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Blue State Blues: Venezuela, South Africa Show Socialism Difficult to Undo

Socialism in Venezuela (Federico Parra / AFP / Getty)
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Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. The same is true of most socialist policies — except where, as in Western Europe, the U.S. has paid for defense. And yet socialism continues to seduce the young, and confound the old.

This was the week in which Venezuelans were expected to throw off the yoke of Nicolas Maduro’s ruinous socialist regime, and when South African voters had a chance to dislodge the corrupt, inept African National Congress (ANC) after 25 years in power.

Maduro may yet be ousted, and the ANC saw its majority decline. But socialism, and socialist ideas, are proving incredibly difficult to undo, at least in circumstances where people have elected socialist regimes.

The nations of Eastern Europe famously and fabulously rejected communism with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Since then, they have generally preferred right-of-center, conservative governments and free-market policies. But the difference in those countries is that socialism was usually imposed by force and deceit, and reinforced by Soviet tanks. Where people have freely chosen socialism, they almost never find a way to reverse it once things, invariably, go bad.

The key to socialism’s tenacity — even in the face of economic and social collapse — is that it changes the society around it in ways that are almost irreversible.

For example, it creates groups of people entirely dependent on the state — poor recipients of welfare, middle-class bureaucrats, and crony capitalists — who fear, reasonably, that freedom will damage their interests. They mobilize politically to protect their benefits, long after the state can no longer pay them.

Conversely, socialism also rids society of groups of people most likely to oppose it. The private sector and professional elite, whose assets are to be redistributed for the sake of the elusive goal of equality, learn very quickly that resistance has a massive cost. So they tend to leave, which suits the short-term interests of the regime — even if it guts society of the skills it needs to maintain economic growth, and the leadership it would need to restore liberal self-government.

Socialism also re-shapes social mores, casting the alternative as immoral. Whereas the main capitalist argument against socialism is a pragmatic one, socialism’s core argument against capitalism is that individual liberty is inherently selfish. It taps into human instincts of altruism — but also envy. Hence President Barack Obama’s refrains in the 2012 election, saying Republicans would tell voters. “you’re on your own,” and admonishing entrepreneurs, “you didn’t build that.”

Under socialism, the only opposition people will allow themselves to imagine comes from the left. Though Maduro’s radical defenders, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), deride interim president Juan Guaidó as “far right,” in truth he is also a socialist. Arguably, that has prevented him from presenting a real political alternative to Maduro, a framework of new ideas that could offer Venezuelans a way out of their economic malaise.

Instead, Guaidó is reduced to political and diplomatic maneuverings, and in the end he cannot succeed without relying on elements of Maduro’s brutal regime.
In South Africa, the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (for which I used to work), offers a clear alternative set of principles, rooted in individual liberty. But the ANC has convinced the public, that such liberty only makes sense for those wealthy enough, by virtue of their past racial privileges, to take advantage of it.

The debate that defines South African politics today is between two socialisms — between the elite, central planning of the ANC on the one hand; and the populist, racial land grabs advocated by the new radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, on the other.

One need not look abroad to find examples of socialism proving impossible to remove. Almost every major American city is governed by Democrats, and has been for generations, despite the failures of Democratic Party rule.

Last week, the City of Oakland decided to plunder gas tax revenues to keep the city’s street lights on. In Flint, Michigan, state and local government contaminated the water supply, and now local authorities are also bungling the cleanup effort.

It is alarming that only one of the more than 20 candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency in 2020 has called out socialist policies such as “Medicare for All” and the “Green New Deal” as “bad” and “unrealistic.” A few have gingerly brought up the uncomfortable reality of how much these policies will cost. But he majority of candidates are embracing these policies — as well as the racial demagoguery of Al Sharpton, now a party kingmaker.

There is every possibility that one of these candidates will win the 2020 election, propelled by the mainstream media and a concerted effort by the tech giants to censor and suppress Trump supporters. Even the least radical of these Democrats will have to consolidate support by bringing radicals into his or her administration. And they will govern with a Congress — on the House side, at least — whose agenda is being set by openly “democratic socialist” Jacobins.

President Barack Obama, whose policies were the closest America has come to socialism, fully expected his legacy to continue. And parts of it remain. Obamacare remains the law of the land, for example, and the country now expects there to be some kind of federal health insurance program, eventually.

