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The State of the Union 2018 by The Elephant's Child

Terrific speech. Uniting, caring, forward looking. Of course the Democrats are not interested in uniting. I cannot remember a year when the opposing party behaved so badly. They went to great lengths to make clear their hatred for our country and this president.

Progressives’ plain rudeness was on national display. Leftist comments on the speech were startlingly notable for the total absence of any sense whatsoever and their plain fuming hate. Calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome” doesn’t even begin to describe their problem. It’s not interested in our country,our future, our people — just blind fury at being out of power.

The accomplishments of this administration are clear and remarkable. No bragging there, just statement of fact. Senator Schumer remarked yesterday that President Trump should thank President Obama for repairing the economy so that it should show such improvement. Obama had no understanding of how an economy works, but that’s why the record of socialists is so dismal.

The most powerful rebuke in the speech was the line “Americans are Dreamers too.” Good reminder. The illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have shown no particular effort to adapt to or participate in this country. The few who have served in the military should be on a path to citizenship, but the ones who are out demonstrating, screaming, carrying pre-printed signs—demanding citizenship seem to have the illusion that they have fulfilled all the requirements for citizenship by simply being here at taxpayer expense. Many have dropped out of high school, contemptuous of the generosity of the country. We are not a “nation of immigrants.”  We are a nation of Citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson had a column a week ago clarifying the issue, entitled “The Mythologies of Illegal Immigration.” It is well worth your time for a straightforward view of reality. An earlier column this month was “What the ‘Dreamer’ fight is really about.” Professor Hanson’s home is in California’s Central Valley, and he grew up with Mexican immigrants and Mexican illegal immigrants, Some are members of his family. He simply explains the problems in a straightforward manner. He also wrote, with Heather MacDonald and Steve Malanga “The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s” for those who are actually interested in a solution.

One thing Dr. Hanson has often called to our attention is President Trump’s use of the word “our.” He always refers to our workers, our miners, our police officers, our military, and our people. No other president has done that.

Efforts at Unity for the good of the country, will, of course, amount to nothing. Democrats will stand ready to punish any of their fellows who do not understand that our Constitutional Republic is not meant to have anyone but Democrats in charge. It’s entirely about the power of the Ruling class, and what they can do with that power.

 

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Improper Conduct and Abuse of Power? by The Elephant's Child

The Washington Examiner reports that: “The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release the four page memo that allegedly details that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought the renewal of a federal court-authorized surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.” Also named in the memo, were outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (who has resigned and been put on permanent leave until the end of the year, to save his pension?), and former FBI Director James Comey.

The vote apparently involved invoking an “obscure” congressional rule to force the release of a classified memo written by Republicans that outlines what they say are federal surveillance authority abuse. The Republican majority, while voting to make the four-page GOP memo public, also voted against releasing a “counter memo” written by the Democrat minority. They voted to release the Democrat memo for viewing by House members. According to the rule, the memo can be made public as long as President Trump does not object within the next five days.

Ranking minority member Adam Schiff D-CA, said “We have crossed a deeply regrettable line in this committee.” The memo reportedly accuses the top FBI leadership of abusing the surveillance warrant process known as FISA, which involves presenting legal evidence to a FISA Court before taking any action. Congressman Schiff was referred to by Liz Shield of Instapundit as the current chairman of  of the Congressional Leak Everything Department, which I thought was funny, and presumably accurate.

So far, all we have had is a lot of rumors that executives at the FBI collaborated in attempting to influence the election, compromise the incoming Trump administration, and that a couple of FBI employees were engaging in an extramarital affair and texting each other about secret plans to work against the Trump administration. That the FBI used the “Steele Dossier” paid for by the Clinton Campaign to get FISA Court approval to investigate the Trump campaign, including wiretapping Trump tower? That and more is what is floating around, but all rumor and insinuation. If true in any part, it is extraordinarily damaging to the government. These “public servants” are supposed to be working for the benefit of the American people, not playing politics.

Corruption is always not only tempting, but always present in governments. Our Founders were well aware of that, and attempted in the U.S. Constitution to include safeguards. Why is it not surprising that a Democrat reporter for the Week is demanding that we do away with the Constitution entirely.



That Was Then, and This is Now. So Is It Different? by The Elephant's Child

Senator Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of the United States Senate has absolutely clear ideas about the problems of immigration. The only problem is that he’s not exactly consistent.

