GOP Not Waiting On Trump

Donald Trump has done this for years. I remember watching an episode of the Apprentice one night, and Trump had all of the celebrities in the board room (he stopped giving away jobs at Trump Inc. years ago!), and asked them if he should run for president. Of course their answer was yes. What else could they say?

Fast forward to today. Trump is still the titular head of the Republican party, having been the last presidential candidate. And he continues to have rallies and speak around the country, hinting that he’s going to “make American great yet again”. He did so again this past weekend at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road To Majority Conference in Nashville.

But apparently that doesn’t mean that others that have been also considering a run for the White House are waiting on Trump to make a decision. I don’t think this is going to end up like when Hillary Clinton ran in 2016, and all of the Dems’ out there decided to wait to see if she was going to run.

Two of the potential candidates also spoke at the Nashville get together. Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley were there giving keynote addresses. And neither sounded like they were waiting for Donald Trump. In fact, both praised Trump as being the right person needed in 2016 when he won. But they will decide if THEY are the right person in 2024, and if they are, THEY will run.

I get the feeling hearing from the Pence clan that Mike Pence is pretty much thinking along the same lines. That means that Trump, if he does decide to run, may not have seventeen other candidates to plow through as happened in 2016. But he may have more competition than he would like to have had going into the primaries in 2024.

What is interesting is that when some of the others considering running were asked if Trump should stop talking about 2020 and focus on 2024, they all responded basically the same way. Trump should do what Trump thinks is right for Trump. Personally, 2020 was two years ago. It’s history. And yes, we need to learn from our history, but I don’t think we need to relive it quite as often as Trump would want us to believe we need to. Just a thought.

Either way, I think I’m going to be buying stock in Orville Redenbacher.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

But What’s The Outcome?

I saw an interesting poll from the Southern Poverty Law Center the other day. It basically says that 44% of all Americans and 53% of Republicans feel that we are headed toward a civil war.

I find those numbers to be absolutely amazing.

So, basically half of the country already feels that there is no working with the other side, that it’s pretty much come down to blowing up what we have started some 246 years ago, and starting again? That is going to leave a lot of unanswered questions. Well, fear not. Here is my take on what would happen if indeed we had a civil war.

First of all, what the outcome is depends on who’s in charge. You saw all of the violence in the streets while Trump (and some of Biden) was in charge, right? Expand on that. And realize that the government has the greatest weapons of all time, and probably would be using them against whatever side the insurrection came from. Oh, the rebels, and again, they could be either liberal snowflakes or conservatives, would gain an early upper hand…but you can’t compete with the types of weapons in the United States arsenal. It’s just not possible.

But let’s take the government out of it and look at the two sides. You have liberals that feel that no one should have guns, and you have conservatives that say they’ll fight to the death to preserve their right to bear arms. In a conflict between the two sides, is there any contest? Wouldn’t you see more and more conservatives going to riots held by the left and just leveling everyone taking part? The left would destroy the property, the right would destroy the people destroying the property. They wouldn’t wait for the courts to take over.

I really can’t believe that leftists have it in them to defend their way of thinking if it ever got to that. I mean, look at their attempt to hold “autonomous zones” in places like Portland and Seattle. That was an abysmal failure. They didn’t want police around, so they kept them out. But it became a Lord of the Flies situation all over again. And those folks are going to win an armed insurrection against gun owners who are fighting to the death? I don’t believe it for a minute.

But, let’s forget about the two sides for a minute and concentrate on one thing. The government. The current swamp wants to remain in charge. Let’s face it, Trump wasn’t able to even begin draining the swamp in four years. It’s going to take a protracted effort, with more than a hundred million people to get involved. And you thought the 1860’s civil war was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet! Whomever wins this civil war is going to be determined by whichever political party is in charge of DC at the time it breaks out. That is the outcome of THIS civil war. We will learn what countless countries have already learned…you can’t match up and fight the United States. You have to employ treachery and almost terrorist tactics in order to do it.

