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After watching Kimberley Strassel’s interview on Fox & Friends, the more convinced I am that we’ll see a government shutdown over President Trump’s wall. If/when that happens, expect the MSM to write tons of breathless stories explaining how Republicans are losing the shutdown fight. Republicans should ignore those stories because they can win a fight over the border wall as long as the caravans keep popping up.

The Democrats’ only hope on this is to muddy the subject up by talking about immigration. A shutdown will focus the people’s minds on the wall, though, because President Trump will talk constantly about funding the wall.

Since he’s got the biggest megaphone in the Western Hemisphere, he’ll dictate the agenda. Pundits will insist that Republicans always lose shutdown fights. Historically, that’s true. Then again, let’s not forget the #SchumerShutdown.

Why they’ve typically lost is another story. They’ve typically lost because the Democrat president had the biggest megaphone. With that not being the fact in this instance, the odds change.

It’s worth noting that most of the government is funded. The MSM won’t get away with stories about this or that department that helps widows and children closing until the evil Republicans fund them. Those types of departments are funded so those stories won’t appear.

Next, lots of people are experiencing the burden these asylum-seekers are causing. When they disappear into the US, they carry with them costs for health care, education, etc. The immigration activists don’t admit that but it’s a fact.

Don’t be surprised if President Trump puts on a full-court press on this one.

If I got paid $10 for each article I’ve read, pundit I’ve heard and montage I’ve watched that’s predicted Mueller was on the verge of slamming the jail cell on President Trump, I’d be rich. This article is just the most recent I’ve seen.

Jill Abramson’s article starts by saying “The rogues’ gallery exposed in Robert Mueller’s court filings last week make the Watergate burglars look positively classy. Even veteran lawyers who were involved in the investigations of Richard Nixon say they’ve never seen this level of chicanery. Most importantly, last week’s events showed that Special Counsel Mueller is getting closer to exposing the scope and depth of it all. His most recent filings make clear that considerable evidence touches the president himself.”

There’s no doubt that some of the people who’ve been investigated (I’m thinking Manafort and Stone mostly) are worthy of society’s disdain. To be blunt, they’re skunks. If both rot in jail the next 50 years, I won’t lose a split-second of sleep over it.

That being said, that being said, neither lead to the promised land. Neither connect President Trump to anything corrupt or criminal. Without proof that President Trump engaged in criminal activity, Mueller’s glass isn’t half-empty or half-full. It’s just empty. As he frequently does, Newt Gingrich nails it with his analysis:

There’s no doubt that Ms. Abramson wishes for Mueller to nail President Trump. Notice how she slithers her opinions into the article as verified fact:

As a candidate, Trump repeatedly reassured voters that he had no business dealings in Russia. But as he uttered those lies, he knew Cohen was planning to sell Russian kleptocrats $250m units in a future Trump Tower Moscow by luring Putin into the project with a free $50m spread. This was all unfolding as emails from Democratic officials, hacked by the Russians, disrupted the Democratic convention and the Republican party was making its party platform much kinder to Russia.

I’d love seeing the documentation or text messages that shows Trump knew what Cohen was doing. Until they have that, they’ve got nothing. Period. Hatred of a person isn’t proof of a crime getting committed.

At some point, the Mueller ‘investigation’ will end. At that time, those of us who appreciate integrity will start telling historians who will listen that Mr. Mueller is a skunk who doesn’t have an ounce of integrity. He’s just a malicious man who’s upset that he wasn’t hired when Jim Comey got fired.

In his USA Today op-ed, Adam Schiff proves that a little paranoia goes a long ways. His op-ed is a litany of conjectures that can’t be verified.

For instance, he wrote “A national security adviser who could be subject to blackmail by Russia is nearly a worst case counterintelligence scenario. But this week, we learned that the potential for compromise was even more significant than we thought. Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to the Intelligence Committee about his efforts on behalf of the Trump Organization to reach a deal and secure financing from a Russian bank under U.S. sanctions to build a Trump Tower Moscow.”

