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While You Were Focused on the Impeachment Follies....

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So what else has been happening while a small part of America was laser-focused on the Impeachment Follies?

 

Cocaine/Moscow/Turtle McConnell struck a deal with Dems to expedite 11 of Trump’s federal district judge nominations closer to confirmation. McConnell told Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday: “My motto for the remainder of this Congress is ‘leave no vacancy behind’ “

 

In a new Zogby Analytics survey, 67% of voters said that they “believe the Democrats are more interested in impeaching the president as opposed to passing legislation that will help Americans”. Great job Dems on controlling the narrative. If you think passing USMCA will help neutralize this sentiment, keep dreaming. Oh, and if you want to look a bit deeper, 53% of Democrats agreed with the question. 

 

Here in Florida, a review of state records show that, despite the efforts of Dems to bolster their voter rolls, Republicans have added 23,084 net new voters compared to the Dems adding 10,731 to their lists. That is more than a 2:1 net advantage for the GOP and is a major concern of Dems who thought that Florida might still be a “purple” state. 

 

As of today, over 90% of Virginia’s counties have become 2A sanctuaries. 

 

The concept of 2A sanctuaries, already a reality in WA, OR, CO, NM, TX, FL, RI, TN has now spread to Kentucky with Harlan County whose fiscal court just resolved to support 2A rights, unanimously. Marshall County KY is moving to pass legislation that would prohibit the enforcement of any unconstitutional gun control laws. 

 

In Georgia Monday night, a judge has OK’d the cleaning up of voter registration databases, something that has been fought by Democrats. Seems they have a problem with removing dead voters from the active lists. The Georgia Secretary of State removed 309,000 voters names, about 4% of the total of registered voters. Hmmm, does it now make sense why George Soros once invested much money pushing Dem Secretary of State candidates?  

 

Last Friday, a judge in Wisconsin ruled that the state could being canceling the registrations of 234,000 voters, 7% of the electorate, who did not respond to a mailing from election officials. The assumption is that they are dead or moved out of state and should not be allowed to remain registered. 

 

The wages of hourly production and non-supervisory employees, who comprise 80% of the US workforce, rose 3.8% in October over the year earlier. This rate is higher than the average rate and higher than supervisory employees, a rare event in the USA. It is also about twice the prevailing inflation rate, depending on which measure you use. That 3.8% rate is up from about 2.4% when Trump was elected and is the highest rate since the 2009 period.  Do you hear the Demedia talking about this continuing trend? 

 

The dreaded 10year-2year US Treasury yield spread, whose inversion is supposed to signal a coming recession, has moved from a slight negative to 0.30%, the highest spread since Nov 2018. 

 

The separate Bloomberg and Citi economic surprise indices, tracking economic reports relative to economists’ expectations, are all up since mid-2019, not a harbinger of recession. 

 

Best line I read yesterday, paraphrasing: For those who are thrilled that impeachment will be a stain on Trump’s legacy, re-election next year will prove to be a powerful stain-remover. Heh!

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I'm too busy counting my Trump tax cut savings to notice.  Also trying to decide which conservative cause to spend it on.  NRA?  Trump 2020?  RNC?  I guess Trump 2020 has the best return on investment.

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It is OK. Maroons like Frank are having a fit over Trump’s idiotic comment last night about John Dingell. He’s in a snit over this and trying to draw in more commenters. That’s his right I guess. 

 

Meanwhile, all of the above is occurring and he has nothing to say. He’s focused on a weed under a single tree, missing the forest. 

 

Further, there is now discussion of opening the FISA court warrants of the past to review to see if there were any other cases where the fact presented might not have been on the up & up. The point being, were the 17 instances of failures in the Carter Page warrants a symptom of failure with all such warrants or something specific to Page? 

 

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1 hour ago, tomkaz said:

\In a new Zogby Analytics survey, 67% of voters said that they “believe the Democrats are more interested in impeaching the president as opposed to passing legislation that will help Americans”. Great job Dems on controlling the narrative.

A quick search on this shows that most likely those 67% of "voters" are Republicans. You probably copied & pasted this from the washingtonexaminer, a very right leaning paper.

 

Zoby is a right leaning polling organization that's rated a "C" on fivethirtyeight.com.

