Beyond the Cusp

November 20, 2018

Out Come the Pitchforks and Long Knives

 

Former and assumed next Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was all sugarplums and sweet herbal teas in her little performance for the media the other day promising on working with President Trump to accomplish those things the American people are demanding. Then in behind the scenes discussion which so many of the soon to be majority Democrat House of Representatives members were so bubbling over that too much reached the ears of some media and then the public. Well, Ms. Pelosi was correct on their working with President Trump if that means working him over. Every potential Committee Chair has announced at least one and usually multiple probes into the business, campaign, Russia, medical records, tax returns, business practices, real estate holdings, graft of government funds to his business partners during time in office and a plethora which would be way too long to even begin to list. Basically, we can expect investigations in multitudes, subpoenas in even greater numbers, calling of witnesses, testimonies, grandstanding, accusations and probably at least one attempt at Impeachment. Then there will be the other side of giving it to the people in the style the Democrats insist is for the people’s own good. There will be Medicare for all, free college tuition, gun control, firearms confiscation and buy-backs, $15.00/hour minimum wage called a living wage, abolishing ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement), end all financing of border wall, open borders, amnesty for illegal immigrants, restoring anchor baby policies, and a slew of Internet controls with many based on user information such as location, real name, federalizing those functions which are deemed vital or requiring government supervision along with other proposals all really intending to remove any anonymity, make all posts traceable to the author, and they will claim this will prevent hacking of user accounts or at least make it easier to trace such hacks and arrest those engaged in such activities. We are not sure how this would work with at least half, if not sizably more, of Internet users outside the United States thus beyond the reach of such laws. This will simply be the way for the United States agency, which will obviously need to be formed, simply growing year after year gaining power and instituting regulations which have but the mere slightest attachment to laws passed for completely other reasons which they will use to slowly but ever so surely lead to the government of the United States being able to prosecute those who “unfairly” attack Congress or Presidents or anything which they can regulate as illegal. This will very quickly lead to censorship of Internet posts even which are written in foreign countries on the basis that they pass through servers based in the United States. This will mean that it will become impossible to question the news reported by the mainstream media as doing so will be considered a breach of civility on the Internet media. Should they ever get these powers, we would soon be banned from posting which would leave us with far too much time on our hands.

 

The question is not will the Democrats in the House of Representatives overplay their hand, it will be by how much will they overplay their hand and will it reach what we suspect it will, becoming a fiasco. None of the items they are pushing, which start with repealing all the Trump tax breaks and possibly raising taxes beyond where they previously were. This, they will claim, will be necessary in order to pay for their plans of Medicare for all and free tuition for all. We hope they will at least propose a limit to the amount of tuition they will reimburse, or pay outright, and require that in order to receive such funding that the students at least pass their courses. Then there is the Social-Democrat wing of the party which goes one-step further than the $15.00/hour minimum wage by also having the government guarantee a job for every person. Basically, all this proposition accomplishes is setting $15.00/hour as the minimum; everybody will receive this minimum wage even if they have no job because employment is a right for everyone thus you must be employed even if you are employed to sit at home. Of course, this will immediately drive up the minimum wage if people can stay home and make the same amount of salary as they could flipping burgers, sweeping floors, cleaning bathrooms or any of the thousands of menial jobs which are considered minimum wage. Of course, if the government did what I would propose if guaranteed work by the government became the law, then we would have street sweepers once again and there would be a number of literally shovel ready jobs picking up trash along the highways and byways or even clearing another Appalachian Trail for hikers from Maine to Georgia and an equally nice trail along the continental divide over two miles up on average in the Rocky Mountains. My bet is the menial labor described above would suddenly become very attractive. That would be fought tooth and nail by the Social-Democrats and most of the just plain Democrats because their proposed guaranteed employment has nothing to do with actual jobs. We just thought of another one which the Chinese used to employ their burgeoning population under Mao, they gave hundreds of people nail scissors and a ruler and started them on a lawn similar to the Mall in Washington D.C. and had them work from one end to the other cutting each blade one-by-one making sure all of them were exactly two inches long. When they reached the far end, approximately two miles in length and a quarter of a mile wide, they would be returned to the starting point to do it over and over. Another group could be set at cleaning the reflecting pool. Pictures below are courtesy of Wikipedia. We are sure that our leaders in the Congress and the department providing these guaranteed employments could have some great and challenging position to add to our suggestions.

