Archive for the ‘Obama’ Category

Salena Zito’s column does a great job highlighting the advantages that Joe Biden has in winning the Democrats’ nomination, then the general election. Personally, I don’t think that Biden’s got any chance in the general election but that’s just my opinion.

Ms. Zito starts by writing “Joe Biden joined the 2020 race for president last week by declaring that the next election will be ‘a battle for the soul of this nation.’ But his decision to make a Western Pennsylvania Teamster hall his first campaign stop on Tuesday shows he truly understands the heart of it.”

I don’t doubt that Biden identifies with western Pennsylvania. It’s just that I think he starts with an albatross around his neck. The name of that particular albatross is President Obama. During their 8 years in office together, the Obama-Biden team tried to demolish the coal industry, the manufacturing industry and the steel industry.

In his announcement video, Biden said that “I believe that history will look back on 4 years of this president and all that he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump 8 years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”

That’s odd considering the fact that the president he served said “We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming America.”

Sleepy Joe, along with his other Democrat presidential aspirants, sat idly by while President Obama tried destroying steel mill towns, the coal-mining industry and the manufacturing industry. That isn’t the only disturbing thing Obama said. This statement is something else that will live in infamy:

They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

He was talking specifically about Pennsylvania. Why hasn’t Vice President Biden stepped forward and criticized President Obama for essentially saying that voters in rural Pennsylvania, Ohio and other midwestern states were racists? This might be Biden’s biggest mistake of the campaign.

I don’t doubt that Democrats will let him off the hook for not criticizing President Obama but I’m betting blue-collar Trump voters who felt forgotten under President Obama don’t feel forgotten with President Trump. A major part of President Trump’s accomplishments have benefitted these voters. What reason would they have for leaving the guy whose policies have helped restore their towns and their industries?

I don’t disagree that Biden has some strengths that will help him. It’s just that I think he’s got a ton of liabilities that will hurt him as much as his strengths will help him.

During the 2016 general election campaign, Democrats criticized then-Candidate Trump for not saying he’d accept the results of the election. Immediately after she lost, Hillary Clinton started doing everything possible to undermine President Trump’s election. Of course, we now know that she had lots of help from deep state actors like Andrew McCabe, Jim Comey, Jim Clapper, John Brennan, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

It’s worth noting that Brennan accused President Trump of committing treason multiple times. Right after President Trump’s summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin, Brennan tweeted that “President Trump’s performance…rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ It was nothing short of treasonous.”

President Trump’s behavior wasn’t treasonous just like Hillary’s giving Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov the now-infamous reset button wasn’t treasonous. For the former director of the CIA to make such a statement is anti-patriotic.

Now that the Mueller report turned into a dud, Democrats want to relitigate that faux investigation, too. It’s increasingly apparent that Democrats have turned into what I call Relitigation Nation. If they don’t get the results they want, Democrats throw a hissy fit and insist that Republicans must be covering something up. This time, they’ve turned to a new version of smear campaigning under the guise of oversight hearings.

I’ve started talking about a new campaign, which I’ve titled ‘No More Euphemisms’. The Democrats’ thinly disguised oversight hearings are nothing of the sort. They’re the start of the Far-Far Left’s impeachment proceedings. Democrats have insisted on relitigating the conclusions of the Mueller report. The evidence doesn’t support obstruction of justice charges. There was no evidence that “any American” conspired with or collaborated with the Russian government.

Remember when Michelle infamously said that “for the first time in my life, I’m proud of America and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change”?

It’s impossible to escape the fact that Democrats are the sorest losers in politics. If they don’t get their way, they whine to high heaven. That isn’t what leaders do. That’s what sore losers do.

Finally, I won’t put up with Biden’s claim that re-electing President Trump will end America as it should be. The Obama-Biden administration tried to fundamentally transform the United States. No thanks! I prefer the president to enforce the laws of our nation consistently. I prefer an administration that doesn’t selectively ignore the laws it doesn’t like.

Tuesday night, after President Trump said that Republicans would become the party of health care, leftist pundits laughed. What’s funnier is the thought that Democrats will negotiate in good faith on health care. Health care is the Democrats’ holy grail. Without that, Democrats wouldn’t exist.

It’s important that Republicans put a serious health care plan together. What’s more important, though, is that they highlight the differences between their philosophy and the Democrats’ philosophy. Let’s recall that the ACA shoved a specific policy down our throats. If people didn’t purchase QHPs (Qualified Health Plans), they had to pay a fine, aka the individual mandate. The only difference, let’s remember, between Bronze Plan policies and Gold Plan policies was the price of the premium and the size of the deductible.

With the ACA, picking out policies that fit the individuals’ or families’ needs was forbidden. That fits with the Democrats’ philosophy of shoving unpopular policies down our throats, then using the force of government to tell families what they must do.