Will it ever happen? I have no idea. But I will say that when over half of the population thinks something will happen, it usually does.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! First The Saudis, Now The Mexicans?

It would appear that’s the case. I’m referring to countries that are turning their nose up to accepting invitations, or phone calls from the President of the United States. It’s been well documented that the Saudis won’t accept telephone calls from Joe Biden, and that when he wants to communicate with the kingdom, he has to do this circuitous dance through several countries in order to get his message through.

Now, Mexico is balking at meeting with Biden.

It all started because Joe wanted to hold a “Summit of the Americas”. But whoops. Joe didn’t invite Cuba, Nicaragua, or Venezuela to the event. Why? Because he wanted to invite only countries that upheld “democratic principles”. That got Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador all bent out of shape.

Obrador, who is slated to meet with Biden in July anyway, said he’s going to skip this week’s summit, because if your intent is to “unify the region”, you should be inviting everybody. And when Biden snubbed those three rather socialist countries, Obrador got his nose out of joint over it. But he does have a point.

We’ve seen this before from Biden. Remember back during the campaign? He said HE was the candidate that could bring America together. Well, he kind of did, but not in the way he was thinking of. He was trying to tell Americans that he could work with Republicans. Instead, he has basically united America against Joe Biden, as poll after poll show Biden losing more and more approval in the things he’s doing. He’s now solidly in the 30% range, and White House officials are worried that he will be compared to Jimmy Carter as one of the worst presidents ever.

And now we see that Biden wants to “unify the Americas”, but only those countries that hold democratic principles. That means that if your country isn’t a democracy, if you are a socialist country like Cuba, or Venezuela, or Nicaragua, you’re not invited! That has to really upset the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and AOC’s Wackjob 5!

Once again, a Biden flub turns into an international event that is going to take all the gumption of the White House staff to walk back, make apologies to, and hopefully not be too damaged over. But as Obrador said yesterday, “There cannot be a summit if all countries are not invited.”

Whether you like Mexico’s president or not, you have to give they guy credit for standing up to what he believes in…and he’s got a point. What is the sense of holding a unifying event if the only ones you’re going to invite to the party are people that you agree with? Another great moment in a Biden presidency!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

What Do You Do If You’re A Terribly Unpopular Politician?

That would depend on who you are, I guess. I’m thinking that if it were me, I’d find another line of work rather quickly. I like to eat too much to not have any money coming in! But for someone like Bill de Blasio, the lure of power seems to be too great.

I’m sure by now, you’ve heard that de Blasio, the former mayor of New York, and 2020 presidential hopeful who’s campaign died very quickly, is going to enter the political fray once again, this time for US Congress. de Blasio announced last Friday that he was going to enter the race for the newly carved out 10th congressional seat in New York. It encompasses Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Now, it is assumed that this new district will probably draw a lot of attention. So, the mere fact that de Blasio has decided he wants to run for Congress in no way suggests that he has a chance at actually winning the primary when it occurs on August 23rd. Currently, there are seven Dems vying for the position, including incumbent, Jerry Nadler. So if de Blasio hopes to win the seat (Democrats basically control this district), he’s going to have to unseat a good friend of his in Jerry (I can’t kneel) Nadler.

And this is what gets me about politicians. If they lose at one thing, that’s ok. They just turn around and run for something else, and it really doesn’t matter what it was. Take Beto O’Rourke as an example. He climbed the ladder from city councilman in El Paso to the Congress, where he served for six years. Then he ran for president and lost terribly. Then he ran for the Senate against Ted Cruz and got handed his rear end. Now, he’s running for Texas Governor, and the odds aren’t good he will do much better. Same thing for people like de Blasio. He seems to be totally unaware that he was a terrible candidate for president, and that he was cited as being the worst mayor in New York City for the last century!

Good luck to de Blasio. I guess when you’re a politician, you have to do something, anything to keep in front of the people, even if it means your going to be embarrassed and lose the race!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Misguided Tour?

