Monday, January 23, 2017

Fan's warning to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

by areukiddingme1

Okay Commissioner, you have decided to go with Lady Gaga as this year's Super Bowl entertainer instead of a Patriotic it, clearly that is your prerogative.
But we the fans that watch football want you to be on notice, that we have tolerated the BS kneeling of Colin Kaepernick during OUR nations National Anthem, we didn't agree with your decision to allow one of your employees to do that, but that was again, your prerogative.
Why did we tolerate this blatant disrespect to our nation and continue to watch NFL football you may ask, well, we are a very large family of veterans, 12 total and we have served a combined total of 312 years of active military service to our nation, we use Kaepernick's disrespect as a "teaching moment" for our young men and women in our family to point out what a coddled whinny petulant child looks like and how someone that has received nothing but God's grace in his life can let himself be used.
Kaepernick is able to excel and achieve having offered NOTHING personally in the defense of freedom under the very protection of the military personnel that he is disrespecting by me, our future knows how disrespectful his kneeling is and they will carry forward the message of their family.
So, Mr. Goodell, if you allow Lady Gaga to make a political statement during the Super Bowl -- I submit to you that all 107 of our family members have made a commitment to each other to swear off NFL football at the very moment that Lady Gaga makes a political statement or says anything derogatory against our Commander-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump, we will literally shut the TV off at that moment and not finish watching Super Bowl LI -- This, I swear to God.
Mr. Goodell, this is on you...You can either allow your halftime entertainment to drive away 107 NFL fans (SO WHAT, RIGHT, IT'S JUST 107 FANS), or you can ensure that our views are also respected and we are allowed to watch the Super Bowl without being subjected to an "entertainers" opinion, thus ruining our Super Bowl now and forever -- NO POLITICAL STATEMENTS, PERIOD!!!
Everyone gets to make choices -- Choices are not without consequences.
Your job is to oversee the NFL, coaches jobs are to coach, players jobs are to play the game, half time entertainment is to SIMPLY entertain and not make a political statements -- The fans job is to watch the game and root for their team and buy the products that your advertisers pay a lot of money to advertise during the game. When you disrespect the fan you break the trust and we don't have to come back.
Here is to making the Super Bowl Great Again...Cheers!

Trump Targets 3 Agencies With Ambitious Budget Cuts

The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2017 | Thomas Pippen 

President Donald Trump’s reported plan to gut federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next decade includes eliminating three of iconic agencies defended as cultural mainstays by many Democrats.
The next administration is working on plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Hill reported Thursday.
Combined, the three departments cost around $741 million in 2016, and is a small part of a host of budget reforms needed to cut more than a trillion a year from the federal budget.
Eliminating funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which runs PBS and supports shows like Sesame Street, is not a new idea. Mitt Romney suggested cutting the CPB during the 2012 presidential campaign, and was quickly criticized. President Barack Obama even accused Romney of trying to kill Big Bird in a campaign ad.
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CNN Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Obamacare Repeal ^ | January 23, 2017 | Guy Benson 

In case you'd missed it last week, prior to the press shifting its collective attention to suddenly caring about crowd sizes again, there was a New Narrative a-brewin'. Namely, that Obamacare's popularity is suddenly on the rise, and that Republican efforts to uproot it have become a political liability. It's undoubtedly true that implementing a complex operation that again scrambles the healthcare status quo will be a challenging lift, especially with Democrats digging in their heels against any viable alternative proposal. Some of the power dynamics will be tricky, and will require unity of purpose and strong messaging from the GOP -- which longtime observers of the party know is hardly a given. But the notion that Republicans ought to cower in the face of the law's newfound popularity is preposterous. NBC trumpeted its survey showing Obamacare enjoying as much public backing as ever, with 45 percent saying that passing the law was a good idea overall. But a CNN poll found massive support for repealing it:

Approximately four out of five respondents favor ending the law, with just 22 percent outright opposing repeal.  CNN's headline?  "Poll shows last minute love for Obamacare."  Even cherry-picking the most positive finding in the survey produces a roughly even split on the law's favorability.  "Love!"  But as the tweet above notes, 76 percent of the country believes the new Republican government should get rid of it, with one-fifth supporting repeal even without any replacement (though a majority justifiably wants a substitute measure).  The poll also finds that almost one-third of American families have been harmed by the law, a significantly higher percentage than those who say they've been helped by it.  This has been a consistent phenomenon over the years.  As we've noted before, as Obamacare slowly spirals down the drain -- and especially if Democrats' alleged "fixes" were to gain traction -- the substantial majority that still says it has been unaffected by the law will increasingly experience Obamacare-related pain.  Its flaws are getting worse.  Its negative reach is expanding.  Nevertheless, defenders of the failing status quo are waving around a Congressional Budget Office report detailing how Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill from last year would have increased premiums and left millions newly uncovered.  The GOP plans to use the same reconciliation strategy in 2017, so isn't this shaping up to be a PR disaster?  Not exactly.  Allahpundit does a nice job of calmly explaining why Republicans are rightly shrugging off that data:

The 2015 bill called for repealing the individual (and employer) mandate immediately and then, within two years, eliminating subsidies for consumers on the exchanges as well as the Medicaid expansion provisions. However, it kept the regulations requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions in place. Put all of that together and you don’t need CBO bean-counters to tell you what the likely effect would be...The 2015 repeal bill had no hope of passing, of course. It was destined for an Obama veto, as all repeal bills have been since the GOP reclaimed control of Congress. It was a political document, designed to show the public the things the GOP liked (yay, coverage for preexisting conditions!) and didn’t like (boo, mandates!). The new Trump-era repeal bill will be forced to grapple much more seriously with how to generate revenue for insurers if coverage for preexisting conditions is going to remain in place, which is to say, the next repeal bill will come bundled with either a replacement for ObamaCare on day one — as Trump has said he’d prefer — or the promise of a replacement within two years (“repeal and delay”).

Precisely. That scoring assumed Obamacare's pay-fors and mandates disappear, with all of Obamacare's regulations still intact. Of course that's unsustainable. Here's Ryan and McConnell's waive of the hand:

The 2016 bill that CBO analyzed did not replace Obama’s law with a GOP alternative, which Republicans have insisted will be an integral part of their health care drive this year. Because of that omission, Donald Stewart, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the report “assumes a situation that simply doesn’t exist and that no one in Congress advocates.” AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the estimates “meaningless” because they ignored plans for legislation and regulatory actions by the incoming Trump administration aimed at revamping how people could obtain coverage.

Incidentally, Congressional Republicans seem to have rallied to Trump's politically shrewd calculation (shared by folks like Rand Paul) that repeal and replace bills need to be introduced and advanced simultaneously.  The phasing-out of the current arrangement can still happen gradually, as to not pull the rug out from under people, but the flawed, full-blown "repeal and delay" strategy does appear to have been abandoned.  I'll leave you with this nugget.  Hmmm:

If true, why would such a smart and qualified guy who Trump has tapped to run HHS be cut out of the loop? Speaking of whom, if you've caught any of the hysterical headlines about Price's supposed ethics issues, read this and this.  If that's all they've got on him, it's pretty thin gruel.

Krauthammer: ‘They’re Quaking in Their Boots in Foreign Capitals’

Mediaite ^ | 23 Jan 2017 | Josh Feldman 

Charles Krauthammer reacted to President Trump‘s inaugural address by saying “they’re quaking in their boots in foreign capitals” right now.

He said that Trump’s “aggressive” and “hyper-nationalist” talk definitely got the attention of America’s allies, considering how Trump once again today pushed his populist America First message.

Krauthammer noted that phrase in particular will be resonant, as it sends the message, “We constructed a world where we carried a lot of you… that game is over, you’re on your own. That is an amazing message for an inaugural address.”
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Anti-Trump Activists at UT-Austin (Univ. of Texas) Too Afraid of Campus Carry to Protest Trump!

Ammoland ^ | January 22, 2017 

Friday afternoon, as college students in other states took to campus quads to protest the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the campus of the University of Texas at Austin was eerily quiet.
Although the university is home to several activist groups that have publicly denounced the new commander-in-chief, the groups cited the state's almost six-month-old campus carry law as their reason for staying home.
As the inauguration played out in D.C., only a single person was spotted walking across the UT campus in Central Austin. He refused to give his name but identified himself as a professor of thirty years.
"I’m only here because I left my car keys in my office," he said. "I still hope to be long gone before the shooting starts." He glanced nervously around before adding, "I miss the old days, when campus was filled with the sounds of protests and lively debates rather than with the sound of gunfire."
With that, he covered his head with his briefcase and ran for the nearest building.
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Mass Exodus From High-Taxes - Which States Did Americans Leave In 2016?

Zero Hedge ^ | 01/22/2017 | Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education, 

Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn.
United Van Lines, the nation’s largest moving company, recently released its annual movers study report showing that South Dakota overtook Oregon as the top inbound destination. Generally, more people moved toward the West, and states in the Northeast saw the largest exodus of residents. The top four outbound states in 2016, in order, were New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut.

(Photo: Tax Foundation)
The Tax Foundation pointed out in a recent blog post that those results are similar to the organization’s annual state business tax climate index.
In fact, New Jersey, which saw an outbound rate of 63 percent—meaning nearly two people moved out of the Garden State for every person who moved in, also finished last in that index. New York had the second-worst business tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation. Connecticut was eighth-worst while Illinois was more middle of the pack.
The Tax Foundation said the absence of a major tax such as the corporate income tax, individual income tax, or sales tax is a common factor among most of the states that rank in the top 10 on the business climate tax index.
Nicole Kaeding, author of the migration post, noted that taxes are sometimes overcited as a primary reason why people move out of states, but they certainly can play a significant role, as is evidenced by the similar results in the Tax Foundation and United Van Lines studies.
“Tax rates and structure affect a state’s economy,” she wrote.

