His Finest Hour?

I so clearly remember watching “The Five”, on Fox News (waiting for Special Report) and seeing Susan Rice exclaiming to the world that Beau Bergdahl has served America with honor and distinction. Then seeing Bobo Obama with Berghdal’s parents on the White House lawn, praising Berghdal as a hero, and he’s coming home! Yippee! Remember that? We traded five Taliban soldiers…leaders in the movement all, for this guy, who was held captive for years. We were told it was worth it because America doesn’t leave it’s soldiers behind!

Beau Berghdal pleaded guilty earlier this week to desertion and misbehavior in front of the enemy. He could receive life in prison. Some hero!

It wasn’t even a day or two after Rice and Obama’s comments that news started to leak out that six US soldiers had lost their lives looking for him. It was shortly after that it came out that he never was “captured”, but rather deserted his post and went “looking” for the enemy. Why? God only knows, but it wasn’t to kill them, that’s for sure. He lived with them for years, and while he claims he was a prisoner, some of the videos I’ve seen don’t look much like a prisoner/capturer relationship. They look more like a buddy visiting other buddies.

I wonder what Susan Rice thinks about our “hero” today? I wonder if Bobo Obama feels betrayed by putting his reputation on the line for a traitor to our country? I wonder if Berghdal feels lucky that he’s not facing the death penalty for treason?

This is the problem when it comes to the snowflakes and the military. They have no idea what “honor” and “duty” are. They don’t believe in the military, so they don’t want to think that the military is capable of that stuff. They believe the military is the cause of all of our ills (well…all of the ills that aren’t the fault of the Republicans and conservatives!)

All you have to do is go back as far as Jimmy Carter and his failed efforts to rescue the hostages in Iran, and how that was bungled. All you have to do is look at how Bill Clinton took the military and turned them into a social service agency. All you have to do is look at Barack Obama’s pathetic attempt to get the military out of both Iraq and Afghanistan before their mission was accomplished, causing thousands more people on both sides of the equation to die unnecessarily. Not exactly a stunning endorsement of the military is it?

In fact, if you want to go back in history, you have to go all the way back to Harry S. Truman before you find a liberal that actually understood what the military was about and how to handle them. Kennedy was terrible at it. So was Johnson, and we’ve already covered the three snowflake presidents since then. And it was Vietnam that ruined liberals’ view of the military for good. Until that generation is dead and buried, liberals will never understand, nor accept the military. And people like Beau Berghdal will be hailed as heroes in their eyes…simply because he allowed them to free more of the enemy.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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End Of The Line For Mitch?

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is a lot of things. He’s a Kentuckyan, a decent guy from what I hear, and the consummate politician. But there’s one thing Mitch McConnell isn’t and that’s a leader.

Senate leaders of either party need to be able to get an agenda through their side quickly and effectively. For all of Harry Reid’s faults, he was a good leader because he could follow Bobo Obama’s direction, and when Obama needed something passed, Reid was there to help out. And he usually got it done.

For Mitch McConnell, he played the role of minority leader very well. He was able to bash the other side without sounding mean (which is something Chuck Schumer needs to learn how to do). But when it comes to leadership from the majority, Mitch isn’t getting it done. He’s blown two chances to get Obamacare repeals taken care of, and ended up failing both times. Sorry folks, but REAL leaders are able to make that happen. REAL leaders find a way to bring 50 people together to get it done. He is not a real leader, and the call for him to resign by the Tea Party, the Conservative Caucus, and yes, even his fellow Republican senators will force him from office. The only question is, will it be sooner rather than later.

One of the biggest jobs McConnell has is to enact the president’s agenda. He has been unable to do that. Congress is wallowing in 12% approval ratings (though some polls have it as high as 16%). It’s not because the public doesn’t like the things that the congress is trying to pass. It’s because of the inability of the congressional leaders (and yes…I’m looking at you Paul Ryan), to get things done. Trump has some pretty good ideas, and some ideas that are really out there. But the one good idea that congress hasn’t been able to get passed is the repeal of Obamacare, which should be a no-brainer.

