Archive for the ‘Chuck Schumer’ Category

Apparently, Democrats think that the federal government is responsible for everything. That’s what you’d think if you just listened to Rep. Katharine Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts. According to the article, Rep. Clark is quoted as saying “This is not how it is supposed to work. What we need is a coordinated federal system.”

The text of the Tenth Amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Nowhere in the US Constitution does it talk about the executive branch to do the governors’ job. Each governor is expected to prepare for health crises. That includes stockpiling medical supplies like personal protection equipment, aka PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, etc.

That also requires them to put in place plans on who does what when a crisis overwhelms the system. This is done in conjunction with the legislature so the best ideas become the official plan. After a crisis overwhelms a state, having a plan intact eliminates the confusion and speeds up the response because everything is laid out on an organizational chart.

Part of Sen. Schumer’s criticism of President Trump should actually be directed at Gov. Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo should’ve stockpiled ventilators after the H1N1 crisis. A wise administrator would’ve gotten out ahead of the situation. Nowhere in this article does Sen. Schumer talk about what Gov. Cuomo should do, though he spent plenty of time talking about what the federal government should be doing.

Sen. Schumer sent a letter to President Trump telling President Trump to put a senior military person in charge of supply chains. Here’s how President Trump responded to Sen. Schumer’s cheap shot:

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk is a professional by anyone’s estimation. Here’s just a smattering of information from his website:

Rear Adm. John Polowczyk is a native of Manhasset, Long Island, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also completed an executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

I mean, he just has an advanced degree from an Ivy League school. He doesn’t sound qualified to me. (I’m just kidding.)

It’s best to think of this as asking which level of government handles which part of the crisis best. Once that’s figured out, federalism becomes simple.

It’s clear that Sen. Schumer’s finest-honed talent is pulling terrible PR stunts. That ‘talent’ was on full display Thursday when Sen. Schumer sent this letter to President Trump. In the letter, Sen. Schumer said “As the coronavirus spreads rapidly into every corner of our nation and its grim toll grows more severe with each passing day, the tardiness and inadequacy of this Administration’s response to this crisis grows more painfully evident. Well-documented shortages of protective equipment, tests and medical supplies are now beyond acute in my home state of New York and other hard-hit areas, and similar shortages are expected soon in other parts of the country.”

Later in the letter, Sen. Schumer wrote “It is long past time for your administration to designate a senior military officer to fix this urgent problem. This officer should be given full authority under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to complete and rapidly implement a plan for the increased production, procurement and distribution of critically-needed medical devices and equipment.” It didn’t take long for President Trump to respond in typical fashion:


Here’s President Trump’s letter response to Sen. Schumer:

Schumer is an idiot for getting into a fight with a world-class counter-puncher.

It isn’t surprising to anyone that’s paid attention to Nancy Pelosi that she doesn’t give a damn about the United States. The past 18 months, though, she’s really ‘upped’ her game. Specifically, Pelosi has dragged the United States through a fiasco (impeachment), then a pandemic. The US economy was hitting on all cylinders just a couple months ago. You remember 2 months ago, right? That’s when Pelosi’s Democrats dragged President Trump through a farcical impeachment that was mostly hearsay testimony and Adam Schiff’s theatrics.

Back in the real world, President Trump was dealing with the Wuhan virus. Despite President Trump’s travel restrictions, which Sellout Joe Biden called “xenophobic and racist”, scientists like Anthony Fauci and Debbie Birx stepped forward and said that President Trump’s decision bought the world time to buy time and prepare for this pandemic.

What did Pelosi’s Democrats do with that additional time? They put together legislation with this crap in it:


Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Little Chuckie Schumer, are holding this coronavirus stimulus bill hostage while workers get laid off. Democrats fight for $15/hr. while real workers get laid off. Why should I think that Democrats give a damn about Americans? I only trust things that I have proof for. Right now, I don’t proof that Democrats give a damn about anything except partisanship.

This post by a very good friend of LFR says it all:

Make sure and stop past Jeff’s blog and check out his entire post on this subject. It’s well worth your while.

