinking. Whichever way you lean, check in starting tomorrow — if for no other reason to follow the crowd who wants to see a TruthNewsNet.org prediction fail!

It will be interesting just for hearing about this researcher’s ideas of possible candidates. It will be educational because you’ll see who they really are based on factual past performances as leaders and what they stand for. It will be fun because you can all watch with us as the “Race for the White House 2020” begins! And you’ll remember my predictions and your thoughts about those from the very beginning. In fact: you can leave YOUR prediction comments for others to see.

See you starting tomorrow!

Dan

What, Who, Why? The “Answers”

What’s going on in our nation? Who is responsible for all of what’s happening? Why are they doing it?

We are tackling these questions with their answers. I’m beyond concerned about D.C. — ALL Americans are beyond concerned. Fear, anger, disbelief, even hatred have overtaken the normal American emotions regarding their government: caution and concern. Buckle-up for this conversation. Your will and temperament will be challenged.

What’s Going On?

Economy

Let’s face it: there’s no way an entity with hundreds of thousands (or more) of employees with several trillion dollars with which to operate annually is not attacked with constant attempts of corruption from without and within. You may ask, “How many federal employees could there possibly be?” This will blow your mind!

  • Executive Department Civilian — 2,674,353
  • Department of Defense — 1,352,081
  • Homeland Security — 41,460
  • EPA — 7060
  • Uniformed Military — 1,400,601
  • Legislative Branch — 33,530
  • Judicial Branch — 33,541

TOTAL U.S. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: 4,142,025* (2018 numbers from the Office of Personnel Management OPM)

◊ How much money is spent on and by these 4.142 federal employees?  $4.4 Trillion per the 2019 fiscal year official federal budget

◊ How much money is collected from all sources by the federal government? $3.4 Trillion per the 2019 fiscal year official federal budget

Any way you add it up, this government is at worst destined for non-stop corruption which always opens doors to blackmail, criminal activities of every kind, malfeasance, and political mischief. It’s happened and IS happening every day.

Waste

We’ll “stipulate” there are U.S. government financial evils of unfathomable proportions and talk about something else that is often left unmentioned: purposeful waste. Ever hear of earmarks and government pork projects?

The Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 was approved on February 8, 2018.  This legislation obliterated the spending caps set in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and increased spending by $143 billion, or 13.4 percent, in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017.

Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) 2018 Congressional Pig Book exposes 232 earmarks in FY 2018, an increase of 42.3 percent from the 163 in FY 2017.  The cost of earmarks in FY 2018 is $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2 percent from the $6.8 billion in FY 2017, or nearly nine times greater than the increase in discretionary spending.  The only other time the cost has at least doubled was FYs 1992-1993.  Since FY 1991, CAGW has identified 110,861 earmarks costing $344.5 billion.

Just imagine what could be done with all that waste if put to public use. After all: every dollar listed above lost in waste is a dollar that came from U.S. taxpayers.

Elections

We just completed another round of really contentious midterm elections. Can you remember a time in your life when there were so much hate and anger surrounding every part of our elections? Campaigning has become an industry unto itself with several billion dollars of contributions at stake every election cycle. Think for a moment of the ancillary support that goes into a national election: transportation, advertising, and promotion, hotel/motel services, printing, food and beverage, entertainment, broadcasting, etc. And even that list is not complete.

For decades from every election cycle, there are reports of election fraud. But political pundits continue to denounce those who claim election cheating — until today. It has been revealed (and election charges have been issued ) that California election fraud was real. Election proponents were caught red-handed paying street vagrants to fraudulently sign election ballots. A sting operation verified it.

And there are rampant “probabilities” of fraud in numerous other elections: candidates receiving tens of thousands of votes more in one election than did a member of their same party in the same statewide election, making the vote totals in each of these races far outside the numbers possibility. That happened in multiple races in multiple states.

Remember this: President Obama famously denounced then-candidate, Donald Trump, for warning Americans to be wary during the 2016 election, predicting possible and probable election fraud. Obama stated that “no reasonable person could possibly believe anyone could tamper with a United States election or in anyway impact the results.” Obama said that following his being told by the FBI and CIA that the Russians indeed for years had made credible attempts to hack into U.S. elections and were certainly going to continue attempting U.S. election hacks.

We know (almost with certainty) that elections have included people voting illegally. Several states have started giving voting rights to non-citizens. Supposedly those voters are to vote in only state and local elections. But who feels that — at least in some cases — those non-citizens are “accidentally” allowed to vote in federal elections? Most elections include local, state, and federal voting. Who realistically thinks that polling officials segregate ballots in advance of voting to assure illegal voting in these cases does not occur?

Justice Department

Where to begin the discussion about the DOJ? Let’s start at the top: Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to testify before Congress about multiple “improprieties” that occurred in the DOJ on her watch. James Comey — former FBI Director — has rejected a subpoena from Congress to appear and testify in a closed session.  Former Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired and faces criminal charges for felonies regarding classified information mishandling. And the list of terminated DOJ officials goes on and on.

Americans shudder to think that the once premier law enforcement agency in the world is in shambles. The Acting Attorney General — Rod Rosenstein — is himself embroiled in multiple scandals. He is accused of wrongdoing in the Mueller probe — even in his appointment of Mueller as Special Investigator. One major pending investigation underway is regarding possible illegal representations made by Rosenstein and Comey in the initial FISA application and subsequent renewals made to the FISA court to obtain a warrant to approve FBI surveillance of Trump Campaign officials to uncover alleged collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has issued one scathing report of FBI wrongdoing and mishandling of investigations. A second report from an additional Horowitz investigation is expected at any time.