“States with less burdensome tax structures and lower rates tend to have better economic growth. Increased job opportunities can result from the better economic growth.”
She noted, for example, a person moving to Chicago for a job might decide to commute from nearby Indiana where the individual income tax rate is 3.3 percent, rather than live in Illinois, where the same rate is 3.75 percent.

Bergdahl Lawyers Shift Tactics With Presidential Change ^ | January 22, 2017 | Aleister

After no pardon from Obama, claim of no possibility for fair trial under Trump.
Military deserter Bowe Bergdahl was hoping for a pardon from President Obama which never came. Now that President Trump has taken office, Bergdahl’s lawyers are claiming he can’t be guaranteed a fair trial due to Trump’s prior criticism of him.
The Hill reports:
Bergdahl lawyers press for dismissal after Trump inauguration
Lawyers for former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl made good on their promise to call for his case to be dismissed based on President Trump’s campaign comments against him, filing a motion on Inauguration Day.
Trump’s comments compromise their client’s right to a fair trial, the lawyers argue, releasing a 28-minute video of times the new president has disparaged Bergdahl.
“President Trump has made it impossible for SGT Bergdahl to obtain a fair trial,” his lawyers wrote in the 57-page filing, complete with a screenshot of a Trump tweet about Bergdahl and photos of Trump pantomiming executions at this rallies. “President Trump transformed his rallies into a televised traveling lynch mob. Justice cannot be done and public confidence in military justice cannot be maintained under these circumstances.”
Bergdahl is set to face a court-martial in April on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Bergdahl’s legal team put together this video exhibit outlining their case. It’s pretty long but the first minute alone will give you the idea:
It’s a little surprising Bergdahl didn’t get a pardon from Obama, given the lengths he went to in order to get him back. We ran a reader poll in 2014 asking if Obama’s deal was worth it. See the results here.
The Washington Post has more:
Obama administration chose not to act on pardon request in Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion case
Obama issued 1,715 commutations to federal prisoners during his administration, surpassing the combined total of his 12 predecessors, and an additional 212 pardons. Among those whose sentences were commuted was Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. soldier who served just short of seven years of a 35-year sentence for for leaking thousands of classified documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks when she was deployed to Iraq as an intelligence analyst.
Manning’s commutation prompted speculation that Bergdahl also could receive legal relief from Obama. The soldier faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his patrol base in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 in what he characterized as an attempt to draw attention to problems he saw in his unit. Bergdahl was captured within hours, smuggled over the border into Pakistan and remained in captivity until the Obama administration negotiated a trade in May 2014 in which it released five Taliban detainees.

Donald J Trump, American Hero

Asia Times ^ | JANUARY 21 2017,ast | David P Goldman 

The protagonists of American popular culture are outsiders with scant patience for authority. The Western heroes invented and Louis L’Amour and portrayed by John Wayne, and their urban cousins – the private detectives of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler they have an inviolable inner code.
They don’t betray their friends and they don’t exploit the weak. They don’t aspire to entry into the elite, and they don’t apologize for their vulgarity.
They come in comic form for example Huckleberry Finn, or nastily serious, like William Munny in Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, or a bit of both in Hammett’s wise-cracking angel of vengeance.
Americans are pilgrims. We invented ourselves as a nation out of the Protestant imagination, and we must journey towards a goal that we never will reach. The goal — salvation — always awaits just beyond the horizon.
Whether and in what way Trump is a Christian is far less important than the fact that he is instantly recognizable as the protagonist in a Christian drama: the lone avenger who stands up to the depraved powers of the world and calls them out for combat.
Donald Trump could be a character in a Frank Capra film. That simply is the kind of people we Americans are, or rather the sort of people we have become at two and a half centuries’ distance from our Revolution.
We never have succeeded in training an elite. Whenever an American elite finds itself in power it chokes on its own arrogance. I cheered Mr. Trump to victory in the last election out of disgust for the do-gooders and world-fixers of both the Republican and Democratic mainstreams.
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CNN: Is Dictator Trump Making You ‘Doubt Your Own Eyes’ to Truth? (BARF) ^ | January 22, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro 

CNN’s resident anti-Donald Trump alarmist Brian Stelter took to his show, “Reliable Sources,” Sunday and issued his arguably most dire/bonkers warning about the president yet. “Do citizens in dictatorships recognize what's happening right here right now,” he sneered, “Are they looking at the first two days of the Trump administration and saying, ‘Oh, that's what my leader does?’

Stelter’s cries of despot were triggered by Trump doing what all politicians do, exaggerate their own performance.

Stelter showed nothing but contempt for the president as he ridiculously asked, “Will President Trump deny reality on a daily basis? Will he make up his own false facts and fake stats? What will the consequences be?