According to Katie Pavlich’s article, this is what prevented the Democrats from reaching agreement on the emergency stimulus bill:

According to a source close to the process on Capitol Hill, in order to move forward with any kind of relief package, Pelosi and her far-left Democrat caucus will demand the following be included:

  1. Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards
  2. A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service
  3. Required early voting
  4. Required same day voter registration
  5. Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  6. Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  7. Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights
  8. Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  9. Federal $15 minimum wage
  10. Permanent paid leave
  11. Study on climate change mitigation efforts

People are getting laid off and this is Nancy Pelosi’s priorities list? Seriously? That isn’t a priorities list. It’s a special interest’s wish list. The thought that Senate Democrats would put a hold emergency financial assistance hostage for these things is beyond unethical. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be thrown out of DC for that type of bad-faith negotiating. You know you’ve gone too far when Susan Collins gets this irate:

Roger Simon nailed it in this column:

But the Dems don’t seem to be listening, at least as of this writing, and remain determined to squeeze every molecule of advantage while the nation and its healthcare professionals suffer. They also risk fully tanking the U.S. economy and affecting the welfare of its citizens for years.

The economy is tanking? What do Democrats care? They want $15/hr. minimum wage nationwide. That isn’t all Democrats want. Democrats want “retirement plans for community newspaper employees”, too. Democrats want “paid permanent leave”, too. Democrats aren’t the party of the little guy anymore. They’re the party of the special interests. Blue collar workers can go to hell as far as the Democrats can go. Paul Wellstone and Hubert Humphrey are turning over in their graves this moment.

The American people shouldn’t give Democrats any levers of power for the next 30 years after pulling a stunt like that. Jason Lewis criticized Tina Smith’s votes this way:

Senator Tina Smith is gambling with thousands of Americans’ lives. It’s disgusting and it needs to stop today. At the direction of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Tina Smith has been voting to block the coronavirus relief package. Until families and small businesses across Minnesota are put back to work (which must happen as soon as possible), they continue to struggle to get by. But shockingly, obstructionist Senate Democrats are holding up relief based on carbon footprints? It’s egregious and every American should be outraged.

Minority Whip James Clyburn made the Democrats’ intentions perfectly clear when he called the relief package ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.’ Senator Cory Booker said the bill should be used to ‘reform corporate culture.’ To Senate Democrats, this relief bill isn’t about helping Americans who suddenly find themselves struggling financially in the face of this virus. Instead, they see it as a political tool to push their radical agenda, including the Green New Deal.

Unlike these partisans in Congress, Minnesotans and Americans are united against one common enemy. Doctors and nurses on the front lines are risking their lives and manufacturers are retooling. They badly need our support. Tina Smith must immediately put aside the partisan politics and put the needs of the American people first.

Tina Smith, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats don’t give a damn about America. With the nation facing this crisis, the Democrats’ priority has been the Green New Deal. Are you seriously kidding me? Chuckie Schumer finds a microphone every 2 hours, then repeats the line ‘We’re getting close to a deal.’

The people whose lives are getting ruined by the Democrats’ obstruction don’t give a damn, Chuckie. We need a deal done yesterday. If you gave a damn about the people who make this nation great, you would’ve finished this deal. You don’t give a tinker’s damn. This November, you’ll give a damn when We The People throw Democrats out of office en masse from the House and Senate.

This article explains why Pelosi and Schumer intervened after a day of bipartisan negotiations. According to the article, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Democrats are now writing their own bill in the House. That measure is likely to include protections for workers, unemployment insurance expansion beyond what is in the Senate bill, and partial student loan forgiveness.

What does student loan forgiveness have to do with anything? This is a perfect example of Pelosi following Rahm Emanuel’s guide to governing. That’s the one that says Democrats “shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste” in trying to get a few extra goodies.

They also seek hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to states to help them deal with medical costs associated with the coronavirus. The Senate bill includes $110 billion, but Democrats say it’s not enough to address the shortages of protective gear and equipment for healthcare workers.

“It falls short of what medical providers need,” Sen. Joe Manchin, a key centrist Democrat from West Virginia, said ahead of the vote.

Like other Democrats, Manchin is drifting further left by the day. Why not turn this bill into AOC’s Green New Deal while you’re at it. That’s where the Democrats appear headed with this.

