American Elephants


“A Whiff of Fear Among those in the Cabal” by The Elephant's Child

I always enjoy Bill Whittle. He never pulls his punches, but tells you what is on his mind. Will we see this preposterous cabal brought down? They have been talking trash about the president ever since he was elected. It’s not about Hillary. It’s quite clear that they have no further interest in her. It’s entirely about power. Their power to control, to decide, to pass out favors, and determine goals and spending to favor themselves.

They want Trump impeached, now. They reject the Mueller report in its entirety because it absolved Trump of colluding, and there were things “redacted” which must have been naming the terrible things he had done. They know absolutely that he obstructed justice, they just aren’t sure just what justice he obstructed. They thought they had something when the former White House counsel  Don McGahn refused to testify, they’re not done with that one, but the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board wrote a careful editorial explaining just why Congress cannot force the former counsel to testify.

Now they want President Trump’s financial records for as far back as it takes to find something, anything, to convict him for. This is simply
a further attempt at a coup. Nancy Pelosi knows that the Americans do not want impeachment. But she has a hot-headed bunch screeching for impeachment now. Democrats are largely aware of the booming economy in the wake of eight long years of presidential assurances that unemployment was unfortunate but times had just changed and growth over two percent was no longer possible. Too Bad, but just the way it is.

That is, of course, part of it. Democrats are terrified that black Americans will notice that Black unemployment is at an historical low. Americans might notice that Democrats are attempting to overturn the Constitution. They might notice that perhaps they should study up a bit to understand what socialism is, how it works, and why countries under socialism so often turn into a disaster like Venezuela, with its people trying desperately to escape. There’s a lot going on here and now that we never dreamed could be happening in the United States of America.



Congress Wants to Investigate — Something? by The Elephant's Child

A federal judge today upheld a congressional subpoena seeking President Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm. They argued that Congress is within its rights to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president – even without launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

I am merely a citizen, not a lawyer, but they surely shopped for a compliant judge. Excuse me, but what “potential illegal behavior”? Well, we don’t like him, so he must have done something illegal, and if we can just go through the records of his business dealings for the past 10 or 20 years, we’re sure we can find something.

This is getting so weird! We hear daily that he must be impeached, but nobody ever says what they intend to impeach him for. Maxine Waters started yammering about impeachment the day after he got elected.

Hollywood types, who assume that because we recognize their names, that we are interested in their thoughts, (we aren’t) and prate about destroying democracy, ruining the country, and whatever they can think of, apparently completely unaware of the booming economy, full employment, historically low unemployment, historically low black unemployment. Trump has a potential program to solve our immigration crisis that has real merit.

When special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Democrats were sure that  he would find evidence of “collusion” with Russia, and were devasted when he claimed not to, but they comforted themselves with “obstruction”and he didn’t find that either, but they were so sure that he obstructed something, that they demanded proof, and the full report, and the redacted part, including the redacted part that Mueller was forbidden by law to give them. Mueller’s report grew to 448 pages.

The special counsel’s office interviewed 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search-and seisure warrants, and obtained 300 records of electronic communications, and still could not establish the one thing that mattered most in the investigation.

The total reported cost of the Special Counsel’s investigation through September 2018 was $25,215,853.00. The Mueller investigation will go down in history as one of the widest ranging and most expensive Special Counsel investigations ever.

Democrats were still looking for something, anything, that would convince Americans that the president was still guilty of something serious. The White House cooperated fully with the Mueller probe with testimony and documents which might have been withheld as priviledged.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is investigating  the FBI’s reliance on the unverified dossier produced by British ex-spy Christopher Steele in spite of questions about Steele’s credibility. Steele’s dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign through the Perkins Coie law firm and opposition research group Fusion GPS.

With no conspiracy and no collusion, the allegation that the president had obstructed justice to cover up an investigation  into a crime that they could neither identify or describe is getting into thin gruel. They’re pretty much reduced to stunts. Democrats reportedly enlisted Hollywood’s John Cusack to take part in a public reading of the entire Mueller report – it took 12 hours – before C-Span’s cameras. I’ve seen no report on the size of the audience, but it probably did not captivate the nation.

There will be more stunts.



