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There’s no question whether Joe Biden maintained a reputation for decades as a centrist. That reputation isn’t withstanding the pressure of his latest presidential campaign. Byron York’s article highlights how the Democrats’ presumptive nominee is transforming from a centrist into a leftist.

York’s first example is Biden’s years-long defense of President Obama’s deportation of illegal aliens. In his article, York wrote “Biden has defended the Obama administration’s record on deportations against those on the left who criticized President Barack Obama as the ‘deporter in chief.’ Then came last month’s Nevada caucuses. After ugly losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden was struggling for life in Nevada and trying to appeal to the Hispanic voters who made up a substantial portion of state Democrats. All of a sudden, Biden backtracked on the Obama deportations he used to defend. ‘There were too many,’ Biden told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. ‘I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it’s like to lose family members. It was painful.'”

Biden’s immigration transformation didn’t stop there, though:

As the Nevada vote neared, Biden promised that if he became president he would not deport anyone, no one, under any circumstances, during his first 100 days in office. After that, Biden said he would deport only those who have committed felonies in the United States. Biden repeated the pledge at his recent debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last remaining rival for the nomination.

Think about that, people. A Biden administration promises to not faithfully execute this nation’s laws. In this debate, Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie gave the same answer on whether local communities should turn over illegal immigrants to their administration:

It doesn’t get much more leftist for a Democrat than that. Joe Biden got the reputation of Blue Collar Joe for standing with coal miners, construction workers and blue collar families. Blue Collar Joe doesn’t exist. Here’s proof:

Biden’s centrist-to-leftist transformation is complete.

To hear the MSM tell it, Joe Biden is a legitimate moderate cut from the cloth of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. That’s who Sleepy Joe was but it isn’t who he is. Moderate Joe supported the Hyde Amendment. Today’s Joe opposes it. Moderate Joe supported energy independence. Today’s Joe opposes fracking. In fact, Today’s Joe wants fracking eliminated immediately:


Moderate Joe was an illegal immigration dove. Today’s Joe wants all illegal immigrants to stay unless they’ve committed violent crimes. In short, Today’s Joe wants to turn the United States into a sanctuary nation. Don’t bet on that playing well in the suburbs where crime is rising faster than property taxes. Then there’s this:


If that’s your definition of a moderate, then Bernie has a spot for you on his senior staff. Yikes.

I expect President Trump’s State of the Union Address, aka SOTU, to focus mostly on his accomplishments. That part should take up an hour of his speech. Further, I expect him to highlight the results of his criminal justice reform. Last year, he highlighted Alice Johnson from the First Lady’s box:

This year, Alice was featured in this Super Bowl ad:

It’s inevitable that President Trump’s SOTU Address will include a lengthy conversation about how his economic policies are leading a blue collar boom. That will let him talk about blue collar workers’ rising wages. It’ll start with him touting the lowest unemployment rates amongst minorities and women. Consider that portion of the speech to be the meat-and-potatoes section of the speech. Consider the Alice Johnson-criminal justice reform part of the speech the heart-and-soul section of the speech.

An election year SOTU isn’t complete without the President laying out his vision for his second term. That portion of the speech will talk about infrastructure, finishing the wall, cleaning up the antiquated immigration laws and additional middle class tax cuts, including making these tax cuts permanent.

I hope President Trump spends some time criticizing House Democrats for their hyperpartisan impeachment inquiry. I hope he scolds House Democrats for impeaching him for exercising his constitutional right to executive privilege. I hope he scolds them for not giving him the right to call witnesses during the House impeachment hearings. I hope he finishes that section by lecturing House Democrats for spending 3+ years on impeaching him rather than working with him on the people’s business.

Finally, I hope he finishes the SOTU by talking directly to the American people, essentially saying ‘You sent me here to drain the swamp, fix the economy, build the wall and make America great again. We’ve accomplished a lot but we’ve still got work to do. To finish that task, I need a congress that will work with me, not a congress that will fight me and investigate me.’

That won’t sit well with the nattering nabobs of negativism found throughout the Swamp. That’s ok. The Swamp isn’t his constituency. The American people are his constituents. That’s who this SOTU Address should address.

Anyone that thinks that a Bloomberg administration would keep the economy humming is kidding themselves. Bloomberg’s economic blueprint, which was outlined in this article, would be catastrophic. According to the article, the Bloomberg blueprint says “The 2020 presidential candidate unveiled $5 trillion in proposed new taxes Saturday as part of his sweeping domestic program. They would pay for infrastructure projects, as well as investments in green energy, affordable housing, education and health care, the billionaire Democratic candidate said.”

