One casualty of the coronavirus outbreak is any idea of abolishing or even reforming the FISA court system. Quietly and with little fanfare, Democrats and Republicans have come together to keep this ongoing blatant violation of our Constitution alive. Once it became apparent that this system could be exploited by whatever party is in power to spy on the political opposition, it should have been allowed to die a quiet ignominious death.
The FISA court was initially set up to provide warrants to wiretap foreign spies. In 2016 it was used to spy on the political opponent of the incumbent administration. That the court was so easily deceived into granting the warrants fo this is bad enough. The fact there were no consequences for this total failure to protect the Constitutional rights of US citizens is unconscionable.
President Nixon was forced to resign, and many in his administration went to jail because of a botched burglary of Democratic campaign offices. For most others, at the very least, their Washington careers were history. What happened in 2016 was Watergate on steroids, but aside from a few people losing their jobs, there has been almost no accountability from the Obama Administration or the Clinton Campaign.
Now, through their usual inaction, Congress has invited even more abuses of the kind that happened in the name of political partisanship in 2016. If someone as rich and powerful as Donald Trump was as a private citizen could be a victim of this, then anyone who opposes the status quo can easily be crushed at the whim of whoever is in power. That should scare the hell out of anyone, no matter what your political leanings.
The biggest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak is going to be the World Economy. Medical experts are working on containing, treating, and eliminating the virus. The President is already focused on the aftermath. He aims to mitigate the impact of economic damage on Americans. This measure probably will not pass because big-spending politicians of both parties this would be like going cold turkey off of heroin. Letting people keep the money they earn is a dangerous concept because they are liable to get used to it. There is too much of the swamp left in both parties and both Houses to ever let this happen. They are not going to take their greedy little hands out of our pockets, even momentarily, lest we realize it didn’t belong there in the first place.
President Donald Trump, in a meeting with Republican lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill, pitched a 0% payroll tax rate for employers and employees that would last through the rest of this year, a White House official told CNBC.
There was also discussion of making the payroll tax rollback permanent, said the official, who declined to be named. Payroll taxes are used to fund Medicare and Social Security. When asked about the potential cost of a payroll tax cut, the official pushed back and asked why there is always a focus on the cost of tax cuts.
The development comes as Trump and the White House try to put together an economic stimulus plan to counteract the impact from the widening coronavirus outbreak. After a 2,000-point drop by the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday, the Dow bounced back somewhat Tuesday, rising 1,000 points late in the trading session.
Earlier Tuesday, CNBC reported that the White House was not ready to roll out a specific plan of action on the economy while the deadly coronavirus spreads. Trump stunned people in the White House on Monday, according to officials, when he said that he would announce economic policy proposals at a news conference Tuesday.
A press briefing with the White House coronavirus task force is slated for 5:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to Trump’s official schedule. The White House has also invited Wall Street executives to a meeting Wednesday to discuss an economic response to the coronavirus’s impact.Coronavirus: Trump pitches 0% payroll tax rate for the rest of 2020
I keep hearing from Pelosi and Schumer how the President’s reaction to has been inadequate, not enough, focused on the wrong things, etc., so my question would be how would a Democrat President handle such a crises. Well fortunately-or unfortunately for those who got unneccesarily sick and those who died-we have an example of just how a Democrat responds to such a heath emergency.
Don’t bother to check the facts before you shoot your mouth off. Bloomberg may be new to the left but he is learning the tactics.
CBS host Scott Pelley fact-checked Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg on air after the former New York City mayor tried to claim that President Donald Trump described the coronavirus outbreak as a “hoax.”
“I find it incomprehensible that the president would do something as inane as calling it a ‘hoax’ which he did last night in South Carolina,” Bloomberg said when Pelley introduced the topic during a “60 Minutes” interview set to run Sunday evening.
“He said that the Democrats making so much of it is a Democratic hoax, not that the virus is a hoax,” Pelley responded.