All told, more than 20 top-level FBI and DOJ officials have either been fired, determined to retire rather than face charges, or have been demoted as misdeed after misdeed are revealed. The Obama Department of Justice will almost certainly go down as the most corrupt DOJ in any presidential administration.

Hillary Clinton and The Clinton Foundation

Who needs to hear more about Hillary’s “EmailGate?” I certainly don’t need to discuss it here, although it is important to note that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions authorized federal prosecutor Jim Huber to reopen the Clinton email investigation, using any resources necessary to ferret out the truth. It is anticipated findings of the Huber investigation are pending and that indictments are probable.

It is likely that Clinton Foundation wrongdoing in soliciting foundation contributions will be exposed. This wrongdoing is likely to include millions of dollars taken from multiple foreign countries and entities, illegal co-mingling of foundation gifts with Hillary Clinton Campaign funds, and a purported “pay-for-play” scheme perpetrated to obtain huge contributions for the Foundation with promises of access to Ms. Clinton once she was elected President.

The Mueller Probe

We all know the almost certain unethical appointment of Mueller to investigate the Trump Campaign. Rosenstein in the Mueller appointment violated multiple contingencies detailed in the Special Investigator law, chiefly related to his personal conflicts of interest. That is just the beginning. Many more have been added to the list of issues of the probe. (No need for us to detail them here…they’re trumpeted almost daily in national news)

Immigration

Even as I write this, we face an imminent international conflict at our southern border. That first  Central American “caravan” has arrived, demanding entry to the United States. No one has yet to successfully explain the continued allowance of these and other illegals entry into the U.S. “Illegal” is the applicable term for this conversation.

Federal immigration laws are clear: there are specific steps all foreigners must take in immigration to achieve authorization to enter the U.S. No one today has any real concept of the actual number of illegals that have entered the U.S. Add to that the numbers of those who initially obtained legal status but who have overstayed their visas and remain here illegally. Estimates on the low side start at 10 million. Many immigration experts put that number closer to 30 million. The number though material is irrelevant to our conversation today. ALL of them are here illegally. Kudos to those approximate 12 million immigrants who spent the time, effort, and money to follow the processes in the law to obtain and maintain legal status in the United States.

Mainstream Media

Who can now argue that the MSM is complicit in the battles playing out daily throughout the American political system? Never before in my lifetime has the American media been so involved in NOT reporting the news, but INTERPRETING the news in specific political agenda fashion. It is obvious to most that the MSM has weaponized itself to attack non-stop the conservative agenda of the Trump Administration. And the attacks are relentless.

Media outlets of broadcast, print, and online are entrenched in 24/7  militant efforts to undermine President Trump. They demean his every action and proposed action, denigrate him personally along with every member of his family as well as any and all who participate in any role in the Trump Administration.

The MSM has literally abandoned all semblance of reporting and has now unofficially become a weaponized arm of the Democrat Party. Yes, there are those that take issue with me. But doing so at this point is pure hypocrisy. No reasonable person can argue that the non-partisan analysis of mainstream news reporting about the President and his administration is 90-95% negative. That fact is undeniable.

The Judiciary

As evidenced by the overturn of 68% of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Judiciary is in large part “in the tank” for the Deep State. Federal judges have insulated themselves from the realities of the law through unrealistic interpretations, not of the laws, but of the “state of mind” held by the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Doing so is ridiculous, and only for political purposes.

Why?

There MUST be an agenda. And that agenda MUST be purpose-driven. It has become virtually crystal clear that the purpose is the reinstatement and permanent maintenance of the Deep State control of the U.S. Government.

I am not a conspiracy theorist. But facts always bear the truth. If you still question the legitimacy of the Deep State, read former Congressman Jason Chavitz’ book The Deep State. In it, he chronicles specific proof for all of the incidents of Deep State intrusion into American government he dealt with while in Congressional leadership during the Obama Administration. The examples and their proof are hair-raising.

The “Why” answer for all of the above is simple: the Deep State was foiled in their certain attempt to perpetuate their power agenda initiated with the election of Obama and extended with his second term. There was certainty it would not only survive eight more years under Hillary Clinton but would reset the heretofore representative republic form of American Government to the only reasonable political system with which they identify: Totalitarianism disguised as Socialism. Obama started it — Hillary was to expand it.

The “Why” is not a quest for money, but a quest for power. With power, all things are attainable. Simply walk through the possibilities for all of the “What” items detailed above. After considering each individually, ask yourself “Why?” You will certainly understand the obvious answer is “Power.” With ultimate and overall power of government, ANYTHING becomes possible.

Deep State Members are literally consumed in their quest for power. And one can see in this explanation why so much chaos and anger and hatred is continuously vomited onto every American by the purveyors whose very breath tomorrow is dependent on regaining pure power in America.

Who?

Let’s get right to the point in our summary: who or what could possibly be at the root of this Deep State quest for power? Is it a person, a group, a company, a branch of government? The explanations for Who have been explosive and have included names from Barack Obama to George Soros, from Bill Clinton to Vladimir Putin, from Nancy Pelosi to Jeff Bezos.

But to puzzle to the answer, ask yourself THIS question: Who currently has the power to initiate and fulfill the process to control ALL? Taking all power requires the ability to impact and change the law, control elections, tell the Mainstream Media what to say and what not to say, control the military to prevent a possible coup in a government overthrow, and to garner benign approval for doing all of the above from the American people.

Figured it out yet?

The United States Congress!