It continues with a quote from Bloomberg, which says “[the] plan I am releasing today raises rates on wealthy individuals and corporations, closes loopholes, cracks down on tax avoidance, expands the estate tax, and reduces the tax advantages that investors have over workers.” Finally, there’s this:

Among the proposals: rolling back President Trump’s corporate tax cuts; a new 5% surtax on incomes above $5 million a year; taxes on capital gains; lowering the threshold for the estate tax; and restoring top rates back to the Obama-era 39.6%.

In other words, Bloomberg’s plan would incentivize manufacturers to leave the US for places like Mexico, China and other foreign nations. Further, it would incentivize companies to not invest their money but rather to sit their cash on the sidelines. That’s the fastest way to slow job growth.

Then there’s this part of Bloomberg’s plan for economic justice for African Americans:

Black Americans have been disproportionately incarcerated, politically disenfranchised and subject to systematic discrimination. The enduring legacy of discrimination is reflected in the fact that the typical Black family has one-tenth the wealth of the typical white family.

Bill Clinton signed the bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump signed the First Step Act that’s starting to reverse that incarceration trend. Democrats have taken African-Americans for granted. Democrats want their votes. They haven’t done anything to warrant the previously monolithic vote, though. Third, Ben Carson and Tim Scott have led the GOP’s efforts to create wealth for African-Americans through enterprise zones. President Trump signed significant increases in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, aka HSBU. Now, President Trump and his team are working on the Second Step Act to improve African-Americans’ lives.

Whatever Bloomberg promises to do, President Trump has already started doing. Bloomberg’s immigration policies are open border policies:

  1. Mike formed the pro-immigration organization New American Economy, representing more than 500 mayors and CEOs from all 50 states who are highlighting the contributions of immigrants.
  2. Mike ensured confidentiality of immigration status for all people who interacted with New York City government.
  3. Mike made New York City’s 311 government services hotline available in 170 languages and required city service agencies to provide translation and interpretation.

If you want the Democrat’s counterproductive policies on steroids, vote Bloomberg. Here’s a preview of Bloomberg’s TV ad that will air during the Super Bowl:

This won’t stop gun violence. It will only take guns out of law-abiding citizens. That’s the definition of counterproductive.

This year’s campaign is about choosing candidates who are committed to getting sensible things done vs. rehiring the politicians that signed onto Adam Schiff’s endless investigations. The only bill that passed the House was the USMCA trade agreement. It sat on Speaker Pelosi’s desk for almost a year.

USMCA was used to bribe freshman Democrats into voting for impeachment. Speaker Pelosi was corrupt enough to hold that over their heads until they’d ruined their political careers. But I digress.

Adam Schiff’s mission has been to hurt President Trump. In March, 2017, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he had proof that was “more than circumstantial” that proved President Trump conspired with Russia to throw the 2016 election. After Special Counsel Mueller spent $40,000,000 and 22 months investigating Russia’s interference into US elections, Mueller’s team didn’t find proof of Rep. Schiff’s accusations. That isn’t surprising. Schiff appears to be a sociopath.

What proof has been found is proof that Adam Schiff is pathological. This is what Chairman Schiff said:

We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have, but you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent.”

Here’s the video of Schiff’s opening statement/lie:

There are so many lies in Chairman Schiff’s opening statement that it isn’t worth going through all of them. It’s worth highlighting the fact that President Trump never asked President Zelenskiy to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. It’s also worth noting that Chairman Schiff and other Democrats told the nation that President Trump had a personal favor to ask. The truth is that the transcript said this:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.

Adam Schiff is currently the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He’s utterly corrupt. Schiff now says that it was a parody. That’s a lie. The definition of a parody is “a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing.” Schiff just made things up in his attempt to portray President Trump as guilty of extortion. There isn’t a thing in Schiff’s statement that’s accurate. Democrats have been obsessed with investigating President Trump. The legislation they’ve passed is highly partisan garbage that would either hurt our economy or limit our freedoms.

Senate Republicans have confirmed judges that rule on what the Constitution says or what the law says. These judges don’t rule that the law says something that it doesn’t say. Republicans have also tried passing bills that would tighten asylum laws, close immigration loopholes, some of which were created by House Democrats during the Trump shutdown and fix our immigration laws. Republicans are tirelessly working to fix the opioid crisis. Republicans, not Democrats, were the chief authors of criminal justice reform.