I’m well aware that presidents need to flit around the world and meet with other world leaders. It’s just part of the job description. I’m also painfully aware that when the people who are your constituents don’t list much world happenings other than the war in Ukraine as something that’s on their mind, but are much more concerned about things like illegal immigration, inflation, gasoline prices, supply chain shortages, crime in the streets, and the like, you need to deal with that.

Joe Biden just doesn’t get it.

Biden left last week for a tour of Korea, and Japan. He’s hoping to send a message to both China and North Korea that they are still on his radar. Meanwhile, his approval rating has hit new historic lows, and he hasn’t been able to come up with one solution to any of the problems mentioned above. All he can do is blame Vladimir Putin for high gasoline prices, which is absurd, and pass the buck when it comes to everything else. Talk about a losing proposition!

To add more fuel to the fire, his chief gatekeeper to the media has left. Jen “Circle Back” Psaki, flew the coop for the greener pastures of MSNBC, where she won’t have to work 24/7. In her stead, Biden elevated Karine Jean-Pierre, who in her first week hasn’t impressed anyone with her handling of the press. All she has shown is that she is a very poor reader and an even worse communicator.

So, Biden has done something that his former boss, Bobo Obama also did. Back in his presidency, he took Jen Psaki from the State Department and brought her into the White House. Psaki had done a fairly decent job working with Hillary Clinton, and learned the ropes on Pennsylvania Avenue. So, Biden said, why not try it again? He tapped Pentagon spokesman John Kirby to come to the White House to help shore up a fledgling and faltering communications team, now led by Jean-Pierre.

I find it amazing that the guy that couldn’t leave a 30 miles circle to campaign from when he was running for president just two years ago, would jet off to the farthest corners of the world just so he wouldn’t have to deal with the onslaught of the problems he’s created here at home. And you can add to that the lifting of Title 42, which was set to expire on Monday (at the time of this writing).

No, Joe hasn’t impressed a lot of people. I’m sure that when and if Congress flips to the Republicans this fall, Joe will find a way to blame someone other than himself for the total lack of confidence in his government. The only problem is, running to the other side of the world isn’t going to help. He still has to come home!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Big Tech About To Go Bust?

You might as well call it death by a thousand paper cuts. That’s basically what is happening. In case you’ve missed it, even though Congress has had a multitude of hearings over the past few years on whether to regulate Big Tech or not, nothing has happened. Of course, not much has happened in this Congress at all. But still, Big Tech has managed to kick the ball further down the road, and it could end up costing them billions.

There are currently 18 states, all Republican led, that are considering bills that basically say that if Big Tech silences one of their state’s residents’ freedom of speech, then that person has the right to sue that company in state court. That eliminates a LOT of problems for the consumer because typically those battles would be waged in Federal Courts. And Federal Courts cost a bundle more than state courts do to litigate anything. Typically, you’re looking at a minimum legal bill of $30,000 to take anything to a Federal Court. That all changes if these bills pass.

So, what is going to happen to Big Tech? I think you’re going to see some changes. First of all, they are going to challenge whether or not a state can actually hear such a case in state court, or whether it needs to go to the federal jurisdiction (as would most cases that arise between parties in two states). Second, if the tech companies lose that round, they will make whatever tweeks in their terms of service that say you have to go through an arbitration process or can only take it to a federal court if that doesn’t work. However, as we’ve seen with several “signs” posted in businesses, and also in terms of service, just because you post something there doesn’t make it necessarily legal.

Lastly, you better believe the Supreme Court will most likely be the ultimate deciding factor in this matter. Both Democrats and Republicans, but for differing reasons, think that Big Tech has gone too far and needs to be regulated. Republicans want to see less violations of someone’s freedom of speech, and Democrats are all about regulating businesses into submission.