 

So basically, this is about as accurate as asking the PG regulars if they feel Democrats were more interested in impeaching the president.

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1 hour ago, zak-striper said:

You probably copied & pasted this from the washingtonexaminer, a very right leaning paper.

He probably did. What's your point?

No time for you. I am to busy counting conservative judges being appointed all throughout this nation of mine, that are going to save this country for my kids and grand kids.

Don't go changing Zak, every town needs an idiot.

 

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And more:

 

Andy Puzder: Impeachment far less important than economy in 2020 presidential election

18 hours ago

 

Democratic Party leaders are unsure they have a candidate who can beat President Trump in 2020. Fidelity Investments’ 2020 New Year Financial Resolutions Study did little to assuage their concerns.

 

According to the study, 82 percent of Americans say they’re in a similar or better financial position this year than last while 78 percent believe they will be better off in 2020 than they were in 2019. Those are daunting numbers for Democrats.
 

Despite all the talk of a looming recession, Americans seem more convinced by what they are experiencing than by what the left is telling them. Only 23 percent included “the economy, stock market volatility, or interest rates” as top financial concerns for 2020. Their biggest financial concern (51 percent) was an “unexpected expense.”

 

It’s safe to say that Americans expect things to go pretty well next year. That makes the Democrats’ call for an immediate change in leadership a tough sell. When it comes to winning a presidential election, it’s hard to overcome a thriving economy, particularly one that is benefiting just about everyone.

 

People with jobs are certainly feeling optimistic, and they should. According to the Fidelity study, 23 percent of Americans said they were in a better financial situation today because they “got a new job or received a promotion,” 15 percent said they “received a bonus,” and 25 percent said they were “working more hours.”

 

Keep in mind that November was the 16th straight month that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3 percent or better year over year wage growth.

 

People without a job have good reason for feeling optimistic about getting one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently released report on Job Openings and Labor Turnover, there were 7.3 million job openings in October. With only 5.9 million people unemployed, there were 1.4 million more job openings than people actively looking for work.

 

It was the 20th consecutive month in which job openings have exceeded people unemployed. For 16 of the last 17 months, there have been over1 million more job openings than people unemployed.

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18 hours ago, zak-striper said:

A quick search on this shows that most likely those 67% of "voters" are Republicans. You probably copied & pasted this from the washingtonexaminer, a very right leaning paper.

 

Zoby is a right leaning polling organization that's rated a "C" on fivethirtyeight.com.

 

So basically, this is about as accurate as asking the PG regulars if they feel Democrats were more interested in impeaching the president.

 

 The Progressive Left criticizing stacked or push polling and media bias.  

 

Its almost as if you aren't aware of the irony of your posts.  

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5 mins ago, 55555s said:

 

 The Progressive Left criticizing stacked or push polling and media bias.  

 

Its almost as if you aren't aware of the irony of your posts.  

Zak is a child, trying to talk like an adult. Note his use of "mostly" which means he didn’t bother chasing down the Zogby data, just assumed based on an erroneous reading of Nate Silver's work. He seems to be ignorant that Zogby has a reputation for getting presidential selections more right than consensus, it is local elections where his accuracy is questioned.

 

Be that as it may, young Zak likely missed the finding from Zogby that a majority of Democrats polled agreed that the Dems are too obsessed with Impeachment. 

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Don't you just love the irony, the Dems have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be the 2020 Presidential Impeachment Party, trouble is only the usual wallflowers are attending.

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4 mins ago, zybathegeek said:

Don't you just love the irony, the Dems have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be the 2020 Presidential Impeachment Party, trouble is only the usual wallflowers are attending.

Story yesterday from Charlie Martin "What if they threw an impeachment and nobody came."

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Just search- “Trump’s accomplishments” and look for some of the lists that have been made. He has made a lasting impact on our lives already. Small wonder he has been successful, he works harder than others. This non impeachment vote means nothing, and will only serve to energize his supporters, who will want even more things done. Funny that smearing him is all the communists can do at this point.

 

He really is winning so often that we don’t even notice. He just racks them up as he is able to get to them. He got a new NAFTA through the House the day after they claimed to have impeached him. WTF is up with that ? Well that little deal is going to payback big time.  He told the rally in Michigan that 30% of our cars are made in Mexico. The night of the big vote, and he is doing a rally. Working.

