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Is all of this anti-Trump stuff helping California?

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A few days ago, I chatted with a friend in California and naturally President Trump’s name came up quickly. He is not a very political person but did ask a fair question: are California politicians going to do anything but criticize Trump? After all, they do have some problems in the state, such as out of control public pensions that could soon rival Illinois!

Yes, is California anything other than a farm system for developing Trump-hating rhetoric?    

We see the anti-Trump influence in efforts to “primary” Senator Diane Feinstein. I guess that some in the left do not think that she is “left” enough. Can anyone call Senator Dick Durbin, who reminded Democrats that going “too left” may be an electoral problem?

We see a lot more, as Reid Wilson reported:   

Feinstein’s challengers offer a hint at the first wave of a coming generational change in California politics, as members of the older generation — led by the 84-year-old Feinstein, 79-year-old Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 77 — near the end of their careers.

 

The generation that will vie for the state’s top jobs is fashioning itself as decidedly more aggressive, if not notably more liberal. 

Those hoping to move up are appealing to a Democratic base that is as energized by the anti-Trump resistance as Tea Party voters were by opposition to President Obama.

“The last generation of Democratic leaders was liberal but practical,” said John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College and a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee. 

“The next generation is under pressure to be more dogmatic. The Democratic left shuns any accommodation with Republicans.”

Nearly a decade ago, Tea Party voters fueled discord within the Republican ranks, both as establishment contenders faced conservative rivals and longtime incumbents were deemed insufficiently ideological.

Now, it’s the Democrats’ turn.

Liberal but practical? I guess that the opposite of that is radical and unwilling to compromise? How is that going to help California fit in?
And not so fast with The Tea Party comparison.

First, The Tea Party happened because a bunch of citizens like me wanted to make a point. It was never organized by politicians or any leaders. I was at many Tea Party rallies and I saw self-employed guys who took time from their businesses to show up, along with lots of moms with kids who were talking about national debt. It was not based on a hatred of President Obama but rather honest opposition to policies.

Second, California’s reaction to Trump is hysterical to say the least. It is fueled by things like “sanctuary cities” or an irrational defense of illegal immigration. California opposes anything that Trump proposes, or as simple as that. That’s not a political movement but rather immature people who live in another universe!

As my friend asked: is any of this good for California? My guess is no.   

At least, that’s what I hear from Golden State “refugees” settling in Texas. They talk about high taxes, abusive regulations, and “rent” that only the rich can afford. They miss the lovely weather but not everything else left behind!

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October 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

Trump vs Clinton, Venezuela, and a few other thoughts

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We will look at the new election in Austria…..is it a sign of things to come? his agenda is to cut benefits for foreigners and to stop the EU meddling in domestic politics……..FBI Director Comey wrote the Hillary Clinton announcement before the investigation ended…….Hillary Clinton is out of control and not helping her image…….Harvey Weinstein donated money to the Clinton legal fund in 1998……..President Trump should do more news conferences………North Korea……..Venezuela election fraud……………and other stories………..

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Source: Trump vs Clinton, Venezuela, and a few other thoughts 10/17 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

And Maduro steals another one!

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The Maduro government has been desperately looking for something to cheer about.   They face lots of problems including debt payments that they may not have the money to make.

So what’s better than having an election and winning big? Or what about winning a “surprise victory“?

It appears that candidates associated with the Chavez movement won most of the governors and state races.   

We remind you that projections were showing the opposite but pollsters could be wrong down there too. The Chavez group won 17 of 23 governorships and nobody believes it. I’m not sure that Maduro and his people believe it either.

The opposition is not buying these results. Why should they? 

My friend Daniel Duquenal has been covering this election and fraud in his blog. He has the best explanation of what happened this weekend:     

I knew that the regime would forge results, would commit electoral fraud, but what happened tonight is grotesque.

Venezuela has to be the ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD where food scarcity, severe lack of health care, near hyperinflation levels, major street violence, living under curfew, no hope in hell for whatsoever, and the government GAINS votes. 

No kidding, researchers from the entire world should flock to Venezuela in the next days to study that miracle of politics. 

Books will be written about on how to win elections by screwing up people.

This is enough to claim electoral fraud.

Yes, rush the political scientists to Venezuela and analyze what just happened. This is the first time that has an honest election has returned to power the people that gave us massive shortages, hyperinflation and horrific crime.    

Venezuela has just witnessed a fraud. President Trump should immediately announce that the U.S. does not recognize these results. Let’s hope that other Latin American countries do the same, although they’ve always been scared of opining about elections in neighboring nations for fear that the message could be used against them when they count votes.

This is a great opportunity for President Trump to squeeze Maduro and his masters in Cuba. We just saw an election that would make Fidel Castro proud. 

Support the people of Venezuela now more than ever.