Either way, it should be interesting to see what happens up the road. Currently, no state has actually passed one of these bills, and you’d better believe Big Tech is already lining up their attorneys to do battle. Or, maybe they are already on the phone calling Elon Musk, to ask him if he wants to buy out THEIR company. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

10 Questions I LOVE To Know The Answers To

Oh, there are probably hundreds more, but why be greedy? These are ten questions regarding politics that I really wish someone would ask, and get a truthful answer to. If I knew the ten answers to the questions I’m going to ask here, I could die a happy man!

  1. Does Joe Biden realize that America basically thinks of him as the worst president ever elected?

I think deep down in his soul, he probably does. If that’s the case, he should be nominated for an Oscar, or a Emmy, or whatever politicians get in a case like that. To go through a four year term knowing damn well that you’re incompetent, that you bumble and stumble through life and you’d be totally lost without your handlers correcting every other word that came out of your mouth would be one of the things that would drive me crazy. I just wonder if Joe Biden realizes how he’s viewed and if he cries himself to sleep every night. I think most Americans that found themselves in that position would.

2. Does Bernie Sanders really believe the crap he spews?

Let’s face it, Sanders’ comments regarding anything to do with his social agenda is so far out of whack with the mainstream it’s actually embarrassing to listen to him speak. I can’t believe IF (and I’m not sure that’s possible seeing he went to Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago) he actually understands economics, why he would say the stuff he does.

3. Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually as stupid as she appears?

My feeling is no one can be that dumb. The insanity that she throws out there has got to be for show. She’s PT Barnum in drag, right? I mean, this is not an intelligent woman by any stretch of the imagination!

4. Why aren’t BOTH political party’s consistent in their beliefs?

This has bothered me for a long time. Let’s take the Republican party here since I bash the Dems’ quite a bit. How can you be against abortion because it’s “taking a life”, and yet be for the death penalty? I get it that the person on death row has done terrible things and deserves to die. But if you believe that taking a life is bad and immoral, then isn’t taking any life bad and immoral? It’s not just this issue, but you see it all the time. People that were against getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate twenty years ago are all excited about it now (I’m looking at YOU, Joe Biden!). I’m a consistency freak, and there is nothing worse than an inconsistent politician. I don’t care if you’re voting your conscience. But at least be consistent across the board!

5. Why can’t we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution?

Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, if you’ve done your homework, you know that the current problem with our economy and inflation isn’t Vladimir Putin’s fault, and it’s not COVID’s fault. We had no issues under Donald Trump with this stuff. It’s happened under Biden’s watch because spending has been out of control. And yes, it was almost as bad under Trump. So, why can’t we make the US do exactly what every family and every business in the country does. If you take in a hundred dollars, you can’t spend more than one hundred dollars. Get it passed now!

6. Why do I need an economics degree from Stanford to do my taxes?

Paying taxes should be easy. You know what you made. You should pay a percentage to help fund the government. It’s relatively easy. Pick a number (and I’ll let the idiots in DC argue over what the number should be). Use that as a percentage and if you made X, you pay 10% of X, or whatever. In fact, there’s no need to send in a check or file a return. It’s already taken out of whatever you earn money on. Period. Your employer, or investment person withholds the percentage and sends it in to the government. You can do the same thing with city and state taxes. And that frees up the 664,532 CPA’s in this country to do something that actually requires thought, not just a computer program.

7. What’s the hold up with passing immigration reform?

This is a sticking point for me since I live in a border state. First of all, it’s illegal to enter this country the way these people down south are doing it. That means they are breaking the law. They should either be fined, and/or jailed, and deported. If the people we elect to represent us in DC don’t agree with that, they need to get off their fat duffs and pass immigration reform. And it better not be an open door policy. Donald Trump did have it right when he said that a country with no borders is not a country.

8. Speaking of which, why isn’t Alejandro Mayorkas or Joe Biden being arrested for breaking the law?

If you, as an elected or appointed official are knowingly breaking the law, which is what is happening regarding the southern border, why aren’t these people being arrested, fined, and jailed? If you or I did that, we’d certainly be facing the wrath of some governmental unit somewhere. My thoughts have always been that if you’re not going to follow this law or that law, then what teeth does ANY law have?