Is it Mr. Schiff’s contention that President Trump’s cancellation of his meeting with President Putin was just pageantry? Thus far, President Trump hasn’t shown any signs of being compromised. In fact, he’s shown the opposite. Later, Schiff wrote this:

Cohen stated in court that he made those false statements to be consistent with the president’s “political messaging,” namely Trump’s vociferous public denials of any business dealings with Russia. And in a recent sentencing memorandum, Cohen’s attorneys concede that he remained “in close and regular contact with the White House-based staff and legal counsel” to Trump in the weeks during which his false testimony to Congress was being prepared.

Cohen is a proven liar. There isn’t a reason why anyone should trust anything he says unless there’s corroboration. After 2 years of investigating, that verification hasn’t been found. While it’s possible that there’s something there, the odds of finding that something seem rather slim.

It’s fair, though, to say that Mr. Schiff loves the sound of his voice:

Now that’s an ego as big as the Grand Canyon. The only thing bigger than Mr. Schiff’s ego is his paranoia.

You’d never know it by the MSM’s coverage but President Trump had a pretty successful G20 summit. Liz Peek’s article highlights those victories. Ms. Peek wrote that “President Trump scored major successes at the G-20 summit that concluded over the weekend in Argentina. Specifically, the community of nations agreed in their official communique to ‘necessary reform’ of the World Trade Organization, a top White House priority, and recognized the decision of the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and to still utilize ‘all energy sources and technologies, while protecting the environment.’ In addition, the Chinese promised to up their purchases of U.S.- made goods and to discuss other demands in exchange for postponing an expected hike in tariffs; President Xi also committed to designating the deadly drug Fentanyl as a controlled substance in China, and vowed to help with de-nuclearizing North Korea.”

That’s just the start. President Trump signed the new and improved trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada. Later that morning, he met with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Indian Prime Minister Modi. That sent a strong signal to China that South Korea, Japan and India have sided with the US, not with China. In terms of strategic importance, this development can’t be emphasized enough. China is already buckling during these tariff fights.

Thanks to Trump’s strategic pressure, China has started giving in to President Trump’s trade demands. That’s led to a major increase today for trade-sensitive stocks.”

BTW, the Dow finished up almost 288 points today. They certainly liked what they heard from the G20.

To be sure, there’s some noise coming from the Mueller witch hunt but that’s just noise. It isn’t anything that the American people take seriously. That being said, I don’t doubt that Mueller will weave together a document that Democrats will pounce on. They don’t have a choice on that. That being said, it’s difficult taking him seriously.

Finally, this is good news if it happens:

Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China will yield immediate results that will come even during the 90-day negotiation period ahead, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Monday.

Tariffs on agriculture and energy products will be lowered while nontariff barriers on American ownership of companies in China also will come down, Kudlow told the Fox Business Network. In addition, Kudlow expects progress on technology transfers and intellectual property.

“Those things should kick in soon. We should see palpable change on the Chinese side immediately,” he said. “I don’t want to be too specific, but I think the generic answer is we will see changes very quickly.”

She isn’t even the Speaker again but Nancy Pelosi is declaring war against President Trump. Rather than attempting to sound a bipartisan tone, “House Democrats’ first order of business in the new Congress will be targeting President Trump’s tax returns, setting the confrontational tone of the lower chamber.”

Democrats want “to get access to Trump’s tax records, with Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, saying the request will be made as soon as Democrats officially take control of the House in January. ‘We need to give every major provision of this new tax law scrutiny that Republicans refused to provide last year,” he said. ‘I think it’s important for our oversight to get those tax returns.'”

Talk about wasting time. Democrats aren’t even trying to dress this up as policy-driven. Expect Democrats to howl that President Trump is hiding something when this bill dies in the Senate. The next step is to declare a need for yet another pointless, counterproductive investigation. If/when that investigation is initiated, expect Ancient Elijah Cummings to lead that witch hunt.

Republicans would be wise to highlight vulnerable Democrats’ participation in these investigations. The ads virtually write themselves. Imagine, too, if those Democrats vote for Ms. Pelosi for Speaker after promising not to vote for her.

The phrase being peddled by Democrats is that they “can walk and chew gum at the same time”, meaning that they can investigate President Trump and still pass (supposedly) popular legislation, too. I’m betting otherwise. I’m betting that they’ll spend tons of time investigating trivial things like President Trump’s tax returns while compromising little and notching little in the way of legislative accomplishments.