The Congress is the only entity or individuals that can:

  • Pass laws to make processes needed to make such changes legal;
  • Fund any and all necessary spending for these changes;
  • Elect leadership across party lines to facilitate taking permanent power and maintaining it in perpetuity;
  • Prosecute those who stand against these objectives using all the necessary resources to do so;
  • Through prosecutions easily destroy their opponents through exhaustive and never-ending litigation — both civil and criminal;
  • Dismantle all treaties and foreign agreements to ease the Deep State’s ability to maximize its power over foreign foes;
  • Create new treaties and foreign agreements to enhance domination in foreign markets and to control world trade;
  • Abolish all immigration laws and open both American borders to mass immigration, which would initiate the dismantling of the federal election system. That would allow Deep State members to — in perpetuity — control every part of governing;
  • Create a Ruling Class of Americans to control every aspect of all Americans’ lives;
  • Establish a state of existence in which Government owns all, controls all, and punishes all who disagree with whatever the Government finds necessary to maintain its desired status, doing so in total disregard of the law;
  • Speaking of laws: terminate the U.S. Constitution with all of its protections for Americans’ rights.

What is becoming more and more evident is that this process — which is the truest form of Anarchy — has already been seeded through our political, economic, social, and educational systems. How else could the American public devolved so rapidly from true capitalists who depend on the Rule of Law to a nation of self- labeled “progressives” who care for nothing but total domination? That seeded ground is fertile. And it is rapidly producing its fruit.

We are witnessing the demise of the most powerful nation on Earth and in World history.

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What? Who? Why?

You like me certainly are blown away with the constant strife and uneasiness in our world. Whether it’s economical, social, or political, that consternation gives me the heeby-jeebies. Maybe it’s because of my inability to understand it all, but because of it I bear a heavy heart most of the time. Most unnerving of all is that I — even as a researcher and journalist — have not been able to put my finger on the “thing” (or “things”) that initiate all this uproar which pops up anew seemingly daily. 

In my research in combing through available facts, ferreting out other facts from below the surface, calling on many of our credible sources from different life-sectors, I have finally compiled some answers. I did all that over the past months for me. But I would be amiss if I did not share what I have discovered with all of you.

It will take a bit longer than normal to complete putting together all of what is critical to understanding and processing all of it. I am NOT teasing you here, but we will put it all out tomorrow morning.

This information may be unsettling to you, it may make you angry — certainly will make you sad — but getting answers to important questions and being able to begin drawing accurate conclusions and to take necessary actions is on the way!

Tomorrow’s story and podcast will be two things you will definitely want to download for yourself for future reference. But you’ll certainly want to share them with all those who are important in your life. 

How big a deal is this going to be? Let me answer that question this way: in 24 months — the day before the 2020 election — I’ll remind you about this podcast and story we publish in 24 hours so you can pull them out and refresh yourself. On Election Day 2020, you will receive confirmation of what I share, “if” we have not had them already verified between now and then.

Please don’t miss it!

Dan@TruthNewsNet.org

Money, Money, Money!

How good or how bad is the economy? That depends who you listen to.

Democrats have made it very clear their objectives (regarding taxpayer dollars) are to first take back the “crumbs:” as Pelosi calls the employee bonuses and the increase in working folks’ take-home pay because of tax cuts. Then they want to RAISE taxes — not back to Obama-levels — but even higher.

If you watch or listen to Mainstream Media, you must think we are either in the tank or headed that way. It matters not to the talking heads what this economy means to Mainstream AMERICANS — those who number among the working Middle Class. Who in the Middle Class cannot use an extra $1000, $1500, or $2000 bonus paid by employers? Who in the Middle Class cannot enjoy having a few extra hundred dollars a month in their payroll deposit? Yet Pelosi and company totally denigrate all of that money that has found its way into the pockets of Americans. Why? They feel that all that money does NOT belong to Americans. It belongs to the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. Every dollar that goes to Americans means that dollar is taken from the government!

Facts

Large companies are bringing jobs of all kinds — especially manufacturing jobs — back to America. This comes after Obama told us that the “Obama Economy” was the “new” American economy and that manufacturing jobs were gone for ever. But:

