Beyond the Cusp

September 14, 2017

Sheer Embarrassment from Washington

 

What or who can be described as sheer embarrassment from Washington can be answered in so many ways as the national capital is just chock full of embarrassments. Many people have referred to President Trump as the most embarrassing President in history. We might also nominate President Ulysses S. Grant as probably a good candidate to challenge for that title, but for this article, we will grant that there is plenty of potential that might be parlayed into a winning Presidency for the title. We will have to wait and see. But we were not referring to President Trump.

 

Then there is the media and the, as President Trump refers to it, “Fake news” giving them a run at the title. We know much of the news comes from New York or Los Angeles. Where that may prove true, and we would add Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and other major cities, but the news, which appears to be most made-up, originates from Washington D.C. We have had our little disagreements with the media for longer than most and much of it with CNN and their reporting on the Middle East and Israel specifically. Even so, we are afraid that it is not the news media we are referring to in this article.

 

Then there are the reactions to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump from the entertainment direction and some of the most outlandish and outspoken actors and actresses. We have seen such things as a decapitated President, demands to assassinate the President and for assaults on the White House. The entertainment industry has had musicians actually ruin otherwise great performances by injecting political denouncements into their acts. These entertainers, singer, musicians, comedians and others have gone to such extremes that they have also been an embarrassment, but not what we are targeting.

 

That leaves Congress and they are the group which has gotten our attentions this time. It is particularly the Republicans who are going to receive our attentions. We understand the Democrat Party Congressional representation voting as a single point against the majority of things President Trump has lobbied Congress to pass. President Trump is, to them, the enemy who desires destroying everything they believe and have accomplished over the last eight years under President Barack Obama. Of course, the Democrats will vote against much, if not all, of the Trump agenda and their ability to hold the line unanimously is a credit to their part unity and vote discipline. If the Republicans were as supportive of their President as the Democrats are at opposing the President, then President Trump would be getting things completed and checking them off his to do list, as they would be done. The Republicans do not have that kind of discipline and the reason is basic, their leadership, at best, is conflicted over their support for the President. They are not attempting to hold their people to vote for the Trump agenda, as they do not respect him as their party leader. They view President Trump as an outsider and a one-off who was more lucky than having any political acumen. They do not believe he has earned their respect or the right to lead their party and thus do not feel obligated to work for him as they might one of their own. Their actions are going to cost them when elections come, especially if their electorate lives anywhere between the Appalachian Mountains and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, otherwise called Middle America. These were the people who sent Trump to the White House and they are likely not going to receive their representatives second-guessing their wisdom. This has made the Congress into a do-nothing Congress when the people voted for change and they are not receiving what they demanded.

 

The two items which the electorate was most eager to see enacted were the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and tax reform including across the board tax reductions and simplification of the tax code even if that meant they would lose some presumed precious deductions. The people recognized that Obamacare was nothing more than the means by which the Democrats were attempting to force the enactment of a single-payer healthcare system run by the government and wanted no part of such a system. The people wanted their old system of healthcare returned to them while it was still viable rather than delays until the healthcare insurance industry had failed beyond repair, something which is no more than six months away by many estimates. Unfortunately, there are some core Republican elite members who agree with the left that the best healthcare is government run healthcare and that the people need to be given what these Republican lifetime Congress members believe is best for them, not what the people themselves desire. These lifers think they are more intelligent and wiser than the people they represent. Many of these people, they believe, are incapable of reasoning intelligently will hopefully demonstrate their ability for independent thought and replace these elite politicians who believe themselves to be superior to those they represent. Apparently there are those amongst the most well-known Republicans in Congress who have decided that being a representative of the people does not require representing the people but thinking for the people.

