• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

WHAT PELOSI’S DEM FASCISTS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

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Evil Senate Dems Turn ON Their FASCIST MOUTHS AND LIES in Drive to Impeach President Trump

THE BARR TESTIMONY: DEMOCRATS GONE WILD

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

The big news story today, if you believe the press, is Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Much could be said both about the hearing and the press reaction to it; here are a few observations.

First, the story began yesterday with Robert Mueller leaking his March 27 letter to Barr to the Washington Post. This leak was a purely political act. It was intended to provide fodder for today’s hearing, and it did. Mueller is a political player in D.C., and his investigation was a political investigation. His report was a political document. Mueller’s nakedly political act in leaking his letter to the Post was clarifying.

Second, Mueller’s letter complained about the short summary of the Mueller report’s conclusions that Attorney General Barr released in advance of the report itself. But Mueller did not claim that anything in Barr’s summary of findings was incorrect or untrue. On the contrary, Mueller’s letter of March 27 merely asserted that Barr’s short account did not fully capture the flavor of Mueller’s 400-plus page report:

The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.

Of course it didn’t. It didn’t purport to. But that sentence is the only criticism of Barr’s statement that Mueller has made. Barr says that he talked with Mueller on the telephone after receiving the letter, and in that conversation Mueller admitted that nothing in Barr’s statement was incorrect.

Third, today’s faux controversy represents a ridiculous moving of the goalposts. Mueller was charged with investigating whether anyone in Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians. No one did, and Mueller so reported. That is pretty much the end of the matter, as far as nearly all voters are concerned.

Now, instead of talking about collusion, the Democrats want to talk about whether Attorney General Barr’s statement accurately summarized the findings of Mueller’s report. Who cares? Read the report for yourself, it has been made public. One thing Barr got right for sure: the Mueller report finds no collusion.

Fourth, Mueller’s real grievance is that his report hasn’t hurt President Trump as much as Mueller had hoped. Knowing that collusion was a dud, Mueller and his team of Democratic Party loyalists worked as many anti-Trump nuggets into the report as they could. Yet for the most part, these have been ignored or have fallen flat. Most people thought Mueller was investigating collusion, and when it became clear there was no collusion, they moved on. Mueller is trying to serve his party by focusing attention on the random smears of Donald Trump and his administration that are contained in the report.

Fifth, despite all of the above, the Democratic Party press has gone off the deep end, promoting the idea that Mueller’s March 27 letter is somehow important. Thus, we see headlines like these:

CNN Politics:

More CNN:

Bloomberg:

Then there is my old law professor Larry Tribe. Larry was sane when I knew him, but that was a long time ago:

Laurence Tribe

@tribelaw

AG Barr flat-out LIED to the American people about the Mueller report’s incrimination of President Trump. He’s been outed as a total fraud. We can’t let Barr — or Trump — get away with such gross abuse of power. Barr must be impeached if he doesn’t resign first.

Barr has lied? About what? The contents of Mueller’s report, which is now public, and whose conclusions are exactly as Barr described them? These people are nuts.

Finally, why do the Democrats continue beating this dead-as-a-Norwegian-blue-pining-for-the-fjords horse? Because they had an enormous emotional investment in Mueller’s investigation. They viewed the whole thing as a set-up–a consummate Washington insider, close friend and ally of the people on the anti-Trump side, turned loose with an unconstrained mandate to find something–anything–on Donald Trump, with an unlimited budget. How could he fail? He could fail because there was no collusion. The idea that Trump colluded with Russians was ridiculous from the start. And the public didn’t care about much else associated with the faux investigation.

I am not up on the stages of grief, but the Democrats are in one of them, grieving through their loss of the belief that Robert Mueller would deliver them from the illegitimate Trump presidency. They can’t quite give it up. Thus, when they view the slightly-redacted Mueller report–far less than one percent is blacked out, and Congressmen can view the unreacted version at their leisure–they are like the boy in the old joke. They are convinced there must be a pony in there somewhere.

Happily, as it turns out, there is no pony. Hence the wailing and gnashing of teeth that we see in the press today.