Frankly, I can’t picture Elijah Cummings, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff or Maxine Waters exercising much investigative restraint.

Before the election, Jim Acosta infamously insisted that Hondurans weren’t invading the US. Acosta and CNN said that pictures of thousands of migrants marching on highways were, essentially, figments of our imagination.

Now that those ‘figments of our imagination’ are throwing projectiles at border patrol agents, it’s time for Acosta and CNN to admit that they’re officially the propaganda service for the DNC. I don’t care whether CNN and/or Acosta apologizes. That means nothing to me. I’d rather watch columnists like Rich Lowry extract several pounds of flesh from the media’s collectivist hides in columns like this one. Remember this?

It’s been about three weeks since CNN reporter Jim Acosta repeatedly told President Trump at a news conference that the migrant caravan is “hundreds and hundreds of miles away” and “not an invasion.” Acosta strenuously objected to a Trump ad that showed migrants climbing border walls: “They’re not going to be doing that.”

Guess what, Mr. Acosta. Migrants climbed border walls this past weekend. These ‘migrants’ aren’t “hundreds of miles away” from the US-Mexico border. They’re at the US-Mexican border and throwing projectiles at border patrol agents.

These ‘reporters’ only have a passing relationship with the truth, if that. Bill O’Reilly exposes that fact in this video:

Any Democrats saying that they’re pro-law enforcement are lying to you. Any media that insists that they’re foundational to democracy but then intentionally misreports like Mr. Acosta frequently does is a parasite, not part of the foundation of this nation.

President Trump is right. These migrants are bad dudes. They didn’t hesitate in using women and children as human shields. How despicable.

It’s great to hear that “34 caravan members [had been arrested] for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and they would be deported to their home countries.” What’s surprising is that Tijuana law enforcement are making the arrests.

These thugs should be deported because they didn’t think that the laws applied to them. They crashed through the fencing at Mexico’s southern border. They thought about crashing through the fencing of the US-Mexico border until the military installed razor wire to reinforce the border.

It’s becoming a difficult situation in Tijuana, with Mexican residents growing tired of the invasion. (That’s the Mexicans’ words, not mine.) Check out how testy the situation has gotten in Tijuana:

Now that things are reaching critical mass in Tijuana, perhaps it will pressure the Democrats into actually eliminating immigration loopholes. I can’t wait until the Democrat House helps put together funds to build President Trump’s wall.

If Democrats want to be known as the all-investigations-all-the-time Party, that won’t be difficult. They’re already on their way to that status. If House Democrats don’t work with Senate Republicans and President Trump, their time in the majority will be short-lived.

In this video, Laura Ingraham interviews Judge Ken Starr and former assistant US Attorney Andy McCarthy about Jeff Flake’s bill to ‘protect’ Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

I don’t know what they put in the water in Arizona but something’s making their politicians idiots. It’s also making them ignore the Constitution. Why would a US senator think that he can ‘protect’ an employee of the Executive Branch with a bill that’s only passed by one house of Congress? What Sen. Flake is attempting to do is hold up dozens of highly qualified judges until his bill is debated and voted on.

That’s the definition of negotiating from a position of weakness. Even if he temporarily stops this batch of judges, he can only do so until the new year. After that, he’s no longer a US senator. All President Trump has to do is resubmit these judicial nominees to a larger GOP majority and they’ll sail through. By then, too, the spending bills will have been passed.

Finally, let’s be honest about something important. The Russia collusion scandal will either be ancient history before the 2020 presidential election or the public will have turned against Adam Schiff by then. Every time Democrats, including Sen. Flake, have accused him of wanting to stop Mueller’s investigation, President Trump has said he’ll let the investigation run its course.

I haven’t kept track but I’m betting that this has pattern has repeated itself more than a dozen times. At what point will Democrats and Flake figure it out that they’re seen as blowhards? PS- I’m not even certain that they’ll drop this after Mueller’s report is in their hands.

This article outlines President Trump’s positions on the major issues.