“Trust is built with consistency.”
……………………………………………………………….Lincoln Chafee

“Clarity and Consistency are not enough, the quest for truth requires humility and effort.”
………………………………………………………………..Tariq Ramadan

“On issues carrying as much emotional freight as race—and there aren’t many—a U.S. senator needs to speak with care and consistency. Otherwise he could find people speaking at his own retirement tribute.”
…………………………………………………………………Gordon Smith



The Left, Davos, Taxes, Energy, Global Warming and Schmoozing. by The Elephant's Child

Seeing through a glass darkly. (1 Corinthians/13-12, KJV, the Apostle Paul) At Davos, energy ministers and financial advisors were asked to comment on the Trump announcement that America is open for business. Here at home, Democrats are outraged at the tax cuts, which they do not understand.

In Leftist economics, the government needs more taxes, not less, so they can help those who are struggling and feel better about themselves.  Just another example of how the right is racist, sexist, homophobic and generally mean. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader votes emphatically against any tax cuts, but wants a $137,000 tax-cut for herself, and calls the $1,000 bonuses American companies are handing out to their employees “crumbs”, and is quite sure the tax cuts are only a “giveaway to billionaires.” But then they always think tax cuts are a scam. It’s a matter of faith for the left. (I told  you it’s a religion.)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s divestment action and lawsuit against five major oil companies demanding billions for the damage the oil companies have done with their oil in causing global warming. He wants do away with them, and keep the oil in the ground.

We’re also suing five of the biggest including Exxon Mobil for example who systematically poisoned the Earth, knew about it, covered it up, explained it away, tried to hook people more and more on their product.

Even some sympathetic Leftist media outfits pointed out that suing over global warming while driving around in a fleet of SUVs is silly. There’s an even sillier effort by the State of California, but then they’ve long since gone round the bend, in this case, based on research from a 9-year-old.

Steven Hayward has found a lovely example of just how much Liberals hate Constitutional Government. Someone named Ryan Cooper explains just why
“limited government is such an impediment to their endless dreams of ruling over us more completely so they can fix every human problem” in “America’s Constitution is terrible. Let’s throw it out and start over.”

Here’s the business coverage of the important stuff that happened at Davos. Do watch the whole thing, for all the differing opinions. There are doubters at Davos too, but you’ll appreciate the coverage of all those views. What does America’s fracking revolution mean? What do America’s tax cuts mean around the rest of the world? What’s going on in other countries?

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/23/news/economy/ceos-love-us-trump-tax-cut-davos/index.html</

I guess the Money department at CNN is a little more serious that the rest of that outfit. Very interesting. You’ll even get a chance to see how simultaneous translation works. Seeing through a glass darkly indeed.

Business is delighted with the removal of large quantities of unneeded regulation. Everybody loves infrastructure spending. (What the heck is infrastructure anyway? Are potholes in the nation’s roads slowing the economy? Trump was disturbed that our airports are not as efficient as others. They always talk about “crumbling” infrastructure, as Obama did, and he was foiled by “shovel readiness,”and sold off a big percentage of our auto industry instead.



Bet You Didn’t Hear About This One! by The Elephant's Child

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Rwandan President Paul Kagame praised President Donald Trump. From SAAGAR ENJETI, White House Correspondent for the Daily Caller:

“I wanted to thank you for the support we have received from you, personal, and your administration. And we’re looking forward to also working with the United States at the level of the African Union, where we are tightening out reforms of the African Union, so that we get our act together to do the right things,” Kagame said to the president. “I thank you very much.”

Kagame is not the first African leader to praise Trump since he allegedly called countries on the continent “shitholes” in a private meeting with Senators in early January.

“America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly.”

“In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

You probably didn’t  hear about that one if you don’t read the Daily Caller.

Jeb Bush appeared in the news again today to say that Trump was racist.



Trump Goes to Davos Along With the Significant and Beautiful by The Elephant's Child

Davos, where the politically significant and beautiful go to meet and greet. It is the World Economic Forum, a Swiss nonprofit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. …

The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does….

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

The “all walks of Life” bit is perhaps a little excessive. They encourage artists and activists as well as CEOs, and meeting and greeting is supposed to accomplish something. President Donald Trump went to tell the attendees that America is open for business.

“I’m here to deliver a simple message: There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States,” Trump declared. “America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”

The president backed up this statement by remarking on signs of a strong economy. He mentioned the stock market “smashing one record after another,” and adding more than $7 trillion in new wealth since his election. “Consumer confidence, business confidence, and manufacturing confidence are the highest that they have been in many decades.”

Trump also touted the 2.4 million jobs created since his election, and argued that small business optimism is at an all-time high. “New unemployment claims are near the lowest we’ve seen in almost half a century,” he declared.

Perhaps most positively, the president noted that “African American unemployment reached the lowest rate ever recorded in the United States and so has unemployment among Hispanic Americans.”