9. Why do we even have a “minimum wage”?

This has always perplexed me. Minimum wage was originally set because it was there to stop employers from taking advantage of first time workers, and paying them almost nothing for the work they do. These were typically students with summer jobs. But since we have this weird economy, now people with PhD’s are working at McDonalds. And they say they can’t raise a family on minimum wage. Well, you’re not supposed to raise a family on minimum wage. Look, can we do away with it and let the marketplace decide what an individual job is worth? If someone can’t find anyone to do the job for $5 an hour, they’re going to have to pay more. It’s simple supply and demand economics.

10. Can we pass a law or an amendment that severely limits what the federal government can do?

I’m thinking there are things that the federal government SHOULD do, and things that any government shouldn’t do. The federal government SHOULD maintain a defensive force to protect our land. It should mint money. It should build, and maintain an infrastructure system, and it should set in place laws that reflect the Constitution. It shouldn’t compete with the private sector in any way. An example of where that happens is the whole Obamacare thing. Take government out of social welfare and social spending programs. There are a myriad of churches and non-profit organizations that are set up to help people in need. Let them do their jobs! Let insurance companies do their job. You don’t need oversight in every area. If you want to pass a law that says that if you take advantage of someone in a criminal way, you can never work in that industry anywhere ever again, I’m ok with that. But leave the marketplace alone!

There you have it. I’ll sit by my computer to hear the answers…especially from those in Washington!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Bye Bye Debates?

In a move that frankly was a long time coming, The Republican National Committee decided unanimously last week to pull out of the presidential debates that have been run by the Commission on Presidential Debates since 1988. It’s both a sad state of affairs, and a very smart decision coming out of the RNC.

Basically, over the past ten or so years, we’ve seen debates that have been wildly skewed toward the Democrat candidate while the Republican candidate must dodge the slings and arrows of the leftist opponent. If one needs a shining example, they need to look no further than former Fox News host, and moderator of the first 2020 debate, Chris Wallace. Several times during the debate, Wallace saved Joe Biden by asking easy questions, and doubling down on the tougher questions of Donald Trump. Leading up to that debate, Fox News built Wallace to be some sort of god, but he fell far short of that mark, not even reaching the level of “debate moderator”.

So what does this mean for upcoming presidential debates? Well, the new rule states that the Republican National Committee won’t allow their nominee to appear at a CPD run debate. That was done as an homage to Donald Trump, who was totally against the CPD’s running of them. The list of moderators were all basically left-wing idealogues, the questions were suspiciously easy for the Democrat candidate, and there was a very obvious bias brought forth. However, if Donald Trump isn’t the nominee for some reason, and the nominee, whoever that is, decides they WANT to debate the Democrat opponent, then my money would be on the fact that the RNC would change it’s rules to comply with the candidate’s wishes.

It’s a loss for America in once sense of the word. We have gotten used to two or three presidential debates ever since they made a reappearance after a long absence. Debates got started with the famed Lincoln/Douglas debate (which was for the US Senate, not the presidency), back in 1858. The first televised debate with the Republican and Democrat candidate occurred in 1956, when Eisenhower and Stevenson debated. Of course, there was the famous Kennedy/Nixon debate of 1960, that basically gave Kennedy the election (along with Papa Joe buying Chicago’s votes).

But for the longest time after that there were no debates. They were brought back in 1976 between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. And they’ve pretty much been a staple in American politics ever since.

I’ve been against the debates in their current structure because they’re nothing more than campaign commercials. No one really answers the questions, and it’s basically scored as who had the biggest “gotcha” lines. Oh, we have several memorable lines from past debates that we all remember. But none of them told us anything about the candidates, just who had the best zinger writers!

I for one, don’t think that debates matter in this day and age. Democrats will vote for an old tennis shoe over voting for a Republican. And the Republicans are pretty much in the same camp. The only ones that really get “swayed” by a debate are independent voters, and there are only usually 6-8% of the electorate that counts themselves in that category.