Republicans are capitalists. They rely on selling quality products at a reasonable price. There’s no need for individual mandates because (surprise) people actually want to buy the product. Imagine how perplexed Democrats must be when they see people buying a product because they like it. After all, Democrats have long believed that they knew best.

This philosophy isn’t limited to health care, either. It’s certainly in play with fixing our immigration system. Democrats consistently insist that there isn’t a crisis. That’s foolish:

I’d love hearing Sen. Schumer explain how letting 1,000,000+ illegal aliens into our country isn’t a crisis. This isn’t just a problem in Texas and California. It’s a crisis in every state in the union because the children of those illegal aliens go to schools. That raises property taxes for people here legally. How is that fair?

Further, let’s ask another sticky question, namely why Democrats won’t pass legislation that will actually stop illegal aliens from entering the United States? You can’t honestly say that you’re for border security if you sit idly by and watch 1,000,000 illegal aliens enter our country in 2019.

It’s time to start calling Democrats like Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Swalwell liars. After all, that’s what they are. A minute into this interview, Rep. Swalwell insisted that he and the country “had seen evidence” of President Trump colluding with Russia. Then he said that “Mueller said that he can’t prove collusion beyond a reasonable doubt.”

That’s a bald-faced lie. Mueller said he “found no evidence” of collusion or collaboration between Russia and President Trump or anyone in his campaign. There’s a huge difference between not being able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and finding no evidence of collusion.

It’s time for Republicans to tell Americans that Democrats aren’t interested in working in America’s best interests. That’s what the resistance movement is about. Democrats are only interested in passing legislation when Republicans give them everything they want. That isn’t patriotism. That’s the opposite of patriotism. The only way to move America forward is to defeat Democrats in droves in the House and Senate and keep President Trump in the White House.

Electing more Democrats only moves America back to the failed policies of the Democrats and President Obama.

John Kass’s column highlights the Democrats’ empty immigration plan. Kass’s column opens by saying “if there is one thing worse than that photograph of a little Honduran boy breathing through an oxygen mask after being hit with tear gas on our Southern border, it’s this: Using that image as a sentimental weapon to fend off or obliterate clearheaded immigration policy. But that’s where we are now, aren’t we? The caravan of thousands of Central American migrants is finally at the border.”

President Obama mocked Republicans, hinting that we were paranoid for thinking that impoverished people in a caravan 1,000 miles from our border posed an existential threat. Now that the election is behind us, President Obama has taken his trash-talking off the stage and gone into hiding.

That isn’t surprising. He never won a fight based on persuasion. The few fights he won were won by trash-talking and with his infamous pen and phone. Here’s President Obama with his trash-talking:

If the media ever forced Democrats to debate immigration substantively, the fight wouldn’t last long. Thankfully for Democrats, there’s no chance that the MSM will force them into that fight. Unfortunately for Democrats, I’ll do my best to pick that fight.

If Democrats were ever forced into admitting that the border wall was as much about stopping fentanyl as it is about stopping illegal aliens entering the country, they’d look like idiots. If Democrats were forced into admitting that the people putting these caravans together also traffic in sex slaves and have caused most of the opioid epidemic, they’d instantly lose the fight over border wall funding.

Frankly, that’s why I hope there is a government shutdown on Pelosi’s watch. I want this attention focused on Democrats’ unwillingness to stop the opioid crisis before it starts. I want this attention focused on all of the components of illegal immigration. Finally, I want Republicans highlighting the difference between illegal immigration and legal, by-the-books immigration.

It’s time to have an adult conversation about immigration. Democrats won’t do that unless they’re forced into it.

Perhaps the more accurate title of this post should be ‘When will Leftists protest these civil rights’? FIRE’s Susan Kruth’s article on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s revised regulations outlines changes to Obama administration’s anti-due process regulations.

Let’s be clear. The Obama administration’s Education Department was anti-civil rights. When it came to dealing with alleged sexual assault on campus, the Obama administration’s Education Department “encouraged schools to have a single investigator adjudicate sexual misconduct cases through a series of separate meetings with the parties and witnesses.” By contrast, the DeVos-proposed regulations pertaining to alleged sexual assault “requires that schools ‘must provide for a live hearing’ when adjudicating a case.”

In other words, universities must allow a cross-examination of the accuser. Nameless, faceless accusers won’t have their ‘day in court’. Kruth continues with this:

Having a live hearing ensures that all parties can see exactly the same evidence and testimony that the fact-finder is seeing, so that he or she can rebut that evidence and testimony as fully as he or she is able.

The department’s new rules go on to require a typical and critically important feature of live hearings: cross-examination of all witnesses, including the parties. The Supreme Court has called cross-examination the “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth,” and it can be especially paramount in cases that hinge on witness testimony, as the Sixth Circuit emphasized just two months ago.