 

Mall in Washington D.C. with Reflecting Pool

Mall in Washington D.C. with Reflecting Pool

 

Thankfully, none of these harebrained ideas will ever make it out of the Senate unless somebody spikes their water-cooler. Even should they get past the dignified realm of the Senate, there is still President Trump who we can be relatively assured would use his mean, red veto pen. What are coming are claims by the mainstream media that the Senate is blocking some of the greatest ideas ever put to paper and passed as legislation in the history of human history. We can also all but guarantee that everything which might be written and passed in the Senate will be greeted by equal lack of enthusiasm and not be passed by the house. These items the media will congratulate the great minds in the house who prevented these bills from the Senate from going any further. We hope, for the sake of all Americans, that when the House led by the Democrats demand that any further tax cuts only be passed in conjunction of sizable increases in social spending or include the ideas posed above, that the Senate, or at last resort, the President, refuse to allow spending frivolously and instead hold their ground and use these demands in the 2020 elections. There should be numerous excellent quotes which the average voter would realize the foolishness and potential dangers of such legislation ever becoming law and when President Trump is reelected that the people of America see fit to provide him with large majorities in both houses of Congress. It would not be any tragedy if President Trump received a second term with sixty-three Senators he could count on to assists him in accomplishing his agendas along with over two-hundred-fifty members of the House. This would give him a near identical Congress to work with as President Obama had when he passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote. As far as we can tell, that was the first time in modern history that the Republicans actually held their vote in a unanimous manner. Often, it seems like uniting the Republican in a block for a vote is much like herding cats.

 

We can pretty much sit back for two years where little if anything gets accomplished largely because the Democrats in the House will insist on attaching spending programs to every piece of legislation they send to the Senate and continue to demand their often useless spending programs holding needed items such as repair of infrastructure, defense programs, foreign aid and their favorite weapon, passing a budget. President Trump needs to have advisors who will assist him in holding the line and vetoing budgets which contain profligate spending even if doing so will shut down the government. The truth is, that when they shut down the government, they threaten the citizens with closing the parks, closing schools (which they do not directly fund), closing libraries (which means the Library of Congress as the others are locally funded the same a schools) holding military paychecks hostage, holding Social Security hostage, refusing to fund anything the people would feel the hurt the most and taking away anything which will appear to be cruel-hearted and cold just to threaten the President with being blamed for these impositions. President Trump could Tweet the reality of Congress, meaning the House Democrats, are spiking the budget with unnecessary spending increases and he can point out that when they scream that the Republicans are demanding a cut to some spending they prefer, they really mean that the Republicans are not increasing spending as much as they demand, and that is true even when the Republicans are actually allowing for a reasonable increase. Often Democrats will demand a 20% or more increase to their beloved social spending and when the Republicans try to hold the increase to 5%, they scream how they are cutting spending by 15%, the amount the Republicans refuse to grant them, not a cut to the real spending. This is a means of trickery the Democrats have used for close to if not over half of a century. If it works and the media parrots everything they say, why mess with success. What is different now is there is a President who will call them on their misuse of statistics and making bogus claims. We just hope he can see clear to allowing the closing of the government, a misused term if ever there was one, and not cave to their pressure which is mostly driven by the media. The average person does not see any difference in their day-to-day lives when the Federal Government is closed or the nation would collapse every time there is a three day holiday. The other little truth they never tell anyone is that when the Federal Government workers who were laid off return to work, they receive their full pay for the time they were “laid off” and many will collect unemployment or take a temporary position and thus actually make more money than if they had remained at work. At worst, they get some paid holiday time without spending any of their time off. They really do not suffer from the government shutdowns.

