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.
One of the cultural gems in
Cuyahoga County is the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle. Here are images from today’s visit, including our magnificent national
bird posing for the camera. (Photo images can be embiggened by clicking on the image).
But two of the images show that
political correctness has entrenched itself in the educational fabric of our
cultural institutions. I doubt that the withdrawal by the US from the Paris
Climate Accord will make a difference, but for Cleveland Tea Party members –- Pop Quiz: spot the two politically correct images.
Today is the 73rd anniversary
of D-Day, June 6, 1944. These photographs were
taken with an old Brownie Box camera by the skipper of the first LCT to
successfully deliver troops and equipment onto Utah Beach that morning. The
grainy smoke-filled image was taken at H-Hour.
Tea Party salutes our veterans, past and present.
E. Jeffrey Ludwig at American Thinker had
some inspiring observations after listening to President Trump’s Rose Garden
speech explaining his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Ludwig singled out this paragraph from the speech (his emphasis):
are serious legal and constitutional issues as well. Foreign leaders in
Europe, Asia, and across the world, should not have more to say with respect to
the U.S. economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives, thus,
our withdrawal from the agreement represents areassertion of
America's sovereignty. Our constitution is unique among all nations of the world.
And it is my highest obligation and greatest honor to protect it. And I will[.]
... It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could
prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic economic affairs,
but this is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or if we
do not negotiate a far better deal."
Before taking look at a few
of Ludwig’s further thoughts on this speech, I would note that the EU folks
took the bait, and they don’t even know it. The headline at The Independent:
himself as being the ultimate deal maker - but he just broke one of the best
deals we had
The Guardian reports that France’s new President, Emmanuel
Macron responded (my emphasis): “I tell you firmly tonight: we will not renegotiate a less
ambitious accord. There is no way,” said Macron. In other words, Trump slammed
the door, and Macron et al nailed it shut. What cards are they left holding?
Ludwig comments on Trump’s decision to invoke
America’s sovereignty in his speech:
saying these words, President Trump announced to the world that we are
departing from the trajectory of the U.S. toward globalization. . .
Sovereignty has not
been discussed in the public square for a long time. . . .
Trump is thus
speaking against not merely membership in the Paris Agreement. By
speaking of our sovereignty, he is throwing down the gauntlet to our entire
strategy of world relations during the post-WWII period. His reference to
sovereignty suggests to this writer that he is forthrightly bucking a 72-year
trend toward multilateralism, a 72-year trend of diluting American sovereignty.
He is saying no to a furtherance of the many financial and legal
compromises made when entering into to such extensive networks. With
great clarity, he closed his announcement by saying, "In other words, the
Paris framework is just a starting point. As bad as it is. Not an
Seeing that our
continued membership would be the beginning of a further phase towards global
governance, the president decided boldly to say "no." We can
conclude that his "no" is likewise to be seen as a first step – a
game-changing, powerful, proactive step – toward regaining our precious
to this report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave RINOs … more reason
to dig in their heels:
week in an interview with Reuters he said, “I don’t know how we get to 50
[votes] at the moment. But that’s the goal. And exactly what the composition of
that [bill] is I’m not going to speculate about because it serves no purpose.”
count the ways that remark is foolish.
it sends a signal to RINOs in the Senate like Bill Cassidy (R-Gutless) and
Susan Collins (R-Weak Knees) that McConnell isn’t going to fight very hard to
repeal Obamacare. Thus, they can be obstinate in their demands, knowing that
McConnell will eventually give in.
it boosts the morale of Obamacare proponents. For example, both Talking
Points Memo and the Daily
Kos could scarcely contain their glee in reporting McConnell’s
it discourages the Republican base. How many times has McConnell said repealing
Obamacare was a top priority? In 2012, McConnell insisted he
would repeal Obamacare if he became Senate Majority Leader. He reiterated those
sentiments the following year when he
told CPAC that Obamacare should be repealed “root and branch.” About a
month after Trump won the election, McConnell said the
“Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up in the New Year.” Now he
is, in effect, saying, “Gosh, this is too hard.” That sends the message to the
Republican base that he was never serious about Obamacare repeal to begin with.
It’s not a good idea going into the 2018 election with Republican voters
thinking, “Yep, Senate Republicans sold us out again.”
is nothing wrong with admitting that repealing Obamacare is going to be
difficult. You’d have to be sprinkling something pretty potent on your
breakfast cereal to think otherwise. But McConnell needed to do so in such a
way that rallies the base, lets RINOs know that they won’t have much leeway,
and puts Democrats on the defensive.
rest of the report is here. Main take-away: The GOP hides behind the label “Party
of Stupid.” It's better than being exposed as the Party of “Bought” – as in “Uniparty.”