How an administration that swore an oath to uphold the Constitution can deprive people of this basic civil right is startling. Further, it’s time to admit that leftist Democrats are now fascists and/or anarchists. IF you think I’m kidding, check out Eric Swalwell’s proposal:

In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”

Look at the mental gymnastics Rep. Swalwell employs to justify this confiscation:

You’re probably wondering what gun confiscation has to do with due process rights. That’s a fair question. They’re both part of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The right to keep and bear arms is a sacred right. I prefer referring to it as the right to protect myself and my family. It’s a natural right. The Supreme Court has called the right to due process and to confront your accuser the “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.”

It isn’t supposition to say that Democrats have opposed the right to protect yourself and your family from burglars and criminals as vigorously as they’ve opposed the right of people to cross-examine their accusers. What other constitutional rights do Democrats want to sacrifice on the altar of political correctness?

This week, I wrote an LTE that was published in the St. Cloud Times. In the LTE, I wrote “During the Obama administration, economic growth averaged 1.5-2 percent annual growth. When Republicans criticized his policies, President Obama said economic growth of 4 percent was a “pipe dream.” Now that the economy is growing at 4 percent, Obama is campaigning, saying that this economic revival started during his administration. While the job growth is similar, there couldn’t be a bigger difference between administrations on small business investment, small business confidence, consumer confidence and durable goods orders and shipments. In each of those categories, the trend was heading down during the last term of the Obama administration but are skyrocketing during the Trump administration.”

In the comments, someone wrote this:

The whole debate over which president has the best record for the economy is ridiculous. The economy does its own thing without regard to White House occupant. Always has, always will. The most any presidential administration does is to nudge the direction the economy is going on its own.

President Trump and the GOP congress hasn’t nudged the economy to go in the direction it was already going in. Far from it. They ripped out the anti-growth policies of the Obama administration and implemented pro-growth policies like a major lowering of the corporate and individual tax rates. Since then, money that was hiding in Europe came flooding back into the US.

Congress employed the Congressional Review Act to rip out the anti-coal mining regulations that the Obama administration implemented in the final year of his administration. The US went from being a nation with a semi-dormant energy industry to being “energy dominant.” Do these things sound like gentle policy nudges? I don’t think so.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has created over 100 new records since Trump was elected. Small business and consumer confidence were both trending downward on Election Day, 2016. Since then, both have started skyrocketing.

That didn’t happen just because of a change of administrations. It happened because of a dramatic shift in economic policies. Pretty much everything that the Obama administration did, the Trump administration ripped out. As a result, things are much better today than they were 2 years ago. In fact, it isn’t even close.

In fact, President Obama said that manufacturing jobs had left and that they weren’t ever coming back. According to this article, “according to today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the sector has added 222,000 jobs, resuming a recovery that had paused in 2015 and 2016 amid strength in the dollar and weakness in the U.S. oil and gas industry.”

According to this article in the Washington Post, “Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s midterm elections. Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, according to a Washington Post analysis.”

Let’s be clear about this. The Obama administration’s policies hurt blue collar jobs, especially mining and construction jobs. They’re the lost voters that President Trump identified, targeted, then turned out. When President Obama attempts to pitch his fiction that the Trump economy is just a continuation of President Obama’s economy, it’s our affirmative responsibility to highlight the fact that he forgot about people who didn’t live in cities and suburbs. That’s why they turned out in such astonishing numbers for President Trump.

Larry Kudlow was on FBN today to tout President Trump’s results. During the interview, Kudlow said “We are now entering into a capitol goods/business investment spending boom, more productivity, more capital per worker, more training, higher wages. Watch the entire interview here:

The Obama fiction is starting to unravel. It’s disgusting for him to take credit for the great things that are happening beyond the jobs numbers. For instance, President Obama didn’t have anything to do with the revival in the energy industry just like he didn’t have anything to do with the upswing in pipeline manufacturing. Those things happened in spite of him, not because of him.

Finally, President Trump should put Larry Kudlow and Kevin Hassett in front of the cameras more often. Their presentations have been informative and entertaining.

Monday night on Fox News @ Night, Brian Brenberg was asked to comment on whether President Obama deserved any credit for today’s booming economy. Brenberg told Shannon Bream that it was fair to give President Obama part of the credit for the job creation. After that, like most honest economists, he didn’t deserve much credit.

For instance, this chart shows that President Obama doesn’t deserve credit for business investment:

The trend during President Obama’s final term in office vs. what’s happening right now is sharp. There isn’t a real comparison between the 2. It’s a waste of time to think that they’re similar. They aren’t.

Digging further into the economic data, the differences become clearer. For instance, small business optimism, especially whether it’s a good time to expand, is skyrocketing:

Another area that President Obama doesn’t deserve credit is with durable goods orders:

As you can see in the charts, they’d been tanking the previous 4 years. Now, they’re skyrocketing. It’s impossible to honestly say that durable goods orders and shipments are a continuation of the Obama administration’s policies. The difference between administrations is night and day.

