American Elephants


Politics and Impeachment, the Constitution, and All That by The Elephant's Child

Politics is mostly an unpleasant subject wherever and whenever it is practiced. Making informed choices about matters of importance for the city or nation soon gets left in the dust as opinions become bandied about.

Then it gets down to who likes who and why and how dare you disagree with me. Passions are aroused. Demonstrations take place, and first thing you know fights break out, the police are called and so on and so forth.

We had an election in 2016. The Republican candidate was Donald J. Trump. The Democrat candidate was Hillary Clinton. Democrats were confident that Hillary would win easily. They were unaware that many people just did not like Hillary Clinton, and thought it was unlikely that she would do an acceptable job as president. She lost. Trump won. This has resulted in an enraged Democrat Party apparently loathing President Trump and vowing to do everything and anything to bring him down.

He supposedly has a Queens accent. His father was a builder, and sent him out early to work with construction crews, on building sites. To this day he is apt to stop and talk to construction workers on the street, and apparently likes them. This is unacceptable in other areas of New York? Dunno. I’m a Westerner. This, surely is not the cause of all the vile commentary out there. It is a  puzzlement.

It is quite clear that he is doing a good job for the country. Obama told us firmly that the economy would never again get over 2% growth, it was just no longer in the cards. Trump cut taxes, cut some government costs (but not enough) and has begun to move some large agencies out of Washington DC and closer to the areas they are supposed to serve, which has caused consternation among those who like living in Washington DC. The economy is booming, unemployment has reached historic lows. Manufacturing is increasing.  Growth is well over 3%, and more and more people are dropping off food stamps.

Some are finding fault with his campaign promises, for example, he said that he would build a wall on the Southern border and Mexico would help pay for it. With Congressional intransigence, the wall building goes slowly, and spokesmen can’t seem to see that Mexico is helping. They are turning people back at their Southern Border and also further along, offering less assistance to migrants. Did you expect Mexico to send President Trump a check? They did not do that.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has issued (twice) a demand: “Mr. President, You need to prove your innocence!” Um, Fifth Amendment? No person…shall be compelled to be a witness against himself?” And innocence of just what? You are having an enormous problem deciding what it is you think the President is guilty of, other than winning an election.

“If the president has something that is exculpatory — Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence — then he should make that known and that’s part of the inquiry,” Pelosi said, as The Week noted. “And so far, we haven’t seen that. But we welcome it.”

Pelosi then went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday and told host Margaret Brennan that if Trump had “information that is exculpatory — that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame — then we look forward to seeing it.”

Sorry, Nancy, that’s not how we do it in a free American society. In her world, it’s Trump who must prove innocence, not Democrats who must find guilt.

Most, but not all, Americans were born in a neighborhood, usually among people very much like themselves, and they are surprised to learn that there are others who have different customs and beliefs.

Democrats believe firmly that they are morally superior. They believe that they are morally superior because they care — and Republicans don’t. They care about those who want to cross our borders illegally, and those who are hiding from ICE, those who are living here and working here illegally. Now they are campaigning to get those who are fleeing from climate change admitted legally as “refugees”, not to protect them from the ravages of climate change, but to count them in the next census and get their votes in the next election. The Left’s aims are not pure. They simply believe that they are entitled to be in charge, and they cannot stand being deprived.

 



Nancy Pelosi and Today’s News, Such As It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, newly installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote to the president today to rescind her January 3 invitation for him to address Congress on January 29th, as has been traditional for the State of the Union speech to the Congress and the nation. Her excuse for her embarrassing action was that the partial government shutdown meant a lack of available security for the occasion.

“This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics and security of it. Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown. The president’s shutdown. But that isn’t the point. The point is security,… [It’s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands.”

Ooops. Multiple reports indicated that the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both rejected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stated reason.

Peter Alexander responded:

Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the , a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc.
“It’s a no-fail mission,” the official says.
Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed.

We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said.

Speaker Pelosi may have noticed that the speech promises to be a little testy. A Large group of Angel Moms, mothers who have lost children to illegal aliens attempted to address Speaker Pelosi at her office this morning, but were turned away as she doesn’t want to hear them or talk to them. And she has just refused to give the President a single dime for any border wall.

After ignoring the Angel Moms, the Senate Democrats held a rally on the Capitol steps with poster-size pictures of (not those killed by illegal aliens) but government workers who are suffering unknown tragedy and deprivation because of the government shutdown (the longest shutdown ever, as soon as it extended for a day longer than the last one — Obama’s when he shut down national parks and all the monuments in Washington D.C., you probably remember the elderly vets flown to the Capitol to get a look at the World War II memorial that celebrated their service in the war, many old and infirm.

From today’s news:

Eight-Time Deportee Accused of Trafficking $850,000 in Meth, Cocaine”

“Border rancher; “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal”

“The remains of 127 dead migrants were found in Southern Arizona in 2018”

“Largest Group of Illegal Aliens (400) Enters Yuma Sector”

“Accidental Opioid Deaths Top Car Accident Deaths For the First Time”

and that’s just today….



Nancy Pelosi Got Her Speaker’s Gavel Back, Unfortunately. by The Elephant's Child

 

Nancy Pelosi has been reelected to the office of Speaker of the House, and immediately tried to claim that she was the equal of the President of the United States, which was a bit of an exaggeration. Congressman Brad Sherman of Ventura County California introduced articles of impeachment, brand new representative Rashida Tlaib, who chose Palestinian garb in which to take the oath of office announced to her supporters (to wild cheers) that “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the m—–.” Hank Johnson, who last time round  worried that an island might tip over, referred to President Trump as “Hitler,”and said that those who support Trump are “less educated.” Young Ocasio-Cortez announced that to save us all from world-ending climate catastrophe in 5 years to support her Green New Deal, Congress would have to raise taxes on the rich to, oh, 82% or so. Maxine Waters is slated to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and is very committed to impeaching the President. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats immediately introduced a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons nationwide. Pelosi does want to spend all sorts of money on saving us from global warming.