So, debates could come to an end. All I think it really means is one less night with popcorn!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

K-Baby’s Staff Walk Out

I’ve always thought you can tell a lot about a place of employment by how long folks have been there, and how happy they are to get to work every morning. If they show up with a smile on their face, ready to tackle the day, and they’ve been there say, 10 years or more, it’s got to be an OK place to work. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said when you talk about K-Baby Harris, and the Vice President’s office.

Harris’ Deputy Chief of Staff, Michael Fuchs has resigned, though he will stay in place until May. He is the 11th person to leave the Harris camp since last June. That’s 11 people gone in 10 months.

So, that begs the question, why are they all leaving? Well, the easy answer is because it’s a high ranking, pressured filled position, as is pretty much any position in the White House, or in Congress. You don’t find a lot of people that have been in either position (unless they’re Congressmen or Senators) that have been around ten years or longer. And you don’t find them showing up to work with smiles on their face. At least that’s the case with Harris’ team.

A White House Communications Director blamed Harris for the departures saying that she had way too many missteps and gaffes, and it was a toxic work environment. That’s actually coming out in a book written by New York Times reporters (aren’t they supposed to be friendly to the socialist snowflakes of the world?)

So far, the following folks have turned in their badges. Director of digital strategies Rajun Kaur, director of advance Karly Satkowiak, deputy director of advance Gabrielle DeFranceschi, communications director Ashley Etienne, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, director of press operations Peter Velz, deputy director of public engagement Vince Evans, speechwriting director Kate Childs Graham, deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, and national security adviser Nancy McEldowney. That’s 11 people, all with rather high ranking jobs. We’re not talking interns here.

Is it fair to say that based on what we know from just reading news reports, K-Baby Harris isn’t the easiest person in the world to work for? I’m sure that there is some ego involved. I mean, you don’t advance to the second highest office in the land and not think pretty highly of yourself. And that can certainly cause angst among the rank and file. It does make you wonder whether Harris’ management style needs some basic tutoring, doesn’t it?

If you want to compare Harris’ record with Biden’s, it’s no match. Harris has lost 11 people so far since last June. Since Biden took office, he has lost six with a much larger staff. Now, to be fair, holding the record is Donald Trump. Trump had a 35% turnover in positions in year one of his presidency. A lot of it had to do with the fact that Trump did like to play “The Apprentice” while in the Oval Office, and would fire people pretty regularly.

But it stands to reason why the people are leaving the Harris ship. It’s sinking rather quickly. Though the Biden administration swears that Biden and Harris are a team, insiders will say privately that Biden has lost all confidence in Harris to do even the most simple task. That’s why he sends her out to do things he just doesn’t want to do, like travel to Europe or Central America, or deal with border issues. He knows those are no win situations, and thinks it best if Harris takes the heat. The problem is, not only does she take the heat for failing at the task (she hasn’t had one successful mission to date), she compounds the problem by throwing gaffe after gaffe into the word salad she spreads like she’s working at a Saladworks.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA: Psaki Leaving White House

Jen Psaki said about a year ago that she was only going to stay as the Press Secretary to Joe Biden for up to 18 months. After that she would need to leave. She kept her promise on this one.

Psaki will be leaving her post at the White House sometime this spring for a different type of job. She’s going to MSNBC.

Yeah, big surprise. Psaki will probably fill in as an “expert” commentator and who knows where she might end up. She may actually take over Rachel Maddow’s show once Maddow is ready to step aside. Or she may sit in with Morning Joe. Either way, she will get prime space to expound without having to answer to Peter Doocy from Fox News. Either way, Psaki has to be getting tired of walking back Biden’s remarks and trying to make sense of it all in front of journalists, who all know better. Even the liberal journalists out there aren’t buying what she’s selling. It has to be very frustrating.

Current Communications Director, Kate Bedingfield, has been standing in for Psaki who’s out with COVID. Most in the White House see this as a trial run for her to take over as Press Secretary once Psaki is out the door.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!