Trump Indictment?

It’s looking more and more that Donald Trump may indeed get indicted by the Department of Justice over the whole Mar-a-Lago raid thing. And while that doesn’t intimate that he’s going to be found guilty at all, it does throw a little bit of a monkey wrench into the 2024 presidential campaign, doesn’t it?

I mean, if Trump is indicted for any crime between now and November 2024, there is a good chance it will turn off a portion of the electorate. What does that mean? Well, I would suggest that a certain percentage, and I’m not going to speculate on what that is, would turn their nose up at him and go with someone else for their presidential choice. I’m NOT saying that person would be Joe Biden or any other Democrat by the way. There WILL be a primary prior to the general election!

But let’s look at this in a little greater detail.

If Trump were to get indicted one of two things will happen. First, the Republican Trumpers will rally around him. It will energize his base twenty times what the Mar-a-Lago raid did. Second, it will damper the enthusiasm of independents to vote for him. Will it be enough to bring him the nomination? Not sure. But there is a third option out there that people are indeed starting to talk about.

It’s Ron DeSantis.

With DeSantis being hit this past week with a class action lawsuit over flying 50 illegals to Martha’s Vineyard, as a “human trafficking” scheme, (which Biden did like 200 times as many), the public is overwhelmingly backing the Florida governor against the Democrats. 72% of the people surveyed in a Rasmussen poll said they were happy to see what DeSantis, Abbott, and Ducey were doing.

DeSantis is a rock-ribbed conservative that’s not afraid to rock the boat to get his message across. He’s inventive and creative when it comes to how he gets that message across. Does that sound like another possible Republican candidate? Put another way, if Trump were to face indictment, do you think that most Trump fans could find comfort in a Ron DeSantis candidacy? My thoughts would tend to sway to yes.

The question is, would DeSantis be able to beat a Democrat. Again, my thoughts are that he would, and rather handedly. DeSantis is currently running for reelection against former Florida governor and current US Representative, Charlie Crist (a former Republican who flipped parties). DeSantis is ahead handedly in every single poll that’s been taken. Floridians love him, even against one of their former governors! And I feel that he’s not quite as loud-mouthed as Trump is. He can act more presidential, which has been one of the biggest knocks on Trump all along.

Besides, who are the Democrats going to throw at him? K-baby Harris? Pete Buttigieg? Gavin Newsome? C’mon. There isn’t anyone on their bench strong enough. And Biden is making it more and more clear that he’s not going to be running for reelection. He all but said that in his 60 Minutes interview. Republicans don’t need to worry if Trump gets thrown under the bus. There is someone with all of his policies, all of his showmanship, and not nearly the baggage as Trump waiting in the wings. Should be a good time through 2028 and beyond!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Winning Isn’t Enough

Republicans are excited about the midterm elections and have been since Joe Biden took office. Democrats are worried and are already throwing down the gauntlet as to what the country will look like under a split Congress at best. According to several Democrats, nothing will get done (usually not necessarily a bad thing!) and there will be more and more government shutdowns as Congress disagrees with itself as to what the spending priorities and amounts should be.

Five Thirty Eight has the Republicans winning the House of Representatives with a 70% likelihood. They have the Democrats maintaining control of the Senate with the same percentage.

So, if that’s the case, it’s not enough for the Republicans to play defense. They need to get on offense and tell the country exactly what they will do if they become the majority party in Congress. So far, Dems have been able to control the message, making Donald Trump the foe, and talking January 6th protest and abortion. They say the GOP is going to “take away” Social Security, which is a lie because all the GOP is doing is suggesting that Social Security be privatized as a way to maintain it past 2035 when it goes bankrupt. That’s really nothing more than investing in the stock market, something that every single person with a 401k account currently does.

But it’s not enough for the GOP to react to that. They need to come up with a plan on what they are going to do if elected to lead in the House. Democrats think the GOP will hold all sorts of hearings on Alejandro Mayorkas, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the like. They will hold hearings on Critical Race Theory and Climate Change. They’ll tackle hearings on overspending. But that’s not enough. America needs answers, not hearings.