This is proof that Democrats can’t be trusted to be serious. If you want seriousness during a crisis, you need Republicans led by Mitch McConnell. During his speech after the Democrats defeated a procedural motion to start debate on the stimulus bill, Sen. McConnell said “We have an obligation to the American people to deal with this emergency and deal with it tomorrow. And if we don’t, I want everyone to fully understand, you’ve seen everyone that’s on record. Now I’ve conspicuously avoided trying to turn this into any partisan effort for two days. But it’s pretty clear what’s going on here.”

Let’s be clear about this. Democrats need to stop hating employers. That’s who they are right now. Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech and her speech on the Senate floor. The worst part is that Elizabeth Warren used to work as a lawyer for the corporations to help them shaft the people she now claims to care about. She’s a total phony.

This could turn into quite the political fiasco for Democrats if Democrats don’t support the stimulus. Sen. Susan Collins said “the move by Democrats is irresponsible and unwise. They are playing with fire.” When a moderate like Susan Collins makes a statement like that, it’s time to pay attention. ASAP. Accusing Sen. Collins, (R-ME), of being a corporate shill is difficult fight.

Ed Morrissey notes that the Democrats’ favorite impeachment Republican isn’t impressed with the Democrats’ stunt:

UPDATE: I should’ve read this article before publishing the post about Pelosi’s Christmas tree. Here’s additional information on Pelosi’s obstruction:

Pelosi reportedly was seeking a “laundry list” of items to be included in the emergency legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.

This legislation is a distraction. It isn’t worth discussing. Still, this doesn’t surprise me, especially coming from Ms. Pelosi.

Sen. McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider anything except clean bills that deal exclusively with the coronavirus and the coronavirus-related stimulus. That’d end Pelosi’s legislation in its tracks.

Last night, partisan Democrats squashed a week of bipartisanship by returning to the Democrats’ partisan ways. Democrats voted to not start debate on a much-needed stimulus bill. According to Sen. Mitch McConnell, things had been going well with the bipartisan working groups. The problems started when Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer entered the picture.

Suddenly, without warning, Democrats objected to the creation of what they called a “slush fund for corporations.” It isn’t surprising that Sen. Pocahontas triggered Democrats to jump on that warpath. This fight isn’t over, though, because Sen. McConnell “entered a motion to reconsider the measure and said he’d bring it up again for a vote by Monday”:

“We’ll have this…vote again at some point of my choosing and hopefully some adults will show up on the other side of the room and understand the gravity of the situation and the need to act before the markets go down further and the American people become even more depressed about our lack of ability to come together under the most extraordinary of circumstances,” he said.

This is stupidity on display. You can’t create jobs if you don’t have employers. Here’s Mitch speaking on the defeat of the motion on the Senate floor:

Notice what he said about a minute into his speech:

Now the build up to this, so everybody fully understands, is that we had a high level of bipartisanship in five different working groups over the last 48 hours. Where members who were participating were reaching agreement.

And then all of a sudden, the Democratic leader and the Speaker of the House shows up. And we’re back to square one. So we’re fiddling here. Fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care.

Saying that Sen. McConnell was fired up is understatement. Here’s more of what he said:

So we’re fiddling here. Fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care. The American people expect us to act tomorrow and I want everyone to fully understand, if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it’ll be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dither when the country expects us to come together and address this problem.

Now, I’ve changed my vote which gives me the opportunity to reconsider at a different time. That is all I can do in the face of this obstruction. Look, I can understand obstruction when you’re trying to achieve something. This obstruction achieves nothing, nothing whatsoever other than prevent us from getting into a position where there are literally 30 more hours that they could use to continue to dither.

“So at a time when the country is crying out for bipartisanship and cooperation — and we saw that over the last 48 hours when regular members of the Senate, not in the leadership office, not in the speaker’s office, for goodness sake, she’s the speaker of the House, not the speaker of the senate — we don’t have one. We were doing just fine until that intervention.

Speaker Pelosi shouldn’t have intervened. She’s part of the problem. She isn’t part of the solution. Pelosi insists that House Democrats are putting a bill together.

That’s laughable since the House is out on recess. The Democrats’ bill will necessarily be a partisan bill because they won’t have included Republicans in the drafting of the bill. Pelosi’s Democrats specialize in hyperpartisanship. Working through a crisis requires bipartisanship. Ms. Pelosi isn’t capable of bipartisanship.