Resist activists control the Democrats. What the Resist activists say, Democrats do. The 8 years of Obama showed how that failed. The policies being proposed by today’s Democrats would ruin this fantastic economy while hurting families. No thanks. I want all families to thrive, including rich families. There’s a ton of socialist Democrat candidates running that think we wouldn’t have poverty if we didn’t have billionaires. The leading House socialist is AOC. She hates prosperity. She proved that by chasing Amazon HQ, along with 25,000 high-paying jobs, away from New York. Then she rejoiced about their decision.

She’s the ideological leader of the Democratic Party. Is that the type of leader we want? I prefer a leader who delivers on increasing prosperity, increasing security and strengthens communities. You won’t find that in the Democratic Party. Democrats are about endless investigations. They’re also about thoughtless partisanship.

Liz Peek’s op-ed highlights why President Trump’s approval rating with Hispanics is improving. This isn’t accidental. It’s easily explainable.

Peek’s article highlights the fact that “since 2016 the country has added 5.2 million jobs, of which 4.5 million went to people of color. The Washington Post reported that this is the first time in the country’s history that minorities were winning most of the new jobs being created. Hispanic unemployment is currently 4.2 percent, the lowest ever recorded.”

It turns out that the NYTimes reporter covering President Trump’s New Mexico rally was surprised with what she found:

A New York Times reporter was clearly baffled by this turn of events as she ventured to cover the president’s recent rally in New Mexico, where 47 percent of the electorate is Latino. Jennifer Medina was shocked to find large numbers of Hispanics who had waited in the sun to greet the president, and whose “identity was something of an afterthought.”

She met Latino Trump supporters who backed his position on illegal immigration, and who felt that “We need to take care of the people who are already here.” They were not, she reported, “single-issue voters,” which seemed to surprise the Times writer. Those proudly announcing themselves as Latinos for Trump also tended to favor his position on abortion, his appointments of conservative judges, and defense of gun rights.

In other words, Democrats aren’t reading the Hispanic people correctly.

Against these achievements, Democrats are campaigning on open borders and on-demand abortion up until birth. These and other positions which could threaten our robust economy, like the Green New Deal or raising taxes on middle-class voters to fund single-payer health care, will alienate those who are increasingly benefiting from our capitalist system.

Reality check for Democrats. Count the number of smiling faces in the crowd at President Trump’s rally in Rio Rancho, MN. Then count how many of those smiling faces are plastered on the faces of Latina women:

I know that these pictures can be orchestrated and often are. Usually, though, those orchestrated shots don’t have everyone in sight looking like the targeted audience. The people behind Trump’s audience are sending a message. There’s one 1 white male in the audience that I counted. The other men in the audience were Hispanic. The rest of the audience were women.

We’re told by Democrats that Hispanics coming illegally across the border are coming for a better life for their families. I don’t doubt that. If that’s true, though, why wouldn’t Hispanics, whether they’re here legally or illegally, love the Trump economy? Democrats can’t say that Hispanics are coming here for a better life, then say that they hate this booming economy.

When Nancy Pelosi hands the Speaker’s gavel to Kevin McCarthy, this epitaph should be attached to Ms. Pelosi and all of her Do-Nothing Democrats. (Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters should get specially engraved millstones.) But I digress.

This morning’s headlines aren’t shy in declaring the Do-Nothing Democrats’ accomplishments and failures. House Judiciary Committee Democrats got their butts whipped by Corey Lewandowski yesterday. Jerry Nadler got twisted into a pretzel, first by Mr. Lewandowski, then by Ranking Member Doug Collins, then by John Ratcliffe. By the end of the day, Nadler was a pathetic puddle of a man. He clearly isn’t fit to be a committee chairman, especially chairman of an historic committee like the House Judiciary Committee.

The resolution would allow House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., to designate hearings from the committee and subcommittees into an impeachment investigation. Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is scheduled to testify next week.

Armstrong, who voted against the measure along with all other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, said the inquiry is taking up time and House Democrats “cannot get their act together on it.”

The Armstrong mentioned is North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong.

Unlike the Do-Nothing Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, he’d like to get things done:

He introduced the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Act earlier this year which he said is a bipartisan issue that aims to reduce recidivism, curb addiction and reduce taxpayer spending on criminal justice. Armstrong said the act would focus on nonviolent and drug-related offenses.

Armstrong said he will prioritize the trade agreement, which he believes will pass soon. “It’s tough in ag country right now, and this will do a lot to help,” he said. “It’s a better deal for farmers, and it’s a better deal for the United States.”