 

 

 

Lefty Reuters Claims Northern Minnesota Democrats Are Struggling to Keep Their District Blue

Democrat struggles to keep hold on teetering Minnesota district

CHISHOLM, Minn. (Reuters) – Minnesota’s rural northeast has sent Democrats to the U.S. Congress for all but two of the past 71 years, but its political shift can be seen in roadside billboards thanking Republican President Donald Trump for imposing tariffs on imported steel.

The state’s 8th District has become a rare bright spot on the map for congressional Republicans ahead of Tuesday’s elections, made rosier thanks to the decision by three-term Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan not to run again after winning his last election in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point.

That has left Democrat Joe Radinovich trying to hold on to the region’s miners and farmers.

Forecasts show Republican St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber with a good shot of flipping the district to the Republicans in a year Democrats are expected to easily pick up the additional 23 House of Representative seats they would need for a majority. Republicans, however, are favored to hold on to the Senate.

 

A former police officer, Stauber is running as a moderate Republican, focusing on promoting economic growth, supporting gun rights and expanding mining in the District’s national parks. He has broken from his party to say he would not repeal the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare program, but praised Trump’s tariffs.

“The steel dumping in this country should have been stopped decades ago. I’m happy the Trump administration has acted,” Stauber, 52, said in a Tuesday night debate. “I know that those steel tariffs were good for the Iron Range and the families on the Iron Range.”

A New York Times/Siena College poll taken Oct. 11 to 14 showed Stauber ahead by 15 percentage points.

IRON RANGE

Minnesota’s Iron Range has all the making of “Trump Country” – a rugged, rural region studded with iron taconite mines that feed much of the nation’s steel production. Highway billboards thank Trump for imposing 25 percent tariffs on foreign steel.

Unhappy miners – including coal and iron ore workers – were a central piece of Trump’s electoral coalition. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s promises to revitalize the metals industry helped pave the way for wins in the former industrial heartlands of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Trump failed to win Minnesota, but carried its 8th District by 15 percentage points – flipping a district that voted for Democrats in the four previous presidential election cycles.

Brandy Fraser, 70, of Two Harbors, Minnesota, said she was raised a Democrat but became a Republican after watching the party move to the left.

Fraser said she liked Stauber’s support of Trump’s immigration platform, including building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and ending birthright citizenship.

“He’s going to help do it,” Fraser said.

‘UNDERDOG’

Radinovich, 32, has raised $1.9 million, while Stauber had raised $1.6 million, as of Oct. 17. Super PACs and other outside groups have tipped the balance for the Republican, pouring in about $6 million, compared with about $670,000 by Democratic outside groups.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-swing-districts/democrat-struggles-to-keep-hold-on-teetering-minnesota-district-idUSKCN1N710U

Adult, Honest, Intelligent American Female, Peggy Ryan Reviews “The Democrat Enforcer”

Media: The Democrat Enforcer

By Peggy Ryan at American Thinker

 

The novel The Godfather tells the story of a Mafia don or boss, Vito Corleone, and how he runs “the business.”  One of the most famous lines from the movie is the Godfather explaining how he’ll prevail, how he’ll get what he asks for: “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

One such offer is made to a big band leader who won’t release Vito’s godson from a contract: $10,000 to sign the release.  When the offer’s refused, Vito goes back to the band leader with his enforcer, Luca Brasi.  Luca holds a gun to the man’s head, and Vito explains that either his brains or his signature will be on the contract.

The media are the Democrats’ Luca Brasi, the #MeToo movement the gun.

Democrats have repeatedly warned the GOP not to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, but Republicans aren’t getting the message.  Send in the muscle.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford steps forward to say she was attacked by Kavanaugh at a drunken episode somewhere, sometime, somehow.  Dr. Ford claims that 36 years ago or thereabouts, she was assaulted by two boys, who, stumbling drunk, jumped on top of her and tried to undress her.  One horrifying detail is that one boy (Judge Kavanaugh) covered her mouth so no one could hear her scream.

On its face, the charge is ludicrous. Judge Kavanaugh is a sterling example of a decent, honorable man.  He coaches his girl’s soccer team, feeds the homeless in his spare time, and has spent a lifetime building his impeccable reputation.  Yet this woman wants us to believe he attacked her in a drunken mêlée.