Voters who are tempted by any of the Democrats currently in the running for president should consider that the country’s next turn to the left could well permanent.

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Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather: Why are so many Democrats so reprehensible in exactly the same way?

By Patricia McCarthy
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Observing the events of the past two years, the past month since the release of the Mueller report, and the last few days of contempt charges, it is impossible to miss the defining characteristics of the most repugnant Democrats driving the impeach Trump campaign.

Pelosi, Swalwell, Schiff, Blumenthal, Nadler, Cohen, Waters, Harris, Booker, et al. are of a piece.  Each of them seems to possess an almost identical and wholesale lack of any character at all.  Each of them is vicious to the core.  Each of them is either wholly unaware of his own hypocrisy, as in falsely accusing Attorney General William Barr of contempt, when those who were in Congress at the time were hysterical when Attorney General Eric Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress.  Or they assume the American people are ignorant and unable to discern the deviousness of their plan to destroy Trump.

Holder actually was in contempt of Congress for authentic scandals involving deaths of Americans, such as Operation Fast and Furious.  Barr is not.  Unlike Holder, Barr is the smartest lawyer in the room.  He knows, as does any sentient legal scholar, that to give the House Judiciary Committee what they are asking for — names of intelligence assets, legally protected grand jury testimony — would be breaking the law.  The Democrats with their handmaidens in the media are manufacturing a “constitutional crisis” simply to hound the president and prolong the collusion hoax as long as possible.

Curiously, Trump does not seem to be at all concerned.  Hmmm.  Could it be that the president sees this throng of sociopaths for exactly who they are: unscrupulous to the shallow depth of their soulless beings?  These people are about one thing alone: their own political power.  To that end, they have no knowledge or grasp of right and wrong.  Like the malignant narcissists they are, they are unable to consider the damage they do, to the country and to people, both groups and individuals.

Likewise, the criminals who invented and perpetrated the Russia collusion hoax are equally unable to see themselves as they are: corrupt and treasonous.  Like the Democrats in Congress, and their counterparts in the media, this coterie of thugs felt absolutely justified in breaking countless laws and abrogating the Constitution to prevent Trump from taking office.  One of Dennis Prager’s most oft repeated quotes is that “those who do not confront evil resent those who do.”

Trump has done an immense amount of good throughout his life.  He builds things, he has employed hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, and he decided that the U.S. needed some fixing after the damage done by Obama.  So he ran for the office of president.  The Left, even those among the Left who knew him and liked him, hated him from that moment on with the “white hot passion of a thousand suns” (Cheers).  They apparently decided then and there that he would never be president.  Like the schemers in the old film Seven Days in May, their arrogance exceeded their intelligence.  Their contempt for the president and his supporters is the very definition of bigoted intolerance.  They hate Trump because he is not one of them; he is a better man, a better father, a better president, and they know it.

There is another quote of Prager’s that is appropriate here: “If we continue to teach about tolerance and intolerance instead of good and evil, we will end up with tolerance of evil.”  For the past fifty years, the imposition of multiculturalism and all that it has entailed, two generations have been taught that tolerance of all things must supersede all other values.  Ergo, we’ve arrived at a place in which the bulk of one of our two political parties has, if inadvertently, embraced evil in the name of tolerance — radical Islam, all variations of sexual orientation including pedophilia, the absolutist notion that all minorities are victims, all women are victims.  We must now accept the trope that all white men are bad, a blight on civilized society.  How destructive is this to our country?  It is devastating, and they do it purposefully, these Democrats.  They have become the embodiment of Cloward-Piven and Saul Alinsky.  They want to destroy what the founders created, the greatest, freest nation on the planet.  At least it used to be.

Our left has done such terrible damage over the years. They have destroyed academia, especially our once  great universities.  Few of them today permit free speech or freedom from the forced acceptance of all things politically correct.  They no longer value critical thinking, so they do not teach it.  They indoctrinate.  Students who deviate from the new rules that seem to have leapt off the pages of Orwell’s 1984 will be harassed, punished.  They have terrorized the young with their frightening exhortations of man-caused global warming hysteria. They are working hard to obliterate the absolute truth of gender. Science and biology be damned. It is into this moment in time that Trump was miraculously elected to the absolute horror of the Democrats. Their behavior since that day has been monstrous. They’ve lost their minds and have behaved badly from that day forward. Now they are just pathetic, an embarrassment to this country. These Democrats, the ones who so virulently attack and lie about Trump, are worse than ethically challenged; they are congenitally predisposed to be hateful. The lot of them should be so ashamed of themselves, but they’re not. They are birds of feather and a loathsome bird it is.

