Big govt, Politics

Trump’s HHS Secretary Following Reaganesque Agenda

HHS Secretary Alex Azar just outlined a bevy of reforms to America’s health care policy that were reminiscent of the Reagan administration. Among them are cutting wasteful spending, streamlining prescription prices, and reforming insurance markets which are continuing to reel from ObamaCare. His goal is to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to improve the quality and value of healthcare services. Of particular concern are the millions of additional able-bodied dependents on Medicaid who in some cases receive a 90% subsidy for health care costs from the federal government paying out to states that agreed with the expansion. In other words, Trump officials are taking to heart Reagan’s inaugural missive that “in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar recently outlined an ambitious health care policy agenda that is positively Reaganesque.

In the spirit of the late President Ronald Reagan, Azar emphasized that the Trump administration’s major health care policy initiatives would rely heavily on harnessing the creative powers of federalism and reaffirming state innovation, the central role of free-market principles of choice and competition, and a commitment to practical problem-solving with a clear-eyed grasp of political and economic conditions.

His July 26 remarks at the Heritage Foundation were vintage Reagan.

Azar focused his address on the multiple complexities of prescription-drug pricing, bridging the gap between spending and the value of medical goods and services, and the urgent need to repair the nation’s severely damaged health insurance markets.

“President Trump’s budget proposes to replace the entirety of the [Affordable Care Act] subsidy structure, as well as the Medicaid expansion, with a flexible block grant,” he said.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Giuliani: No Trump Interview, Russia Probe Not Legit

Former presidential candidate New York City mayor and now Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani announced on Monday that President Trump will not interview before Special Counsel Robert Mueller because the investigation is a sham. During the Fox News Hannity appearance, Giuliani argued the potential Trump-Mueller interview would amount to a perjury trap. Further, Giuliani pointed out that Trump’s legal team is in a stronger position against the still unsubstantiated collusion allegations. The point is obvious: if Mueller had anything solid on Trump, we’d know about by now because the FBI’s collusion with the DNC would have produced it. It’s the new Red Scare in which Mueller is the new McCarthy.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Former New York City mayor-turned-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Monday night that he will likely not allow Trump to be interviewed by anyone on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team because the Russia investigation is not legitimate.

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Giuliani said a potential Trump-Mueller interview is “highly unlikely” because he would be walking into a perjury trap.

“I always have to leave the option open as a lawyer in case they come across with something that really startles us or fills some of the things that we feel are important,” he said.

Giuliani explained that because of the great work Trump’s attorneys did early on — providing Mueller with “1.4 million documents” and “32 witnesses” — Trump’s legal team is in a position today in which they no longer need to cooperate.

“I believe we are coming toward the end, so I’m talking to some of the people that were involved in the original part of the investigation,” he said.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

RBG, 85, Refuses to Retire from SCOTUS

With a hefty six-figure salary and naps on the daily agenda, it’s not surprising that 85-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg refuses to retire. Her job commitment, however, has nothing to do with the benefits and everything to do with spiting President Donald Trump. Instead, the possibility of a Democrat appointee has her thinking she’s got “at least five more years.” President Trump fired back via Twitter regarding her comments made during a CNN interview: “Her mind is shot–resign!” A more substantive issue at hand is Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct, which says a federal “judge should not publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office.” RBG has violated that numerous times. In other words, she’s a typically hypocritical leftist.

Here’s more from BPR…

U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, refuses to retire and wants to stay on the bench for another five years. Not because she loves her job, but because she apparently wants to spite President Trump.

“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg told CNN on July 29. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, stepped down when he was 90, so think I have at least five more years.”

Ginsburg, a liberal, was appointed in 1994 by Bill Clinton. Ginsburg previously suggested that she would have retired this year if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency.

Ginsburg is now digging in her brittle heels amid liberal hysteria that President Donald Trump will get to appoint three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court when she retires.

In 2017, Trump appointed 50-year-old Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS. He recently nominated appellate court judge Brett Kavanaugh, age 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who’s retiring.



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Kamala Harris: Think of Illegal Children ‘as Being Our Own’

California uber-lefty Sen. Kamala Harris is running really hard for the most liberal Senator of the year award. But this makes perfect sense. She’s already being called a ‘female Barack Obama’ and has dropped hints of a potential White House bid in 2020. She’s also apparently a retread of Hillary circa 1996 with her “it takes a village” mantra. According to Harris, illegal alien children belong to all of us. Just one question: do the kids killed by criminal illegals also belong to all of us? Asking for a friend.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) blasted President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy on Thursday as the “ultimate act of inhumanity” and claimed illegal immigrant kids at the border are the “children of all of us.”