Not seeming to understand what the CBS host was getting at, Bloomberg pressed on. “This is up to the scientists and the doctors as to whether there is a problem,” he continued. “They all, around the world, say that it is in some places, and has enormous potential to become one elsewhere. And it is just ignorant and irresponsible to not stand up and be the leader and say, ‘We don’t know, but we have to prepare for the fact that, if it is, we have the medicines and the structure and the knowledge to deal with it.’”CBS’s Scott Pelley Fact-Checks Mike Bloomberg On Trump Coronavirus Comment | The Daily Caller
The spread of the coronavirus in Europe and Asia is undoubtedly a cause for concern. But the abject panic by investors in the Stock Market seems a bit extreme. There will be some supply chain disruptions, but the reaction to this has been more like a response to bubonic plague rather than severe flu that is causing a higher death rate in countries with poor hygienic practices and substandard medical infrastructure. Yes, every action should be taken to stem the spread of the disease and treat those affected. But this is not a Steven King Novel, and the nations of the world are not going to become vast wastelands populated by a handful of survivors.
Of course, someone has to be blamed for this. And the Democrats have chosen to blame-hold on to your hat-Donald J. Trump. They haven’t figured out a way to quite pin the blame on him for originating the virus, but they are quick to jump on every action he takes in response to it. You would think…well, never mind. This is the same party that is probably going to nominate a Socialist to be their candidate for POTUS. Their entire party is in panic and disarray, and they are projecting that onto the Administration.
The spread of coronavirus into the general population in the US may or may not be inevitable. But one thing we can be positive of is that the desperate Democrats will seize on and politicize yet another crisis to bolster their flagging chances at winning the White House and the genuine possibility that they will lose the House of Representatives. But that’s what you get from a party who sees their role as to rule over people rather than govern them. The difference between those two terms is stark but lost on the Democrats.
Impeach! Resign! Racist! Abuse of Power! This is all the Democrats know. There is no longer any such thing as a policy disagreement. Every action the President takes, whether they secretly agree with it or not, has to be condemned in the harshest terms. One example is the takin out of Solemieni. He was nothing more and nothing less than an enemy combatant in a war. A war declared on us by Iran. But the Democrats and much of the media have treated more a martyr than the vile, disgusting, murderous human being he was.
The latest meltdown is happening now over what in normal times would be a routine administrative function of the Attorney General. Roger Stone was prosecuted only because of his association with Donald Trump. The way he was arrested is typical of how the left likes to use an overwhelming show of force when it suits their purpose.
Mr. Stone posed no physical threat, but a heavily armed swat team showed up at his house like they were taking down Pablo Escobar. They also tipped off CNN so they could film how it took ten heavily armed paramilitary police troops to take down one unarmed older man and his deaf wife. This is the stuff of Klingon drinking songs. I think if anyone got a papercut doing the paperwork on this, they would have added assaulting a police officer to the charges.
After a rigged trial with an anti-Trump Judge and a virulently anti-Trump jury foreperson, Stone was convicted. No surprise here. That is what Kangaroo Courts are supposed to do. Unlike the one incompetently presided over by Nancy Pelosi, this one functioned as designed.
The prosecutors, drunk with power after foisting this charade on the court, decided to offer a sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years. This is triple what normal sentencing guidelines would justify. Attorney General Barr, in his function as the head of the Justice Dept and those prosecutors’ boss, wanted the recommendation to be more in line with legal norms.
It just so happens that on the night before Barr made public that he wanted a more reasonable sentencing recommendation, the President took to Twitter. In that tweet, President Trump expressed his displeasure with the seven to nine-year situation. The left lost its mind. Four prosecutors who disagreed with the decision of their boss resigned — good riddance, in my opinion. Pelosi and Schumer are clamoring for investigations and trying to take any opportunity they can to interfere with the 2020 elections. Not surprising when you consider the comedy of errors in their party as they fumble and stumble around for a leader.