It is All About Politics, Not the Welfare of the Country by The Elephant's Child

Andy McCarthy appeared on Fox News to explain the Democrats and the Mueller probe. Andy is, of course, a former federal prosecutor, who thoroughly understands the intricacies of the federal courts. “Politics is front and center in the Russiagate probe, which has reached previously unknown heights of farce.”

This week saw the spectacle of the House Judiciary Committee holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt for withholding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report … notwithstanding that the report was actually provided to lawmakers.

Desperate to project the illusion of cover-up in the utter absence of cover-up, Democrats proceeded against the attorney general even though (a) Barr did not owe Congress a single comma in the report because federal law calls for it to be confidential (i.e., between the prosecutor investigating the case and his supervisor, the attorney general); (b) Barr nevertheless gave Congress about 95 percent of the report; (c) congressional Democrats did not avail themselves of the opportunity to read other unredacted portions to which he gave access; (d) all of the unsavory information about President Trump – i.e., the stuff in the report that Democrats truly care about – has been disclosed; and (e) Barr only withheld grand jury information which it would be illegal to disclose – meaning: Democrats put the AG to the untenable choice of violating the law or being held in contempt.

The special counsel not only found no collusion between Trump and Russia, but it now appears that the FBI’s investigation was opened on false pretenses.

The Democrat’s base is still mired deep in Trump Derangement Syndrome, and want Trump to be sent to prison or permanently disgraced or impeached or something awful, because they have been trained to hate Trump, while the rest of the country is basking in full employment and a booming economy.

But it isn’t about the economy, nor unemployment. It’a entirely about politics and returning the Democrats to power and control where they are convinced they belong. They will continue trying to manipulate the economy, the politics. the courts and the Constitution until they get the power they seek.

Do follow the link to watch the video.

 



It Is a Constitutional Crisis! Isn’t It? by The Elephant's Child

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that we are in a “Constitutional Crisis”. Jerry Nadler said that we are now in a “Constitutional Crisis”. Even Adam Schiff said we’re in a “Constitutional Crisis”. This seems to the the Left’s talking point of the day. There was also some muttering about Trump not being a king or an emperor. But they are clearly correct.

This is something of a Constitutional crisis. We have one political party unwilling to accept the rules of the Constitution on how elections are decided. They are furious because they lost, and want the Constitution changed so that it never happens again. And they are determined to get rid of the hated Trump by any means necessary. Outraged by the Mueller failure to provide immediate succor, they are groping for another solution. I’m not sure that you can impeach someone simply because you do not like him. But just who and what makes it a crisis is up for debate.

The Electoral College and the structure of the Senate were carefully designed to make sure that the people of the less populous states had equal representation. Every state has two senators, and the House of Representatives numbers reflect the population numbers. It was a pretty impressive bit of planning when at the time a sprawling union of 50 states was unimaginable, and Hawaii and Alaska were unknown, as was much of anything west of the Adirondacks.

I’m beginning to suspect that the Left has noticed that the economy is booming, that there are more job openings than unemployed people to fill them, and their celebrated former president could never get growth above 2% no matter how much he “invested” in the economy, and declared that the world had changed and an upside was no longer possible. Pelosi is still describing the Trump tax cuts as the worst thing ever done to our economy. (They simply cannot grasp supply-side economics.) The idea that you make the world a better place by giving people free stuff, like free college and Medicare for all, and making them happy to vote for you is clearly the better policy goal, isn’t it?



Some Quotations to Tape Up On Your Bulletin Board by The Elephant's Child

“A Society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality of outcome nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”
……………………………………………………………………………..Milton Friedman

“The very fact that economists sweat over statistics purporting to demonstrate economic inequality in America proves that there is, relatively speaking, not much of it.”
……………………………………………………………………………..Irving Kristol

“The historical uniqueness of Nazism should  not blind us to the fact that morally and  politically it is identical with Stalinism.”
.……………………………………………………………………………..Melvin Lasky

“Never was there a more outrageous or more unscrupulous or ill-informed advertising campaign than that by which the promoters for the American colonies brought settlers here. Brochures published in England in the seventeenth century, some even earlier, were full of hopeful overstatements, half-truths, and downright lies. Gold and silver, fountains of youth, plenty of fish, venison  without limit. How long might it have taken to settle this continent if there had not been such promotion. How has american civilization been shaped by the fact that there was a kind of natural selection here of those people who were willing to believe advertising.”
……………………………………………………………Hidden History:  Daniel Boorstin



Developing!! It Seems That “The Truth Will Out!” by The Elephant's Child
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From The American Spectator:
On April 10, 2019, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies. According to Barr, the “question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated.” Barr was careful to state explicitly that he had made no determination as to whether there was an adequate justification for the spying, but that he was going to investigate to resolve the issue.