  • Insulet Corporation manufactures insulin delivery systems. In 2017 the company announced it would be moving the production of its flagship product — the Omnipod, a tubeless, waterproof insulin pump — from China to a new facility in Acton, Massachusetts. Insulet cited the area’s skilled workforce and rising labor costs in China as reasons for the move. If Insulet meets earnings expectations for the next several years, the new facility could employ as many as 1,500 workers by 2021.
  • In a January 2018 meeting with President Donald Trump, Amgen CEO Robert Bradway announced that the firm was planning to add 1,600 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. The announcement came several years after the biopharma company cut approximately 15% of its workforce and closed two U.S. manufacturing facilities in 2014 as part of major cost-saving efforts. Most recently, Amgen announced in February 2018 that it would invest $300 million in a new U.S. biologics plant that would employ approximately 300 workers upon completion. An April 2018 recent press release from the company named West Greenwich, Rhode Island, as the site of the new facility.
  • In July 2017, the White House announced that Merck, along with pharmaceutical manufacturers Pfizer and Corning, have committed to making a joint investment of at least $4 billion in pharmaceutical glass manufacturing in the U.S. The partnership will focus on the manufacturing of advanced pharmaceutical glass packing, a technology used in the storage of injectable drugs, as well as vials and cartridges, and is projected to lead to the direct hiring of 4,000 U.S. employees across the three companies. Merck also recently reshored approximately 300 jobs as part of its efforts to consolidate its overseas  operations in the U.S. The company relocated the headquarters of its animal health division from Boxmeer, the Netherlands to its campus in Summit, New Jersey in 2013 as part of a larger restructuring effort.
  • On Jan. 3, 2017, Ford announced plans to cancel a new $1.6 billion plant planned in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Opting not to relocate production outside of the country saved approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs, according to a Ford press release. Instead, 700 additional new jobs will be created from a $700 million expansion of a Michigan plant focused on building high-tech electric and autonomous vehicles along with the Lincoln Continental and Mustang. In June 2017, Ford announced that it would move its U.S. production of the Ford Focus to China in 2019 without causing a loss of U.S. jobs. Ford already makes the Focus in China for Chinese buyers. But by September 2018, Ford had changed its plans to import the small car to the U.S. from China due to the expense of import tariffs that the Trump administration implemented in July.
  • At Trump’s post-election victory rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Dec. 9, 2016, the spotlight wasn’t just on the President-elect. Dow Chemical’s Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris announced the company was bringing jobs to the Great Lake State. The CEO took the stage to describe the company’s’ more than 100-year history in Midland. “We aren’t stopping there,” Liveris said at the rally. “Tonight, in honor of the President-elect and his being here to thank you all, we’ve made a decision.” Liveris described the new state-of-the-art center that will add several hundred jobs to the 7,000 Dow already provides in the community. “We’re going to use American hard work and American brains,” said Liveris. The center will bring 100 jobs to Midland, plus restore 100 lost to foreign operations.
  • It’s likely that the Jumbotron you’re watching at the stadium was made by Trans-Lux. The manufacturer of LED digital displays and lighting planned to eventually bring its Chinese production facilities back to the U.S. However, Trump’s promises of tariffs on products manufactured in other countries sped up the move, according to the company’s website. For the past two decades, the company has manufactured much of its products in Shenzhen in Southeast China. As China’s business economy grew, expenses for labor and shipping increased, triggering the company’s plan for an eventual move back to America. Trans-Lux announced it was “getting ahead of the curve” by shifting more of its production to the U.S. on Dec. 7, 2016. On Jan. 6, 2017, it announced its intent to move 100 percent of its manufacturing to the U.S. The company pledged to move the majority, if not all, of its China operations into a leased warehouse in Hazelwood, Mo. The move includes a $650,000 forgivable loan from the city of Hazelwood. Trans-Lux reported the facility will employ 90 people within four years. The company also stated that one of the two operations of the company’s Fair-Play division, housed in a 68,000-square-foot plant in Des Moines, Iowa, was also set to move to Hazelwood.
  • Although telecommunications company Sprint has its roots firmly planted in American soil, 84.94 percent of its shares belong to the Japanese company SoftBank. But that didn’t stop President-elect Donald Trump from negotiating returning jobs to American soil with Masayoshi Son, the billionaire chairman of Sprint and SoftBank’s CEO. After a private meeting on Dec. 7, 2016, the mogul pledged to create 50,000 new American jobs and invest $50 billion in the U.S. On Dec. 28, 2016, Sprint issued a news release announcing its commitment to bring back or create 5,000 American jobs in 2017. In January of 2017, Sprint announced the creation of 100 new jobs at subsidiary Virgin Mobile’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., by summer.

I could go on an on listing several hundred companies who — because of tax cuts and the availability of skilled American workers — are moving into or back to the U.S. with their operations. Most all are investing billions of tax savings in expansion, new infrastructure projects, and in new employees and with pay hikes.

And one more note: consider Apple. Apple held $400-$600 Billion dollars of earnings offshore. Why? Because to move that money back into the U.S. meant massive tax obligation on that money. The repatriation deal negotiated by President Trump resulted in Apple (and other similar large companies in similar situations) to not only move that cash to the U.S., but to announce and initiate major investment in growth, expansion, and new manufacturing centers that have already started hiring tens of thousands of Americans. Remember this story:

During a PBS town hall that aired during the 2016 presidential campaign, Obama referenced Trump’s promise to bring back jobs to the United States when talking about manufacturing.

“Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it,” Obama said.

“He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”

During a speech a days later, the former president bashed one of Trump’s central arguments that international trade and immigration have hurt American voters. He called Trump’s pledge to roll back Wall Street regulations “crazy.”

“That will not help us win,” Obama said of Trump. “That is not going to make your lives better.” 

Many not just on the left, bashed Trump’s commonsense plans to jump-start the American economy and take it back to its hopeful past. But even establishment Republicans laughed at Trump’s promises and predictions. But as was said by Deon Sanders about such things, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.” He wasn’t referenced the President but his own prowess at being one the greatest NFL receivers of all time.

So How is that Trump Economy doing, Mr. Obama?

The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $252,692,000,000 in October, the first month of fiscal 2019, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.

This October’s record $252,692,000,000 in total tax collections was $11,414,590,000 more that the federal government collected in October 2017, which was the previous record for federal tax collections in October.

Although the total federal taxes collected this October set a record, the individual income taxes that the federal government collected in October did not set a record. This October, the Treasury collected $128,866,000,000 in individual income taxes. In October 2017, the Treasury collected $131,056,520,000.

Corporation income tax receipts, however, were significantly higher this October than they were in October 2017. This year, the Treasury collected $8,000,000,000 in corporation income taxes in October. Last year, it collected $3,823,060,000.

The $8 billion in corporation income tax revenues the Treasury collected this October is the largest amount since October 2015, when the Treasury collected $10,893,630,000 in corporation income taxes.

Excise taxes and customs duties also increased. In October 2017, the Treasury collected $7,651,250,000 (in constant October 2018 dollars) in excise taxes. This October it collected $14,715,000,000.