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Why Is This Republican Attacking Trump?

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Free medical care for illegals”

Joe Biden says that US has an ‘obligation’ to provide free medical care for illegals

By Thomas Lifson
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Pay up, suckers! This new magnet attracting illegals is going to cost a lot if Biden is elected as president.

There are billions of poor people in the world who see our open borders as an invitation to enjoy the good life here, and now Uncle Joe wants you to pay for free health care for them once they get here. And for starters, he wants us to pay for a network of clinics, to better serve them.

Don’t believe me? Watch as Joe says so yesterday at a stop in Los Angeles, where hundreds of thousands of illegals live:

The number of illegals is soaring, as Ryan Saavedra notes in the Daily Wire:

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained 109,144 migrants along the boundary with Mexico last month, a 6 percent increase from March, as monthly arrests reached their highest point since 2007,” The Washington Post reported. “Unauthorized border crossings have more than doubled in the past year, and they are on pace to exceed 1 million on an annual basis, as Guatemalan and Honduran families continue streaming north in record numbers with the expectation they will be quickly processed and released from custody.”

“Our apprehension numbers are off the charts,” Carla Provost, chief of the Border Patrol, told the Senate on Wednesday. “We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn’t matter how many buckets we have if we can’t turn off the flow.”

Keep in mind that many people coming from third world countries have serious health problems owing to lack of sanitation, poor nutrition, and other poverty-related conditions. That makes their health care more expensive than average Americans. So, multiply one million new illegals per year (a figure certain to increase if Biden wins the presidency) by $10,000 per year (lower than the average cost of health care per year for Americans) and we get $10 billion per year added to the cost of caring for the 12-25 million ($120 billion to $250 billion per year) that an “obligation” to provide health care for illegals on the taxpayers’ dime would cost. And the remember that that this is a lowball estimate.

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We Were Sold Out Yesterday

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Judgment Day is coming

Judgment Day coming for Democrats

By Lloyd Marcus
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Democrat Sen Mazie Hirono verbally brutalized AG William Barr during the Judiciary Committee hearing. Hirono’s abuse of Barr and disrespect for our president was condescending and breathtakingly evil. Her demand that Barr resign was rooted in spin and lies. She venomously denounced president Trump as a “grifter and liar.”

Can you imagine the American Left’s response to a Republican calling Obama a grifter and liar? That Republican would be declared a racist then given a high-tech beating and stoning to death in the public square. All standards of decency have been thrown out the window in the leftists’ mission to stop Trump from restoring America’s greatness and to remove him from office. Vitriolic disrespect for Trump and his family, even death threats, are acceptable.

Wicked Democrat Nancy Pelosi outrageously claimed that Barr lied, committing perjury during the hearing. Pelosi knows fake news media will promote her absurd charge against Barr as the truth.

On my car radio, I heard ABC news report that the Mueller report concluded that Trump did try to collude and obstruct justice. I thought, “That is not what the Mueller report concluded.” My relatives, who pay little attention to politics, hear fake news media lies and believe them. Most of my black relatives believe Trump is racist, hates women, blacks, and Mexicans. These are absurd strategic lies promoted by evil Democrats and their fake news media minions.

Due to the media hiding the truth while promoting Democratic lies, my black relatives have no idea that Trump is doing an amazing job for America, blacks, and women. Black unemployment has reached historic lows. Women and Hispanics are also thriving in Trump’s economy.

By rolling back a ton of Obama’s overreaching absurd government regulations, America is experiencing a remarkable wave of prosperity. Unemployment is at 3.6%, the lowest since 1969. In essence, everyone seeking a job has one. The private sector average hourly wage is $27.77. Despicably, fake news media is hiding the great job Trump is doing for the American people. Fake news media is demonically obsessed with spreading lies about Trump 24/7.

But folks, what really turned my stomach was watching Democrats Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris’ arrogant attitude of superiority at the hearing as they spewed hateful lies. Clearly, they will destroy whoever necessary to undermine Trump’s remarkably successful presidency. My sense of justice and fair play hates to see Hirono, Pelosi, and their fellow Democrat minions get away with it.