To accuse Judge Kavanaugh of being wildly drunk and attacking this woman is like accusing Mother Teresa of stealing from the poor before she became a nun – though I’m sure that if Mother Teresa had been nominated for the Supreme Court, she’d have had to prove she’d never taken bread from emaciated children.

With the charge levied, the media pounce on this story as a means to bludgeon the president and Judge Kavanaugh into submission.  Every headline, cable show, and news outlet features indignant senators railing against “old white men” picking on this woman, “blaming the victim,” “bullying her.”

Ironically, the real victim here is Judge Kavanaugh.  Whether or not Dr. Ford ever suffered this attack, it wasn’t by Kavanaugh.  His high school classmates can’t even remember seeing him drunk, much less aggressive.

No one wants Luca Brasi at his doorstep, so all of these people tout the seriousness of the charge, the victim’s right to be heard.  And by God, no one had better grill her for details that could cast doubt on her story.

Media continually step up their game.  Afraid that “almost molested” won’t carry the day, they work in the word “rape” as often as possible.  They couch it in “attempted,” knowing that even the alleged incident never came close to rape.  But see what they do here: get me and others to defend against the escalated charges, to argue that it wasn’t really rape, thereby indirectly validating the alleged crime.

Media are able to control the attack narrative because we, unsuspecting viewers, allowed them into our homes, delegated them the authority to filter and deliver our news.  They’re now all-powerful.

In another scene from The Godfather, a Hollywood producer, Jack Woltz, refuses to cast Vito’s godson in his movie.  The next morning, Woltz wakes to bloody sheets, the severed head of his prized horse in the bed next to him.

Media also send warnings to anyone thinking about opposing them.

One example is Matt Lauer.  After he asked Hillary Clinton hard questions about her private server in the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” months later, Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct, a charge that cost him his career and reputation.

The left leaves a trail of destruction for their enemies: Corey Lewandowski now labeled a bully, Judge Roy Moore among those too damaged by media to even defend, careers torched, reputations in ashes.  The message: Those who step out of line will pay – not with brass knuckles and billy clubs, but with accusers who can’t be doubted and must be believed, no matter how outrageous the charge.

Whether or not the event actually happened, the coverage is the same.  Politicians and news and cable hosts lecture us on the severity, the horror of whatever.  They repeat identical talking points over and over, tyrannize audiences with interminable coverage of the beating.  Waterboarding could not be more torture than these screeching, hateful liberals lecturing us on how we “must” think and act.

Sadly, too many conservatives join the pile-on.  Due to their abject terror of the enforcer, Republicans and conservatives actually echo the left’s talking points.  Sean Hannity repeatedly says “this is a serious charge” and “she must be heard” while furtively looking over his shoulder for Luca to step out of the shadows with a tire iron.

We can’t expect congressional Republicans to stop the madness; they’re cowering in chamber corners, pleading with the mob not to dismember them.

It’s a protection racket, an extortion scheme not at all different from the shop-owner who pays the mob $100 a week to protect the shop from destruction, his family from harm.  People are willing to pay to be left alone, not to be attacked.

So it is with Republicans: either they stand down or they’re next.  Then they will be the poor saps facing an accuser who must be believed, who can’t be challenged, who will have groups making ads to condemn the accused, 24-7 media confirmation of the alleged crime, and an accuser who’s off-limits.

So they allow the media to hammer home the charges until everyone in this country is aware of the accusations.  They let Dr. Ford set up all parameters of when she’ll speak, if ever.  Senator Grassley sets a deadline, then postpones it again and again because Dr. Ford is scared, she can’t fly, she’s trying to think, OK?

Whether Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmed or not, Senate leaders have allowed his reputation to be sullied, the only black mark on a great man’s record.  They’ve let media broadcast this travesty for more than a week – wall-to-wall coverage of the smear.

But Congress doesn’t really have a choice.  The enforcer is waiting for these congressmen to make the wrong move.  Either they cave to Dr. Ford’s every demand or they face a brutal media campaign that could cost them the majority in upcoming midterms.

It’s an offer they can’t refuse.