In October 2017, the Treasury collected $3,320,700,000 (in constant October 2018 dollars) in customs duties. This October, it collected $5,551,000,000.

Social Security and other payroll taxes also increased slightly rising from $86,137,330,000 last October to $86,553,000,000 this October.

Despite the record tax collections, the government still ran a deficit of $100,491,000,000 for the month—because it spent $353,183,000,000.

That last line is critical: the President does NOT control government spending — Congress does. President Trump initiated policy changes that did not need Congressional action. That is what initiated the massive revenue increases.

Did you notice that individual taxpayers actually paid lower income taxes than in October 2017? That was done by design: “lower taxes on the Middle Class” was Trump’s promise. Mainstream Media, however, lied to Americans and preached for almost two years that the Trump tax cuts reduced taxes for big corporations and raised taxes on the Middle Class. Exactly the opposite is true: taxes on individuals DROPPED $3 Billion in October 2018 while corporate taxes went sky-high — $4.2 Billion more than they paid in 2017!

Summary

  1. Trump made powerful economic projections;
  2. Obama poo-poo’ed every Trump projection;
  3. Trump’s GDP projections were “as high as 4%);
  4. Obama said “1% GDP was the ‘new norm’ for the U.S.;
  5. Trump’s economic projections have either played out just as his prediction or have actually exceeded his projections;
  6. Obama is STILL throwing dirt over the President’s economic policies, actually taking personal credit for Trump’s economy;
  7. GDP under Trump is above 3% with experts predicting as high as 5% “IF” the Fed does not raise rates so high as to kickstart inflation.

What will it take for the Left to finally let-up on the President and at least give him some credit for economic improvements. I know those Mainstream Media talking heads think what they tell us is what we will believe and think Americans do not perceive the truth. Sadly, many Americans allow just that to happen. But the truth will out!

Be alert and be cautious: do not swallow anything you hear from anyone in the media. Research and investigate for yourself. There are plenty of trustworthy sources for real news. Ferret them out.

And one more thing: just in case you haven’t heard, the economy is really doing well! And it will continue to do so as long as Democrats in the House do not get stupid with financial policies like trying to raise taxes and roll-back Middle Class tax cuts. Do they think Americans are so stupid as to not sort out the facts from the drivel from the Media?

They really believe that! Shhh…..don’t tell them you know better. They think they’re the only ones that can read a real financial report and understand it. They assume everybody is stupid!

That may be the truth…IN THEIR WORLD! But certainly not in yours.

Keep watching and searching at www.TruthNewsNet.org

Thanks

Sometime for grins Google “details of Pilgrims first Thanksgiving.” You’ll discover that there was no “formal” Thanksgiving Day until President George Washington officially named the third Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. It was not the Indians who shared their bounty with the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims shared their excess with the Indians.

What is important is that the first Americans began a tradition of on that special day saying “Thanks” for all that they had — a tradition most Americans still honor. In this era of Me-ism, it is a pleasant departure from our commonplace, everyday self-absorbed lives to think and look outside ourselves and upward to thank Almighty God for giving us the opportunity to live and thrive in the best environment on the Globe.

Please don’t be tempted to succumb to the fable propagated by many that America’s early leaders and founders did NOT include God and Christianity in our nation’s creation. There are far too many documents that include memoirs, letters and speeches that prove God was in it with them all along.

Thanksgiving ushers in a season of merriment, joy and thankfulness for many throughout the World, but especially for those in the U.S. In celebration of that season this year, please pause for a moment and try to imagine life in America in the 1800’s. You have read and been taught history that details much about life for those Americans. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln welcomed the Thanksgiving season with a proclamation that paints an amazing picture of what America had become, at least in his eyes. As you read his proclamation below, remember the nation at his writing was deep into the Civil War — a war in which before its ending would see half-a-million Americans died.

We have much for which to be thankful. May you and your family have a wonderful day of laughing, crying, remembering, and thanking each other and the Creator if for nothing else to be a citizen of the greatest country in World history.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Party of Inclusion or Exclusion: Democrat or Republican?

One thing I must admit: the Democrat Party in general and Congressional Democrats, in particular, are masters at the art of communication: not only giving Americans complete narratives on everything politically that happens, but doing so immediately and thoroughly. Republicans just do not get that communication job done well.

An appropriate and current example of GOP failures in this is the lack of coordinated promotion of the really good things that have happened during the first two years of the Trump presidency: across-the-board tax reductions for Americans, a tremendous increase in GDP, personal and corporate incomes saw dramatic improvements, reduction of caustic government regulations, marked improvement in trade deals, cancellation of NAFTA replaced by a new agreement between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. is much friendlier and fairer to the U.S. than was NAFTA, huge increases in federal revenue in spite of tax reductions, corporations bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back to the U.S. because of many of the above changes that resulted in major corporate expansions and the additional federal revenue, and the massive decrease in American unemployment with the number of Americans employed — including women and people of color — at the highest level in American history.

Gee: one would think Republicans would be shouting that information from every hilltop nonstop! But they haven’t. And the Republican Party paid a steep price for their neglect, losing control of the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, across the aisle Democrats have kept pushing on the accelerator, ramping up their rhetoric comprised of nonstop attacks on everything Donald Trump, disregarding the unmistakable and undeniable positive changes for Americans while promising to undo all of these improvements when they regain power! You would think that Americans when confronted with those Democrat promises, the nation would run fast and far from the Democrat Party. But Americans apparently turned deaf ears and blind eyes to the increases in their payroll deposits, in the value of their 401K’s and IRA’s, and knowing Trump policies made those happened. One would think because of those and other great economic changes, Americans would have kept those in office who made all that goodness happen — at least in the House of Representatives. But that did not happen.