Remember that this November when you’re voting. Electing a Democrat means re-electing Ms. Pelosi as Speaker. That, in turn, means 2 additional years of Pelosi’s obstructionism.

The joint statement from Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Schumer is disappointing in that it’s a purely partisan document. While President Trump delivered a measured, serious speech to the nation in which he called for both sides to work together, Pelosi and Schumer chose to push division on Capitol Hill:

We have a public health crisis in this country and the best way to help keep the American people safe and ensure their economic security is for the president to focus on fighting the spread of the coronavirus itself. Alarmingly, the president did not say how the administration will address the lack of coronavirus testing kits throughout the United States.

Tomorrow, we urge Republicans in the House and Senate to help immediately pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill will include free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for workers, food security assistance, help to states overburdened by Medicaid costs, and strengthened Unemployment Insurance, among other much-needed measures to keep the American people safe.

Notice that the Democrats’ leadership on Capitol Hill didn’t acknowledge President Trump’s month-long travel ban of people coming from Europe, with the exception of the British. That’s a major step. When the Trump administration implemented the travel ban with China, Democrats called President Trump xenophobic. Tonight’s travel ban was met with crickets.

The Democrats’ plan is government-centric. President Trump’s plan is a mix of making sure that the US health care system stays strong, reducing international travel, financially helping workers who get infected with the virus and relying on the best public health system in the world to get us through this crisis. This isn’t just a ‘whole of government’ approach. President Trump’s plan is a whole of America plan.

Compare the Pelosi-Schumer 2 paragraph statement with this Rubio-Gingrich op-ed:

First, the U.S. government should empower our robust private business sector to expand in order to meet new demand for medical supplies. Congress should cut taxes on manufacturers committing to new capital spending in America by making permanent the accelerated cost depreciation measures in the 2017 Republican tax law. New medical structures and equipment should be temporarily singled out for additional reductions.

Second, agencies with lending operations like the U.S. Small Business Administration should make low-cost capital available to businesses seeking to solve their supply chain problems by bringing production in-house to America, or otherwise buying from American small businesses.

Third, as American businesses struggle with supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus, the U.S. government must resolve any tax, regulatory or capital barrier preventing a new, trusted source from emerging.

The Pelosi-Schumer plan does nothing to address this frightening situation. The thought that China has this much of a grip on our medicines is totally unacceptable. From the start of his administration, President Trump has worked hard to eliminate US reliance on Chinese products. This proves that he’s right, especially in light of this crisis. This isn’t just a health crisis. It’s a national security crisis, too.

It’s time for Pelosi and Schumer to start putting America first rather than playing partisan games. They’re welcome to join the Put America First Team anytime.

Whether I’m talking about Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer, my first impression is simple. Their first instinct is political partisanship. President Trump’s first instinct is to fix problems or make life better. That isn’t to say that President Trump is as pure as the driven snow. It’s saying that what drives this trio is noticeably different.

Karen Townsend noticed Pelosi’s tendencies in this article. She wasn’t gentle:

The speaker gave four criticisms of President Trump and his administration. First, she said, is disloyalty to the constitution. Next came her assertation that the Trump administration denigrates “newcomers” (code for illegal immigrants), Republicans degrade the environment, and lastly, she said, “Our values are being devalued by the current attitude in D.C.” See, she wasn’t bold enough to specifically say President Trump’s name out loud among all of the word salad she was serving up to the audience, so she referenced “attitude” in an odd way. Civilization as we know it is at stake because Trump is killing it, or something.

In the spirit of reciprocity, I won’t be gentle with Ms. Pelosi. I won’t get lectured about the Constitution by a woman who impeached a president based on hearsay testimony. Call it Pelosi’s situational appreciation of the Constitution. When there’s a political advantage to caring about the Constitution, Ms. Pelosi will fake giving a damn about it. When there isn’t, the Constitution is just a bunch of words written by slave owners.

As for not welcoming illegal immigrants, that’s true. America is a land of plenty but only because we welcome people with moderation. Cheap labor is great for the bosses but it’s worthless for the middle class. Finally, as with getting lectured about the Constitution, I won’t get lectured about attitude and civility from someone, to steal a line from the cartoon version of How the Grinch stole Christmas, Ms. Pelosi “has all the sweetness of a seasick crocodile.” Given the choice, I’d pick the seasick crocodile over Ms. Pelosi.