Is Trump gaslighting us, trying to manipulate? Make you doubt your own eyes. Does he know what gaslighting means,” he pontificated.

It was Press Secretary Sean Spicer who sent Stelter off the rails with talk of crowd sizes on Saturday. The CNN host demonstrated his eagerness for Spicer’s scalp with even more outlandish questions, “Would you quit if you were asked to lie? Will journalists trust a word he says now? Will Spicer have to resign?

He vigorously tried to sow the seeds of doubt, declaring, “This is about the truth. Will trump use federal agencies to twist the truth? Will we be able to trust the data, statistic, the numbers this government provides?” He also re-aired the off the wall assertions pushed by CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Saturday night, that the Trump administration may not be trusted, to tell the truth about troop fatalities or warn of a potential terrorist attack. “Will they tell the truth when it really hurts,” wondered Stelter.

CNN: Is Dictator Trump Making You ‘Doubt Your Own Eyes’ to Truth?

Ironically, Stelter tried to put the burden on conservative media outlets, demanding “Will conservative media outlets play along with Trump’s lies? Will they claim he is telling the truth or will conservative outlets respect their readers enough to call BS on BS?
If Stelter wants to “call BS on BS” then let’s get right to it. He claims that Trump cannot be trusted, to tell the truth, and present real facts. But Stelter was nowhere to be seen when Obama’s State Department was caught editing official video of a press conference, on someone’s order. They removed questions posed by Fox News’ James Rosen that exposed that the department lied about being in negotiations for the Iran deal. If that isn’t something out of George Orwell’s 1984, I don’t know what is.

The real “BS” that needs to be called out is the media’s, there is a reason their approval ratings are in the toilet. Were ABC and NBC telling “the truth when it really hurts” Sunday morning when they omitted the loony ramblings of Ashley Judd and Madonna’s fantasy about “blowing up the White House?” Both of those networks also failed to cover any of ObamaCare’s failures for the first eight months of 2016.

When it comes to telling the truth, Stelter is on very unstable terrain, let’s review.

On air in October, he openly blamed Trump’s ‘overheated’ rhetoric for the firebombing of a GOP county headquarters in North Carolina. When there are cold hard facts reported that he doesn’t care for he discredits them, like he did to Associated Press when they exposed how Clinton Foundation donors received special access. Or how about when Stelter himself pushed dubious claims of Islamophobia by a YouTube prankster? There’s a lot more where that came from.
For a journalist fixated on the media regaining the trust of the public, he doesn't appear to be helping very much.

Transcript below:
Reliable Sources
January 22, 2017
11:40:34 AM Eastern

BRIAN STELTER: All I have today are questioning. Maybe you do too. Will President Trump deny reality on a daily basis? Will he make up his own false facts and fake stats? What will the consequences be? Will reporters give up trying to fact check? Is that the goal? To wear us down, to wear us out. What will you at home trust? Who will you trust? Is this all accidental? Or is the Trump administration creating confusion and sowing division on purpose? Is the idea to force voters to choose between the reporters and the commander-in-chief to cast doubt on the media so much that you give up and trust nothing? Is Trump gaslighting us, trying to manipulate? Make you doubt your own eyes. Does he know what gaslighting means?

Axelrod said would you quit—Would you quit if you were asked to lie? Will journalists trust a word he says now? Will Spicer have to resign? These are all just questions but really this is about a lot more than the press secretary. This is about the truth. Will trump use federal agencies to twist the truth? Will we be able to trust the data, statistic, the numbers this government provides? Will agencies like the Secret Service come under pressure for contradicting Trump? Last night CNN Jim Sciutto said forget about crowd sizes, will the administration tell the truth about matters of life and death?

What happens the next time the economy slips into recession? Will Donald Trump and his administration tell the truth? Will they tell the truth when it really hurts? Let me ask you this. What happens if his approval ratings sink even further? Will Trump believe the polls or will he say, as he did this week, say they are rigged? Will his pollsters conjure up numbers he likes more instead? What will you believe? Will you and your neighbors just shrug or will you demand more honesty from your government?

And what about the media? Is Trump just trying to twist us into knots? Is it working? Or is there an end goal? Do Trump's allies want to silence skeptics in the media, destroy the press or maybe support an alternative press that presents an alternative reality that's more favorable?

Will conservative media outlets play along with Trump’s lies? Will they claim he is telling the truth or will conservative outlets respect their readers enough to call BS on BS?

And finally. What can all newsrooms do to help you know what's really going on? These are uncomfortable questions especially these last ones, but it's time to ask them. Do citizens in dictatorships recognize what's happening right here right now? Are they looking at the first two days of the Trump administration and saying, “Oh, that's what my leader does?” What should we learn from them today? 