  1. People know the president said he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – and he did.
  2. President Trump said would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico – and he did.
  3. Trump stands for lower taxes, stronger law enforcement, cutting government regulation and eliminating red tape.
  4. The president thinks the Federal Reserve shouldn’t raise interest rates as fast as it is or it will cause a recession.

If you think about it, you probably know President Trump’s positions on almost every major issue. And obviously, he has doubled down on immigration as the make-or-break issue for him and his party. Then we’re treated to some criticism of Democrats:

What exactly does Barack Obama stand for? Bernie Sanders at least has free college as an idea you can remember, albeit vague. What about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.?

Other than investigations and impeachment, what are the Democrats running on? They have made an issue of health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. Trump has said he too would cover them. The Democratic idea is not a health-care plan, but an attack. Nor do Democrats have an economic plan many people can remember. Nor a plan on immigration. Nor a plan to deal with jobs migrating to China and Mexico.

Republicans in swing districts should spend the last few days constantly asking these questions. It isn’t because they’ll flip hard-core Democrats. The goal should be to excite and entice independent voters to vote.

If I asked who made these comments, who would you bet made them? Karl Rove? These criticisms weren’t made by Rove or any other Republican. They were made by Mark Penn, Clinton’s old pollster. Here’s how he finished out the article:

It looks like the Democrats will likely win majority control of the House in the midterm elections. So the battle of insults vs. issues may be moot in today’s rough-and-tumble politics. But if the Republicans win more seats in the Senate, that will be a victory compared to what happened in 1994 or 2010.

As surprising as it was in 2016, there’s only one candidate really running on detailed issue positions and he is not even on the ballot this year. Given how the presidential election turned out, it’s all the more surprising that the Democrats would again leave themselves open on the ideas front. Voters want progress, not just partisanship.

Frankly, I’m skeptical of the Democrats winning the House. Still, while I disagree with Penn on that prediction, I wholeheartedly agree with him when he says “voters want progress, not just partisanship.” I’d also add that nonpartisans see something in Trump that Democrats don’t see. It isn’t that nonpartisans think he’s a nice guy that they want their son to emulate. It’s that they appreciate the things he’s accomplished.

This MPR article highlights what happens when politicians dabble in economics.

The article starts by interviewing a couple of business owners about the effect that the Trump/GOP tax cuts have had. Ultra Machining president Eric Gibson told MPR that he’s happy for the tax cuts, saying “From a business owner perspective, we’ve got a lot of great things going on right now. From a tax perspective, as an example, a lot of what we can reinvest in the business is from those tax reductions.”

At Yeager Machine in Norwood Young America, company president Mike Yeager said “I like what the Republicans and President Trump have done for me personally and my business. I will vote for people that support the current administration’s policies.”

Rather than listening to her constituents, Tina Smith thinks that she knows better, saying this:

“It doesn’t feel like a difficult position to me.” Smith said she would not have voted for the bill because it showers wealthy people with tax breaks at the expense of the middle class and will add more than a trillion dollars to the national debt.

“It’s not like that money was sitting in a bank somewhere waiting to be passed out. That’s money that we borrowed from our children and our grandchildren. I do not think that’s responsible.” Smith said increasing investment in workforce training and innovation would help more people get ahead.

How stupid is that? Tina Smith wants the government to “invest” our taxes in government workers because … government has such a great track record of “workforce training and innovation”? Let’s get a little serious. Then there’s this:

President Trump inherited a growing economy, and the tax cut has helped sustain the growth, said College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University economics professor Louis Johnston.

Technically, the economy was growing but it was the worst growth rate during a recovery in 75 years. The average annual growth rate during the Obama years was 1.9%. That’s pathetic. Since President Trump got rid of President Obama’s policies, the economy has been growing at a 4% average annual growth rate.

Republican Karin Housley (right) is a big fan of the Republican tax cut and is convinced that campaigning on it will help her win. Democrat Tina Smith said she’s not a fan because it showers wealthy people with tax breaks at the expense of the middle class. Mark Zdechlik | MPR News
Also, wages are rising during the Trump administration. They were stagnant during the Obama administration. Finally, small business confidence, which had been trending downward during President Obama’s second term, are skyrocketing under President Trump’s administration.

This is why leftists like Tina Smith and Prof. Johnston aren’t qualified to be economists.