 

We are simply waiting for the circus to begin around January 20, 2019 when the new Congress gets down to the Senate remaining as it was and the House starting frivolous investigations just to try to tie the President into knots. They are going to go so far overboard and what will make it all the better is their supporters will be trumpeting all the insane and crazy antics they get up to. There have been a number of Democrats who as being formerly the senior member of the Democrats in numerous committees, they will now be the chairperson and they have announced that their first piece of business will be to start investigations into President Trump with many having multiple investigations they wish to perform. There are at least three who have announced their intention to bring Impeachment charges as soon as they discover the most minute act which can be seen as misuse of power, unlawful actions, abuse of the Presidency, unconstitutional behavior or anything else which even approaches the line to be classified as high crimes and misdemeanors. It is going to be a wild ride and we suspect that President Trump is not only prepared for these shenanigans but probably looking forward to skewering the Democrats with their own swords. The term we expect which will be placed on any number of the promised coming attractions will be close to the infamous, “hoist on their own petard.” So, let the games begin.

 

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November 8, 2018

Requiem for America

 

Everyone is putting their own spin on the elections and avoiding the issue of what kind of future does this bode for the United States. There were some very significant events which require addressing if we are to understand what is the future direction and where will the United States sit after a few more rounds of elections. The immediate take away from the election is the nation is still impossibly divided. President Trump’s opportunities for reelection were actually bolstered by the election results. We know, how can that be when he lost control of the House of Representatives. Well, this will take a bit of explaining, so please be patient. The first item comes at us from the Senate where we vote for the Senator most likely to become the new John McCain and lead the Republican Resistance. That will be the freshman Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney was anti-Trumper extraordinaire from the very beginning and only came out as a remade man and new Trump supporter when he announced he was taking the Utah Senate seat. There was an up a coming Republican who was prepared to run, but money and influence won out as usual and the Republican Party caved to Uncle Mitt. Now that he is safely in the Senate, Mitt Romney can return to his former self and oppose Trump leading a crew of five to ten Republicans working against the President depending on the issue. In too many items, this group will prove sufficient to prevent the Senate working with President Trump. This will work against the President and he would be best advised to avoid any attacks or criticism of Mitt Romney and instead work with Mitt as closely as possible in order to make his opposing the President appear to look vindictive and traitorous.

 

That is it for the Senate and so on to the now Democrat controlled House of Representatives. Welcome back to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at least for the next year after which she will be deposed by the Democrat most likely to run for President if that is at all possible. A very big amount is going to depend on what the first piece of business is in the House. Numerous Democrats have trumpeted that they would immediately bring up charges of Impeachment against President Trump on charges ranging from Russia collusion to Obstruction of Justice to mental incompetence to we just really hate him so he must be terrible. Any version of Impeachment is a declaration of war against the President by the Democrats in the House. This would signal the beginning of a battle of wills which will result in a stand-off which neither side gains anything. On the other hand, the Democrats could surprise everyone and take up the budget as their first item and deliver the President a budget which represents their agenda. Such a budget would defund much of the already planned military build-up, raise taxes, reinstitute a 35% Capital Gains Tax, reinstitute the Death Tax, double the amount of welfare so as to cover all illegal immigrants, defund ICE, defund the border wall, increase Medicare ten fold to cover everyone under a Medicare for All plan, raise the debt ceiling and a plethora of other pet projects proposed by any house member whose ideas coincide with the leftist agenda. This budget would be dead on arrival in the Senate, but it would serve as the litany of items the Democrats will demand in exchange for funding anything the President proposes and they will also demand that at least Capital Gain Tax, Death Tax, a return to having five levels of taxes based on income and their demand that the top three of these pay their fair share while allowing the lowest to get a refund larger than anything they could possibly have paid. Once there is an agreement, should they get higher taxes, they will run to the media claiming Trump is a hypocrite who lied about lowering taxes, if they force raising the debt ceiling, they will scream to the media that Trump is ruining the nation fiscally by increasing the debt and if they get some of their programs say Medicare for example, they will decry that Trump is starving Medicare because he cut it by tens of millions of dollars because, this part is left out, he settled to only raise medicare five fold and not ten fold. With the Democrats, a cut in a program they support is any amount less than their wildest hopes for funding that program. For example, Program Y is currently funded to the tune of three and one half billion dollars, they are touting five billion dollars for Program Y and the end result of negotiations they settle on four and a half billion dollars, then they will cry out that Program Y is being cut by half of a billion dollars. We actually have an old article on Politicians and their meaning of spending cuts if you care to be amused and potentially enlightened. For President Trump to get his agenda through Congress, he is going to have to pay the House Democrats’ price, and that will not necessarily be all bad nor will it be all good.

