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As with most movement conservatives, I haven’t been Mitch McConnell’s biggest fan. In this post, though, I enthusiastically applaud Sen. McConnell for essentially telling Sen. Schumer to take a hike.

In Steve Benen’s post, it says “With this in mind, the Senate Democratic minority acknowledged yesterday that another tax-reform push is poised to get underway, and they released a letter presenting some benchmarks, including a package that doesn’t cut taxes for the top 1% and doesn’t increase the deficit.”

The Washington Post article quoted in Benen’s post says “Senate Democrats issued a call Tuesday for bipartisan talks on a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax code amid growing pressure from the White House for Republicans to implement aggressive tax cuts before year’s end. Democrats unveiled their request in a letter calling on the GOP to work with them to update the tax code without reducing federal revenue or cutting taxes on the wealthy.” First, it isn’t bipartisanship when the minority party tells the majority party what it won’t do. Demanding that Republicans not cut taxes on “the wealthy” is Democratspeak for raising taxes on small businesses. That’s a non-starter with Republicans.

Still, it’s a welcome demand from a political standpoint. If Republicans reform the tax code instead of just cutting taxes, “the wealthiest 1%” will lose virtually all of their deductions but see their marginal rates stay the same under the Democrats’ proposal. That’s the equivalent of a massive tax increase on the rich. According to Townhall’s Guy Benson, the top 20% of wage earners pay 70% of the taxes. How is that smart economics? How will that jumpstart the economy?

I doubt that Sen. Schumer will force vulnerable Democrats into voting for a massive tax increase for “the wealthy”. That’s his initial bluster but I can’t see him telling Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin III, Bob Casey, Tim Kaine, Jeanne Shaheen or Claire McCaskill to end their political careers.

If Sen. Schumer decides to bully vulnerable Democratic senators into voting against tax simplification, he’ll be the Senate Minority Leader for at least a decade. I don’t think that will happen because I don’t see him being that stupid.

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This article is rich in reporting Sen. Franken’s and Sen. Klobuchar’s hypocrisy. It quotes Sen. Klobuchar as saying “We can still stop this bill. We can still put aside partisanship and instead work together on bipartisan solutions that will help every American.”

When the ACA was passed, Sen. Klobuchar didn’t criticize Sen. Reid for his pushing the ACA through with only Democrat votes. In fact, Sen. Klobuchar criticized Republicans for not supporting the ACA. Now that it’s a disaster and insurance companies are either pulling out of the exchanges or demanding gigantic premium increases, Sen. Klobuchar insists that senators work together.

Not to be outdone, Sen. Franken is also insisting on bipartisanship, saying “I strongly urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to back off this plan, because there’s still time to come to the table and work with Democrats on real solutions that improve people’s health care. Let’s have an open, bipartisan process under regular order, where we can work together on fixing the Affordable Care Act and do the things the American people actually sent us here to do: expand coverage, lower costs, and improve care.”

Sen. Franken voted for this disaster, too. The truth is that Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken voted to create this disaster. Now they want Republicans to vote with them on tinkering around the edges of the ACA so that they can blame Republicans. At this point, Republicans should drop ACA reform. Let Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar explain why Minnesotans’ premiums continue going up by thousands of dollars each year.

Republicans should be blamed for not fixing the ACA, though it’s worth noting that it’s virtually impossible to repeal an entitlement. Democrats, however, should be mocked mercilessly for creating this disaster. They inherited a system most people were satisfied with. Democrats were the ones who took a wrecking ball to that system. Thanks to Democrats, Minnesotans’ health insurance premiums have increased by thousands of dollars each year for the past few years.

Sen. Klobuchar, you created this monstrosity that’s hurting Minnesota’s families. Whenever your name is mentioned, here’s hoping you’re forever linked with that disaster.

Saying that Democrats are doing their utmost to portray themselves as the champions of the nation’s blue collar workers is understatement. Unfortunately for them, the WSJ’s James Freeman exposed Democrats as hypocrites in this column.

Freeman starts by quoting Ms. Pelosi as saying “Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy”, before noting that the unveiling of the Democrats’ “Better Deal” con job was held in “Virginia’s 10th congressional district.” Freeman then notes that “If an economist had to pick the one place in America that has benefitted most from a rigged economy, it would probably be Virginia’s 10th congressional district. It includes both a significant number of government employees and a heavy concentration of the lobbyists who are paid to influence them.”