Armstrong said his attention this session is also turned to prescription drug package bills that could reduce costs for lifesaving medicines and farm worker immigration reform.

Now that sounds like a positive, pro-growth agenda. I believe that there are some Democrats who would like to be productive. I just don’t see many of them in House leadership positions. This is a great sample of what happened during yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing:

Pop the popcorn and sit back in your recliner. The Do-Nothing Democrats might be unproductive but they’re fun to ridicule. That’s the Do-Nothing Democrats’ legacy.

Andy McCarthy’s op-ed unintentionally highlights the difference between Lindsey Graham and Jerry Nadler. They chair the Judiciary committees in the Senate and the House, respectively.

Here’s what Nadler is doing:

Elections have consequences. This was a point we tried to make many times in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. The Democrats won control of the House fair and square. That means they get to drive the agenda.

Their agenda, kinda sorta, is the impeachment of President Trump — which is to say, the quixotic quest to build political support for it. According to the Washington Post, that effort is about to sink deeper into farce: Hearings on Stormy Daniels and the hush-money payments to conceal trysts that Donald Trump had — allegedly, of course — a decade before he ran for president.

Here’s what the Constitution says about impeachment:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Simply put, campaign finance transactions from before a candidate is elected doesn’t rise to the level of treason, bribery or other high crimes or misdemeanors. In fact, it isn’t even close. Nadler knows this. Still, he insists on wasting the people’s time on this charade.

While Nadler wastes time and money on this charade, Lindsey Graham is working on something substantive that would make people safer and improve their lives:

Co-host Steve Doocy asked Graham, R-S.C., why the Flores agreement has been politicized. Graham repeated “they hate Trump” in response, arguing Washington needs people who don’t share such hatred of the president. “I have been working on immigration for 10 years. I’m willing to deal with a DACA population… I’m willing to spend money in Central America to make life better. I’ve done everything I know to do… I can’t get one Democrat to agree with me that you should apply for asylum in Central America, or Mexico, not the United States.”

Sen. Graham’s bill would address the Flores Agreement, which essentially is where the practice of catch and release starts. That’s the cornerstone of the Democrats’ open borders policies.

Graham’s bill would also change the US’s asylum laws. The biggest change would be to force asylum seekers to apply in their country of origin at a US embassy or consulate. It would also increase the burden for getting an asylum hearing. Most people seeking asylum (upwards of 90%) pass the initial test. Few pass the court test. (That’s in the 10-15% range.) Those that pass the first test get assigned a court date that’s often 2 years off.

The comparison couldn’t be clearer. Jerry Nadler hasn’t worked on a single substantive piece of legislation since becoming the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Instead, he’s pushed an impeachment charade to appease the Democrats’ looney tune base.

Sen. Graham has spent time confirming judges to district and appellate courts. He’s written legislation to reform out-of-date immigration laws intended to keep Americans safe. He’s worked hard on building bipartisan agreement to fix our broken immigration laws.

Sen. Graham’s legislation should gain bipartisan support because protecting our citizens shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Rep. Nadler’s investigation shouldn’t get bipartisan support because he’s conducting a purely partisan investigation into something that doesn’t rise to an impeachable offense.

In 2020, the American people need to decide whether they want to vote for Republicans who are trying to get things done or whether they want to vote for Democrats who have spent their time conducting sham investigations that do nothing except employ lots of lawyers. I’ll vote for Republicans who want to get important things done. I won’t vote for Do-Nothing Democrats. I won’t vote for Do-Nothing Democrats who’ve voted for extremist health care legislation that’s expensive and that would eliminate private health insurance. Pelosi keeps asking for a Senate vote on the bills her House has passed. Sen. McConnell is right in not giving these bills a vote because they aren’t bills that would fix anything.

This LTE highlights how society is increasingly rejecting objective truth. This paragraph is the perfect example of undisciplined thinking:

Our disagreements about how to run government, provide health care and offer housing and a sustainable living to families are only the tip of the iceberg. We disagree about how to best take care of both immigrants and citizens. None of the ways are the “right” way. We must understand that each is “a” way and that they all work with varying degrees of success. When we factor human kindness into the equation, or love of neighbor, we have more success.

Actually, the right way to deal with immigration is multi-faceted but eminently logical. It starts with the belief that each nation has the right to determine who gets into its nation.