The Bible says they will not get away with it.

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaks lies shall perish.” Proverbs19:9

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Democrats are insidiously bearing false witness, lying to the American people in total contradiction to the Mueller report, which did not find Trump guilty of collusion or obstruction. And yet, the Democrats, with the help of their minions in the media, persist in keeping their “Trump colluded and obstructed” lie going.

A day of reckoning is coming for Democrats and their fellow anti-Trump/anti-America resisters.

Democrats and the fake news media still do not know how to defeat Donald J. Trump, the new sheriff in town. Like the sheriff in the classic movie High Noon, Trump is courageously fighting alone. Unlike most Republicans, Trump stays on offense rather than cowering in fear in response to political attacks.

Democrats and the deep state are panicked because President Trump is about to declassify details of their silent coup to destroy his presidency. As the Bible says, those who bear false witness will be punished. Praise God!

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Trump halts outrageous looting of Medicaid payments

Trump halts outrageous looting of Medicaid payments to skim money for unions

By Thomas Lifson
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Money meant for patient care is no longer being skimmed off and sent to far left unions, who typically recycle it as political donations to Democrats. President Trump, like President Obama, has a pen and a phone, meaning the ability to change administrative regulations. Via his appointee Seema Verma, head of the  Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, he has ended an outrageous practice by some states, forcing home care providers – even relatives of the patient – to join unions, and then deducting union dues from the Medicaid payments before they reach the patient.

Bill McMorris writes in the Free Beacon:

Labor organizations will no longer be allowed to skim dues money from the checks of Medicaid patients under new rules adopted by the Trump administration.

The Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted a new regulation that will prohibit states from siphoning money from caregiver reimbursements to third parties. The rule takes direct aim at state policies enacted to enrich union coffers.

“State Medicaid programs are responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars are dedicated to providing healthcare services for low-income, vulnerable Americans and are not diverted in ways that do not comply with federal law,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a release. “This final rule is intended to ensure that providers receive their complete payment.”

The scheme already has been blocked by courts in Illinois, but this extends that ban nationally. The sums of money involved are significant, and have been used to enrich two far left unions of government employees, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) that are among the biggest donors to Democrats.

The issue gained national prominence when the Supreme Court struck down a coercive dues scheme adopted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Illinois. The Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that the state policy was unconstitutional because it treated home health aides as government employees for the purpose of paying labor giants Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, but otherwise received no other benefits or services from state government. The 5-4 ruling, however, only struck down the scheme in Illinois, leaving other states free to continue similar policies.

Labor organizations collected more than $50 million from home health aides over a five-year period following Blagojevich’s policy. CMS found that tens of millions of dollars continued to flow from disabled clients to unions despite the Harris ruling, thanks in part to an Obama administration rule that allowed state governments to direct payments to third parties. Of the 7,000 public comments filed to the agency in the wake of the proposal, one estimated that more than $1.4 billion has been redirected since 2000.

Trump is using Medicaid money to benefit patients and caregivers, not unions. I dare unions to make an issue of this, and I double-dare the Democrats to do the same. Go ahead, make my day.

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Why Biden won’t win

Why Biden won’t get the Dem nomination

By Thomas Lifson
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Yes, he’s really, really old, thus removing the opportunity to attack President Trump on the basis of his age.

And yes, he says really stupid stuff — and they are usually incorrectly called “gaffes,” which Michael Kinsley correctly defined as a politician accidentally telling the truth. Biden’s mouth just runs faster than his brain (not much of a feat) and he utters nonsense. Often, mean-spirited nonsense  like “They’ll put y’all back in chains.”

But the real reason why Biden won’t get the nomination is that he and his family are corrupt, enriching themselves courtesy of foreign governments. Normally, that would not be a problem for a Democrat because the dominant mainstream media is not interested in scandals affecting powerful Democrats. But with 22 Democrats running for president, some of them with MSM allies, and with grave doubts about Biden’s ability to defeat Trump (their overriding goal), these scandals will not be suppressed. Especially because they involve collusion with a foreign power.

Vanity Fair and the New York Times, which are nobody’s idea of right wing publications, are onto the story of Biden helping his son make a huge fortune via deals with China. Breitbart summarizes:

A $1.5 billion sweetheart deal Hunter Biden’s private equity firm secured from the state-owned Bank of China is “looming on the horizon” as a potential line of attack against his father’s 2020 presidential campaign, according to Vanity Fair’s Tina Nguyen.