 

The more they run their mouthes about him on TV, the more that is getting past their vile condemnations. They do not have time to engage him on the issues. They can only try to distract their own supporter’s attention away from all the things he is getting done.

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Unfortunately, there is a flip side to this coin which I mentioned last week......

 

The new trade deal was approved, but not without the Democrats adding a lot of very negative things to it, one of which empowers unions in Mexico at American taxpayers expense.

 

Then there is the budget gap deal to keep the government running......which includes a CRAZY illegal immigrant clause that is nothing but a recruiting tool of MS-13. It also raises the smoking age to 21 from 18 nationwide, and a whole lot of other really oppressive stuff that they snuck through with no debate while no one was paying attention.

 

This article won't let me cut and paste, so here is the link:

 

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/Trump-signs-omnibus-bills-hell-lose-last-legislative-leverage/

 

 

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Here ya go, got it in a convoluted manner:

 

 

 

If Trump signs omnibus bills, he’ll lose his last legislative leverage
Daniel Horowitz · December 17, 2019

 

It’s become an annual ritual before Christmas. Both parties, despite the fake wrestling of soap opera politics, come together to increase spending and add special interest
policy riders into a 2,000-page omnibus bill dropped hours before a vote is conducted, while nothing in the bill addresses the core challenges of our time that matter most
to the citizenry. This occurs whether Republicans control one, two, or all three branches of the legislative process.


Yesterday afternoon, the bipartisan oligarchy dropped the omnibus bills to fund all of government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020. Unlike past years, lawmakers
divided it into two pieces of legislation – a 540-page bill funding Defense, Homeland Security, and the Justice Department, and a separate 1,773-page bill funding the rest
of government. They are also expected to add hundreds of pages of special-interest tax carve-outs for various industries, known as “tax extenders.” Rather than pushing
for a continuing resolution to keep the status quo through the Christmas break so we can have a national debate over the broader priorities, Trump is being pressured to
sign away the remaining leverage of his term. Now is the time for him to discover his veto pen.


In February, Trump mistakenly agreed to an omnibus bill rather than pushing another short-term CR, which would have set up a funding fight after the DHS announced a
state of emergency at the border in March. During the initial government shutdown, the border crisis was still too subtle, so Democrats were able to deny the need for
more immigration enforcement and a border wall. That would have changed had he just signed a short-term extension. The same principle applies now. No matter what
happens in our country that proves the need for more ICE and wall funding, Trump will not have leverage with a funding deadline, because these bills will keep
government funded for the remainder of the year.


Is Trump’s payback against the Democrats’ unprecedented vote of impeachment against him to sign their budget bills on the very same day?


Let’s review just a handful of major problems with these bills juxtaposed to Trump’s campaign promises:


The bills increase the deficit by another $390 billion on top of the increases from previous years, placing spending levels well above Trump’s budget proposals in
every year. The bills contain record funding for the Institutes of Health, Head Start, Title I education funds for low-income children and Child Care and
Development grants, all programs the president promised to slash. EPA funding is massively increased to $9 billion, greater than the budget of ICE, which oversees
3.3 million illegal aliens. Federal workers get a 3.1 percent pay raise, on par with that of the military.


The bills throw record funds at surveillance programs to monitor and limit opioid prescriptions and line the pockets of the drug treatment cartel at the same time
they ignore the true source and nature of the polydrug crisis coming from illegal immigration and the border.


While they dramatically increase spending for bureaucracies like the Department of Education, they don’t increase spending for the most needed function –
immigration enforcement. ICE badly needs more detention space and agents for deportations.


While these bills contain numerous policy changes across the board, they do nothing to change policy on the civilization issues plaguing our country at present. For
example, they contain nothing to refocus the mission of our military to an America-first agenda, they contain nothing about arming soldiers on bases, and they
contain nothing to quell the national emergency of states rebelling against immigration law. Nor do they contain a single provision pushing the courts out of a single
issue they have illegally grabbed for themselves that are threatening the core of our sovereignty. This is the albatross around Trump’s neck if he hopes to
accomplish anything in a second term.