The novel The Godfather tells the story of a Mafia don or boss, Vito Corleone, and how he runs “the business.”  One of the most famous lines from the movie is the Godfather explaining how he’ll prevail, how he’ll get what he asks for: “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

One such offer is made to a big band leader who won’t release Vito’s godson from a contract: $10,000 to sign the release.  When the offer’s refused, Vito goes back to the band leader with his enforcer, Luca Brasi.  Luca holds a gun to the man’s head, and Vito explains that either his brains or his signature will be on the contract.

The media are the Democrats’ Luca Brasi, the #MeToo movement the gun.

Democrats have repeatedly warned the GOP not to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, but Republicans aren’t getting the message.  Send in the muscle.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford steps forward to say she was attacked by Kavanaugh at a drunken episode somewhere, sometime, somehow.  Dr. Ford claims that 36 years ago or thereabouts, she was assaulted by two boys, who, stumbling drunk, jumped on top of her and tried to undress her.  One horrifying detail is that one boy (Judge Kavanaugh) covered her mouth so no one could hear her scream.

On its face, the charge is ludicrous. Judge Kavanaugh is a sterling example of a decent, honorable man.  He coaches his girl’s soccer team, feeds the homeless in his spare time, and has spent a lifetime building his impeccable reputation.  Yet this woman wants us to believe he attacked her in a drunken mêlée.

To accuse Judge Kavanaugh of being wildly drunk and attacking this woman is like accusing Mother Teresa of stealing from the poor before she became a nun – though I’m sure that if Mother Teresa had been nominated for the Supreme Court, she’d have had to prove she’d never taken bread from emaciated children.

With the charge levied, the media pounce on this story as a means to bludgeon the president and Judge Kavanaugh into submission.  Every headline, cable show, and news outlet features indignant senators railing against “old white men” picking on this woman, “blaming the victim,” “bullying her.”

Ironically, the real victim here is Judge Kavanaugh.  Whether or not Dr. Ford ever suffered this attack, it wasn’t by Kavanaugh.  His high school classmates can’t even remember seeing him drunk, much less aggressive.

No one wants Luca Brasi at his doorstep, so all of these people tout the seriousness of the charge, the victim’s right to be heard.  And by God, no one had better grill her for details that could cast doubt on her story.

Media continually step up their game.  Afraid that “almost molested” won’t carry the day, they work in the word “rape” as often as possible.  They couch it in “attempted,” knowing that even the alleged incident never came close to rape.  But see what they do here: get me and others to defend against the escalated charges, to argue that it wasn’t really rape, thereby indirectly validating the alleged crime.

Media are able to control the attack narrative because we, unsuspecting viewers, allowed them into our homes, delegated them the authority to filter and deliver our news.  They’re now all-powerful.

In another scene from The Godfather, a Hollywood producer, Jack Woltz, refuses to cast Vito’s godson in his movie.  The next morning, Woltz wakes to bloody sheets, the severed head of his prized horse in the bed next to him.

Media also send warnings to anyone thinking about opposing them.

One example is Matt Lauer.  After he asked Hillary Clinton hard questions about her private server in the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” months later, Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct, a charge that cost him his career and reputation.

The left leaves a trail of destruction for their enemies: Corey Lewandowski now labeled a bully, Judge Roy Moore among those too damaged by media to even defend, careers torched, reputations in ashes.  The message: Those who step out of line will pay – not with brass knuckles and billy clubs, but with accusers who can’t be doubted and must be believed, no matter how outrageous the charge.

Whether or not the event actually happened, the coverage is the same.  Politicians and news and cable hosts lecture us on the severity, the horror of whatever.  They repeat identical talking points over and over, tyrannize audiences with interminable coverage of the beating.  Waterboarding could not be more torture than these screeching, hateful liberals lecturing us on how we “must” think and act.

Sadly, too many conservatives join the pile-on.  Due to their abject terror of the enforcer, Republicans and conservatives actually echo the left’s talking points.  Sean Hannity repeatedly says “this is a serious charge” and “she must be heard” while furtively looking over his shoulder for Luca to step out of the shadows with a tire iron.

We can’t expect congressional Republicans to stop the madness; they’re cowering in chamber corners, pleading with the mob not to dismember them.

It’s a protection racket, an extortion scheme not at all different from the shop-owner who pays the mob $100 a week to protect the shop from destruction, his family from harm.  People are willing to pay to be left alone, not to be attacked.