Many are asking: If things are so much better, why would Americans put Democrats back in control of the House? “Perception is Reality.” What perception of reality are those Americans seeing? The one painted with that amazingly effective brush owned by the Democrat Party, AND the way they paint it.

Democrats seldom fracture in support of their party causes. Even with the heartbreaks of the 2016 election, Democrats somehow found a way to stay on their eternal message: Democrats care more for Americans, stand up for racial equality, economic equality, gender equality, clean air, more government assistance, against racism, bigotry, social injustices, homophobia, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, and all those Americans — mostly white and mostly conservative — who either embrace those negatives or simply find themselves the target of Democrats who are simply sustaining the Democrat Party mantra.

AND IT WORKS!

Leading the Pack

Amid all those isms and phobias Democrats have taken authority over, their leading  cause and multi-decade calling card for their messaging is “Racism.” We are not going into a racism discussion today other than to simply illustrate just how effective Democrat Party messaging has been. (As an aside and in way of illustration, please note how fragmented and disillusioned did the Democrat Party appear immediately after the HRC presidential loss to Trump. As recently as 60 days ago, every political talk show was still pointing to the imminent death of their party that would last decades for lack of unity, party platform, a cohesive and binding message on which to campaign during the midterms, and there was NO party leadership. Yet they won.)

Surprising to many was the reappearance of that time-worn fundamental of 20th-century Democrats that has served their party well. They returned to what they have used so effectively through generations that many have used to rally a beaten football team or to invigorate a war-torn army: the basic tenets of who those beaten really are. For the midterms, Democrats went back to their roots, tweaked their message a bit, and rammed their values down the throats of unassuming and disoriented American voters: Identity Politics. Leading the pack of all the labels of Identity Politics was their always uniting cry: Racist.

Democrat messaging is fundamental again. Here it is: if you’re not an all-in Democrat, but are a conservative, libertarian, or an Independent, you ARE a racist. It matters not today if you are black. It’s wrong to be JUST black. You must own all the elements of Democrats’ Identity Politics and outwardly show them to all, or your scarlet letter is NOT just the letter “A,” it’s the word “Racist.” THEY and only they determine the criteria for labeling racists, who wears the label, and the timing for revealing the label. With their pummeling in 2016, they went quietly back to the war of Identity Politics, and immediately, every conservative became a racist.

But I’m here today to call them out: Democrats did not invent racism, but they perfected it as a Party. And they have weaponized the word “Racist” and its use.

Just Because you say I am Doesn’t Mean I am

Democrats claim that they have always supported equal rights for black Americans and that Republicans are racists who always oppose them. Both claims are flat out lies. From its founding in 1854, the Republican Party led the fight to end slavery and then eradicate the racist Jim Crow system that held blacks down right up to securing the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Democrats opposed the Republicans at every turn. So, let’s take an honest look at the history of civil rights in America.

On the legislative level, congressional Republicans proposed, and Democrats opposed, a series of Reconstruction-era laws intended to elevate blacks, in particular, to force Southern states to enforce the Constitutional amendments extending full civil rights and voting rights to blacks. These included the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

In fact, Democrats consistently opposed legislative efforts to confer voting rights and other civil rights on blacks, including the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and even the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Here are the facts:

  • April 8, 1864
    The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. Senate 38 to 6, with 100% Republican support amid Democratic opposition.
  • January 31, 1865
    The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. House by a vote of 119 to 56 (with 8 abstentions), with all 103 Republicans voting yes, along with 16 Democrats. Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed it, sent it on to the states, with final ratification on Dec. 18, 1865.
  • March 27, 1866
    Democrat President Andrew Johnson vetoed a bill granting citizenship to blacks.
  • June 8, 1866
    The U.S. Senate passed the Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens. Nearly all Republicans voted yes and 100% of Democrats voted no.
  • June 13, 1866
    The U.S. House passed the U.S. Senate’s version of the Republican-sponsored 14th Amendment by a vote of 120 to 32. All Republicans voted yes.
  • January 10, 1878
    U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced the Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage. The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it repeatedly before the election of a Republican House and Senate that guaranteed its approval in 1919.
  • February 8, 1894
    The Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland joined to repeal the Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled blacks to vote.
  • May 6, 1960
    Republican President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960, expanding protections for blacks in voting. In the House, the measure was approved by 89% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats. After a Democrat filibuster, the Senate approved it 71-18. No Republicans opposed. All 18 “no” votes were from Democrats.

A History of Shame

The Democratic Party’s militant arm following the Civil War was the Ku Klux Klan, of which prominent Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was a high official, as was Hugo Black, a Democrat who became a U.S. Supreme Court justice. For 88 years, Democrats in the South enforced a vicious Jim Crow system of outright discrimination against blacks, particularly measures aimed at preventing them from voting. They opposed Republican-sponsored civil rights legislation at the state and federal levels.

In 1964, a Republican U.S. Senate majority introduced and passed the Civil Rights Act despite a filibuster by Democratic senators. Similarly, Republicans led the fight for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when 94 % of GOP lawmakers in the House voted for it, while 27% of Democrat House members opposed it.

Today, Democrats would like us to forget that they were the party of Jim Crow, the Klan, and racists such as Woodrow Wilson, the globally-thinking progressive who, upon taking office as president, promptly segregated the U.S. Civil Service and instituted policies designed to discriminate against blacks and other minorities. Democrats defended tooth and nail, a plantation-style racial spoils system right up to 1964, and then converted it into a federal version, with welfare policies that destroyed the black family and institutionalized dependence on government. To this day, the party promotes destructive, addictive welfare policies that keep its constituents dependent.