The bills codify for another year the MS-13 trafficking loophole provision that was first inserted in the February bill. They prospectively invite illegal alien relatives
to traffic their kids via cartels and then be reunited with them at taxpayer expense, and the reward for doing so is that ICE cannot deport the sponsors. As I reported
before, this provision is responsible for the increase in teens coming here and is one of the lynchpins to MS-13 recruitment. This provision alone should be enough
to veto the bills.


Section 704 appears to invite illegal aliens to apply for federal jobs. Democrats have been trying to get DACA recipients into the federal workforce for the past few
years, and this provision adds a qualification of “or is a person who owes allegiance to the United States.” What does that mean, and who determines it? The bill
continues, “Affidavits signed by any such person shall be considered prima facie evidence that the requirements of this section with respect to his or her status are
being complied with.” This was another bad provision concocted in the 2018 omnibus that remains.



Section 405 creates a position called “Immigration Detention Ombudsman.” The entire purpose of this position it to monitor and harass ICE agents over the
treatment of illegal aliens. Nothing in these bills demands accountability and reporting on illegal alien crime and enforcement of our laws. The entire tenor of this
section is premised on illegal aliens being the victims and ICE agents being the criminals.


The bigger omnibus bill (p. 43), which doesn’t even include DHS funding, offers the DHS the opportunity to double the number of H-2B non-agricultural, unskilled
seasonal workers who will continue to be a public charge on America. The current acting DHS secretary, Chad Wolf, was a worker visa lobbyist and is sympathetic
to these expansions.


The only major policy changes in the bills are all for special interests. They renew the corporate welfare Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes countries like Saudi
Arabia to purchase Boeing products. They repeal the Obamacare tax increases, which might sound like a good thing, but it’s the worst of all worlds. The bills
contain a host of reauthorizations and expansions of all the subsidy programs under Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. They also bar some of the recent
regulatory reforms Trump imposed on Obamacare. That is the heart and soul of Obamacare, and it is codified and expanded. Simply repealing the funding
mechanism, aka the tax increases, will just add to the deficit. Moreover, it plays into the hands of the health care cartels by giving them the one thing they want so
they can now fully embrace Obamacare without reservation, dashing any hope of marshaling industry press for repeal of meaningful portions of the law. The bills
also expand the federal Medicaid matching funds for U.S. territories by roughly 50 percent. This is what I call “low-tax socialism” at its best.


Shockingly, the bills also contain an earth-shattering policy change, raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. This was a pet peeve of Mitch McConnell.
So, while there was no motivation to fight back against states violating federal immigration law, McConnell grabbed for the federal government one issue that
legitimately should be set by states. Moreover, as we continue to send out our 18-year olds to die for nothing in Afghanistan in a war that began before they were
born, they won’t even be old enough to smoke. Also, despite the release of the Afghanistan papers showing the perfidy surrounding the Afghani military training,
these bills add another $4.2 billion for training the Afghani military.


On March 23, 2018, after Trump reluctantly signed two consecutive budget bills increasing spending and jettisoning his immigration priorities, he promised he would
“never again” sign bills like that, especially massive bills with multiple policy changes released just hours before a vote. “But I say to Congress: I will never sign another
bill like this again,” warned the president in March 2018. “I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know what is in —
$1.3 trillion — it’s the second largest ever.”


Well, he violated that pledge for FY 2019. Now is the time to fulfill his pledge against a $1.4 trillion omnibus that includes a massive amnesty provision for MS-13
recruitment and does nothing to deal with sanctuary cities that are dismantling all of his gains on immigration.
There is no reason why Trump can’t demand a clean continuing resolution for six weeks while the nation debates and even discovers the provisions of these bills. At the
same time, he needs to use the bully pulpit and the threat of the veto pen to build the case for better immigration enforcement, punishing rebellious sanctuary states, and
actually fulfilling a fraction of his promises on spending levels. Otherwise, it will never happen, even a second term. Just look at the first two years of trifecta GOP control
for proof of that.
As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, the best way to rectify bad government is by educating the public and shedding light on the truth.
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a
wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
Trump’s bully pulpit and veto pen can do that.
Yesterday, Democrats posted a 14-page fact sheet bragging about the omnibus bills. Trump needs to think long and hard about rewarding their impeachment assault with
this Christmas tree.
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