Here’s what I’d do if I were in charge…

First fix the friggin’ border. Finish the wall, hire 87,000 Border Patrol agents, not IRS agents. I’d defund that IRS plan in a heartbeat and send the money to fix the border. Then I would come up with a comprehensive immigration reform package that basically says who is allowed into this country, who isn’t, and what the punishment is, if you come in illegally for any reason.

Next up, we tackle over-spending. I’d get a Constitutional Amendment for a balanced budget. If Dems want to crank up the Bureau of Engraving’s printing presses 24/7, then they have to find a way to pay for it. That means raising taxes on everyone. If that’s done, you’ll see inflation come down.

I would also put the size of the Supreme Court into a Constitutional Amendment. It should be nine people. That’s what it’s been at for the majority of time the Supreme Court has been around. The Judiciary Act of 1869 states that the Supreme Court should have a Chief Justice and eight associate justices. It’s already federal law. It needs to be a Constitutional Amendment so Democrats (or Republicans) can’t pack the court.

I would make it a federal law that for the safety of the nation, all communities must hire and pay the wages of a police force and keep them trained. Not a token cop or two, but a force! Put more blue on the streets, and watch the crime rate decline.

Next up, I’d make it illegal to fund programs with questionable data, like Climate Change. It’s not that the climate isn’t changing. It’s that they keep changing the models saying humans are the cause of it and what the catastrophic results would be.

I would make it illegal for anyone in Congress to buy or sell stock, and the same goes for anyone in their families. You can’t hide behind your spouse’s trades anymore. We all know you’re giving them inside information! If Martha Stewart can go to jail for it, so can Nancy and Paul Pelosi. And yes, that would include Republicans that trade on it as well (there are a lot on each side of the aisle).

Finally, I would put term limits into effect. We have them for the President. We have them in 35 states. We should have them in Congress as well.

That should be enough to keep everyone busy for two years until we win back the White House and take control of the Senate!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

So, Would YOU Make This Trade?

I was reading a piece by Larry O’Connor this morning. All across the country, there is a move by Democrats hoping to make abortion the most talked about and most important issue this midterm election cycle. So far, the kitchen table items like inflation, the economy, and crime are winning out, and probably will. But O’Connor had an interesting take on all of it.

He would gladly trade a ban on abortions for losing the Senate this time around.

And it got me to thinking…how important IS abortion to the GOP? It’s been a half century or so that abortion was legal and relatively easy to obtain in this country. We are one of 70 countries in the world that had that ease. But, when the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, stating instead of being a federal law, it needs to be sent to the states to decide (NOT making it illegal as Democrats claim), it gave the Dems a campaign issue.

So, the question is, would YOU make the trade of losing a chance to take over the Senate in 2022 if it means a ban on abortions (or at least a federal ban!)

I’m certainly pro-life and have a very difficult time understanding how a woman can decide to have an abortion and kill a life that’s growing inside of her. To me, it’s more of a religious thing, a moral and ethical thing than a “legal choice” that women make as far as what to do with their bodies. We’re not talking about getting a tattoo here. We’re talking about ending a life before it gets started. But would I end the Republicans’ chances to take over the Senate?

I don’t think I have to choose. I think both could very well still happen. But if forced to choose, I’m still not sure. I think of the damage a deranged idiot like Joe Biden can do by nominating justices to federal benches, only if he has the US Senate to confirm and they are on his side. God forbid we start losing people like Clarance Thomas on the Supreme Court! On the other side, and this is the point I can’t understand about Democrats who’s religion is politics…we are going to allow a lot of those fetuses that otherwise would have been aborted to live. Why Democrats wanted to chop their numbers down in the first place is beyond me. If there was no abortion, if we never aborted 63 million babies over the past 49 years, I think it’s safe to say the Democrats would never lose another election!