Summary

No one is born a racist. That is a learned character trait. We’ve written extensively here about Racism and its horrors through human history. Racism and racists are not peculiar to the United States, the South, or any other region of this country or any other. It is a developed trait that societies and groups take ownership of. And it will exist through our future as long as human nature is human nature: which means it exists permanently.

There has never been, is not now, nor ever will be a utopian society that is racially blind as a country or people. That does NOT mean, however, that people cannot find ways to disallow racism from devouring their culture or society. Just as racism is learned, so can and should be its antonym: inclusion.

The inclusion of any kind that puts people together with people who are different from them — and those differences being “accepted”– destroys racism. In small part, in many small ways, we all do it every day: in our jobs, in our neighborhoods, in our social circles, and most of the time in our churches. How can such inclusion be possible? It happens only when people CHOOSE to do it.

Racism happens when people who have chosen to be racists reject the inclusion of others who are different in their lives. Racism happens when those who embrace the politics of Identity selectivity choose winners and losers — winners are included and losers are excluded — from their life circles. Racism happens when the attitude of entitlement is given to someone who has been allowed to possess a position of identity authority over another. And racists are those who unilaterally — or through some joint racist associates — force that identity authority on others.

When will racism that is the result of political identity end? I am sad to say, but I doubt it ever will. But I hold hope that we can water it down over time, and in doing so, cripple its effects on our generation, the next generation and beyond.

The only way to do so is to start at OUR home, in OUR family, in OUR circle of influence with OUR friends and extended family members, and with OUR fellow employees.

Today’s Democrats have used Identity Politics effectively for decades and have quickly reclaimed a significant piece of it today. But, as always, the only way anyone can use it is if/when others allow its effectiveness to control all or parts of THEIR lives.

You wanna’ stop it? Tell the next person that YOU know and YOU hear racially label you or someone you know, exert control over another because of race or ethnic differences, to STOP! CALL THEM OUT! Embarrass them in front of their peers, and let them respond.

Most Americans care dearly for the respect and comradery of others. Most Americans do not want to be alone. To that end, most Americans when exposed to the truth — the REAL truth and not a political narrative or political perspective with no foundation in fact — will do an about-face.

Try it — give them a chance!

It’s worked before. And it’ll probably work again.

 

 

Thanks to my college roommate, Jim, for his contribution to this story. For a more extensive, documented history of the Democratic Party’s historic opposition to civil rights for blacks, see The Truth about Jim Crow at: https://www.theacru.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ACRU-the-truth-about-jim-crow_v2.pdf

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Election Chaos: Just Me…

I have maintained basic silence and watched along with you as the Midterm Election chaos morphed from being a simple national election to a bitter, strife-filled, name-calling, Identity Political, all-out travesty reminiscent of 2000, 2004, and 2016. The epicenter of this “holocaust” was, once again, Florida.

As I watched the drama unfold, I could not help but “SMH” (I know now that means “shake my head”) in anger and disgust as the one thing that must always be the focus of every election in the United States was either lost, forgotten, or both: the will of the American People. The Peoples’ will is the ONLY thing that matters in elections. It was totally invisible in the vitriolic rhetoric we watched play out in press conferences, news reports on television, newspaper stories, and even the never-ending interviews that every network seemed driven to get with that one person who shared the anchor’s political perspective to weigh-in with THEIR opinion of “Who Won.” 

It is sadly apparent that most in the political system of the United States have lost their way in leading the nation in this most sacred of events that separate the heretofore greatest country in World history from every other country: free and democratic elections that provide every American citizen to cast their vote without any government restriction for whomever they choose to support. It’s gone! And that fact has been driven home over and over for the last week+ while the squabbles happen regarding election chaos all across the nation.

Today I am not going down the road of which Republican got kicked to the curb, whether there was a red or blue wave or how tall the wave was, whether any candidate is racist or misogynistic or homophobic or islamophobic. Today I want to open an honest discussion with you about one thing: our election process. I want you to think through this with me. I want us together to think of ways we can make it better, make it work — whether that means to blow-up the existing process and starting over or just calling in the remodeler to move a few walls, fix the plumbing, and spread some new paint. Let’s go!

The Process Today

States run these elections. Yes, state-run elections include processing local voters who cast their votes on the same day at the same voting precinct at the same time as they elect candidates running for state AND federal offices. Most states use some type of electronic voting equipment or a hybrid system that combines manual AND electronic voting. But there is NO uniformity, NO standard, NO measure of any of these particular voting processes, voting systems, and NO unified accountability requisite standards set to assure each voter their vote is properly processed and that their choices for their supported candidates count. And there’s no method structured to uniformly ferret out election pandering. Is that not insane!

Look at what’s at stake: every two years we elect 435 representatives from across the country to represent citizens from every state, county or parish, and every city and town to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Included in each of those elections is the selection of members to serve in the U.S. Senate. Every four years, in addition to the House of Representatives, Senators whose terms are expiring, we also elect a U.S. President and Vice President. Completing this process every other year timely, accurately, and with the certainty that each election is accurate and without any vote-tampering MUST be the #1 objective for every member of the United States Government and all state and local governments. That does NOT seem to be the case now. The voting system MUST be repaired or replaced.

Do We have Election Fraud?