Being a Tea Party person, I subscribe
to the three core values:
Those values are under attack by
ISIS and jihadists who have declared war on all infidels, such as us. The
Manchester suicide bombing is only the latest in the continuing jihad against
And to hear the official government
responses, the UK (and Germany and France and Sweden and . . . ) are still
playing defense. That guarantees one result: more terror attacks. As usual, Mark
Steyn nails it in his “Dangerous Woman Meets Danger Man” column:
Angela Merkel pronounced the attack
"incomprehensible". But she can't be that uncomprehending, can she?
Our declared enemies are perfectly straightforward in their stated goals, and
their actions are consistent with their words. They select their targets with
some care. . . .
the arithmetic is not difficult: Poland and Hungary and
Slovakia do not have Islamic terrorism because they have very little Islam.
France and Germany and Belgium admit more and more Islam, and thus more and
. . .
Few of us have gotten
things as disastrously wrong as May and Merkel and Hollande and an entire
generation of European political leaders who insist that remorseless
incremental Islamization is both unstoppable and manageable. It is neither -
and, for the sake of the dead of last night's carnage and for those of the next
one, it is necessary to face that honestly.
Theresa May's statement in
Downing Street is said by my old friends atThe
Spectatorto be "defiant", but what
she is defying is not terrorism but reality. So too for all the exhausted
accessories of defiance chic: candles, teddy bears, hashtags, the pitiful
passive rote gestures that acknowledge atrocity without addressing it - like
the Eloi in H G Wells'Time
Machine, too evolved to resist the Morlocks.
. . .
If Mrs May or Frau Merkel
has a happier ending, I'd be interested to hear it. If not, it is necessary not
to carry on, but to change, and soon - before it's too late.
So many of my friends and relatives
seem to live rational lives, yet when it comes to politics, their emotions take
over. That makes it next to impossible to apply critical thinking to a discussion
of issues of concern. But it’s not a new phenomenon.
Paul Murphy just published a column at
the American Thinker website, provocatively titled “Democrats in the Cesspits of Despair.” He goes into the theory of cognitive dissonance and applies it to
what we’ve seen with Bush or Palin Derangement Syndrome, and now, Trump
Murphy’s analysis won’t make hard left
liberals (and that’s most of the media) more honest or less destructive, but at
least it explains the behaviour. (Another article on the related topic of “The
Obama Cult” is here).
Anyway, here are a few take-aways from
Murphy’s column (and the entire article is here):
When Leon Festinger and his associates undertook the work leading
to their widely misunderstood and maligned theory of cognitive dissonance,
their ultimate goal was to understand how forty million decent Germans and tens
of millions in the rest of Europe could so enthusiastically support Nazi
methods -- and it's their research on how cult members react to the unequivocal
disproof of some central belief that's important today -- because theincreasing
calls among Democrats for violenceshows
that same process at work here as in Germany of the 1930s.
In brief, what happens when events disprove a cult's major belief
is that some adherents drop out; a majority first reshape their vision of
reality to accommodate both their belief and an edited version of reality and
then either gradually fade out of the cult or double down on their efforts to
find confirmatory opinion by compromising others; and, a few set out to force
others to act as if the belief stands unchallenged.
. . .
The key elements that have to be in place for the true believers
to slide toward dishonesty and violence are personal commitment to the belief,
undeniable disproof, and enough rationality for the person to know that the
belief has been disproven.
That two of these are in place with the Trump victory deniers is
obvious: most of the journalists and others now attacking Trump in particular
and Republicans in general have overwhelming and long term commitments to the
progressive cause. This despite the fact that every major attempt to act on
those beliefs, whether by Uncle Joe, Chairman Mao, the Kim Dynasty in North
Korea, or thatgreat
hero and champion of the poor,Hugo
Chavez, has turned into a murderous regime corrupting everyone and everything it
. . .
Thus the behavioral explanation for the fact that conservatives
will generally accept electoral defeat gracefully whereas Democrats eagerly
embrace hypocrisy, corruption, dishonesty and even violence to continue the
fight by any means necessary is simply this:reality supports conservative
belief, but pushes leftists down the slippery slope to the insanity of Trump
derangement syndrome. Reality forcesthem to continually choose between
recognizing the emptiness and historical absurdity of their core beliefs or
holding themselves hostage to those beliefs by escalating their commitment, no
matter what foul means may be required to make reality conform to their
times that I have had any success in persuading someone who leans liberal to
reconsider their worldview, it’s been because I kept suggesting that they
expand their sources of news. Most of the time, the person had at least heard
of the Drudge Report or Yahoo News, but otherwise didn’t know about other alternative
news aggregators (such as Real Clear Politics, or two of the conservative
aggregators, PolitiPage and Lucianne). In other words, accessing more news has
on occasion led to someone dropping out of the cult.