“This is about saying we are a community of people and that the children of any one of us is the children of all of us. These are our children,” Harris told demonstrators who were protesting the separation of families at the border. “That’s who we are… We should each think of them as being our own and we should treat them that way.”

Harris added that the love that a parent has for their child is the “purest form of love” that must be honored, respected, and understood.

The California Democrat, who has accused the Trump administration of committing human rights abuses at the border, said Trump’s zero-tolerance policy has put illegal immigrant children in “prisons.”


Big govt, Courts, Politics

House Introduces Impeachment Articles for Rosenstein

Members of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus introduced articles of impeachment for Rod Rosenstein this week in what is being seen as a shot across the FBI’s bow. Though the move is almost certainly not going to cross the two-thirds vote threshold in the Senate (assuming it even gets out of the House), it does send a signal to heads of the FBI and DOJ that Congress’ patience is growing thin. With Mueller’s interminable investigation still churning will little results and with perpetual stonewalling of congressional investigations, we’re beginning to wonder if the ‘I’ in FBI might more appropriately refer to incompetence.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Some members of the House Freedom Caucus introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today, charging that the Justice Department official has withheld investigative information from GOPs in Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas and abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The impeachment documents may not even come to the House floor for a vote, though. They were introduced by Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and current Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), along with nine other members.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was not among the co-sponsors. Ten days ago, he was asked on CBS if he would be on board the effort. “No. For what? Impeach him for what? No,” Gowdy replied.

If the proposal cleared the House, it would need a two-thirds vote in the Senate for Rosenstein to lose his job. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) already cast his vote, tweeting this evening, “This Senate Republican does not agree.”


Big govt, Issues

California Bans Plastic Straws, Fines Violators

We were just recovering from our guffaw over Starbucks’ attempt to appease Mother Earth by implementing strawless lids, which actually require more plastic, and then California decided to ante up. Santa Barbara has decided that plastic straws may very well bring about the end of the world, and city leaders are aiming to save humanity. According to new city regulations, a violator (i.e., someone using a straw) could be fined up to a grand or even imprisoned for six months. Meanwhile, back in Russia…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Sippers, beware.

A California coastal city has become the latest municipality to ban plastic straws, enacting what is potentially the strictest plastic prohibition in the country.

Santa Barbara earlier this month passed the ordinance authorizing hefty fines and even a possible jail sentence for violators who dole out plastic straws at restaurants, bars and other food establishments.

According to the ordinance, violators on their first offense will be given a written warning notice. But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down.

In that case, the ordinance cites penalties from the city’s municipal code for a “fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.”

In comparison, Seattle, which in the beginning of July became the first major city in the U.S. to ban plastic straws, only fines businesses $250 per offense.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

FBI FISA App Released, Confirms Nunes Memo

Over the weekend the FBI dumped the much-maligned FISA Warrant application (translation: media avoidance strategy) after months of prodding from Congress. Though it was highly-redacted (translation: lots of details still unknown), what we can see demonstrates that the memo from Rep. Devin Nunes from back in February was overwhelmingly accurate. And lest we forget, the conclusions included the facts that the FBI used sketchy details about its investigation of a low-level Trump adviser as an excuse to file for the FISA Warrant and that the Russia dossier base on that investigation was created in coordination with the DNC. And now the left is heaping the criticism (translation: they’re circling the wagons).

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The weekend release of a highly-redacted version of the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has renewed the argument over the Nunes memo — the brief report produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes detailing problems in the application. From the time of the memo’s release in February, Democrats and some in the press have denounced it as a collection of lies and mischaracterizations. On Saturday night, the denouncing started again. “The only thing the newly released FISA documents show is that Republicans have been lying for months,” the lefty think tank Center for American Progress said in a typical response.

Now, however, we have both the memo and the FISA application, if in a blacked-out state. We can compare the two. And doing so shows the Nunes memo was overwhelmingly accurate. Perhaps some Democrats do not believe it should have been written, or they dispute what it included and left out, or they do not agree with its conclusions, but it was in fact accurate.

The memo comprised a short introduction followed by 13 substantive paragraphs. Here is a look at each one.