BTW, it’s worth checking out Brenberg’s interview with Shannon Bream:

Today’s White House press briefing deviated from most White House press briefings in that it included a lengthy presentation from Kevin Hassett, the current chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. During his presentation, Hassett presented slide after slide verifying the fact that the economic growth we’re currently experiencing isn’t a continuation of economic performance under President Obama. During Hassett’s presentation, his charts showed economic activity during President Obama’s final term in office, the trend that President Trump inherited and the economy’s performance during President Trump’s time in office.

You’ll see in this video that most of the trends inherited by President Trump were either flat or going down:

These aren’t marginal or obscure statistics, either. Measuring whether it’s a good time to expand your small business isn’t insignificant. When the answer given is that it’s a good time to expand, that’s proof that the economy is heading in the right direction. What’s more is that Hassett’s charts show that opinions have changed on this matter since President Trump took office. President Obama’s statements claiming credit for the strong Trump economy are either BS or outright spin. (The second chart especially exposes President Obama’s claims as foolishness.)

The trend for core capital goods changed pretty dramatically, too, both in terms of orders and shipments. Only a partisan would argue that President Trump’s policies haven’t significantly changed the trajectory of the US economy. It’s like arguing that water isn’t wet. Nobody in their right mind will believe President Obama’s claims after seeing this information. Then again, Democrat partisans will trust him rather than these statistics.

Here’s hoping that GOP candidates, especially those in the House, start challenging their Democratic challengers with these statistics. It’s time to force Democrats to deal with reality.

President Obama’s speech yesterday at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana was vintage Obama. He took credit for things he didn’t do. He accused others of doing things that he’d done. He’s trying to make his legacy look better than it is.

For instance, President Obama said “Out of the turmoil of the industrial revolution and the Great Depression, America adapted a new economy, a 20th century economy – guiding our free market with regulations to protect health and safety and fair competition, empowering workers with union movements; investing in science and infrastructure and educational institutions like U of I; strengthening our system of primary and secondary education, and stitching together a social safety net. And all of this led to unrivaled prosperity and the rise of a broad and deep middle class in the sense that if you worked hard, you could climb the ladder of success.”

That’s mostly true, though important parts of it are BS. The industrial revolution helped build “educational institutions” like the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, unions, big government, intolerance and political correctness are killing higher education institutions. The intolerance towards conservatives on campuses is hurting universities like U-Cal Berkeley, the University of Missouri and a number of Ivy League schools.

we have a responsibility to conserve the amazing bounty, the natural resources of this country and of this planet for future generations, each time we’ve gotten closer to those ideals, somebody somewhere has pushed back. The status quo pushes back. Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change. More often it’s manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because that helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege. And you happen to be coming of age during one of those moments. It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear and anger that’s rooted in our past, but it’s also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.

What BS. President Trump isn’t the problem. His predecessor is. His predecessor told everyone that he wanted to fundamentally transform the United States:

President Obama, not President Trump, is the one that’s out-of-step with America. President Trump is rebuilding the United States that prospered and was respected by world leaders. President Obama looked the other way when Putin invaded Crimea, then made signals that he wanted to retake Ukraine. When Ukraine asked for defensive weapons to protect itself, President Obama sent them MREs instead.

And President Obama thinks that President Trump isn’t in touch with American ideals? Apparently, President Obama disagrees with JFK’s infamous speech:

Sending MREs to a just-invaded friend isn’t “bearing any burden” or “paying any price” for the cause of freedom. Sending MREs in that situation is shrinking from what Americans have traditionally done. It’s apparent that President Obama’s view of the United State’ role in the world is badly warped. Why would we listen to that idiot? He took us in the wrong direction for 8 years. We rejected his policies in 2016.

I mention all this just so when you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started. I mean, I’m glad it’s continued, but when you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, suddenly Republicans are saying it’s a miracle. I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016.

What utter BS. Did President Obama’s regulations on the coal industry transform the US from reliant on foreign sources of energy to being “energy dominant” now? Of course they didn’t. Did President Obama’s corporate tax increases cause trillions of dollars to come flooding back from other countries? No. Those corporate tax increases caused the outmigration of capital to low-tax nations.

Put differently, President Obama’s policies caused the problems that President Trump and Republican legislators are fixing. While we’re at it, let’s admit that, despite the Democrats’ vigorous efforts to resist that effort, robust economic growth is back like we never saw during President Obama’s time in office. That’s because we’ve got an expert handling the economy now. We don’t have a pointy-headed liberal professor setting economic policy.

It’s time to declare that we aren’t going back to the failed policies of the last 8 years.