This comes days after a New York Times article renewed interest in the revelations exposed in Peter Schweizer’s 2018 bestseller Secret Empires concerning the sweetheart deals Hunter Biden’s private equity firm secured while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.

But the Times’ article “may be just the first volley in what is likely to become a broader war over Joe Biden’s conduct and record,” Vanity Fair’s Nguyen writes:

Past speculation about Biden family drama has centered on Hunter’s documented struggle with drug use and his recently ended relationship with his late brother’s widow. But the bigger threat might actually be Hunter’s past business enterprises. Already, there’s another attack line looming on the horizon: in his latest book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Breitbart editor-at-large Peter Schweizer describes how a private-equity firm managed by Hunter Biden, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, negotiated a $1.5 billion investment deal with the state-owned Bank of China at the same time that his father, then the vice president, was conducting high-level diplomacy with Beijing. (On one of his trips, Hunter allegedly made use of Air Force Two.) Whether or not the Chinese hoped to curry favor with Hunter’s father, Trump allies are sure to make note of the issue, especially given Joe Biden’s controversial remark this week downplaying China as an economic competitor. (A spokesman for Hunter Biden disputed Schweizer’s claims to the Journal.)

In a March interview with Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham, Peter Schweizer explained the troubling circumstances surrounding Hunter Biden’s lucrative deal with the Chinese government at a time when his father was negotiating U.S. policy with the regime.

“In December of 2013, Hunter Biden flies on Air Force 2 to Beijing, China, with his father,” Schweizer said. “His father meets with Chinese officials, he’s very soft on Beijing. The most important thing that happens [is] 10 days after they return. And that’s when Hunter Biden’s small, private equity firm called Rosemont Seneca Partners gets a $1 billion private equity deal with the Chinese government, not with the Chinese corporation, with the government. And what people need to realize is Hunter Biden has no background in China. He has no background in private equity. The deal he got in the Shanghai free-trade zone, nobody else had — Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Blackstone, nobody had this deal.”

“There’s no question when you chart what Joe Biden is doing with China — the meetings he’s having and the deals that his son is procuring at the same time — that they are buying off Biden through his son. I think it’s crystal clear,” Schweizer added.

Then there is the matter of the Biden clan’s dealing with Ukraine, as Jeff Carlson explains in The Epoch Times:
As Ukraine underwent dramatic changes in 2014, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played a critical role in the Obama administration’s involvement in the revolution that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Following the revolution, Biden would use his influence to help force the creation of the troubled National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). Notably, during the 2016 election campaign, information leaked from NABU about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that helped to create the false narrative that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.

Biden also would use the threat of withholding $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to pressure Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire the prosecutor general. At the time, the prosecutor had been investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas giant that had appointed Biden’s son, Hunter, as a board member.

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, recently said, “Keep your eye on Ukraine.” In his comments to the Washington Examiner, Giuliani highlighted the “plot to create an investigation of President Trump, based on a false charge of conspiracy with the Russians to affect the 2016 elections.”

Both scandals are grave and complicated. But there is a year and a half ahead in which they can be excavated and explained. Media-connected rival Democrats are going to make sure that both scandals are explored.

Biden is the 2016 Jeb! of the Democrats’ 2020 field. He looks like a shoe-in to many, but he will fade.

Of course as my favorite Yogi, Yogi Berra, warned us, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But I will be very surprised if Biden is the Dems’ nominee.

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Trump’s magic wand

Remember when Obama made fun of Trump’s ‘magic wand’ to fix the economy?

By Ethel C. Fenig
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Three years ago, then-president Barack Hussein Obama (D) mocked the plans of his sure-not-to-be-successor, Donald J. Trump (R), for the country, comparing them to his oh, so successful eight-year “scandal free,” high unemployment, high food stamp use, successful administration.  

“He just says, ‘I’m gonna negotiate a better deal.’ Well how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that?” Obama said during the town hall portion of the event. “What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”

Well, that was then.  And this is now.

To Obama’s shock and dismay, Trump is president.  For the past two and a half years, Trump has been waving his magic wand, banishing burdensome regulations; lowering taxes; appointing savvy people to top government posts; and yes, negotiating.