But still, if I HAD to choose, what would I do? I have wrangled this one around for a while. I think the sanctity of life is far more important than a two year possibility of Joe Biden using his mental deficiencies to nominate people. After all, what value to YOU put on human life? I guess to even have to wrangle it, I should be ashamed. But it is a difficult decision if you get right down to it.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

SHUT IT DOWN!

You may not have heard about this. House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) yesterday told the members of his party that he wants to make sure that the playbook that Newt Gingrich tried a generation ago is brought back up and hopes the Contract With America’s 21st Century version is able to have the same results. He’s going to go about it in a different way though.

Between now and the end of the month, Congress must either pass a budget for fiscal year 2023, or pass a Continuing Resolution to kick the can down the road. McCarthy outlined his plan for his House members saying that the GOP in both houses of Congress are going to vote no on any budget deal that doesn’t solve the border issue.

That means that the Republicans are forcing the hand of the Democrats to do the following. They want to end Catch & Release entirely, reintroduce the “Stay In Mexico” policy that keeps illegal immigrants in Mexico while they wait for their asylum hearing. And they want to finish the border wall started by Donald Trump. Now, the Biden administration is claiming to be finishing at least a part of the wall, but they say they are doing it “to fix problems left behind by the Trump administration.” Well, that probably would include allowing some two million fewer illegals into our country than Biden has done this year!

If Democrats don’t want to play ball with immigration reform, Republicans are going to shut down the government, saying that they don’t need to run a government when they can’t even run a border.

It will be interesting to see what happens on this front. Democrats love to blame Republicans for shutting down the government and “taking money out of the mouths of the poor and needy”. But in reality, the high cost of allowing two million illegals into the country is a lot higher than the cost of some folks not being able to tour the Capitol building or stop by some national park this fall.

Democrats need to learn that if you don’t have a border, you don’t have a country. And I personally would hope that the Republicans once they take Congress back, would force these illegals to be deported. It’s the only way to deal with the situation.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! Putin’s Gamble

Put yourself in Vladimir Putin’s place for a minute. You decided it was so easy to retake Crimea and give your people a very nice area to vacation in along the Black Sea. Warm, almost tropical breezes. So, why not decide to retake the rest of Ukraine and get it back into Mother Russia?

Only this time, Bobo Obama isn’t president. Instead, his VP is running the US (or at least that’s what SHOULD be happening!) and he figures that Obama had a lot more on the ball than Biden ever did. This should be a cakewalk. It turns out, that with an unlimited bank account from the US and other European countries, the Ukrainians are better fighters than Putin ever imagined. He never thought that over 45,000 of his own soldiers would be killed or wounded.

So, Putin throws down a gambit. If he has to, he will use nuclear weapons to take back Ukraine. He recalls some 300,000 reservists, as many of them as possible buy plane tickets to anywhere that doesn’t have “Russia” in its name. So, Putin cancels all travel for men ages 18-65. Now there’s a run for the border situation.

Putin had a gamble to take and he took it. He figured all along that Joe Biden wasn’t strong enough of a leader to do much, if anything, when it came to his taking back Ukraine, and he’s probably right. But there was that little thing that Joe loves to spend other people’s money. And that figure to date is about $54 billion!

I’m not crediting Joe Biden for doing this though. This does not have HIS fingerprints on it, but maybe that of Ron Klain. You also have to credit Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukranian president for his bravery and heroism. And throw in the token approach that Europe has taken, as they have realized they are facing a very cold winter without Russian natural gas.

But what I find interesting is that Putin is ready to drop nukes in order to end this thing. Now, I’m not sure that’s really what’s happening. Putin is a sick man, both physically and mentally. Rumor has it he has cancer and is dying. But he also doesn’t want Russia to be seen as losing to some third-rate former Soviet republic.

As far as Biden is concerned, to keep spending money on something that most Americans aren’t backing, only adds to the inflation rate and the recession economy that we find ourselves in. Biden has no concept of economics, so to him, he just keeps spending like the minimum waged wife that can’t stop shopping on 5th Avenue in New York City. After all, he has spent over 3 trillion in executive orders alone since taking office. And you and I are on the hook for that number.