I subscribe to
any number of newsletters, alert lists, and daily update links. Today, Speaker
Newt Gingrich posted a piece at Fox News and then sent his op-ed to his e-list. I am copying it below in full, especially for those who may miss the Speaker's frequent guest slots on Hannity and other prime time news programs. The media
continues to astonish in its capacity to sink to new lows-- to undermine, sabotage, and attempt to de-legitimatize
the Trump administration. Say what you like about Newt, he hits the nail on the
head calling out the corrupt media class and its dishonest coverage of President
I wrote this before the latest despicable, dishonest smearing of the President,
but that incident simplify magnifies my case.
is what National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster said Monday
in response to the latest Washington press corps hysteria:
nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the
American people. The story that came out tonight as reported is false. The
president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our
two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time were
intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the President did not discuss
any military operations that were not already publicly known. Two other senior
officials who were present, including the secretary of state, remember the
meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record accounts should
outweigh anonymous sources. And I was in the room, it didn’t happen."
simply reinforces the following, which I wrote earlier this week.
almost four months of watching the news media’s unending dishonesty, hostility,
and contempt toward the Trump administration, it is time to have a blunt
President owes Americans the defense of the United States Constitution.
President owes the American people a sound job as commander in chief,
protecting the country.
President owes the American people a dramatically stronger economy with more
jobs, better take home pay, and increased opportunities for investment growth;
which will help people prepare for retirement, strengthen pension funds, and
guarantee Social Security’s solvency.
President owes the American people a better health system with greater access,
lower costs, and better health outcomes.
the President owes the American people many things.
the President does not owe anything to the Washington press corps and the
left-wing hypocrites who dominate today's news media.
first learned this rule after reading the transcript from President Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s opening press conference with the White House Press Corps on March 8, 1933. During FDR’s inaugural meeting with the
press, no one was permitted to directly quote the President except via a
prepared quote from his office. The vast majority of the conversation was
either without attribution or completely off the record. The purpose of the
meeting was for the media to understand what was going on – not for them to
play gotcha or win clever attacks disguised as questions. Those were the rules.
Watergate, the news media has acquired a steadily more arrogant attitude and
has moved further and further to the left. Today, they are adversarial
opponents of conservatives– especially the Trump administration.
learned the hard way as Speaker of the House that I could not regularly meet
with reporters on camera. It set up an arena for gotcha questions. Reporters
gained imaginary points for finding stupid, narrow, often irrelevant things to
argue over. Instead of being an opportunity for a genuine public dialogue, the
daily on-camera briefings became a bloody battleground – totally to my
disadvantage. Within a few weeks, we were forced to stop.
Trump's instinct to radically overhaul his relationship with the media is
reporters behave like picadors in daily briefings, trying desperately to taunt
and embarrass Sean Spicer rather than listen to and report on what he’s saying,
it undermines our free society's right to accurate information. The daily
briefing may draw big audiences as a reality television spectacle, but it does
not serve the country or President Trump well.
there remain some serious, historically-minded reporters, they are
unfortunately becoming more of a rarity. Instead, much of the Washington press
corps has become an incestuous collection of voyeurs who watch, judge, and
attack without knowledge or responsibility. This creates a hostile,
propagandistic, and distorted version of news coverage.
visit by Egyptian President el-Sisi to the White House last month led to a
young American woman being released from an Egyptian jail. Had Obama achieved
this, it would have been lauded by the press as a major sign of leadership and
compassion. However, because it was President Trump, the media mostly ignored
when the new relationship between President Trump and the Chinese President Xi
Jinping directly resulted in a trade breakthrough for American beef, natural
gas, and certain financial services, ending a 13-year period in which the
Chinese refused to buy American beef, we heard very little from the media. It
should bring billions of dollars into the United States, yet the media felt it
wasn’t important enough to cover.
recent jobs numbers – manufacturing, in particular – have been remarkable. But,
of course, most Washington reporters treat the release of these numbers as
non-events. After all, this would mean they have to report good news, and in
the left-wing newsrooms in which they are all so deeply embedded, positive news
related to the President is simply not permissible.
President’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels, and
the G-7 in Sicily is a remarkable tour for a new president – especially one who
the media insisted knew nothing about international relations. But, of course,
the Washington news media wants to trivialize the trip with a discussion of
White House gossip and whether the diplomatic journey will have a big domestic
effect – as they define it.
you review the first four months of news coverage – much of which is based on
unnamed sources – it becomes obvious how overwhelmingly negative, hostile,
gossipy, and focused on undermining and weakening President Trump and his team
the press corps truly is.
a choice between writing a story about a big historic accomplishment and a
petty piece about infighting in the White House, the Washington press corps
will go for the dirt every time. If Washington is the swamp, the media is the
challenge anyone to analyze the last four months of news coverage of President
Trump and come to the conclusion that it is unbiased, serious, or focused on
guess is, that you will unfortunately come to the same conclusion that I have.
In this instance, President Trump should take a note from FDR to remind the
Washington press corps that he works for the American people – not the elite
For the latest
on the smear that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation of Michael
Flynn, check this out.