Friday’s Drudge Report’s banner headline sums up the pervasive success of Trump’s magic negotiating wand, successfully sprinkling economic free-market magic dust equally on everyone.

ENVY OF THE WORLD
UNEMPLOYMENT 49-YEAR LOW
WAGE HITS $27.77/HOUR
STOCK MARKET ENDLESS RALLY
TRUMP APPROVAL 50%

Hispanic Unemployment Lowest Ever… 
Best for women since 1953…
Record jobs even for high school dropouts! 

Obama undoubtedly learned his negotiating skills for failed “shovel ready” multi-billion-dollar infrastructure and energy conservation scams from loser George Costanza of the brilliant Seinfeld television show.

And apparently, Obama learned his economic lessons from fellow Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman, who famously predicted on election night:

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging.  When might we expect them to recover?  A first-pass answer is never[.] … So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.

MAGA!

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Devin Nunes Just Caught Robert Mueller Lying

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The Democrats are worried

The Democrats are worried. They should be.

By Anna L. Stark
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Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the liberal media’s daily reporting routinely defaults to an all too familiar word: “bombshell.”  Most every news segment begins with “bombshell,” and it is certain (in their collective opinion) to end the Trump presidency.  No luck so far!

Failed media munitions aside, the rise of liberal rhetoric is at near deafening decibels, and for good reason.  Attorney General Bill Barr’s congressional hearing testimony (on two separate occasions) has no doubt caused Democrats angst and discomfort.  In addition, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz recently confirmed that his office is continuing its investigation, pertaining to the abuse of FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) by officials at the DOJ and FBI.  And if that isn’t enough, N.C. congressman Mark Meadows referred former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr to the DOJ for a criminal investigation regarding her testimony to Congress last October.

In a stunning admission during the congressional hearing pertaining to the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, A.G. Barr came right out and said, “Yes, I think spying did occur” in response to Democrat Senator Shaheen’s question about Barr’s intention to review prior intelligence agency activities that targeted the Trump campaign.  It was not a random, off-the-cuff question proffered by Senator Shaheen.  In fact, Democrats were purposefully conducting reconnaissance.  Prior to his declaration about spying, Senator Shaheen queried Barr about the scope of his investigation.  In plain language, Barr replied that he’s investigating whether or not there was adequate basis for surveillance, whether or not rules were violated or laws broken, and which government agencies were involved.  And while Barr went onto say he’s not necessarily investigating the FBI, he stated that perhaps there was a failure of leadership by upper-echelon FBI officials.  A.G. Bill Barr concluded, “I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused.  I think that’s one of the principal rules of the attorney general.”

Once again, during congressional testimony on May 1, the attorney general announced there is not just one — in fact, there are multiple investigations underway by the DOJ.  Bombshell!

Much like the attorney general, DOJ inspector Michael Horowitz has been tight-lipped about his investigation into FISA warrant abuse, other than to confirm that the investigation, which began 13 months ago, is ongoing.  More than a year ago, then-A.G. Jeff Sessions and congressional Republicans alleged that the FISA court was misled about the need to conduct surveillance of the Trump campaign, and furthermore, there was continued surveillance of the Trump administration after Trump took office.  Horowitz publicly stated that it’s his job to examine the FBI’s and DOJ’s compliance with legal requirements, applicable to policies and procedures.

Additionally, the OIG announced that it would investigate the relationship and communications with an FBI confidential source, Christopher Steele — a British ex-spy on the payroll of Fusion GPS.  Steele was paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC to conduct opposition research on Trump.  Congressional Republicans claim that Steele’s research was used to initiate U.S. intelligence agency surveillance, and the FBI purposely withheld the opposition research benefactor information from the FISA court.  In turn, the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was based on the utterly fraudulent premise of Russian collusion by Trump campaign officials.  Bombshell!

Another employee of Fusion GPS?  None other than Nellie Ohr; wife of Bruce Ohr; DOJ official, and Steele’s back-channel contact with the FBI.  In his referral to A.G. Bill Barr, Congressman Mark Meadows alleges that Nellie Ohr made false statements to Congress last October regarding her contacts at the DOJ.  Meadows alleges that she contradicted herself multiple times during testimony about not having any contacts at the DOJ.  In fact, Ohr’s emails reveal the names of her DOJ contacts.  Not only was she communicating with DOJ contacts; she agreed to meet with them for the purpose of sharing research she conducted on the Trump campaign.   Meadows hinted that Republicans will make additional criminal referrals to the A.G.  Bombshell!