 

What is more important is the general direction of the future for the United States. For this, one will need to wait for the full coverage of the vote breakdown by age, location and virtually every other category. As we like to take stabs into the murkiness of the yet unknown, we are going to take a stab at what we think will be these breakdowns and what it will mean. Some of what we will be predicting should already be fairly obvious if anyone really cares to sit down and honestly think about these items. The first thing is the majority of the Republican voters are well over thirty, the dividing line past which we were told back in the day not to trust people past that age. Of course, now we are past that age, so can we trust ourselves. Truthfully, the majority of the Republican voters are over forty and, dare we say it, even fifty. Voters under twenty-five are well over 90% Democrat voters, especially those registered as close to deadlines for voting in any state. Those youth with a general education or soft-sciences education are coming out of college as sworn socialists and will probably remain as leftists well past age forty. Youth still in High School actually are not quite as bad off as maybe as many as eight percent would vote Republican though fewer would identify as conservative. There are some students who believe that the Democrat Party is conservative, and these are the lost generation for sure. The Social Democrat Party has the majority of its members, other than Bernie Sanders, under twenty-five in age. At a Social Democrat Convention, one might mistake it for Bernie Sanders on an outing with his grandchildren. The Democrats, which includes the Social Democrats, have invested their future in forming an education monopoly where the instructors strongly lean towards being dedicated socialists who believe that despite it having failed everywhere else, it has not been attempted here and they know they can make it work this time. Truth is, it cannot work for a simple reason, it is not driven by human nature.

 

You allow people to list their needs and also their ability you will very quickly receive very long lists of needs and find very few with abilities to fill the needs requests. That is socialism despite the fact that every socialist simply assumes everybody will work diligently and be worth more in productivity than the cost of their needs. Why, when working hard and doing nothing, will result in basically equal wages, or at least working at a very relaxed pace, as compared to working as hard as possible, results in the exact same amount of pay? Capitalism is based on that horrible and disgusting concept, according to everybody except a true capitalist, greed. You work hard to earn more and this is never more evident than at a worksite where one is paid by the number of completed units your group can produce. Piece-work is the purest form of Capitalism and it works because it benefits off of each worker’s greed. In Capitalism, if you work diligently, you will be able to get more of what you desire and if you work smart as well and find a means of self-employment where you can hire others to work hard while you work smart, then the sky is the limit. But, this time, according to many of our youth here as well as in the United States, the disease has reached every shore, Socialism will work because the groups in the United States know how to apply Socialism such that it works and they will not make the same mistakes as the last hundred and fifty cases who tried Socialism and failed. Can we simply say a half dozen words more about the wonderful results of Socialism; Soviet Union, Cuba, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

 