In fact, it’s important to realize that nations have the affirmative obligation to protect its citizens. Providing for public safety is a core function of government. Implicit in the above paragraph is that there isn’t a wrong way. That’s foolish. The wrong way is the way that the Democrats’ presidential candidates are advocating for.

During the Democrats’ first round of presidential debates in Miami, FL, every Democrat presidential candidate lifted their hand, signaling that they thought the US should decriminalize illegal immigration. That’s insanity. That’s like sending out an invitation to the world that they can live in the US if they pay a fine.

Saying that all ways “work with varying degrees of success” is foolish. Closing immigration loopholes, tightening up asylum questions and sealing our border with physical walls will shut down illegal immigration to a trickle, stop human trafficking and restrict the flow of illegal drugs to the point of crippling the drug cartels’ profits.

Hearing Nancy Pelosi say that obeying the immigration laws that Congress has passed and that various presidents have signed “isn’t who we are” is sickening. If those signed laws that were passed by this nation’s elected leaders don’t represent our nation’s values, what does? After all, those laws weren’t shoved down our throats. They required compromise, wisdom and principles.

Democracy is that great American experiment in which we each have a say because we were created as equals, no matter our lot in life. Gerrymandering and restricting access to polling places (see our neighbors in North Dakota, for example) give lie to the experiment. True democracy makes it easier to vote and works toward equal representation, not the reverse.

Before the federal government existed and immediately after the Colonists won the Revolutionary War, France recognized each of the 13 former colonies as individual nation states. Today’s Democrats advocate for the opposite of the post-Revolutionary War United States by advocating for a system of government that doesn’t take into consideration what rural America, America’s heartland and blue collar America need but caters to the needs of coastal America and elitist America.

It’s important to stipulate that we don’t have a national government. We have a federal government. Theoretically at least, that federal government is there to serve the states. It isn’t there to tell the states what to do. The best way that the federal government can serve We The People is to let us make most decisions at the local or family level.

Yes, there really is a right way. Yes, there really is a wrong way. Though the Founding Fathers were imperfect, the Constitution that they put together was as close to perfect as any document in human history.

Attention Lindsey Graham: you’ve got to beat your Democrat friends over the head with the information from this article. You know who I’m talking about. You told us that you couldn’t find a single Democrat in the Senate willing to co-sponsor your legislation that fixes our asylum laws, fixes the Flores Agreement and closes the gaping loopholes in our immigration laws. We believed you, too.

Sen. Graham, what’s in that article is disgusting. It’s the type of stuff that Democrats should be forced to defend. Daily. When the crew at Fox & Friends asked you what it would take to pass your legislation, you were right in saying that we need fewer Democrats and more Republicans. I couldn’t agree more. Especially after reading this:

Border Patrol agents at the FOB were contacted by Mexican government officials in July regarding two subjects wanted on kidnapping and homicide charges. One of the men was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in November 2018 near Eagle Pass, while the other surrendered to Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in December 2018. Both men made credible fear claims, and were ordered removed by an immigration judge after those claims were denied.

Had those criminals not been rejected for asylum, they would’ve gotten released into the US, where they likely would’ve preyed on immigrant populations. That’s totally unacceptable. Those asylum laws must be fixed. If Democrats won’t participate in fixing them, then their decisions need to become the subject of negative ads against them the next time they run for re-election.

If Democrats think that security moms want these types of predators meandering through their streets, Democrats should think again. If Democrats don’t get serious about fixing the border, they should expect a thumping next November. It won’t be pretty.

The people know that the porous US border is where tons of illegal drugs that kill US citizens come from. They know that the porous US border is also where criminals enter the US. Anyone thinking that we’re ok with this broken system must be a thick-headed Democrat.

If I hear another Democrat insist that “this isn’t who we are” if we don’t enforce the laws that Congress has passed and that the president has signed, I’ll punch that Democrat. Ignoring laws that we don’t like isn’t who we are. Further, telling me that we don’t have the resources to prosecute criminals tells me that those offices aren’t run efficiently or that those people are lying to us.

Thankfully, President Trump’s wall is getting built. That isn’t the total answer but it’s sure to help CBP. There’s already reporting out there that the new wall is a force multiplier. That’s because walls help funnel coyotes, drug smugglers and human traffickers into chokepoints, which increase agents’ efficiency.

If the Democrats don’t do anything to fix our immigration and asylum laws, they’ll pay the price in states like Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Democrats are salivating at the possibility of flipping the Senate seat that Martha McSally currently holds in Arizona. Rest assured that a broken immigration system helps Sen. McSally.