10 Things Learned From 3 Days In Washington D.C.

zero hedge ^ | 23JAN17 | Submitted by John Mauldin via, 

I have been in Washington DC for the last three days. The ostensible reason was to participate in a board meeting of a public company, Ashford Inc. (AINC). We manage hotel REITs that own three hotels here in DC, and the group decided to move our board meeting up a few weeks and hold it in DC during the inauguration. That gave me the opportunity to set up a few meetings to try to gain some insight into what the first 100 days, the first six months, and the first year of the Trump administration might look like.
This is going to be a short letter summarizing my impressions from the last few days. I think it might be easiest to present them in the form of a list.
1. If you listen to the media you might have the impression that the Trump transition team is in complete disarray. Talking with leaders of the transition team certainly didn’t leave me with that impression. They have broken the transition process down into over 30 departments and have created a “landing document” for each department. The analogy they are using is that this process is like planning an invasion, and they are going to hand the landing document off to the “beachhead teams” who will then execute the plans.
I was briefly allowed to look at (without actually being able to read) the plan for one cabinet-level department. It appeared to be about 100 pages plus of serious detail as to exactly what executive orders would need to be removed and added, what personnel would have to be replaced (both appointees and regular staff), what policies would need to be changed, and so forth.

I was told that this level of planning was being done for every department. My impression is that there are a lot of people from various think tanks and others with experience in the presidential transition process who are involved in directing the plan for each department. That level of detailed planning doesn’t happen in less than two months. My guess is that some of that thinking has been going on for years, and now it can be implemented.

That being said, we know that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy; and it was instructive to sit with Bill Bennett, who talked about his experience in trying to reform the Department of Education under Reagan. They were still dealing with personnel and policy issues a year later, and this was when the department was much smaller than it is today. And that is just one department.

When I asked a key person how much of the overall plan would likely come to fruition, I got a rueful smile and a shrug. “If we even get half of this done in the first few years, that will be major reform.”
2. There seem to be two general types of agency plans.
First, there are those where the culture of the department has to be changed, and then are those where the current staff seems to be doing its job but the culture surrounding the department has to be dealt with.

Those are entirely different issues. The first can be handled to some degree by the executive branch, but the latter needs to be dealt with by congressional action.
3. Trump’s management style is going to drive the media (and admittedly, much of the country and the world) nuts.
One person who has worked closely with Trump during the transition says it is a lot like the HBO show Entourage and not at all like the British sitcom Yes, Minister. Trump will have people in his entourage competing to give him the pieces of information he needs. In his business organization, he sets the vision and then hires people to execute that vision; and then he goes back to doing what we have seen him do so well, which is to create the brand and image.

He is bringing in people to execute his vision, and he’s going to expect them to get it done. He will jump in when he thinks he’s needed or when he can add something to the process, but he will mostly be paying attention to his team’s performance.

One assessment suggests that there is going to be more than the usual amount of personnel turnover in the first six months. The media will be writing about how Trump can’t keep people and about all the chaos in the White House and other parts of government. But from Trump’s perspective, and given his management style, that’s not necessarily bad in terms of his longer-term goal of changing things.

We have not had a president with this type of management style in my lifetime. Since it’s not something that any of us are going to be familiar with, it is going to make some of us uncomfortable until we get used to it (and some people never will).
4. Everyone in the new administration and Congress agrees there is going to be significant tax reform. That is where the agreement ends. There is absolutely no consensus on what that tax reform should actually look like. Among members of the US Congress and others you would think should know, the universal answer is “I have no idea.”
I will candidly admit that some of the tax ideas I’ve been reading about make me nervous. The wrong type of tax reform can do serious damage to the economy. One of the few things that nearly all economists can agree on is that getting the incentive structure correct is critical. I am not sure that some of the people who seem to be in a position to influence the proposals really understand the importance of incentives and the impact they could have on trade and business.

Part of the reason the market is up and that optimism levels are up in all the polls is that people have high expectations about the nature and depth of the tax reform we’ll get. Failure to deliver something that at least comes close to meeting those expectations is going to have a significant negative impact, not just on the economy but also on the markets. I don’t know how long the new administration will have to “stand and deliver.”
5. Everyone seems absolutely convinced that Obamacare will be repealed; but there are considerable differences in the plans that would replace it.
My guess is that we are going to get substantial relief for small businesses and move towards more significant health savings accounts. There will not be a single mandate for an insurance company to cover all sorts of things. A 55-year-old woman is not going to have to purchase insurance that has prenatal care in it. People will have much more ability to tailor insurance to their own personal needs. This should help a great deal on costs to individuals and businesses, but it doesn’t deal with the overall cost of the system.
6. Dodd–Frank is going to be restructured.
It is also very likely that the new DOL rule on fiduciaries and ERISA plans will at least be postponed if not significantly changed. On a personal note, there are parts of the DOL fiduciary rules that make sense, and I support them. But it appears to me that DOL was trying to make a one-size-fits-all rule that was just a bridge too far.
7. Steve Moore passed on a story to me.
He and my friend Larry Kudlow were meeting with Trump, and Trump asked them if they would like to be part of his economic advisory team during the campaign. They looked at each other and back at Mr. Trump and said something to the effect of, “You can’t use us. We believe in free trade.” And Trump then said, “But we agree on nearly everything else. Let’s agree to disagree on trade and figure out where we can work together.”