Putin must realize he’s in a pickle. He can’t lose to Ukraine, but he knows if he drops a big one there, it’s going to probably force an all out nuclear World War III. I doubt he’s willing to take that big of a gamble, but then again, he doesn’t have any respect for Joe Biden’s lack of backbone.

Hopefully cooler heads prevail. I really would like to take a nice cruise next year!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Railroad Strike May Still Happen

One of the many “victory laps” Joe Biden has loved to take recently has to deal with his getting involved with a labor negotiation. Now, normally, a president won’t get involved unless there are severe consequences if a strike happens. It’s really rare. But Biden felt, and most agree that a rail strike that cripples the moving of goods across this great country of ours, would be devastating to an economy already in recession (and yes…regardless what the administration says, we ARE in a recession).

But not all is happy in railroad land.

According to The Hill, the strike may still happen. Tomorrow, 125,000 union railroad workers spanning not one, but twelve separate unions will vote on the Biden-backed contract. If only one of those 12 unions decide against it, the strike is back on and rail traffic grinds to a halt.

The deal includes a 24% raise over five years, scheduled cash bonuses, back pay, a mandate for two-person crews, a cap on healthcare costs, and time off for medical appointments.

However, several of the workers according to Ron Kaminkow from the Railroad Workers United group says that there are several angry groups. They feel the language is too broad, it was not well negotiated, and they have several questions that need to get answered before they vote yes on a new agreement.

In short, this is a long way from getting done.

Biden’s victory lap on this one may end up crashing into the turn one wall if he’s not careful. According to one worker on Norfolk Southern, “Workers are pissed off and this time we actually have a lot of leverage. I know I’m not going to accept anything less than what we deserve.”  The main problem according to the two largest unions are unsafe working conditions, unpredictable scheduling, and a lack of sick-leave time.

Wait and see…the vote is tomorrow!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Are You As Mad As I Am?

That’s the big question I have for you today. Are you as mad as I am when I turn on the news and hear our president tell us that three southern border governors are being “inhumane” and are guilty of “human trafficking” when they send busloads of people to Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and a few planeloads of people to Martha’s Vineyard?

I would certainly hope so.

And I’m not mad because the governors are doing this. I’m mad because of what Joe Biden is calling it. Human trafficking? Really? And what did you call it Joe when you were sending planeloads of illegal immigrants to north of New York City, then bussing them to Long Island, and Connecticutt, and New Jersey? Was it human trafficking when you were shipping off illegals to Florida by the planeload? And didn’t you do that in the middle of the night? What do you call that, and why is that any different than what DeSantis, and Abbott, and Ducey are doing?

And you have the unmitigated gall to suggest that you’re going to have YOUR (not my) DOJ file charges against those governors? Are we going to file charges against you and Mayorkas? From where I sit, you two are guilty of doing the same thing.

So, while I’m on this rant, let me attack this problem from the origin, because that’s only fair. The border crisis before the election of 2020 was under control. Donald Trump had slowed the illegal migration to a trickle. Yes, there were still illegals coming across the border, but it wasn’t anywhere near the FOUR MILLION illegals that have crossed in less than two years under Biden. Why isn’t that chargeable and criminal that neither Biden, nor Harris, nor Mayorkas have followed federal law?

I would love to see the court trial on this one. Can you see a defense attorney for the governors nail Biden, and Harris, and Mayorkas to a tree and ask them why they did the same thing that the governors did, and they aren’t being charged? I really don’t think Biden wants that to happen does he? He won’t have a leg to stand on! And then you can follow that question up by citing US Immigration Law about what people that are emigrating to the US need to do to legally get here, and ask the three of them what they have done to satisfy that law. The answer is nothing. Hell, Biden hasn’t even been to the southern border. He has no idea where that is. Shoot, he doesn’t even know where HE is half the time.