Now for what portends for the future of America. The youth are solidly Socialists and they become ever the more so with greater amounts of education. They have been so solidly locked into this Socialist belief structure that they are beyond reach probably well past forty and somewhere close to fifty. As the more conservative people educated before 1975 age out of the public roll, these youth will rapidly become the majority. This was evidenced in Texas despite the apparent ease with which Ted Cruz won reelection despite the polls predicting he would likely lose his seat. The seats for the House of Representatives went stronger for the Democrat Party with the Republicans losing three or four seats. Texas is going to be the most important state in the near future. Once the Democrats flip Texas, and do not even claim this cannot be done as they flipped Colorado and they are working on Texas with the same tactics, target specific regions, have the Californians fleeing California resettle in these vulnerable districts and then you flip the balance of the state. Should Texas land in the Democrat Party basket along with California and New York, the Democrats would simply be required to hold the remainder of the current states in which they have comfortable majorities and then they will love the Electoral College. Further, as more and more Americans reside in major metropolitan areas, these areas tend to play Democrat for sociological reasons, they will gain in the percentage of voters in many states. The further future of about a decade or two at the most the leftists will take control of the government. They will easily hold the House of Representatives and will take the Senate but by a slightly less of a percentage than the House and will at some point take the White House. Once the Democrats again attain the magic majorities with the White House, expect a retooling of the United States with little if any regard for the Constitution and by the time any of their measures have been taken to the Supreme Court, the damage will have been done.

 

The man who praised the United States in the most majestic of terms also defined what would bring the end of the great American experiment. That man was the French diplomat, political scientist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville. He stated numerous times about the wonders, the faith and the love of freedom along with some like this, “In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned,” where he stressed the importance of private ownership. But he has a few very prescient views about what would cause the American downfall of which the following is the more necessary for the current times where he stated, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Many more Tocqueville quotes can be read here. But here in the near term we are going to see the Democrats in the House of Representatives doing everything to undermine President Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not have all the control of the future of the Democrat Party in the House of Representatives. You will have a number of committee chairs who will have their own demands on what needs be done to punish President Trump for his win against Hillary Clinton, the one they absolutely believe should have been President. There will be Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff and others will each try to find some means of using their committee to begin an investigation into Trump’s mishandling or outright criminal behavior and then possibly demand impeachment on the grounds of whatever they can manufacture, or even find which is legitimate.

 

Capitol Cash Machine

Capitol Cash Machine

 

Should the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually push through Impeachment, which having a majority is easily accomplished, they only need a majority, the Senate requires two-thirds to find the President guilty and to remove him from office. So the Democrats in the House of Representatives go ahead and push Impeachment proceedings and send a bill of Impeachment to the Senate, what next. Well, the Senate must hold a trial and not just vote it down. This trial must have the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the acting person ruling the Senate, instead of the Vice President, and the charges need to be read and then there will be the representatives chosen by the House to be the Prosecutorial agents and the President will have his representative to take the side of the defense. The end result is already known unless the Democrats can find something so heinous that the majority of Republicans would decide that they could not defend the President, which is what happened to Nixon when the leading Republicans in the Senate informed President Nixon that they were not going to prevent his being Impeached from Office, which is why he resigned and we can assume Trump would do similarly if faced with such a proposition. The odds of the Democrats finding anything which even began to approach such a level of serious is highly unlikely, we would put it at next to impossible. But, as they say, hope springs eternal and so the Democrats will continue to chase after each passing idea just as the neighborhood dog chases after cars and probably with equal outcome.