Democrats want to overhaul campaign finance and ethics rules that would  “expand voting rights.” One idea is to allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-donor donations 6-1, as a way of encouraging “grassroots campaigning.” This goofy idea would not pass the Senate, but progressives like the idea of empowering the state to allocate money to preferred donors.

Some big cities have already begun handing out tax-funded “democracy vouchers.” In other words, politicians have passed legislation that subsidizes the speech of people who will, for the most part, support them. It’s quite the racket. Pelosi wants to take this corruption national.

Reducing the power of “special interests” in Washington is always a popular issue with voters. The problem, of course, is that every voter considers another group a special interest. Though as a political notion, campaign finance reform remains popular with Americans, specific campaign finance reform legislation is always about inhibiting someone’s speech.

What many Americans don’t seem to accept, particularly partisans, is that not voting or participating in our political process is also a matter of free expression. There’s nothing, after all, in the Constitution about how the state should encourage “grassroots activism.”

Democrats have no interest in working with Republicans to do what is best for the nation, nor in abiding by the Constitution, I forgot to mention that Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) submitted a bill to change the Constitution by eliminating the Electoral College. Democrats have never grasped the reason why the Founders set it up that way, which interferes with their efforts to control the country.

Democrats’ demand to be in control has outweighed any understanding of the United States of America, our history, what the country is all about, the nature of our citizens – in their ugly, greedy desire to be in control with no interference from anyone. Nancy Pelosi not only announced that she was co-equal to the president (she’s not) but that we are nation of immigrants (we are not. We are a nation of citizens, and a nation of laws.) It’s going to be a difficult time.



“How to Fix the Economy” by Nancy Pelosi. by The Elephant's Child

On Wednesday night, September 29th, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cast the deciding vote when the House voted, 210 – 209, to adjourn.  By custom, the speaker doesn’t ordinarily vote except on issues of special importance.  Over the past four years, Pelosi has shown an impressive ability to deliver Democrat majorities on one roll call after another, by a sheer display of brute power.

This time, it wasn’t routine, for the Republicans wanted a roll call vote on extending all of the George W. Bush tax cuts which are set to expire on January 1.  There were enough Democrats on record for that move to give them a majority, and 39 Democrats had joined Republicans and voted against adjournment.

Pelosi had lost control of the House, so she decided to shut it down and let Democrats go home and try to rescue their seats.

In the furor of an election campaign, with blame flying around like shrapnel in a fire-fight, it’s helpful to correctly apportion responsibility. We can learn from history and ask the founders.  From Federalist 62:

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

Somebody is responsible for 2,700 pages of a health care reform bill that creates all sorts of bureaus and agencies and departments and offices who will issue thousands of pages of as-yet-unknown regulations and rules.  President Obama demanded a health care reform bill, communicated some specifics and then left it up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to push through Congress, so he could take all of the credit, but none of the blame.

But the President can only propose.  Congress controls the purse strings.

Here’s what our economy looked like in 2006, just before the Democrats took over both houses of Congress.  Unemployment was 4.4%.  Real GDP growth over the previous four years averaged 3% a year.  The S&P 500 stock index stood at 1418, 84% higher than its 9/11 low and more than 7% higher than when Bush took office.

Every year of Bush’s presidency, real (inflation adjusted) disposable income per person went up.  By the end of 2006, the average person was making 9% more in real terms than before Bush became president.  The last election in 2006 was considered a referendum on Iraq, where the war was not going well.  55% of Americans said the economy was in good shape.  Harry Reid said the Iraq War was lost, and Senator Barack Obama introduced a bill in the Senate to prevent the Surge.  Granted, Mr. Bush signed many of those laws that he should have vetoed.   But TARP did just what it was supposed to, and is paying back American taxpayers — except for the portion that Obama used to bail out and take control of the auto industry. There is little likelihood that will ever be repaid.

In January 2007, the CBO projected a $379 billion surplus over the next decade.  After four years under Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid, and two years of Mr. Obama in the White House, the 2007–2016 projection is a deficit of $7.16 trillion.  We have  41.8 million Americans on food stamps.  Participation has set records for 20 straight months.  According to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said this is great news.  At a press conference in her home town of San Francisco, Mrs. Pelosi explained:

[T]he program’s multiplier effect — the amount of money generated in the local economy as the result of the subsidy — far exceeds the nearly $60 billion spent this year by the federal government and is a sure-fire way to stimulate the economy.  For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites an even higher figure of $1.84.

“It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance.  The biggest bang for the buck” she said.

See. You can fix the whole economy.  Just have the government spend $2 trillion on food stamps and we will get back $3.58 trillion, or if we use the Agriculture figures $3.68 trillion.  We’ll all be rich, just like magic, it will all come back and the economy will fix itself.  It will all come back, just you wait and see,  just you w-a-i-t  a-n-d,  w-a-i-t   a—n—d      w—a—–i  …



Reducing the problem to bullet points. by The Elephant's Child

Abe Greenwald went to a “Democrats for McCain” event a couple of days ago, and was impressed with speaker Bartle Bull’s bullet points:

8 YEARS OF AN OBAMA-PELOSI-ACORN ADMINISTRATION WOULD GIVE AMERICA:

♦ 8 YEARS OF SPREAD-THE-WEALTH SOCIALISM,

♦ 8 YEARS OF CHICAGO-STYLE CORRUPTION ,&

♦ 8 YEARS OF UNITED NATIONS-STYLE FOREIGN POLICY

That is short and sweet. And factual.




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