If the Democrats hope to appeal to the blue collar workers that President Trump won over in sweeping Pennsylvania’s, Ohio’s, Michigan’s and Wisconsin’s electoral votes, this won’t work. Nothing says con job like telling blue collar workers that you’re their champion while campaigning in white collar northern Virginia. Nothing says blue collar appeal like Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

Freeman ties things together nicely in this paragraph:

This is perhaps instructive as voters in other parts of the country contemplate whether there is anything new in the latest effort to rebrand a party that has for years been at war with the private economy. The Democrats have chosen to take their case today to a community that has witnessed explosive growth in recent decades along with that of the federal budget, regardless of how most of blue-collar America was doing.

Democrats are kidding themselves if they think they’re fooling anyone with this con job. Democrats have a steep uphill fight. Sen. Schumer said this at the kickoff event:

Americans from every corner of this country know that the economy isn’t working for them the way that it should, and they wonder if it ever will again. One party says the answer is that special interests should continue to write the rules and that government ought to make things easier for an already-favored few.

Preaching despair is difficult, like Sen. Schumer tried when compared with what’s written in this article:

A four-month high in U.S. consumer confidence reflects Americans’ sunnier views on both their current situation and outlook, a positive sign for the economy, data from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday.

Democrats are selling doom-and-gloom at a time when Americans are feeling optimistic. That’s like trying to sell snow tires to Arizona families in August. What’s most alarming is that Democrats haven’t noticed that the people don’t agree with their message.

All this time, Democrats have insisted that they lost because people didn’t know what Democrats stood for. The reality is that they lost because the people didn’t relate to the Democrats’ message. That’s arrogance, not words.

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This article highlights a new ad campaign paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund. We’re told that the ad campaign features a “33-second ad that includes images of window-smashing and other protester-driven violence surrounding the inauguration. The ad isn’t that imaginative, saying “Radical extremists who destroy buildings, burn cars and divide America. Hollywood celebrities who are blinded by their hatred of the president. Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Democrats answer to them.”

While I don’t have a problem with the ad, I’d take a different direction. I’d show Sen. Schumer saying that Democrats are changing their ways, then asking ‘When did Democrats become fans of increased fracking and oil exploration? When did Democrats become big fans of building pipelines? When did Democrats stop protesting major pipeline projects?’

The point is to highlight the fact that Democrats haven’t changed. They still take orders from the same special interests that’s hurt America’s drive for energy independence. Highlight the fact that Republicans, not Democrats, have championed blue collar mining jobs that help rural America. I’d find a way to use the first part of this video:

I’d highlight the fact that we’re creating good-paying construction jobs under the Trump administration. I’d highlight the fact that the Democrats’ hatred of President Trump won’t let them tell the truth. This op-ed highlights that:

Not a day goes by without another allegation or reckless tweet fueling the dysfunction of a deeply divided Republican Congress that fails to govern while hardworking families across the country are left behind. Mired in controversy, Washington Republicans are unable to uphold the basic bargain they made with the American people when they were elected: to fight to create new good-paying jobs and support sustained economic growth.

Thus far, we’ve had 5 monthly jobs reports during the Trump administration. Thus far, more than 900,000 jobs have been created and the unemployment rate is less than 4.5%. If the economy keeps creating jobs at this pace, the economy will create more than 17,000,000 jobs during President Trump’s time in office.

If Republicans cut taxes and regulations, the economy will create significantly more than 17,000,000 jobs in 8 years.

Let’s not forget that Democrats are the party that loves raising taxes and imposing onerous regulations. In their announcement, Democrats said that they’ll continue to push for a $15/hr. minimum wage. That isn’t how to create jobs.

Democrats haven’t learned anything. Democrats apparently still think that government knows best. Democrats still apparently think that government creates jobs.

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Chuck Schumer’s op-ed is the Democrats’ old agenda dressed up in new clothes. It’s just another instance of Democrats putting a ton of lipstick on an ugly pig.

Sen. Schumer says that “Democrats will show the country that we’re the party on the side of working people — and that we stand for three simple things.” Then Sen. Schumer proceeds to tell us that “First, we’re going to increase people’s pay. Second, we’re going to reduce their everyday expenses. And third, we’re going to provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy.”

They’re still the same socialists they’ve been since 2001. For instance, Democrats will stand for “increasing workers’ incomes by lifting the minimum wage to $15; and lowering household costs by providing paid family and sick leave.” How is that different than what they’ve pushed for years? According to this NPR article, which was published in November of 2015, “fast-food workers … plan to protest at the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee. They want the federal minimum wage boosted to $15.”

Then there’s this:

Right now millions of unemployed or underemployed people, particularly those without a college degree, could be brought back into the labor force or retrained to secure full-time, higher-paying work.