So it is with Republicans: either they stand down or they’re next.  Then they will be the poor saps facing an accuser who must be believed, who can’t be challenged, who will have groups making ads to condemn the accused, 24-7 media confirmation of the alleged crime, and an accuser who’s off-limits.

So they allow the media to hammer home the charges until everyone in this country is aware of the accusations.  They let Dr. Ford set up all parameters of when she’ll speak, if ever.  Senator Grassley sets a deadline, then postpones it again and again because Dr. Ford is scared, she can’t fly, she’s trying to think, OK?

Whether Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmed or not, Senate leaders have allowed his reputation to be sullied, the only black mark on a great man’s record.  They’ve let media broadcast this travesty for more than a week – wall-to-wall coverage of the smear.

But Congress doesn’t really have a choice.  The enforcer is waiting for these congressmen to make the wrong move.  Either they cave to Dr. Ford’s every demand or they face a brutal media campaign that could cost them the majority in upcoming midterms.

It’s an offer they can’t refuse.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/09/media_the_democrat_enforcer.html

(Note:  I, ghr, am old enough to remember when adult American females were beautiful women, mothers  well dressed when out in public, outstanding loving, caring, mothers,  supported and protected by their husbands…..Churched mothers!!! whose children learned the power and joy of good and battle of good over evil.  Goodness was nurtured at home and  authoritatively practiced side by side learnings at school.

Adult authority reigned throughout our St. Paul, Minnesota public schools.  Teachers, almost all of mine from K through twelfth grade, were “old maids”  exquisitely prepared to teach  knowledge  and maintain civility in those days.  Although I was dyslexic, crippled at reading…unknown in those years, they made me learn, absorb, and explore knowledge with  the skills they, themselves,  had amassed from their God-fearing generation….and helped me love life and the Earth’s  world around me, ever stimulating my natural drive to be curious seeking Truth and Knowledge to this very day.

Both political parties of the day were led and educated by God-fearing folk and practiced what they learned in Church and school…..certainly in public!  Neighbors knew neighbors in our part of town.  Jews were they only “minority” in the community where I lived and was schooled.  They preferred  remaining by themselves both inside and outside of school until high school.   There were no “junior” high schools in the city then.  No one was dumb enough yet to create such atrocities against learning and civility.

Adults of that day would be shocked, disbelieving of the vulgarity,  piggish obesity, ignorance and sexual arrogance and the mouths of today’s Democrat Party’s university and school programmed feminists and Godless males and the bratty beings in between.)

A Bad Day in Court???

A BAD DAY IN COURT

by John Hinderaker  at  PowerLine:

Some years ago, a lawyer was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska. That’s how the story goes, anyway. Local lawyers said, that’s a really bad day in court.

President Trump didn’t have that bad a day in court today, but it wasn’t great. I was on the radio, hosting the Laura Ingraham show, when breaking news came across the wire: the Paul Manafort jury had gone to the judge with a question, saying they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any count. The judge did what judges always do. He told them to keep trying. I was exultant, thinking that a hung jury would deal a serious blow to the Mueller Switch Project. Alas, it was not to be. The jury continued deliberating and, as Paul noted a little while ago, convicted Manafort on eight counts of what essentially amounted to tax evasion.

As Paul said, the Manafort charges had nothing to do with Donald Trump, nothing to do with the 2016 election, and nothing to do with Russian participation in the 2016 election. So Bob Mueller could only have brought the case in order to put pressure on Manafort to come up with some “dirt” on Mueller’s target, President Trump. As far as we know, Manafort has to dirt to give.

Meanwhile, and almost simultaneously, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guiltyto a series of offenses. Mostly, the counts relate to tax evasion. The only politically significant counts, as I understand it, relate to Cohen’s role in paying off Stephanie Clifford (“Stormy Daniels”) to keep quiet about her sexual encounter with Trump.

It is not illegal to pay someone to remain silent. The theory here is that the money paid to Clifford was an illegal campaign contribution. Since Cohen says he made the payment to Clifford at Trump’s direction, Mueller is trying to ensnare Trump in that “crime.” To my knowledge, there is no legal authority on whether paying a woman to keep her mouth shut constitutes a campaign contribution. It strikes me as a foolish interpretation of the law, and forcing Cohen to plead guilty to the “crime” of paying off Ms. Clifford doesn’t transform it into a crime.