The first paragraph:

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Russia Investigation: Hillary Fundraiser Gets Immunity

In Robert Mueller’s topsy-turvy world, prosecuting white collar crimes that have nothing at all to do with the entire purpose of his special counsel appointment is apparently peachy keen. What’s also apparently okay is giving immunity to a Hillary crony who might have been connected to the actual election collusion by the FBI and the DNC. Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary campaign chairman John Podesta, was offered a get out of jail free card by Mueller in exchange for testimony against Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign adviser, for alleged crimes entirely unrelated to the presidential election. Facepalm.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has offered Clinton crony and fundraiser Tony Podesta immunity to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported Thursday night based on two sources.

Podesta, whose brother is Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is the founder of the now-defunct Podesta Group, a Democratic lobbying group that worked with Manafort’s consulting firm in 2012 on a sham campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which supported then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort’s lobbying work for Ukraine reportedly ended two years before he joined the Trump campaign.

Neither Manafort nor Podesta properly registered with the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) in 2012, and both retroactively registered their firms with the Department of Justice as foreign agents of Ukraine in 2017.


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George Soros: Obama ‘Greatest Disappointment’

Mark it down on the calendar. This date may be the very first (and almost certainly the only) occasion in which we agree with George Soros on anything. According to a leaked email from the leader of one of Soros’s lefty organization, Soros admitted that one of his many mistakes in life included supporting Barack Obama in the Democrat primary against Hillary Clinton in 2008. He described to his minion that Obama was ‘his greatest disappointment’. We’re not sure whether it’s because Obama hedged on his push for full socialism or that it’s so easily being undone by the Trump administration. Either way, cheers!

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Progressive billionaire George Soros says former President Barack Obama is his “greatest disappointment.”

George Soros, an early backer of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run, described the former president as “his greatest disappointment,” in an interview with The New York Times published on Tuesday. On the advice of an aide to Soros present during the interview, the open-borders financier made clear his disappointment came on a “professional level.”

According to Soros, the Democrat lawmaker “closed the door” on him after winning the White House. “He made one phone call thanking me for my support, which was meant to last for five minutes, and I engaged him, and he had to spend another three minutes with me, so I dragged it out to eight minutes,” the progressive billionaire recounted to the paper, later adding Obama had a reputation of taking “his supporters for granted.”

Neera Tanden, head of the left-leaning group Center for American Progress, revealed in a May 2012 email to Hillary Clinton that Soros admitted to her that he regretted supporting Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“I told him I worked for you in the primaries and he said he’s been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy and said he hasn’t met with the President ever (though I thought he had),” wrote Tanden.“He then said he regretted his decision in the primary – he likes to admit mistakes when he makes them and that was one of them.”


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Socialist Candidate Calls for Occupying ICE, Airports

In case you’ve been out of the country over the last 30 days, you might have missed the brouhaha in New York after self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez destroyed an incumbent Democrat in the congressional primary. While sipping on a latte and rocking out to tunes on a slick new bluetooth speaker, Cortez called her Millennial ne’er-do-wells to join her in ‘occupying’ ICE, airports and the border. The logistics of occupying a border aside, someone might remind her that her uber-lib pals behind the barista bar at Starbucks might take umbrage at the suggestion that profits be directed to the government instead of employee raises.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

I believe it was only yesterday when Ed Morrissey described New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “the gift that keeps on giving.” Well, the giving continues today and it’s only getting better. (Editor’s note: The phrase “better” may only apply if you are a conservative.)

She gave an interview to Democracy Now! this week where she set forth some of her agenda for her swelling army of socialist supporters on the Democratic left flank. Rather than focusing on new progressive policy initiatives or getting out the vote, Ocasio-Cortez called on the unwashed masses to take to the streets in the fashion of Occupy Wall Street, but relocate their forces to “occupy” the nation’s airports, all of the ICE offices and “the border.” I’m not sure how one “occupies” a border but at least she’s thinking outside the box. (PJ Media, emphasis added)

Democrat candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made a huge splash since trouncing incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the NY-14 primary, calls herself a socialist and is big on activism, if not geopolitics.

So big on activism, in fact, that in an interview with Democracy Now! on Monday, she called for the “occupation” of airports and ICE offices as part of the effort to “mobilize” the so-called Resistance…

“We have to have a rapid response,” she said. “And I think every day that we go on, especially a day when something that heinous happens, we have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”

We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk,”she said.