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October 17, 2017 at 7:13 am

Venezuela, 8 months of Trump, 2018 midterms and Clarence Thomas

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We will look at the Trump presidency eight months later…….the judges, the reversal of executive orders…..Iran nuclear deal…..North Korea…..action against Syria…………a quick look at the 2018 midterm election favors GOP but they must perform…..elections in Venezuela and the opposition cried fraud and probably correct…….’Disco duck’ was # 1 this week and 2 weeks later we elected Carter as president………..Clarence Thomas was confirmed in 1991…………..and other stories………..

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Source: Venezuela, 8 months of Trump, 2018 midterms and Clarence Thomas 10/16 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

Europe looking the other way

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They talk a lot about global warming in Europe and Canada. We do our share of talking here, too.

Where is the talk about the real threat facing Europe, or the West as a whole, for that matter?

Where are the marches calling on Europeans to get married and have at least two little babies? A march for marriage and babies may sound a bit silly but Europe could use one badly.

Like a dead body of water, Europe is drying out in front of our eyes.   

At current birth rates, there won’t be any Europeans around to determine if the global warming predictions were a hoax or real!

 

Read this:

“Europe needs more babies — the average continental family has a mere 1.37 children…Germany is similarly concerned — it could lose the equivalent of the population of the former East Germany within 50 years… Russia’s population is contracting at the rate of three quarters of a million a year: the resourceful Mr Putin is paying mothers to have a second child…. The last thing we should be doing is bullying people to breed less.” (“The cry should go up in Europe: more babies, please” by Melanie McDonaghon)

Furthermore, you can not preserve your values, culture and democratic ideas if you do not “seed the future” with your own people.

We inherited progressive values from our parents and ancestors who gave us life. Don’t we have a responsibility to bring life into the world and preserve our culture?

Furthermore, at current birth rates, Europe can’t finance its massive welfare state! Who is going to care for the old if there are no young people to work, pay taxes and defend a way of life?

What’s behind the huge drop in birth rates? Has Europe lost its soul? Did it walk away from its Judeo-Christian heritage and replace it with mindless secularism? 

I don’t know the answer to those profound questions. 

I can only say this: Wake up Europe, or there won’t be any Europe in 50 years!

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October 16, 2017 at 6:43 am

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………..President Trump cancels Obama Care mandates……..does not re-certify the Iran nuclear deal……….the US economy is doing better as confidence is up…….the Weinstein scandal continues to grow and now Jane Fonda offers her thoughts……..GOP Congress vs President Trump………..and other stories………….

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 10/15 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

One executive order cancels another

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During the Obama years, we warned Democrats that they would regret the day a GOP president sat in the White House.  I remember telling a friend that the next GOP president could play this executive order game just as well.  I followed by saying President Obama should request all of those changes to Obamacare, or even DACA, from Congress so that they would be the law of the land, not up to the discretion of the executive.

Maybe the Democrats believed their “demographics” theories too much and thought it would be impossible for a GOP candidate to win 270 votes.  Perhaps they were all too busy buying their outfits for Mrs. Clinton’s historic inauguration.

No matter what, the future is here, and President Trump is one by one by scratching those Obama executive orders.

At this pace, President Obama’s résumé will be a total blank under “accomplishments.”  It will simply say he was inaugurated in 2009, was re-elected in 2012 and left office in 2017.  There will be very little in between because he did so much by executive order rather than laws passed by Congress.  “The ‘Blank’ Presidency” may be the title of a future book about this time in office.

President Trump used his pen to delete the things President Obama added to the law without consulting Congress, as Betsy McCaughey, the author of Beating ObamaCare, explained:

 

Trump has now seized the initiative, after congressional Republicans fell flat on their faces and failed to address the pain ObamaCare is inflicting on consumers stuck in the individual insurance market.

The president should keep going. What’s next? Trump should use his discretion to stop enforcing the tax penalty on those who don’t buy ObamaCare-compliant plans, including buyers of short-term plans.

Then he should cancel the sweetheart deal his predecessor weaseled for members of Congress and their staff members. Even though the Affordable Care Act requires them to buy coverage on ObamaCare exchanges, Obama arranged for them to have a choice of 57 gold plans and have John Q. Public pick up most of their costs. It’s an outrage.

Once members of Congress are feeling the same pain as everyone else, they’ll be more focused on repealing and replacing the dysfunctional health law. In the meantime, Trump is wisely providing relief where it counts the most – in people’s wallets.

Yes, Trump has seized the initiative because so much of the law’s burdens were imposed by executive order, from the contraceptive ruling to the subsidies to insurance companies.

President Trump’s moves will not fix the problem until Obamacare is totally repealed.  However, it is a lesson to all: govern by executive order, and the next guy will do the same thing and delete your executive orders!

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October 15, 2017 at 6:59 am