None of this would be happening, of course, but for Bob Mueller’s effort to drive President Trump from office on behalf of his de facto client, the Democratic Party. In a nauseating bit of hypocrisy, Deputy U.S. attorney Robert Khuzami said today that “The essence of what this case is about is justice, and that is an equal playing field for all persons in the eyes of the law….” Equal justice has nothing to do with this prosecution. Michael Cohen was targeted solely because he was Trump’s personal lawyer, and enforcement of campaign finance law is anything but equal. Just ask Dinesh D’Souza.

As we and others have said many times, what is going on in the courts is mostly theater–unless, of course, you are Paul Manafort or Michael Cohen. President Trump can’t be indicted, so legal niceties are not very material. The Mueller Switch Project has three objectives: 1) furnish House Democrats (assuming they take the majority in November) with ammunition to impeach the President; 2) help the Democrats to win the midterm elections; and 3) make President Trump’s re-election less likely in 2020.

Today’s legal developments unquestionably represent a step forward for the Democrats on all three fronts. But in principle, there is no reason why they should change the landscape. Manafort’s conviction has nothing to do with Trump. And no matter how Mueller may try to dress it up with talk about campaign finance–which voters don’t care about, anyway–the Cohen plea simply confirms what we already knew–that Trump tried to keep Stephanie Clifford quiet. That may be a big deal to Melania, I can’t speak for her. But I doubt that it is a big deal to a significant number of voters, and I doubt that tomorrow’s headlines will move the needle on the midterm election.

So, yeah, President Trump had a bad day in court. But it could have been worse. He could have been kicked to death by a moose.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/a-bad-day-in-court.php

A Note from My Congressman, Erik Paulsen

Today I wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal responding to Senator Rubio’s recent comments on the tax reform bill.  

From the Wall Street Journal:

Last Friday’s upbeat jobs report was the latest sign that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has strengthened the American economy and helped working families. But this success hasn’t satisfied all the skeptics. My friend and colleague, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, argued in a recent interview that a different approach to tax reform, including a smaller corporate rate cut, would have more directly benefited workers. Based on all the evidence—including the analysis of the Joint Economic Committee, which I chair—I must respectfully disagree.

When House Republicans crafted the tax-reform law last year, our priority was to boost the economy so workers could thrive. Cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to a competitive 21% wasn’t a luxury. It was a crucial step to prevent the loss of American headquarters and jobs to other nations.

For proof that the gains of tax reform are already flowing to American workers, Sen. Rubio need only ask the nonpartisan analysts who advise Congress on economic matters. The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently reported that real disposable income—workers’ inflation-adjusted earnings, after taxes—rose 3.4% in the first quarter of this year. The bureau specifically credited tax reform for higher wages as well as lower taxes.

Even the Congressional Budget Office, which tends to play down the growth effects of tax relief, estimates the tax law will create nearly one million new jobs over the coming decade, along with higher wages and near-term annual growth of more than 3%. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds that cutting corporate taxes will generate long-term wage growth, and that tax reform will draw foreign investment to the U.S., producing strong benefits for workers.

The good news for workers keeps pouring in, as more than 530 companies have announced bonuses, pay raises and more-generous benefits for employees, as well as utility rate cuts for customers and corporate expansions. Americans for Tax Reform estimates more than four million workers have received bonuses.

In addition to benefits from the business side of tax reform, the tax savings on the personal side mean that a typical family of four earning $75,000 will pay $2,000 less in taxes this year than in 2017.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act wasn’t perfect, and Congress should continue to improve the tax code by adding more individual tax relief and making the current cuts permanent. But no matter how you slice it, working families are benefiting from tax reform. And as the pro-growth effects of the tax cuts continue to work their way through the economy, the best is yet to come.

Sen. Rubio is right to want to ensure that America’s economic policy favors working families—that’s why I supported him during his presidential primary campaign. But as we continue to work on Americans’ behalf, we should recognize the success tax reform has already achieved and use it as a foundation to go further.

Mr. Paulsen, a Republican, is U.S. representative from Minnesota’s Third District and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

You can read the article in Wall Street Journal here.

Sincerely,

Eric Paulsen