I wrote here that there aren’t any moderate Democrats. They’re a myth. There are just situational moderate Democrats. They’re radicals when Speaker-in-Waiting AOC needs them to be. Think impeachment vote in December, 2019.

Democrats used to attribute acts of violence to President Trump’s rhetoric or conservative talk radio. When Gabby Giffords was shot, Sarah Palin was blamed. When the facts were known, we found out that the gunman was a deranged leftist with a history of mental illness. It had nothing to do with the Democrats’ conventional wisdom.

This past week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined a group of leftists on the steps of the US Supreme Court to specifically threaten Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. In his threatening diatribe, Sen. Schumer said “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” That caused Chief Justice John Roberts to publicly rebuke Sen. Schumer for threatening his justices.

In this post, I highlighted Maxine Waters exhortation to violence against members of President Trump’s staff and cabinet:

Now that we’ve established that Democrats are the instigators of violence, let’s highlight yesterday’s threat against Elise Stefanik:

Stefanik wrote Saturday on Twitter that when she returned to her car earlier in the day after grocery shopping with her husband, she found what she described as a “vile anonymous note.”

“Rot in Hell FASCIST PIG,” the hand-scrawled note said.

Later, she took to Twitter:


This article highlights other acts of violence against Republicans:

Other incidents this year involving incivility – or even violence – against conservatives and Republicans have included a vehicle smashing a GOP voter-registration table in Florida, an alleged assault of a 15-year-old Trump supporter in New Hampshire, the smashing of a College Republicans information table in California, an individual’s threat, caught on video, to “slash Republicans’ throats” in Arizona, an alleged assault of a retired police officer wearing a Trump-style hat and shirt in Tennessee and a suspect being sentenced to 90 days in jail for slapping and spitting on a Trump supporter in Florida.

It used to be said that Democrats were the evil party and that Republicans were the stupid party. These days, thanks to Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other domestic terrorist organizations, Democrats are the violent party.

Democrats haven’t had a worthwhile new thought in years. It’s time they started thinking logically again rather than lashing out with violence. Leaders like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff need to be thrown to the curb in the next leadership elections. They aren’t inspiring leaders. They’re backstabbing lowlifes who never will be leaders.

It would be a mistake for voters to give Democrats the White House or a majority in the House or Senate. Democrats first need to fix their anger management problems before they’re worthy of leadership positions.

Mollie Hemingway’s article highlights the threat posed by Chuck Schumer’s statement poses to the justices. First, it’s worth noting something that former US Attorney Guy Lewis told Harris Faulkner shortly after Schumer’s threats. Lewis said that US marshals were likely called into action minutes after Schumer’s threats. When Ms. Faulkner asked if this was speculation or whether it was fact, Lewis replied that that’s the procedure that’s been used in the past. He said that a dozen US marshals would be detailed to the justices, their wives and their kids for the next 6 months to protect them from violence.

Sol Wisenberg, a former assistant independent counsel on the Whitewater investigation, insists that Schumer’s statements are protected by the First Amendment. I disagree. What Schumer did was the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater. This is what Schumer said, along with a discussion on Schumer’s threat:

With the things that Antifa and other thugs have done, with the exhortations made by Maxine Waters, with the Bernie Bro who shot Steve Scalise, why wouldn’t Sen. Schumer’s statement be treated as a threat?

These statements can’t be taken as idle chatter. That might’ve been fine 20 years ago but that isn’t the world we’re living in today. Sen. Schumer’s statement was a threat and he knows it. Since Ted Kennedy’s hate-filled diatribe against Judge Robert Bork, Democrats have thoroughly politicized the judicial confirmation process.

The justices that were nominated by Republican presidents got confirmed since then but they’ve been scrutinized unlike any justices in history. Democrats have made these confirmation hearings like Armageddon. Democrats understand that their ideas aren’t popular enough to win passage through the legislative process. That’s why they need an outcomes-based judiciary to implement their social agenda.

Justices that interpret laws through a constitutional lens won’t give Democrats the legislative victories that they’re looking for. More than any other reason, that’s why Sen. Schumer got the activists riled up with his threats.