Not many presidents are willing to have that level of disagreement from the outset. That is somewhat comforting to me. I will admit that, having asked a few questions of people who have interacted with Peter Navarro, he still makes me very nervous.
8. There is a general understanding on the part of nearly everyone I talked to that the biggest problems are going to be in dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy.
It is highly likely that Congress will pass legislation that requires any department making a ruling that could cost over $100 million to get congressional approval for that rule.

Given the recent ruling by the Second Court of Appeals that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does not meet the constitutional requirement for government oversight and that the law concerning it has to be changed, it is highly likely that the CFPB will be overhauled and reformed.
9. There are literally thousands of presidential appointees that don’t have to be approved by the Senate...
but the proper procedure is to wait until the cabinet-level officers and senior management are in place so that they can have input on those appointments. If you expect appointees to run a department or agency, you need to give them the people they want.
10. Congress has been passing literally hundreds of pieces of legislation, knowing full well they would be vetoed and never see the light of day.
Not all of these will be brought back up, as the Republicans were counting on Obama vetoing them. But I think we will see a great deal of legislation passed in the first six months to one year. These are bills that have already been through committee and have enough support to get action.
I have met three types of people here in Washington DC. There are the Trump supporters, who seem to be wildly optimistic. On the other hand, as I look out my window here at the Capital Hilton, I see hundreds if not thousands of protesters walking by wearing little pink hats, and they are decidedly not happy. The third group is much smaller and consists of those who are actually aware of the amount of work that is going to have to be done and who recognize what a daunting task it will be.
On Monday some 538 people who are the initial members of the transition beachhead teams will show up in offices all over the country, but mostly in DC. It is going to be quite some time before we begin to see much change and can begin to figure out what that change will actually look like.
I’m not going to offer my thoughts on the inaugural speeches and events, as my political leanings are really not the focus of this letter. Next week we’ll return to the arena of economics and let the political commentators do all the talking they want to do in the arena of politics. But in the areas where politics and economics intersect – an intersection that seems to be expanding – we may have to revisit the political arena again.

Feminists, Fools, Flakes and Freeze Dried Hippies: The Women’s March of Folly

US Defense Watch ^ | January 22, 2017 | Ray Starmann 

Yesterday, over 1,000,000 leftist women and emasculated men marched in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, LA and around the world in Soros financed protests against the inauguration of the nation’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump.