Until the president decides he’s going to solve this problem, or at the very least prod Congress into writing a new immigration law, this is absolutely going to be yet another Biden stumble that is going to lower his approval rating even more. Especially when 52% of the Americans across this great land agree that what DeSantis, and Abbott, and Ducey are doing is the right thing!

Sanctuary Cities my ass!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden’s Victory Lap Stumbles

Joe Biden has had a really rough 20 months in office. He has totally ignored the crisis at the southern border. In fact, he never even called it a “crisis”. But some of his staff did. He basically broke the printing press at the US Mint, by running it for 20 months straight. The economy, regardless what you hear from Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellin, is in recession (as defined by HER back when she was heading up the FED). Who can forget Biden’s horrific stumble with the Afghanistan withdrawal just over a year ago…a debacle that cost 13 American lives and countless Afghans their life. He’s basically been wrong on every single foreign policy issue he’s commented on during his entire career.

And I haven’t even scratched the surface with the whole Hunter Biden fiasco.

No, Joe Biden hasn’t had a very good presidency. I don’t care how he or that bimbo, Karine Jean-Pierre tries to spin it. It’s been a travesty at best. And just when he was ready to tell the American public that the inflation rate was going down, or at the very least was going to match what his merry band of economists said it was going to be, he stumbled like an old man going up the steps of Air Force One. Oh wait. That happened, didn’t it. Let me try another one. Like an old man falling off a bike. Geesh. Sorry. I guess I’ll just move on.

The August inflation numbers came out yesterday. While Biden was hoping to sing the praises of “the best economy this country has ever seen!”, he had to take a step back. Inflation is still with us. And while it ticked down from an annual rate of 8.5% in July to 8.3% in August, the month over month inflation rate was up 0.1% (so much for NO inflation, Joe!)

Economists had hoped that inflation year over year would be no higher than 8.1%. The fact it fell short of their projection doesn’t sit well with most Americans. Most Americans could give a rat’s rear end what the inflation rate is. They just want to go back to the days of an economy under Donald Trump. And while they may hate the man, they certainly loved his policies. Unemployment, especially among minorities were at historically low levels. If you wanted a job, you had one, and the wages were increasing, while inflation was stuck at 1.5% a year, not a month. It seemed that the policies of this Manhattan real estate developer were exactly what the country needed.

And instead, we’ve got Joe. We’ve got a guy that can’t spend money quick enough. Even his “wins” like taking $10,000 off of college loan debts were met with groans from both sides of the aisle. Americans were furious with it because they had to work on their own to pay back the debt, and those folks that didn’t go to college at all, are now forced to pay back the loans of those that did. It’s no wonder this guy’s approval ratings are under water!

Let’s face it. Inflation is just the most visible sign of a presidency that has been an utter abortion. And no…the Supreme Court didn’t outlaw ALL abortions. Just look at Biden’s job performance! Whether or not he can manage to get the inflation rate down to say 5% or so by election day is anyone’s guess, but if I were a betting man, I would say go against the odds on that one. Lowering an inflation rate isn’t as easy as making a deal with your son and the Ukrainians. Or the Chinese.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Dem’s SECRET Plan To Win In November

I will hand it to the Democrats. They are very good at coming up with playbook pieces that seem to work. You can go back to the 1992 presidential election and understand what I’m talking about. Do you remember James Carville’s famous quote, “It’s the economy, stupid”? Democrats won that election because they hammered home what they felt was important. It was the economy. Actually, not so much with Bush 43, but it worked. Later, Clinton was able to add to that playbook item. If you tell a lie enough times, people start to believe it. That’s what got him reelected.

Well, this year, the Democrats have a play that is well underway. We’re seeing it every single day.