The cascade of real bombshells is increasing exponentially, but don’t expect the liberal media to report on it.  Instead, they simply parrot the Democrat talking-points hysteria.  And while Democrats continue to howl, rant, and rave for the cameras, they really ought to pay more attention to the field of land mines they’re walking across.  It may not end the way they think. 

Bombshell!

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More hatred of America

How many more groups of Americans can Omar anger?

By Brian Tomlinson
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The junior Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has an opinion about anyone and anything, just ask her.  Rep. Omar provided a clear example of her understanding U.S. history regarding a key framer of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, based on the fact that the image of the inventor, statesman, author, and innovator, is on the U.S. one-hundred dollar bill.  Of course, she didn’t have much interest anything he represented, her reference to him was a means to an end – perpetrating anti-semitic rant, “…all about the Benjamins baby” in reference to Jews and their supposed ominiscent political power in America.  Let us also not forget about her insensitive reference to the 3,000 innocent souls who perished on 9/11/2001 as a result of Islamist terrorism.

Now Ms. Omar has tried to tie the plight of Venezuelans to President Trump.  The obvious does not matter to Ms. Omar — that the pain and suffering in that country now revolting against a socialist dictatorship started much earlier and escalated during the last presidential administration.  President Obama did almost nothing for Venezuelans, and didn’t speak out much, either.  President Trump has openly acknowledged Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, as have heads of state from more than 50 other countries.  Our president has been using diplomacy to encourage the illegitimate dictator, Nicolas Maduro, to take his money stolen from the people and run.  If it were not for corrupt Russians encouraging him to stay, Maduro would have left weeks ago.  It does not matter to Ms. Omar that Venezuela had suffered massive annual inflation before President Trump placed sanctions on the Maduro regime.  Why did Maduro block passage into Venezuela the millions of dollars of medical aid and food aid that the Trump administration shipped to the border with Colombia?

What could the motive be of this junior representative to be so vocal about a subject she clearly knows nothing about?  Why does she declare, “…America will no longer be a country of white people…”  It’s strange stuff, given that she represents Minnesota, a state which American history shows became the home to a proud group of Americans of Viking heritage. Chalk it up to another group to offend.

That’s not all she’s about, either. President Trump is considering categorizing the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.  The Muslim Brotherhood and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are joined at the hip, are they not?  Ms. Omar is a big supporter of CAIR.  Is Ms. Omar projecting her bigotry on others to cover a façade of hatred for the country that opened arms to her from that paradise, Somalia?  She called President Trump’s action on the border a “fake emergency” regardless of the countless number of people, including Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama, a serious crisis. She offends and she offends.

Thank God, congressional terms last only two years and Representative Omar could never be president. She might not even make it past two years in Congress.

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Barr stuns Sen. Blumenthal

Barr stuns Sen. Blumenthal during Judiciary Committee hearing

By Thomas Lifson
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Attorney General William Barr is unflappable, a quality that enabled him to deftly handle the “pack of Iagos” that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary formed into yesterday. In addition to highlighting the key question for which there is no good answer, he stunned Senator Richard Blumenthal, the villain who falsely posed as a Vietnam Veteran yet somehow maintains the trust of Nutmeg State voters.

Blumenthal was on a fishing expedition, looking for quibbles to raise in the wake of the collapse of the Russia Hoax. Assuming the role of a Grand Inquisitor – the favorite pose of Democrats in the Age of Trump – he got an immediate and direct answer from Barr when demanding an internal Justice Department document.   His follow-up question yielded a repsonse that demonstrated that Blumenthal is stuck looking at the situation through the wrong end of the telescope.

A moment to savor, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:

…”Did you make a memorandum of your conversation?” Blumenthal asked.

“No, I didn’t,” Barr responded.

“Did anyone, either you or anyone on your staff, memorialize your conversation with Robert Mueller?” Blumenthal said.

“Yes,” Barr added.

Blumenthal then asked, “Who did that?”

“There were notes taken of the call,” Barr said.

“May we have those notes?” Blumenthal continued.

Barr: “No.”

Blumenthal: “Why not?”

Barr: “Why should you have them?”

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