The marches followed the Inauguration Day violence committed by sundry left-wing groups who preach peace and tolerance while smashing windows, throwing rocks at the police and burning cars.
But, the women’s marches were generally peaceful; nothing more than mega block parties with bongo drums, incense and crazed speeches for the left’s typical assortment of feminists, fools, flakes, freeze dried hippies and militant Marxist nuts.
Donning pink hats to apparently symbolize President Trump’s innate sexism and universal guilt for being born a male, the crowd in the nation’s capital was pumped up by celebrities like Madonna who stated that she wanted to blow up the White House. She is currently under investigation by the Secret Service who takes threats to the President, his family and federal buildings quite seriously.
Also ranting was America Ferrera, the former star of the now defunct ABC sitcom, Ugly Betty, who is now an immigration reform advocate, aka a spokeswoman for open borders and unlimited, unvetted immigration. Of course the blue collar jobs and sinking wages that her philosophy advocates will never affect her as she studies her lines behind a gated house in Beverly Hills.
Then there was Scarlet Johansson who defended the butchers and death dealers of Planned Parenthood.
“I pledge my relentless devotion to the fight for reproductive health,” she said.
Apparently, Planned Parenthood executives with the consciences of Lucifer and the sociopathic ambition of Heinrich Himmler, who sip wine while discussing prices for aborted fetuses and body parts don’t have any impact on Johansson. What matters is the absolute freedom to commit murder. God, help Trump or any Republican lawmaker who is pro-life and who wishes to put an end to the mass murder of 58 million souls since 1973, all in the name of feminism and reproductive rights.
The celebrity tirade was rounded off by Ashley Judd, who accused the President of incest. “I’m not as nasty as your daughter being your favorite sex symbol.”
One thing about the left, there is no end to their hypocrisy. The liberal rag sheet and the in vogue propaganda machine of the left, the Washington Post remarked that, ‘Many in the nation’s capital and other cities said they were inspired to join because of Trump’s divisive campaign and his disparagement of women, minorities and immigrants. In signs and shouts, they mocked what they characterized as Trump’s lewd language and sexist demeanor.’
Obviously, their own foul language and disparaging and disgusting comments about the President and his family don’t matter, because they’re trendy and liberal.
What they are, are a bunch of Marxist hypocritical idiots.
Other noted celebrities present were documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and former MSNBC anchor and card carrying Trotskyite, Melissa Harris-Perry, who is so out there that she was even too communist for her former network.
The march was largely stocked with feminists of various ages who all have one thing in common; they hate men and are working hard to complete the feminization of the American man and the castration of the US military.
Gloria Steinem, 1960’s radical feminist, accused President Trump of being mentally ill, yet praised Hillary Clinton who had to be physically restrained on election night after John Podesta informed her that she had indeed lost.
The rest of Steinem’s speech and the marches themselves represented the typical inane platitudes of the left and the feminist movement since the 60’s.
There were signs, chants, shouts and calls for diversity, multi-culturalism, aka Refugees Welcome!, Make America Muslim and ISIS are People Too, open borders, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, disarming the military, Trump’s a Racist, Trump’s a Sexist, Trump’s a Homophobe, Trump’s an Islamophobe, yada, yada, yada, an infinitum.
Of course what would a good old fashioned left wing march be without the scattered remains of what once were men in 2017 metrosexual, feminized bodies?
An assortment of ‘men’ with various sexual preferences and gender identities tagged along, like captured slaves conquered by the soldiers of Caesar’s legions.
If only the women who marched asked themselves some pertinent and logical questions.
One, why do they support Hillary, a criminal, who stay married to a sexual predator and who took millions of dollars in donations and bribes from countries that practice Sharia Law and treat women like garbage?
Two, why weren’t any of the women and their feminized male accomplices concerned about the treatment of women in the Middle East?
Three, what freedoms don’t you have in the greatest country on God’s green earth? Looking around, women seem to be doing very well in 2017 America.
Four, and this is addressed to the precious little snowflakes who were marching. Why would you be opposed to a President who is determined at all costs to give you the chance to have a good job and a decent life, as opposed to your 8 dollar an hour job as a part time barista and your cot in Mom and Dad’s basement?
Five, you claim to want peace, yet you support policies which weaken the country’s defense, make peace impossible and make you a very soft target for radical jihadis. Explain that please.
Six – What exactly would Hillary Clinton have done for you? The answer is a big, fat nothing. Hillary, bless her corrupt soul is about one thing and one thing only, the greater good of Hillary. She would have hooked the conveyor belt up to the Oval Office and the offshore donations would be flowing in. She would have turned the White House into a Clinton Foundation Super Casino. She would have done nothing for you little feminists, snowflakes, rode hard and left out wet to dry hippies and metrosexuals. You would have continued to work two or three jobs and treaded water, while Madame President drowned the nation in the Potomac. She never cared about you.
The one person who does care about you and your pursuit of happiness you despise because he’s a regular guy, so prevalent in the USA of yesteryear (remember dad and grandpa who won WWII?) and now an endangered species because you and your feminist nuts have convinced a nation and indeed the West to accept and pursue the complete emasculation of the male.
There is now a type A, red blooded American male in the White House. Get used to tough talk, destroying the bad guys, an economy that works and lots of guns. Get used to hearing the word GOD.
Most importantly, lefties, get used to watching everything you stand for, every one of your twisted principles and sick values thrown on the ash heap of history where they belong.

Bill Clinton Busted by Hillary For ‘Checking Out Ivanka Trump’ During The Inauguration

Metro UK ^ | Saturday 21 Jan 2017 2:56 pm | Tanveer Mann for 

If yesterday wasn’t hard enough for Hillary Clinton, she had to deal with an added strain.
Trump’s grandchildren really didn’t enjoy the inauguration But this time it wasn’t from Trump, but her husband, Bill. As thousands gathered to watch Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States on stage, former president Bill Clinton was a little distracted by something else. What was he looking at? Picture: Reuters Ivanka Trump arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool - RTSWHZI Ivanka Trump arrives to see her father become 45th President of the United States (Picture: Reuters) Well, whoever it was, it certainly had him quite flustered as he was caught on camera biting his lip. People on social media immediately started speculating that he was checking out Ivanka Trump but nobody knows for sure. If he was though, Hillary’s reaction seems fitting as she was filmed giving him the type of look a wife would if she knew her husband’s eyes were wandering. MORE: Muslim man finds touching note left on his door during Trump’s inauguration
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The Truth About The Trump Inauguration Photo.

Jan 23 2017. | Republican1795.