Cities that’ve implemented a $15/hr. minimum wage have gotten hurt. Further, Democrats haven’t said that they’ll push for increased pipeline construction. Noticeably missing from the Democrats’ plan is a commitment for increased oil exploration and coal mining. President Obama once infamously said that “we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.”

It wasn’t just President Obama saying we couldn’t drill our way to cheaper gas prices. Sen. Schumer insisted that Democrats had a better solution:

In June and July, we will be introducing legislation that will promote conservation, that will promote alternative energy and that will do many things to reduce the price.

Meanwhile, Republicans pushed for increased fracking and energy independence. Today, we’re on the verge of being energy independent. It’s more than that, though. President Trump proposed increasing natural gas exports to Europe. If a pipeline is built, it’ll deal a crushing blow to Putin.

Democrats aren’t interested in that, though, because Tom Steyer and other Democratic special interests oppose energy independence. Hint to Democrats: you can’t be pro blue collar jobs if you oppose mining and fracking.

I love watching Greg Gutfeld demolish Democrats. He isn’t quite the new Breitbart but he’s more than the average Dem can handle. The latest Gutfeld attack comes against Chuckles Schumer. Recently on The Five, Gutfeld highlighted Schumer’s dishonesty.

Speaking on the subject of illegal immigration, Schumer said “The president’s immigration policies are destroying local economies, causing chaos and panic in families and communities who have done nothing, nothing, nothing wrong. By using racial profiling and fearmongering to target law-abiding immigrants, the Trump administration is putting people with a traffic ticket or a status violation in the same category as serious violent criminals.”

Gutfeld’s reply was sharp and to the point. Gutfeld said “The economy is fine, unemployment is down, as for profiling and harassing legal immigrants, by conflating illegal with legal immigration, it’s Schumer who is the real guilty party here.”

This is said in the context of Schumer saying that “Dems will block all funding for more immigration agents and for the wall too.”

It’s inescapable that Sen. Schumer is fast becoming the Democrats’ next Pelosi. Sen. Schumer dances to the tune of NCLR, aka the National Council of La Raza. NCLR is the biggest of the open border-promoting special interest organizations.

At a time when people want to feel secure, Sen. Schumer is selling insecurity. At a time when Democrats need to win back blue collar workers who simply want laws that make sense, Sen. Schumer is pitching laws that don’t make any sense except to the Democrats’ special interest allies.

Democrats need to win over lots of voters to recapture the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. If they keep playing the identity politics of 2016 that they’re deploying now, they’ll fall short of that goal. Rest assured that Republicans will tie Sen. Schumer to Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. These are each states that President Trump won handily. Tying these Democrats to a ‘New York liberal’ like Sen. Schumer won’t make these senators’ jobs easier.

Here’s the video of Gutfeld’s monologue:

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To say that Sen. Grassley gave Jim Comey and Chuck Schumer a tutorial in integrity is understatement. This article highlights Sen. Grassley’s speech on the Senate floor that should’ve been delivered months ago.

First, Sen. Grassley reported that “then-FBI Director James Comey briefed ranking member Dianne Feinstein and him on the Russia probe.” Sen. Grassley then said the briefing included “telling us who was, and who was not, under investigation.” Then Sen. Grassley opened both barrels and trained them on then-FBI Director Comey and Senate Minority Leader Schumer.

During his speech, Grassley said “After that meeting, I publicly called for Mr. Comey to tell the public what he had told us about whether President Trump was under investigation. The public had a right to know. Mr. Comey told me and other Congressional leaders that President Trump was not under investigation. He even told the President himself – repeatedly. But, Mr. Comey didn’t listen to my request for transparency. He didn’t listen to the President’s request. Only months later has the truth finally come out.”

With that, Sen. Schumer was exposed. Then Sen. Grassley added this:

So the media was wrong. So the Democrats were wrong. So the wild speculation and conspiracy theories ended up harming our country. They played right into Russia’s hands. And how did we all learn about this truth? In President Trump’s letter removing Mr. Comey from office.

At first most didn’t believe it. The media scoffed when they wrote what the president said in that letter. They insisted that Mr. Comey would never tell the president that he was not under investigation. Well we learned earlier this month from Mr. Comey himself that he had done exactly that. It wasn’t a surprise to me because Mr. Comey had told me the same thing.

Check out this video of Sen. Grassley’s speech:

Let’s be clear about something. Mr. Comey didn’t tell the American people that President Trump wasn’t being investigated. Further, Senate Minority Leader Schumer didn’t tell the whole truth about the FBI’s investigation when he knew that it wasn’t focusing on President Trump. Instead, Sen. Schumer stuck with the Democrats’ chanting points, pretending that President Trump was under investigation.

