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
As I write this, Joe Biden is in fifth place in New Hampshire. That is not good news for the Biden campaign nor the Democratic Party. No one expected the former Vice President to win Bernie Sander’s home state but a fifth-place finish? He is already having trouble raising cash. After this performance, Sleepy Joe might have difficulty raising dust. The media has already been writing Biden’s political epitaph, and they are just waiting for his doomed campaign to give up the ghost.
Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar are the flavors of the week coming out of New Hampshire. Of the two, Amy is by far the more palatable, but her staying power will depend on whether she can distinguish herself going forward as well as she did in the debate. Senator Klobuchar tentatively raised her hand to be the lone candidate to say that she did indeed have a problem with a Socialist heading the Democratic ticket. That gesture represented what many in her party are thinking but are too afraid of the far-left base to say. Her surge came right after the debate and that one small action was a big part of that, in my opinion.
The real winner last night, however, was not even on the ballot. He was not on the debate stage last week. Michael Bloomberg could not have had a better night. With no clear front-runner now the Democrats are looking at the very real possibility of a brokered convention. With moderates feeling disenfranchised and the far left feeling cheated once again by the DNC’s most significant problem might not be Donald Trump, but rather their voter turnout.
I know it’s been a tough week. The Senate refused to allow itself to be bullied into helping you to smear the President further. Adam Schiff revealed himself to be the goofball moron many already knew him to be. President Trump’s numbers continue to improve in the face of unrelenting criticism from Democrats and their partisan hack allies in the media. And then your parties showcase event for the week, the Iowa Caucus, has deteriorated into chaos and disarray. But pointedly tearing up your copy of the State of the Union Address was the act of a child and a poorly behaved child at that.
Nancy was not alone in her unprofessional and puerile behavior. There was, of course, the spectacle of all those ladies wearing white so that they could draw attention to themselves. This sea of white is the same silly tactic they used in the last SOTU. Narcissism aside, the Democrats might want to reconsider the optics of all these white-clad buffoons refusing to applaud for a scholarship granted to a young African-American girl simply because it was Trump who gave it. It was petty, infantile, and absurd, but it did reveal that Democrats are far more concerned with genuflecting before the Teachers Union than in doing anything to help the poor trapped in failing schools.
In the end, the Democrats continue to distance themselves from the very people they need to vote for them. No one expects the opposition applaud everything the President says, but the outright disrespect, not just for the office of the Presiden but on their own as well, is not lost on the American people. Some boycotted the speech, some walked out, and some just chose to be juvenile and myopic.
As I write this Iraqi militants are storming the American Embassy in Baghdad. One would expect that the Iraqi Security Forces ,whom we have been helping to eliminate ISIS, would help to put an end to this. This is a very fluid situation right now and I don’t this we are looking at a repeat of the Iranian hostage situation during the Carter Administration but it is almost certainly an Iranian backed “spontaneous” demonstration. A lot depends on how Iraq responds.
The reason I think this is related to Obama is his coddling of the Iranian mullahs during his Presidency. The most shameful and indefensible act of his Administration was releasing pallets of cash to the Iranians when that government was arguably on the verge of collapse. It was done in secret, in the dead of night and has come back to haunt us in the form of continued instability in the region fomented by a rogue government.
President Trump had not as yet responded but you can bet he will. He may have already done so by the time you read this but it is telling how seriously he is taking this in that there has not as yet been his accustomed instant Twitter response. Donald Trump is not Jimmy Carter and our response, whatever it is, will be swift and effective. Iran and their lackeys in the mob outside the US embassy today will come to regret this action. Count on it.
Update: President Trump has responded on Twitter and has let the Iraqi’s know-in no uncertain terms I’m sure-that he expects them to protect our embassy from the thugs that are threatening it. Our relationship with Iraq may be shaky but Iran’s only interest in that country is to defeat and annex it as a vassal state. If Iraqi’s leaders remember that then they will do the right thing.
Liberal pop star flees America, blaming President Trump for her decision to leave
I think she means “gives credit to Trump for…” but lets not quibble over semantics and just chalk up one more reason to be grateful to the President.
Speaking in a recent interview, the singer says that she relocated her entire family from their Manhattan base across the Atlantic Ocean to their new home in Portugal to escape Donald Trump.
Wait! Come back! You forgot the rest of the crybaby nitwits who think they know better than anyone.
During the interview with Vogue Italia about the motivation behind her big move, Madonna was quoted as saying “this is not America’s finest hour.”
Well maybe not but if it got you out of the country it certainly ranks right up there.
“I felt like we needed a change, and I wanted to get out of America for a minute,” the Material Girl singer told the magazine, according to News.com.au.
Well there’s something we can agree on. We wanted you to take your America hating butt out of America too, but for a lot longer than a minute.
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Chopper pressers are the best pressers. As President Trump departed the White House for a flight to Kentucky, the President stopped to answer questions from the media pool. The president took questions for over 35 minutes.
THE PRESIDENT: So, the economy is doing very, very well. We’ll see what happens with the Federal Reserve, whether or not they finally get smart and reduce interest rates, like many other places around the world that we have to compete with.
But our economy is the strongest in the world, by far. Nothing even close. And a lot of good things are happening. We had some very good retail numbers this morning, as you saw. And I guess the stock market is quite a bit up.
Q Are you demanding that Jay Powell lower interest rates?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t demand it. But if he used his head, he would lower them. In Germany, they have a zero interest rate. And we do compete. We’re much stronger than Germany, but we do compete with Germany. In Germany, they have a zero interest rate. And when they borrow money — I mean, when you look at what happened, look at what’s going on over there. They borrow money, and they actually get paid to borrow money. And we have to compete with that.
So, if you look at what’s happening around the world, Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve have totally missed the call. I was right, and just about everybody admits that. I was right. He did quantitative tightening. He shouldn’t have done that. He raised interest rates too fast, too furious. And we have a normalized rate. I — you call it that. And now we have to go the other direction. We’ll see if he does it. If he does it, you’ll see a rocket ship; you’ll see a boom. If he does it, we have a very strong economy.
But we could have — we could be — we could be in a place that this nation was seldom at, if we had interest rates cut by the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve has let us down. They missed the call. They raised them too fast. They raised it too high. And they did quantitative tightening. They shouldn’t have done the tightening and they shouldn’t have raised them to the extent. We could have had some raises but nothing like they did.
Read the rest of the transcript here.