Saturday, January 7, 2017

The 5 key things Trump must do to crush his critics

NY Post ^ | January 7, 2017 | Michael Walsh 

Right from the jump on Jan. 20, Donald Trump needs to make clear to supporters, opponents and the entrenched interests of DC who’s boss. He’s off to a good start, swatting down a boneheaded Republican attempt to fiddle with the Ethics Committee and getting corporations like Carrier and Ford to bring jobs back to America.

Here are five more ways he can leave an immediate mark:
1. Gain control of Congress by bringing the dissident elements of the GOP to heel. Chief among them are Sen. John McCain, who’s never met a country he didn’t want to destabilize or a war he didn’t want to start, and his mini-me, Sen. Lindsey Graham. The Maverick’s anti-GOP act has long since worn thin, and Graham discovered during his run for the nomination how infinitesimal his “popular support” really was. Yet with a 52-48 split in the Senate, the tandem can do some damage, which is why Trump must also woo such centrist Democrats as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, either by persuading them to switch parties or offering them a Cabinet appointment. Heitkamp is said to top Trump’s list for agriculture secretary; her vacant seat would almost certainly go to a Republican.

2. Get started on The Wall. As one of the centerpieces of his campaign, Trump cannot afford to fail at stopping the flow of illegal immigration from Mexico. Despite the campaign hyperbole, no one’s expecting a 40-foot high fence from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas; the point is demonstrating the will to do something — now. Similarly, tightening immigration controls from known terrorist states can be done at once under existing presidential authority (Jimmy Carter did it to the Iranians in 1980). A few high-profile roundups and deportations will proclaim there’s a new sheriff in town.
3. Make it clear to ISIS that their destruction begins on Day One. No further domestic terrorism — even of the “lone wolf” kind — will be tolerated. The coy games of footsie the US has been playing with Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the Saudis needs to cease and be replaced with a clear restatement of the Bush Doctrine — countries spawning or harboring terrorists will be held responsible for the actions of their citizens.
4. Trump must clarify his relationship with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. With a combined CIA/White House disinformation operation currently underway — designed to make Trump look like the second coming of Alger Hiss — it’s going to be tough for him to cut through the fog. But the Cold War has been over since 1991. We’re now back to the era of Great Power politics, in which nations have shared interests, not friends; in the fight against Islamic aggression, our two countries should be allies of convenience, not enemies of choice.
5. Put ObamaCare humanely out of its — and our — misery. Pay no attention to cries that it can’t be done — the program is only a few years old and has already been tweaked by presidential fiat a number of times. The bottom line is that Obama’s “signature” domestic achievement is little more than a disguised welfare program funded by the middle class under the watchful eye of the IRS. Conservative groups, such as the Heritage Foundation, have already proposed a series of market-based solutions for health care and other entitlement programs, which include repeal of ObamaCare, tax credits for the purchase of private plans, subsidies for the poor and tax-free health-care savings accounts. And Trump’s already signaled he’ll try to preserve such popular features as extended coverage for young adults and pre-existing conditions.

If the Democrats could ram it through Congress late on Christmas Eve 2009, Trump and the GOP can bury it in full daylight of a bright winter’s day. Nothing would say morning in America better. 

Liberals Awake from 8-Year Moral Coma

AMERICAN THINKER ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jeffrey T. Brown 

 For eight years, the voices of what passes for morality on the left were utterly silent as the values of generations of Americans were flushed down the drain.

Those Americans whose desires, experiences and values differed from the leftist elite were treated as worthless garbage, no longer necessary to the imminent liberal utopia, except as a source of revenue.

Christianity was treated like a virus to be extinguished, or revised and controlled to accommodate leftist ideology. Speech that offended the shameless was branded as hateful, and those daring to openly object to the onslaught of vice and immorality were falsely smeared with every vile epithet the liberals could conjure.