The American economy is important to the world, and when we are doing well, most of the rest of the world is too, for America is a huge market as well, and when we’re doing well, we buy more of the world’s stuff. Teresa May’s speech was interrupted when the presidential helicopter arrived and the crowd rushed out to see.

As far as activists go, Al Gore was there to tell the rest of the world that the Earth is dying, and we only have a little time to save it, but the news keeps messing up his message. A new study in the prestigious journal Nature finds that if CO2 in the atmosphere actually doubled, global temperature would climb at most by 3.4 degrees Celsius. Far below what the UN has been claiming.

The scientists found that the planet just isn’t as sensitive to changes in the CO2 level as they thought. Projected temperature increases have been too high. Oops! All the disaster predictions were much higher temperature increases than that. Al Gore’s doomsday predictions are bunk. On the same day the Nature study was published, NASA released its latest report on temperature, so the New York Times put the NASA study on their front page, and ignored the Nature study entirely. Of course they did. Climate scientists are now suing critics who challenge “Settled Science” (which is what their computers say).

Despite all you have heard, Global Warming is not killing the polar bears, they are multiplying happily. It’s not burning up California (you have to clear out dry, dead brush) and it doesn’t cause hurricanes either. And Governors who  want to install carbon taxes, will accomplish nothing, except make your people angry, and yourself a one-term governor.

 



How Do We Know And What Don’t We Know? by The Elephant's Child

How do we know stuff? We were told by our parents or another relative. We learned it in school. We read it in a book. Then it gets even more iffy. We read it in the newspaper. We read it online. Someone sent it to us in an email. A friend who seems smart said so. We read it in a newspaper headline while we were waiting for the bus, or over the shoulder of the guy sitting next to us. Twitter? Facebook? We researched it on Wikipedia. We read the news online (From whom?) Uh huh.

We have to decide what websites online are reliable. On what basis do we decide? How do we decide what books are authoritative? Just because someone printed it and put it between hard covers? Or because the book cost a lot?

Democrats are particularly upset that the economy seems to be responding favorably to President Trump’s actions. Big companies are giving their workers $1,000 bonuses. Both Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz have sneered at that—called it “crumbs.” And said that after taxes it wouldn’t be all that much. Not all workers manage to make as much as members of Congress, who get pretty hefty salaries. For a lot of families, an extra $1,000 is a pretty big deal. Sneering is not cool.

Democrats also believe that tax cuts for business is just giving money to the rich (nobody ever said they were consistent) and it doesn’t do any good for the economy, and the climb in the stock market is just a bubble which will break shortly and bring on a terrible recession. And besides, the improvement in the marketplace was really brought on by Obama’s planning and deeds. Uh huh.

How do we know how the economy is doing? Just because the stocks go up?   No,  we depend on the market itself to tell us about buyers and sellers. When a product doesn’t sell, the  seller has to figure out why. When a store does not sell enough, that needs to be figured out as well, and that is why Toys  Are Us  and Sears are closing stores. We hear every day about “Studies say” and “the polls say” but we have to study who was doing the studies and who was doing the polls and just who they were polling and what they asked.

None of us have enough time, but it helps just to be suspicious. If you are paying enough attention to that which you do not know, you can fix the ones that really matter., and if you know that you don’t know, that’s better than thinking that you do—when you don’t.

President Trump went off to Davos, leaving behind the impression that he may be amenable to offering citizenship to the Dreamers. That’s 1.8 million. Really? Senator Schumer  trotted off to MSNBC to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow. He argued that the “hard right” has always opposed immigration. That “Donald Trump ran on an anti-immigration platform,” and “the Tea Party’s—one of their fundamental values is anti-immigrant, which is horrible, disgusting, but that’s who they are.” But not one of those statements is true. I don’t know anyone that is “anti-immigrant” though I’m sure there are some out there. Republicans are pro-immigrant, but distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. And have a preference for the former. We don’t play language games by calling them “Dreamers” nor do we refer to them as “undocumented citizens” as ABC did recently.

Representative Adam Schiff, Chairman (as Liz Shield says) of the House Leak Everything Committee appeared on CNN to explain that the House could not release the FISA Memo because the American people were just too dumb to understand the, um, intricacies of the thing.

The presidents we choose are only ordinary people with all the flaws that ordinary people have. It’s a big job and we hope they hire good brains and good managers and good strategists to help. Most of them make mistakes, often big ones, and hopefully when they’re done, they go back to being private citizens instead of making mischief for their successor.

The basic problem is that we have only the past to guide us. The future, no matter how hard we try to read it, remains a mystery until we get there. As the old song goes “What will be will be, the future’s not ours to see.” Doesn’t hurt to study up though.




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