 

The odds are that the House of Representatives will be so demanding and overplay their hand in such a fanatically fantastic manner as to provide the Republicans with quote after quote which they will be able to use to their advantage. We will bet that the Democrats will have sufficient wisdom not to allow Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to speak without having first become safely confident she had memorized her answers to any questions and was not going to go off of script and say whatever was echoing around in her head. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has some of the greatest potential to be the gift which keeps on giving. Joe Biden was also a master of the gaffe, but at least he was amusing, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez lacks the breadth of experience nor has she the mastery of words to compete with Joe Biden, plus he gaffed in a far less toxic environment, today the political swamp is turning to acid. It was the overplaying of their hand under President Obama which brought the United States to where they are today with Donald Trump as President. There is a scintilla of truth when the Democrats claim that their taking of the House of Representatives is but a harbinger of things to come. We will close with a prediction that the Democrats will win the trifecta of a very comfortable majority in the House of Representatives, over sixty Senators and the White House in the 2028 election. As nothing placed on the Internet is ever lost, we are posting what will be potentially a great successful prediction or something which we will come to regret when on Wednesday, November 8, 2028, the majority of our followers will let us hear from them. So, we will promise to continue posting even if our prediction proves slightly less than correct.

 

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November 2, 2018

General Prediction and Scary Warning for American Midterms

 

There are those who are claiming that we will witness a Blue Wave meaning that the Democrats will make large gains. Some have even claimed it will be a Blue Tsunami meaning that the Democrats will take over with meaningful majorities in both Houses of Congress. Then there are those who predict a Red Wave claiming the Republicans will gain a comfortable margin in the Senate with a small possibility of having sufficient votes to win cloture votes meaning sixty seats and that they could reach an even greater lead in the House of Representatives. Nobody that we have read is predicting a Red Tsunami, so we can skip that concept. Our prediction is comparably bland as we simply see a Red Tide. This has numerous meanings, which will make more sense than people might at first recognize, so allow us to explain and with any luck, amuse those with as warped a sense of humor as we have. First, it will allow for a pick-up of four to five seats in the Senate, which would allow for President Trump to breathe slightly easier and would make little difference in the House of Representatives. Further, by introducing the terminology for a slight Republican set of gains as a Red Tide, the leftist media can use this to refer to that as something lethal and dangerous to life just as a red tide is in the real world outside politics. We could see pictures just like the one we have included below along with an article of how a Red Tide of newly elected Republican Congresscritters coming to Washington to do their evil and ignore ecological dangers and other threats causing a deep potential to do the kind of damage to the nation as the real thing can do to ocean and river ecosystems. We know, do not give the other side any new ideas. Please know that we do not actually prefer certain sides in the American political landscape and judge your politics by the policies they hold and whether they will serve to assist or hurt Israel and make for a better and more libertarian and free United States. If that tends to have us fall on one side or another, so be it. Just know we support any American politician who seems to have productive ideas which will work to the benefit of more than just one party or the other.

 

Red Tide

Red Tide

 

We can tell you that if there were to be a Blue Tsunami, that could create some very unusual situations. Imagine the Democrats taking a comfortable majority of the House of Representatives and by some peculiarly unlikely twist of fate take an unimaginable majority in the Senate. The House of Representatives actually decides to do something completely unprecedented by electing a newly elected Representative making the photogenic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Speaker of the House. Granted, she would mostly sit at the head of the room while somebody knowledgeable of Robert’s Rules of Order handles the gavel once she has struck it against the podium starting each session. Of course, the media will be encouraged to take pictures of her opening the House of Representatives for business and otherwise take pictures from her better side. Still, in this universe, President Trump would be brought up on charges and the House would send his Impeachment on to the Senate for trial where he would be Impeached and Pence sworn in that very afternoon and Impeached and convicted before the close of business the next day. As Pence would not have had time to appoint a Vice President, this would mean that now the Speaker of the House would become President. Imagine the joy and fun that we would all have with President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We would simply wait eagerly for her first State of the Union speech. That should be a momentous event. Or would the Democrats choose her vice President and have her retire from the Presidency with the promise that they would return her to her House of Representatives seat. But whom as her Vice President, do we dare guess or is it obvious. We can hear the echoes of first man William Jefferson Clinton, as this is probably the only means for Hillary to ever grace the Oval Office. We have done sufficient wild speculations and perhaps this would be a good place to stop. Until next time, have a good day and laugh at something.

 

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