The biggest problem with it is they waited until Trump was elected before they started writing the bill. You don’t write an omnibus bill like that without going through all of the steps, and the GOP frankly, skipped a LOT of steps. They didn’t do their due diligence. They didn’t do their homework. They threw together a few bills (and I’m looking at the House as well here) that quite frankly were patchwork and not good law. And they tried to cajole members into backing it. That’s not good leadership, and Mitch McConnell has to pay the ultimate price for his inability to lead. He has to go.

Don’t worry. His wife is still employed in the Trump administration. Elaine Chao will continue to serve as Transportation Secretary, and she’s doing a decent job. Mitch should have taken leadership lessons from her!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

On Harvey Weinstein

I haven’t said much about Harvey Weinstein, because frankly, if you’re shocked about what he did, you don’t know anything about the way Hollywood works. Hell, I’m not an actor, and I am about as unshocked as you can get at this. Any woman who ventures to Hollywood looking to be an actress, and doesn’t understand that if you’re good looking you’re probably going to face sexual harassment is kidding herself (and that would probably go for guys too!).

Basically, this is the Anthony Weiner Story all over again. It seems Dems can take pretty much any mistreatment of people, as long as it’s not sexual abuse. If it is, there’s hell to pay. We saw it with Weiner, we’re seeing it with Weinstein. I guess Bill Clinton can only thank God that he wasn’t president in today’s marketplace with all of the screaming going on. He would be cruicified!

Look, make no mistake about it…Harvey Weinstein, if he did this stuff (and it certainly appears that he did, why else would he be at a sex addiction clinic near Phoenix?), he’s pretty much toast. And he will pretty much be facing jail time for what he did. And he should. If you or I acted like this, we’d be wearing orange jump suits quicker than you can say “Hillary Clinton”… who also should be very ashamed of her reaction to all of this (and her company’s). To not give back $250,000 in Weinstein donations, because as the Clinton Foundation puts it, “We have already spent the money to help people around the world”, isn’t an excuse, it’s a cop-out.

And with that…I’m done. This guy is a flea on humanity and needs to be wiped off, just like Anthony Weiner, just like countless other fleas that abuse women (or men), and try to use their power and money to get what they want. There are a lot of very sick people in this world. We cannot begin to allow them to feel “normal” or that their sickness is because of a bad childhood. At some point we need to deal with it, or it will consume us. That you can take to the bank!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Who Blinks First?

The Trump administration released somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 demands that must be met before the DACA folks receive the amnesty that Donald Trump “negotiated” with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer over dinner a couple of weeks back. Apparently, the deal that Trump sent to congress is, “a non-starter” in the words of that eloquent speaker, Nancy….er….(LONG pause)…er Pelosi.

Trump’s list included such things as a border-long wall between the US and Mexico that would extend between San Diego in the west and Brownsville, Texas in the east. It would also mean a crackdown on sanctuary cities as far as federal funding goes. It calls for a massive influx of new border security in the way of Border Patrol agents, immigration judges, and proactive stances. All of these things are items that Trump has called for in the past, and shouldn’t have been a surprise to either the Wicked Witch of the West, or the Forehead.

And what do Democrats intend to do if Trump doesn’t take all of that off the table? They’ll shut down the government! That’s typically been a Republican move that really gave them a lot of angst. I have a feeling if the snowflakes try to do it, they will find that blame will be squarely on their shoulders this time around…Trump will certainly see to that. And, he will probably do just what Bobo did when the GOP shut down the government the last time around. He’ll close the attractions and features of the government that most hurt the snowflakes; just like Obama did with the GOP.