I really do not know. Remember that a month before the 2016 elections, President Obama laughed at statements by then Candidate Trump that he was concerned about election tampering. Obama said there was “no serious” person who would suggest it was possible to rig American elections, adding, “I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”

Obama made that statement thinking it would never be made public that just two months before he attacked Trump, Obama’s FBI had informed the President that there were indeed serious and credible attempts that had been made in previous elections by Russians and other foreign governments to impact the results of U.S. elections. The FBI assured Obama that they had credible evidence that such tampering would be initiated in the November 2016 election — the very election for which Obama arrogantly dismissed Donald Trump’s election-tampering concerns.

If Obama knew about election tampering attempts and hid those from the American people (which he did), what other attempted election tampering and/or fraud have there been? And has any of it been successful?

What is scariest to me in all this is that it is implausible to believe that with the sophistication of electronic technology and the expertise of individuals within foreign governments like Russia, China, and Japan, such election tampering has not in anyway been successful. One thing IS certain though: when American politicians try to cover-up anything, there’s a reason. And it almost always is that what they are hiding is real — and that they know it.

Correcting U.S. Election Voting Issues

  • Remove the election of federal officials from state voting control: that’s a must. There are far too many opportunities for mistakes — whether accidental or intentional — when these voting systems are operated in large part by volunteers, even with state or local oversight;
  • Totally do-away with electronic elections. We see almost daily the horrors of internet interference in virtually every operation of every type that takes place electronically. Let’s face it: people invent machines, electronic processes, the ability for computers to connect, transfer data and information instantly worldwide. That means those same people certainly possess the ability to monitor, alter, delete and even steal anything that is contained in electronic storage that can be accessed via the internet. Finland is a very advanced technological country. Years ago Finland ditched their fully computerized election system. Why? Because they discovered there was no way to ensure the security, fairness, accuracy, and therefore the results of elections to actually be that of the votes as cast by their voters.
  • Return U.S. voting to manual ballots. I’ll certainly get some pushback on this, primarily because doing so seems to be a step back technological capabilities. But, as Finland learned, it is far easier to distribute, manually vote and manually count votes that assures the citizens of their country every legal vote cast was counted and that within that process there was certainly NO ONE hindered the inclusion of any legal vote and NO ONE tampered in any way with each election.

Summary

There surely are many details of such a system that must be addressed before blowing-up our current system. But smart people who can share creative ideas with organized people who can direct U.S. resources necessary to a revised election system that is cost-effective and practical. I could offer a plan here, but I prefer to throw this concept out in the open to see if anyone agrees with me and might be willing to share some specific ideas.

Certainly, the U.S. Department of Justice could easily create a division of “Federal Election Operations and Accountability” (FEOA) that would construct, implement, and manage such an operation. Congress would be required to craft and pass a law that could be really simple, concise, and easily drafted and fund such a system.

Such a system controlled totally by the Feds could operate side-by-side with state and local election processes. But if so, the federal process would certainly be required to be segregated in structure to certify election results’ accuracy.

Can this be done? Will it be done?

You know, of late I have become a bit jaded at the fairness and honesty of the operations of government at federal, state, and local levels — especially with leaders in our federal government. I simply do not trust their following through with mandates given them by voters. I have NO doubt such a system could be put in place and put in place in short order. But I don’t have confidence such a process will really ever be implemented.

I’ll scare you a bit: I think that many on Capitol Hill would love to see elections be stopped totally at the federal level! This demands a separate conversation because of its blockbuster nature, and we may do that. But think this through: Have you not watched and wondered why law enforcement officials at every government level allow the continuation and the dramatic escalation of attacks — verbal, written, oral, and physical — on individuals and groups of other political persuasions? ANTIFA, White Supremacists, and other militant groups in large are being allowed to run rampant. Why do you think that is?

“IF” government officials could continue to gain more and more examples of unrest among the populace that lead to violence, does that not fuel their ability to push for the cessation of the voting process?

“Americans are too divided, too divisive, too angry and without the ability to reason anymore. The American public no longer has any real capability to discern who are the best candidates to put in various political offices. We should abolish the antiquated election system in the U.S. and allow the government to choose who should be in office.”

I don’t think we are very far from hearing that cry from those who are screaming louder and louder every day for more and more government intrusion in every area of our lives. Such a move seems to be just another stepping stone for a utopian life they want us all to experience.

Ridiculous?

I hope so!

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“I Was Thinking…”

I was thinking:
Since only 11 million people have ObamaCare, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed?  Will an additional 13 million people be randomly shot?

I was thinking:
If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?

I was thinking:
If women do the same job for less money and are equally qualified as men, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?

I was thinking:
If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdrawal?

I was thinking:
Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama’s term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.

I was thinking:
After the London “Lone Wolf” terrorist attack, government officials arrested at least eight other “Lone Wolves” who had conspired with the original “Lone Wolf” in planning the “Lone Wolf” attack. Why do they tell us even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the “Lone Wolf” attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1,000 plus “Lone Wolf” attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam.

I was thinking:
We should stop calling them all “Entitlements.” Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nauseum are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn’t be called entitlements at all.  Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.

I was thinking:
If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they are Islamophobic?

I was thinking:
If Liberals don’t believe in biological gender, then why do they march for women’s rights?

I was thinking:
How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders?  How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?

I was thinking:
Why is it that Democrats think Super-delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?

I was thinking:
If you don’t want the FBI involved in elections, don’t nominate someone who’s being investigated by the FBI.

I was thinking:
If Hillary’s speeches cost $250,000 an hour, why do so few show up to her free ones?

I was thinking:
The DNC is mad at Russia because they “think” the Russians are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election.

I was thinking:
If Democrats don’t want foreigners involved in our elections, why do they think it’s all right for illegals to vote?