At this point, Sen. Schumer’s integrity doesn’t exist. What politician ignores that type of information for political gain? A: The most corrupt leader of Senate Democrats since Harry Reid. People hate politicians because they’re morally bankrupt. Sen. Schumer is the poster child of moral depravity in the Senate. As the Democrats’ leader in the Senate, Schumer should be a leader. Instead, he’s the chief obstructionist in a party without a message.

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It isn’t surprising that Chuck Schumer is dishonest. He’s been dishonest for a decade. It’s who he is. After listening to his prepared speech, which was filled with dishonest statements and outright omissions, I had to sit down before writing this post because people shouldn’t write angry. I haven’t always done that. When I’ve written angry, I’ve written poorly. Trust me. I can tell the difference.

One of the things that Sen. Schumer said during his dishonest criticism of the Senate Republicans’ health care bill was that Democrats had committee hearings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. While that’s technically true, it’s intentionally misleading. Democrats had hearings in multiple committees. After those hearings, though, the various bills were collected and brought up to Harry Reid’s office. That’s where a handful of Democratic senators, led by Max Baucus, wrote the final bill. Only committee chairs were allowed into the inner sanctuary of Sen. Reid’s office during the writing of the final bill.

Further, while it’s true that the Senate held hearings on the bill, it’s impossible to honestly say that they listened to the American people. This is video of one of those town hall meetings:

That certainly isn’t listening to the people. Neither is this:

If Sen. Schumer wants to say that Democrats held hearings, that’s fine but if he wants to say that Democrats listened to the people, then he’d better expect to hear tons of criticism during the 4th of July recess. Further, I’d caution Sen. Schumer against insisting that Democrats care about the policy. They’ve said repeatedly that getting the ACA passed was their goal. They didn’t say that making health care affordable and options plentiful was their goal in any meaningful way. (They mouthed the words but they were lying – think if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.)
This video should instruct the American people on how little Democrats care about health care policy:

Almost 6 minutes into the video, Sen. Schumer talked about how Republicans are like a driver who spots an accident and wants to help but, since they’re not doctors, they don’t know what to do. With all due respect, Sen. Schumer isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Sen. Barrasso, Sen. Cassidy and Sen. Rand Paul are each doctors. In fact, 12 of the 14 doctors in Congress are Republicans.

If Sen. Schumer isn’t taken seriously, it’s the epitome of chutzpah for Sen. Schumer to say that Democrats are experts on health care policy. If they’re experts, why are insurance companies either raising premiums or getting out of the exchanges? That doesn’t sound like much of an expert to me.

The headlines in the media about President Trump and his decisions have been so over-the-top that they can’t be believed. The latest headline that shows the Democrats’ inability to connect with blue collar workers quotes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying that President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is “a devastating failure of historic proportions.”

The truth is that few people will notice the difference.

In total, Sen. Schumer said “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a devastating failure of historic proportions. Future generations will look back on President Trump’s decision as one of the worst policy moves made in the 21st century because of the huge damage to our economy, our environment and our geopolitical standing.”

Sen. Schumer is getting pushed around by the people behind the Resistance Movement. He doesn’t believe the things he said. It’s just that he’s forced to say those things to keep the money coming in from those special interest groups. Republicans should highlight the fact that Sen. Schumer (and the rest of the Democrats) listen more intently to the special interests than they listen to Main Street:

It’s becoming clear that the Democratic Party is the party of uncontrolled hysterics and the party of the special interests.

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Especially when it comes to health care, Democrats can’t help but wildly distort the truth. First, the basics: the CBO scoring of the House bill says that approximately 22,000,000-24,000,000 fewer people will have health care if the American Health Care Act is signed into law.

Simply put, that’s BS.

According to the Democrats, the people most affected by the AHCA will be people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly. Again, that’s an outright lie. The elderly won’t lose coverage if the AHCA is signed into law because Medicare is still the law of the land. People with pre-existing conditions won’t lose coverage because of high risk pools.

Minnesota had a high risk pool prior to the ACA. In 2007, the Kaiser Health Foundation reported that 92.8% of Minnesotans were insured. With nearly everyone insured, it isn’t a stretch to think that the majority of seniors and the majority of people with pre-existing conditions were insured. In fact, it’s a pretty safe assumption that high percentages of those demographics were covered.

In short, whenever people hear Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton complain that millions of people will get thrown off of their health insurance, let’s remember that these are the same people that said that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Those of us who are old enough will remember this everlasting moment:

Whichever memory you choose, the results are the same. The Democrats’ primary tactic is to fabricate answers in the hopes of frightening people. It’s always been that way.

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