Rights were relegated to what Democrats were willing to grant their enemies, but we were never going to be entitled to privileges they reserved to themselves.
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CBS, ABC Wake Up to Idea That Maybe Russia Didn’t Make Hillary Lose! ^ | January 6, 2017 | Scott Whitlock 

CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday awoke to the concept that maybe Russia didn’t cause Hillary Clinton to lose the presidential election. CBS co-host Norah O’Donnell observed, “It’s true, actually, that the Clinton campaign spent more money in Georgia and Arizona than Wisconsin and Michigan. That's a fact.”
Regarding Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s testimony before Congress, Thursday, GMA reporter Jon Karl allowed, “There’s nothing in the report, I’m told, that said this actually affected the outcome of the elections. Nobody in the intelligence community is suggesting this is why Donald Trump won.”
CBS Wakes Up to Idea That Maybe Russia Didn’t Make Hillary Lose
Asked by Robin Roberts if one can separate Russian mischief from the actual result, Karl responded, “You absolutely can.”
Yet, journalists weren’t trying to separate attempted hack attacks from the election results. Back on the December 13 GMA, analyst Matt Dowd painted a cloud over Trump and Russian efforts: “He already lost the popular vote we know to Hillary Clinton and there's been questions related to the election.”
On This Week, December 18, Martha Raddatz described Russia’s efforts as generically “hacking campaign 2016.”

On CBS This Morning, O’Donnell talked to New York Times journalist David Sanger. He put the blame for confusing efforts with results on Trump:

DAVID SANGER: One of the interesting things that's going on with the Trump campaign right now or the Trump transition is that they are confusing the facts set of whether the Russians came in, what they did, with the outcome.
He added, “I think if the Russia stayed out, you'd have exactly the same result. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Russians didn't try.”
A partial transcript of the CBS segment is below:

CBS This Morning 1/6/17 8:05am ETNORAH O’DONNELL: Russia tried to interfere with the election, but to Kellyanne's point, did they influence the outcome of the election and tip it in Donald Trump's favor?
DAVID SANGER (NYT national security correspondent): I don’t think anybody has found any evidence that that has happened. And I think one of the interesting things that's going on with the Trump campaign right now, or the Trump transition, is that they are confusing the facts set of whether the Russians came in, what they did, with the outcome.
SANGER: And they could easily be in a position, I think, maybe after today's briefing, but maybe not, of saying they think the Russians were part of the group that came in, but that it still didn't affect the outcome. I think so far they've conflated those two.
O’DONNELL: And that’s why I asked that question in that way for that very point. Because it is true, actually, that the Clinton campaign spent more money in Georgia and Arizona than Wisconsin and Michigan. That’s a fact.
SANGER: No, that’s right! I think if the Russia stayed out, you'd have exactly the same result. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Russians didn't try.

obama is so dishonest about Iraq and the rest of the Middle East

Flopping Aces ^ | 01-06-17 | DrJohn 

Notice came yesterday that obama's Pentagon has doubled the number of advisers in Iraq. As obama continues his self-congratulatory term ending tour, it is good to remember that way, way back in 2007 barack obama swore he would end the war in Iraq.
"Barack Obama will work with military commanders on the ground in Iraq and in consultation with the Iraqi government to end the war safely and responsibly within 16 months."
And you could take that to the bank
(In researching this I found great amusement in being able to use the hacks at Politifact as yardsticks for measuring obama's sheer dishonesty- and their fecklessness as well. If you go to the linked Politifact articles you can see the lengths they went to parse obama's words in order to support him and how quickly they hammer Republicans such as Jeb Bush.)
In 2011 obama declared the Iraq war over:
It was widely accepted that a residual force would be needed to stabilize the country. Seeing his re-election effort ahead, obama wanted none of that. He had a campaign promise to uphold. George Bush warned obama not to abandon Iraq
As you know, things went to hell after the US withdrew. The JV team (ISIS) made the varsity, gained a foothold and grew into a power. The single biggest argument offered by obama for abandoning Iraq has been the lack of a SOFA. Word has done the heavy lifting on that one and it's available here for you to read. A new SOFA was always anticipated but it would have conflicted with obama's braggadocio and political future. Politifact says obama wanted to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq.
No he didn't. He was simply once again playing to the the stupidity of his supporters. He wanted out so he could say it was over as he promised to deliver.
Well, it's 2017 and where are we?
There are nearly 5000 troops in Iraq.
Without a SOFA.
We have boots on the ground in Syria.
Without a SOFA.
We have operators in Libya
Without a SOFA
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