Joe Biden has been on the campaign trail for the last month not necessarily campaigning for Democrats because there are tons of Dems’ that don’t want to be seen with him. But he’s been out there, typically in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where he hopes he can flip two US Senate seats. And he hasn’t necessarily been campaigning with the Senate candidates. He’s been bashing Republicans. Oh, he says it’s just the MAGA Republicans, which have been called “half-fascists”, and a “threat to our democracy”. And while the right screams that he’s breaking a campaign promise of “unifying the country”, which he never really wanted to do, he IS accomplishing the task at hand.

He is controlling the message.

Think about it. Every day that goes by that the media are talking about how he’s using non-campaign events to bash Republicans, what isn’t being done? We aren’t hearing about the economy, the inflation rate, the southern border crisis, the high crime rate, the botched withdrawal in Afghanistan, the possibility of an Iranian Nuclear Deal, and Ukraine’s war with Russia and the hundreds of billions we are spending on that. We aren’t hearing about the supply chain issues that still plague the country either.

And people like Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Mark Kelly here in Arizona, and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada are able to scream about abortion, and say that Republicans want to take away Social Security and Medicare (they don’t…they want to privatize them). People are starting to believe the lies.

Yes, the races are tightening in the Senate contests. Kelly is only about 4 points ahead of Blake Masters. Herschel Walker has bumped ahead of Warnock in Georgia in a couple of polls, and in Colorado, Joe O’Dea has pulled to within five points of Michael Bennett! Still, you’re hearing how confident the Dems are becoming. And it’s because they know if they keep talking about Donald Trump, MAGA Republicans, and Mar-a-Lago, that Republicans aren’t able to talk about the real issues that matter most to people.

In order to win this election, the GOP needs to control the message. They need to get back on top. Trump isn’t helping because frankly, this election isn’t about Trump. This election is about stopping Biden. We have two years to worry about Trump. He needs to go away for a while and stop complaining about the FBI and how poorly he’s been treated.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Problem With Trump

Let me say a couple of things right up front. Yes, I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. I did so because frankly, he was much more conservative than his opponents and there really wasn’t a better choice. Yes, I appreciated his policies when he was in office. That’s about where the love affair ends.

Donald Trump has several problems if he runs for president in 2024.

First and foremost, he is the Republican version of Hillary Clinton. He is loved by half the country and hated by half the country. Those that love him would jump off a cliff for him. The rest want nothing to do with him.

Second, at this point, he is in a statistical dead heat with Joe Biden. I find that very hard to believe considering Joe Biden has done nothing to further our country along. In fact, he has done more to tear this country down to the ground than any other president in history. His term has been an absolute failure. And to be within the statistical margin of error? Trump should be winning by 20 points!

Third, Trump hasn’t learned why he lost in 2020 (and like a lot of folks, refused to accept it). He lost because he acted like a Manhattan real estate developer, and not like the leader of the free world. Screaming at your enemies, name calling, acting like a school bully isn’t what one pictures as a statesman. Regardless how you view Trump, you have to admit, he’s no statesman. Of course, I’d say we haven’t had a “statesman president” since Reagan.

Finally, Trump has to change his campaign style. He is a former president for cryin’ out loud. He needs to act like one. It’s one thing to disagree with your opponents. It’s quite another to call them names. When you call Biden an “enemy of the state” after Biden’s ludicrous remarks about MAGA Republicans, you have just lost any advantage of Biden’s total bone-headed speech. And you could have made all sorts of hay from that. You don’t do yourself any favors sinking to Biden’s level. It just makes you look like you’re as mentally incompetent as he is. And I know that’s not the case.

Look, Donald Trump is still the leading GOP candidate to get the nomination in less than two years. But there are others out there that are going to try for it, and right now, Ron DeSantis is creeping ahead of Trump in some of the polls. A lot can happen between now and 2024, but if I were Trump, I’d stop worrying about a Mar-a-Lago raid, and the loss in 2020, and start worrying about the future. Show us your plan. Stop inflation, stop over-spending, finish the damn wall, and get Putin out of Ukraine. Trump can do all of that in an afternoon. Biden is an idiot that can’t find the bathroom on his own. The problem is, all the American public sees are a school yard shouting match between these two buffoons.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!