Update: The photographer points out that the flying banner may be a message TO Senator Portman, not sponsored BY Sen. Portman. If so, apologies to the Senator, and here's hoping he considers it. [Apparently] Senator Rob Portman hired an advertising plane this
afternoon to circle the downtown Cleveland area. He is coming out of the gate
opposed to the newly-revealed/leaked Senate version of President Trump and
Secretary Tom Price’s healthcare bill. If Portman is opposed to the bill, it is
probably a pretty good start to the process of repealing Obamacare.
The original (’09/’10) ObamaCare bill was 2,700
pages and most of the toxic takeover construct was intentionally and
ambiguously deferred to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius where she added an
initial 74,000 pages of regulatory and compliance rules and procedures. [Those
HHS regulations now total 673,448+ pages and growing.]
Conservative Treehouse also has a fascinating analysis of the Trump
healthcare plan. His blog post is worth reading in full, but here’s the very
long-term (3 step) approach – the non-government healthcare market, the
majority of the population, will break free from almost all of the ObamaCare
government regulations; and the insurance market will be empowered to provide
an insurance product that fits the individual needs of the person purchasing
System Approaches – Much like Secretary Mnuchin is proposing leaving government (via Dodd-Frank) attached
to the “too-big-to-fail” group of banks and cutting all else loose from the
regulations, so too is Secretary Price proposing to leave government attached
to the “at risk population” (Medicare and Medicaid), the group 99% of all
political talking points are structured around, and cut everyone else loose
from the regulations.
•Step #1 establishes
the ability (decouples ObamaCare). •Step #2 allows HHS to frame the
parallel system (deregulation). •Step #3 establishes the broader parameters for
the non-government health insurance market.
The Wall Street Journal has a report about the ill-advised Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its director
Richard Cordray. (The article link is to the CETUS website, since WSJ articles are usually behind a
paywall). Cordray was appointed by the Obama
administration in 2012 to head up this agency. Prior to that appointment, he
had been Ohio Attorney General but had lost his Senate race against Mike
In 2011, Cleveland Tea Party’s
Ralph King pointed out that the position of the Director
of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is, “in more accurate termsConsumer
Financial Protection Czar”:
director of the CFPB is empowered to regulate almost any industry for any
reason and cannot be removed for any reason other than malfeasance. The
position is a five-year term, so the next president will have to deal with
Cordray regulating our economy, despite the president’s wishes.
And now that next president,
President Trump is having to deal with it. And the Wall Street Journal (article titled “Trump
to Cordray: You’re Not Fired”) reports that the “Treasury
Department has made an excellent case for dismissal.” Further in:
problem is that Mr. Cordray won’t accept curbs on his power. Dodd-Frank states
that the President may remove the director only for “inefficiency, neglect of
duty, or malfeasance in office” rather than at-will like other agency heads.
Yet the report enumerates a litany of ways in which Mr. Cordray has flouted the
Treasury notes the “CFPB
has avoided notice-and-comment rulemaking and instead relied to an unusual
degree on enforcement actions and guidance documents.” The Administrative
Procedure Act requires regulatory agencies to issue formal rule-makings, or at
least formal guidance, to explicate law. Mr. Cordray says “facts and
circumstances” guide the bureau’s legal interpretations.
. . .
Cordray’s term doesn’t end until July 2018, and implementing Treasury’s reforms
as well as attendant rule-makings could take more than a year. Meantime, Mr.
Cordray can continue shaking down businesses with enforcement that he hopes
will propel his expected campaign for Governor in Ohio.
Some take-aways: The WSJ may point out the excellent case for
Cordray’s dismissal (not to say the elimination of the agency itself), but it’s
not about legal niceties, it’s all about politics and power. Mr. Trump is still
surrounded by hostile deep state operatives, bureaucracies, and Congressional Uniparty
opponents who ignore Obama Administration scandals and refuse to respect existing laws (think Lynch, Comey, and the FBI;
or Susan Rice unmasking of political opponents; or Lois Lerner’s IRS scandal, and
on and on)…. So it may be obvious that
Cordray and the CFPB are on the wrong side of the law, but The Uniparty and
Corporate Media don’t much care. Trump is probably choosing his battles.
I decided to blog on this
not only because the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director
represent more of the swamp to be drained, but also because Richard Cordray may
very well run for Governor of Ohio. Voters should know what he’s been doing.
The full WSJ report is here.
The former tank
plant, which has been converted into the largest exhibition space in the United
States, played a key role in producing heavy equipment used in battles in Korea
and Vietnam in addition to arming American allies. Its historic role in the
country's history led to the selection as the host of the 42nd annualMilitary Vehicle Preservation
and the homecoming military show and swap meet.
Executive Vice President for the I-X Center, said the event is unmatched in
scale and scope.
something here for everyone from former employees of the tank plant, veterans,
people with interest in military history, right down to the kids — boys and
girls are fascinated with tanks and military machines."
(Jake Fuller's cartoon appeared with the article at Jewish World Review)
Colon’s column on the occasion of President Trump’s birthday is, as usual,
thoughtful. Her title is “When Losing an Election Makes You Lose Your Mind” –
and it will probably resonate with Cleveland Tea Party people. Here are a few
The presidential election of
2016 was an entirely different ball game because the man who won was a
completely different animal.
A billionaire nonpolitician was
elected who was also very dangerous to the settled bureaucratic elite in both
parties because he is uncontrollable by the special interests that rule
Congress. The wrath and derangement that spilled forth after the election and
continues still is unprecedented yet not completely surprising.
Although it made absolutely no
sense, the hype for a Hillary Clinton presidency was relentless and
overpoweringly waged in all sources, including the media, the Internet and
There were very few critics
asking the important question --- why this woman?
She carried more baggage than
an airport porter yet only one candidate (Trump) chose to call her a criminal.
. . .
It is clear that the Democrat
Party has become the amoral party of progressives aka Marxists and not the one
my family grew up with. There are no Zell Millers or like-minded thinkers left
. . .
If you're a conservative who
voted for Donald Trump even though he wasn't your first choice, you may have
ended up ostracized by the Democrats in your family or have ended up writing
off a number of friends who've expressed contempt for your choice. It's a very
wise policy not to discuss politics or religion but hard to do when your career
is about politics.
I've been called a moron, a
deplorable, unhinged, and worse by those whom I once believed were reasonable
but have now lost their minds. I choose not to return that vitriol for those I
care for and hope that one day they will come to their senses and realize the
sky is not falling and our POTUS may succeed in making America great again.
He will do this in spite of all
the mainstream media, leftwing pundits, social media, the entire Democrat
Party, RINOs, Hollywood celebrities and Soros minions spending his billions
waging phony protests against him.
I will continue to pray for
President Trump's success and I encourage the rest of the deplorables to wish
Democratic U.S. Sen.
Sherrod Brown of Ohio finds himself in serious political trouble after he inaccurately
accused Breitbart News Network and chief White House strategist Stephen K.
Bannon of being anti-Semitic last week. Bannon is the former executive chairman
of Breitbart News.
Last Tuesday, Brown
appeared at a Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) event in Washington, D.C.,
and bashed President Donald Trump’s White House and Breitbart News Network. He
spoke after Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former Breitbart News national security
editor who is now a senior White House aide. Now, Brown is under fire as both
the head of ZOA and the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio in
2018—Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel—are calling him out publicly as he continues to
refuse to apologize and correct his inaccurate statements.