The photo that the media has been showing of the Trump inauguration, that they have been using to FALSELY assert that the crowd as small, is a DECEPTION. The photo was not taken at noon when Trump was being sown in. Peter Mansbridge, the anchorman of The National on the CBC stated during the Jan 20 broadcast that the photo was taken AN HOUR BEFORE the ceremonies even began! IE: the picture was taken an hour before the 9:30 AM opening ceremonies when the crowd was still filling in at not yet at full capacity! The media is once again engaging in yet another low down dirty manipulation & outright hoax. I watched the Trump inauguration LIVE via television so I knew right away that this media narrative / lie [ of a "small" Trump crowd with the media deceptively using this early MORNING picture] was false as the cameras had panned away during the Trump address showing a large crowd assembled at the moment Trump was sworn in and giving his inaugural address. I notice that no one seems to be pointing out this pertinent and important fact - that the picture in question was taken an hour BEFORE the ceremonies even began! This is yet another MEGA deception that the media is using to try to delegitimize Donald Trump. I hope that Trump himself could address this mega deception to the public.


In 1961, when John F. Kennedy gave his famous inaugural speech, it wasn’t controversial. It wasn’t considered radical. There were no protesters there to suggest he was being un-American, a man of privilege and wealth, protecting his own self-interest and the status quo.

“Ask not what your country can do for you,” he said. “Ask what you can do for your country.”

It was common sense back then. But Kennedy, who would sign into law what was the biggest tax cut in the country’s history at that point, understood what was needed to bring greater prosperity and jobs to a stagnant economy – and it wasn’t people looking to government to redistribute wealth in the form of handouts.
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Forgotten and forlorn, a Mass. town finds hope in Donald Trump

The Boston Globe ^ | January 22, 2017 | Andrew Ryan 

WINCHENDON — At the elbow of the bar, where afternoon regulars with calloused hands gripped $3 longnecks, the consensus was clear in the Toy Town Pub: America needs President Trump’s business smarts.
The country needs Trump’s tell-it-like-it-is bluster because politicians who told us what we wanted to hear got us into this mess. It needs Trump to build that wall along the Mexican border to protect Americans who can’t find jobs.

Most of all, America needs Trump to restore prosperity to forgotten places like Toy Town, the nickname Winchendon acquired a century ago — before the toy industry left.

That sense of being ignored may be why, for the first time since 1988, most Winchendon voters backed a Republican for president....
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Trump posts first order of business – kill the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule

Watts up with Thar? ^ | o January 20, 2017 | Anthony Watts 

From USAToday:
Trump begins with call to kill climate action plan
WASHINGTON —- As President Trump delivered his inaugural address Friday, his new White House team posted a proposal to eliminate President Obama’s environmental regulations.
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” reads the top issue brief on the new president’s White House web site. “
New executive actions are expected later Friday as the nation’s 45th president begins his administration.”
At noon, as Trump took the oath of office, the government switched over the White House web site from Obama’s to Trump’s. (Obama’s is now frozen in time, archived by the National Archives and Records Administration under the Presidential Records Act.)

The new president has already taped another White House duty, the Saturday morning radio address to be broadcast tomorrow morning.
After an inaugural address saying that “the forgotten men and women will be forgotten no longer,” Trump had lunch with members of Congress and led the inaugural parade.

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How Trump made small-town America matter again (Must read)

The New York Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Salena Zito 

The first time Donald J. Trump stepped onstage in Pennsylvania in April 2016 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, it was clear something very different was going on in this state, with this candidate.

It was not because the rally was massive, or because it was boisterous, or that it was poorly organized, though all those things were true.
Having already attended 18 of his rallies throughout primary states across the country, I found, in fact, that it looked very familiar.

It was different because it was in Pennsylvania.

It was a campaign that was designed to fail from the very beginning.
Trump had no grass-roots organization in the first caucus state of Iowa, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had locked up the best operative in the Hawkeye State. Trump didn’t have any street cred with evangelical voters, while Texas Sen. Cruz not only had that, he had an app to get them out to vote.

Trump lost Iowa to Cruz, but not by much. Bush was dealt a devastating blow, finishing in sixth place, a bruising indictment of all things establishment....
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Protesters who destroyed property on Inauguration Day were part of well-organized group

The Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2017 | Peter Hermann, Keith L. Alexander and Michael E. Miller 

Scores of demonstrators charged with rioting in the District on Friday were well organized, ready to confront police and prepared to violently disrupt the inauguration, according to some of the protesters and organizers.
Details of the disturbances in a four-square-block area downtown that led to more than 230 arrests began emerging after protesters made their first court appearances Saturday, a process that continued through the evening as defendants were brought into D.C. Superior Court in batches of 10. Most faced a felony charge of rioting, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
The preparation undertaken by protesters included arriving armed with hammers and crowbars, police said in court filings that also said officers moved in to make arrests after windows were broken on storefronts and a city emergency vehicle, and a parked limousine was set on fire shortly before President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.
Before protesters took to the streets, leaders of an umbrella organization for the demonstration operated a detailed website, designated a media spokesman, had “street” medics to tend to injured demonstrators and said in news releases that the group included protesters who were willing to be arrested.
The group protesting in the District was accompanied by a volunteer lawyer from Colorado who was among those arrested, court records show....
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