If Pelosi and Schumer actually thought that they were going to get Trump to cave on anything in negotiations, they obviously are showing their ignorance. They should pick up a cheap, used copy of The Art Of The Deal, and make sure they commit it to memory. OK…in fairness, Pelosi can’t hold that much stuff in her pea-brain sized head, but she should at least read it. I can’t believe these two idiots are so stupid to think that Trump is going to basically change parties without getting anything in return! Granted, the guy isn’t a true Republican. In fact, he’s historically closer to being a Dem. But that isn’t who elected him. And he’ll work with whomever gets the job done. BUT, he’s not going to get screwed in the process. And my hunch is, he can negotiate circles around anybody in the liberal camp. They can cry…they can scream…I doubt they are going to get anything done. That’s what happens when you are in the minority.

No, Pelosi and Schumer should take the deal. It’s what the American people want, and by them being against it and calling it a “non-starter” and “dead on arrival”, they are really showing the American public that elects them just how out of touch with mainstream America they are.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

What Did Trump Actually Do With Iran Deal?

Donald Trump has systematically and slowly dissolved the presidency of Bobo Obama over the past nine and a half months. He continued it this week by basically instructing the HHS to re-write some of the rules the prior administration had written for Obamacare. And then yesterday, he went and basically said he wasn’t going to re-certify the Iran Nuclear Deal, but was going to toss it off to Congress.

That is precisely what Obama should have done in the first place.

Actually, having Congress figure out what to do with Iran, after having watched them screw up the Obamacare repeal, and struggles they are having with tax reform is going to do one thing. It is going to show America where the real problem in Washington, DC lies. It’s not at the White House. It’s not at the Supreme Court. The real problem lies at the Capitol Building. Both houses of Congress are inept at this point and unable to really pass legislation that both sides can agree on (and by both sides, I mean the House and the Senate).

Donald Trump’s play isn’t meant to screw with Obama. Oh, it IS, but that’s not the reason he did it like he did. If he just wanted to screw with Obama, he wouldn’t have made such a big deal about it going to Congress. He would have de-certified it, and then that would have been it. He could have talked about how Iran is breaking the spirit of the deal, how the deal was the worst he’d ever seen, you know the drill. But he didn’t do that. He talked about not re-certifying it, and that it was up to Congress to get it done. I have a hunch he knows too damn well that Congress won’t get it done. They’ll wallow in it. They have 60 days to solve the problem and snap back (as they call it) the sanctions that were taken away. Congress won’t do it because they can’t agree on anything!

So, Trump is making a point. He’s playing the long game for next year’s midterms and will be campaigning for people that WILL be able to get things done. I know the guy isn’t well loved at this point by anybody outside of the 47% that actually voted for him, but you cannot deny he’s smart. He catches on quickly to a lot of the nuances of politics. Even though he continues to rankle the base by tweeting way too often, speaking up without thinking of the consequences, he does know what he’s doing in this case.

Now…the only problem is, Europe doesn’t want to give up their business dealings with Iran that have been instituted since Obama lifted the sanctions and caved in. So, it’s going to be another situation where America goes it alone. Will it hurt? Somewhat, but nothing like it would if the whole world were behind us. Think of Cuba goes Middle East, and you’re pretty much going to have the picture here. And in the end, because of Obama and his lack of knowledge on foreign policy (and that he hired two nimwits as Secretaries of State), Iran will indeed get the bomb. It’s sad, but true. And not one of you can deny it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Obamacare Checks In To ICU

Obamacare is a mess. Even it’s most strident supporters (which would be Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) admit it needs to be “fixed”. Now, their idea of “fixed” is to throw much more money at it, and make America a single-payer healthcare system. That’s not the way to go. Donald Trump knows this and so he did what his predecessor did yesterday. He took his executive order pen and basically re-wrote the rules himself. He told Health & Human Services, Treasury, and Labor Secretaries to roll out plans they have been working on for months. It’s not foolproof, and it’s not bulletproof, but it does look like it puts a stinging blow into that abortion known as Obamacare!

And it has Xavier Bacerra, California’s Attorney General in a panty wad twist of epic proportions!