Clearly Barr was talking about the eponymous and unverified Steele dossier which was used by the FBI and Justice Department to obtain FISA warrants to intercept the communications of Trump campaign associate Carter Page and, by extension, everyone in or out of the Trump campaign with whom he communicated.

Predictably Barr’s testimony resulted in a tidal wave of apoplectic outrage by Democrats and their media adjunct. Some denounced Barr as a shill for Trump while others called for his impeachment.

Joseph diGenova is the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and  former legal counsel to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Throughout this whole Trump-Russia collusion mess, he has proven to be a reliable source of information about what was really happening behind the scenes. His predictions have been true, consistently. He’s an important source. On April 24. 2019 diGenova appeared on the Ingraham Angle with his most interesting remarks to date.

This is a partial transcript of his remarks starting at 17 seconds into the broadcast: Do watch the whole thing, it’s not long, but essential.

It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This [Steele] dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It was created knowingly by [former CIA Director] John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could to harm Donald Trump.

William Shakespeare wrote the oft-quoted words “The truth will out” in The Merchant of  Venice which was first published in 1810. The Bard knew a thing or two about human nature which is probably why his works have lasted and lasted. There is indeed a smug pleasure in those particular words.



Infrastructure, Legacies, History and Personal Insults by The Elephant's Child

New York Times correspondent Peter Baker’s new book Obama: The Call of History was recently updated to include the information that “former President Obama took President Trump’s win and Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016 as a personal insult.”

Obama has talked a lot about his “legacy.”  Most presidents, I imagine, are concerned about how history will view the challenges they faced and the job they did. But once they’re done, that’s up to the historians. Obama has had rather glorified ideas about his presidential library, and quite a battle with the city of Chicago and his selection of a prime piece of parkland, much to the distress of the neighbors. Democrats expected Hillary to win, and it was undoubtedly a shock to Obama.

There’s a favorite saying of political consultants: “It’s the economy, stupid.” The Wall Street Journal remarked yesterday that “The best news is that the beneficiaries of this tight labor market are the folks who struggled during the slow growth Obama years.” Government actions are not abstract things that are only important to the hovering newspersons. They have a major impact on the American people’s pocketbooks and well-being. Many people are now working who were living on food stamps.

Obama never, in eight years, achieved even 2% growth, but doubled the national debt. It was the slowest and most sluggish recovery under Obama, in history. They talked about it, and Obama’s economists said that times had just changed and there was no hope of ever getting back over 2% growth.

President Trump is going to meet with Pelosi and Schumer to talk about “infrastructure” which they supposedly think is important. Trump wants $1 trillion, but Schumer says Trump is going to have to get rid of some of those tax cuts. I keep saying that Democrats do not understand free market economics, and they keep insisting that I’m absolutely correct. Can’t have this booming economy, it makes the Democrats look bad. The Wall Street Journal:

Many of the robust job gains came in businesses that hire those with less education. Construction added 33,000 jobs last month, for example, and has added 256,000 over the last year. Most of the new construction jobs last month were in nonresidential and heavy civil engineering work, which suggests that business investment may be picking up after a weak first quarter.

In a separate report earlier this week, the Labor Department reported that worker productivity increased 3.6% in the fourth quarter and 2.4% from a year ago, the fastest rate since 2010. This continues the productivity-growth trend from 2018, which has followed faster capital investment after tax reform and deregulation. This bodes well for faster wage gains over time. increased 3.6% in the fourth quarter and 2.4% from a year ago, the fastest rate since 2010. This continues the productivity-growth trend from 2018, which has followed faster capital investment after tax reform and deregulation. This bodes well for faster wage gains over time.

Everybody talks about “infrastructure” but not about just what infrastructure they are so anxious to build.  Before you start casually spending another trillion dollars, please explain just what you have in mind. How about a nice wall at the southern border?




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