Of course there will be lawsuits. The 9th Circus of Appeals will deny the changes, and the Supreme Court will have to weigh in. Given that they have already said forcing Americans to buy healthcare insurance as a “tax” (after the Obama administration argued profusely that it wasn’t a tax), means they most assuredly will go along with Trump.

The plan allows smaller businesses to buy across state lines, insuring competition, and something that probably should have been done years ago. It won’t exclude any workers from the plan, can’t charge them more, and the pre-existing condition clause stays. It really said nothing about the individual market, which is really one of the weak spots of Obamacare. Well, ok…mostly 99% of the bill is weak. But you get the idea.

The other thing that came out late yesterday was that Donald Trump is going to stop paying subsidies to the insurance companies. This will more than likely be the death blow to an already critically ill plan. Insurance companies exist on profits. Obamacare pretty much insures that they aren’t going to make them, telling companies that they have to cover everyone regardless how sick they are and that they really can’t charge the sick folks more. That is what prompted the insurance companies to bolt from this monstrous plan in the first place. Without the federal government subsidizing the companies, I doubt there will be anybody left to buy insurance from. At least on the individual market.

The whole Trump ordeal came about because frankly, Congress has no balls to make a decision on their own. People like John McCain, who puts politics in front of lives (I wonder what would have happened if America would have done that to him when he was in a POW camp in Vietnam?), don’t deserve to be in the decision making process at all. What is very encouraging is that Rand Paul, who has been against EVERYTHING Congress has proposed so far, agreed with the Trump plan and supports it.

So, we enter a new realm of healthcare insurance. No, it’s not what I have suggested in the past, but it is a step in the right direction. When people in DC start thinking right, and start allowing us to buy healthcare like we buy every other form of insurance, then we will be on to something! Until then…it’s just a band aid solution to a terrible bill.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Should We FINALLY Find Out?

It happened some 54 years ago. I don’t know about you, but I was 6 years old. I was in the first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in a small town in Southeastern Michigan. We all remember where we were when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was walking home from school, which let out early. I didn’t know why we got out early, we just did. The neighbor girl said Kennedy had been killed. I didn’t believe her. That was until I opened the front door to the house and my babysitter was sitting on the couch watching TV, and said, “Yes…he was killed today”.

Now, 54 years later, there is a cry among those in Washington DC politics for the government to finally come clean. There is a move in congress, a bi-partisan effort, to actually release the government documents, telling the world what the government knew and when they knew it. It would detail all of the gory details we have been spared all these many years. All of the conspiracy theories would finally be put to rest.

I gotta say…I’m not sure I want to know.

It isn’t going to bring Kennedy back. It can’t do anything to enhance the federal government’s position, which today isn’t good. If the report comes out and says the federal government knew nothing of the assassination, then the conspiracy theories will just continue and call it a cover-up. If the government comes out and says yes…it WAS the FBI, or the CIA, or Lyndon Johnson, or aliens from another planet, then will your faith in the government be restored or destroyed? I don’t see how this helps the government either way. And frankly, I’m not sure I want to know.

Oh, there’s a curiosity there, to be sure. After spending four days after the shooting in front of the TV with wall to wall coverage of everything Kennedy (and no cartoons! which for a 6 year old was the worst punishment ever!), it was the first time I ever remember seeing a “news channel” in today’s parlance…24/7…nothing but Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and Howard K. Smith. No commercials, no breaks, straight news. And it did get boring.

I’m just not sure putting this to bed once and for all is going to actually put this to bed once and for all. And so it probably would not achieve the intended result. It’s even more questionable that we as Americans, shouldn’t know what happened to our elected leaders, two generations after they were taken out by an assassin’s bullet. I’ve always said that if some governmental agency could take out the President, then nothing in this country is sacred or safe. They could take out any one of us, at any time, for any reason. I guess I just don’t want to believe that of America. I guess I just don’t want to know!

But it looks like soon, we all will be forced to relive that day, so long ago!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!