 

The other issue, tax reform and reduction, has not been given a good run as the Congress decided to run off and take their long Labor Day break, which lasts half of August and September, rather than do their job and address the IRS Code. We are willing to bet that most of the people these clowns represent would like to take three, four or even five weeks off to celebrate what for the regular people, you know, their lessers, get to celebrate as a three day weekend unless they use their vacation days. That is correct. The members of Congress who were unable to deliver on their seven year promise and the number one item they campaigned upon for almost a decade, the repeal of Obamacare, decided they required a month off to recover from their arduous debates and then inability to pass, not one, not two, but any of three different means for repealing Obamacare as promised. There was a reason why they had three different bills which they voted on in one day, rejecting one after the other, but allowing those who desired to oppose President Trump to each at least vote for one of the repeals or even two while making sure that they had sufficient opposition each time so all three would fail. This is an old trick that the members of Congress have pulled nearly forever. They make multiple versions of a bill they have promised to support. Then they all support at least one of the versions while the majority votes down each version. Then they can all go home and tout how they supported the single version they did vote for while disavowing that they voted against the other versions. This is how they deceive without actually being caught in a lie and more often than not the media only check to see if what they stated was true, not whether the spirit of their statement was true. The media and the political elites are all in the same party circles and become friends and friends help one another, that is only normal. Who wants new faces on their party circuit, that means getting used to a whole new person who will need breaking in and being taught how the games are played.

 

Congress will now get to play games with the tax reform packages. They will have numerous, possibly hard to count versions of tax reform and they will divide up between them how to vote so even the most contemptible Democrat will be able to tell his moneyed supporters how they fought tooth and nail to get them the breaks in the tax code they deserve. It is all about making the lies believable and having the right votes in place to back the lie despite their arranging the votes for just that purpose. We will hear reason after reason as to why there was no tax reform or that the loopholes just could not be removed because other members of Congress worked against your particular representatives in the House and Senate while they worked like dogs trying to make the new tax package more fair. Oh, how they worked themselves to the bone going to all the different Washington parties then showing up to work at the ungodly hour of eleven in the morning and going home at two-thirty so they would miss rush hour and oh the pains they went through. Oh, wait, they will never be that honest. They will try and pass the party which lasted until two in the morning as the time they were working the others in Congress to vote for their package which was just so fair and unblemished. Of course, the rich had too much influence and your attempt to be the super person of the little people failed. The poor Congress critter worked so hard between the events every night of the week.

 

Now, we will mention that there are the few people in Congress who actually are representing their constituents and the people as a whole, but these are the members who are easy to spot. The first thing is they are rarely in the news and their picture is almost never in the major newspapers. Next, they are the ones who most often have a party plant put against them in their primary and the party does all they can to supplant them and they are always the underdog. Some of these members of Congress are so egregious that they never receive any support from the national party or often the state party and even have their party work against them in the general elections as they feel it is better to have the opposition for one term and then they can run a party line person they can control the next election. If you ever find that you have such a person in the Congress, hold on to them as far too many in Congress are purely party functionaries. They do not represent their constituents; they represent money and party plain and simple. If ever there was a need for such people to be placed in the Congress, the next election is crucial. If it were possible to elect almost all members to Congress who had never been in politics before, that time has arrived if the nation is to be rescued.

 

There is a reason that the Congress is currently stymied and unable to function and that is being done on purpose. The political machine, and there is only one real political machine and both the Democrat and Republican Parties are parts of a single entity. The machine serves the major industries which have the capital to invest in making sure that each party gets their turn at the big prize, the White House. The machine every so often does manage to lose its iron grasp on the White House and must then rely on the Congress to assure that no real damage is incurred. The election of Donald Trump as President is one of those times that the machine lost the big prize. The fix was supposed to be in and Hillary Clinton was presumed to be the next President once the others, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio or even worst-case scenario, Ted Cruz lost and the uncontrollable Donald Trump became the Republican candidate. The machine had not counted on Hillary Clinton as their candidate and was counting on the Republicans to choose wisely, the people refused to be smart, imagine that. The machine had given the Republicans the nod as after eight years of a Democrat, they could read the tea leaves and the leaves indicated the Republican Party had the advantage in the race for the White House. When the Republican candidate turned out to be a rogue from outside the regular field, the machine had no recourse as the Democrats had given them a ham-handed candidate, as flawed as the Republican. They went with the horse they knew and could influence and would play the game; they went with Hillary. Their only hope was to convince the world that Hillary was popular which required her having high polling numbers and looking assured of the win. This may have backfired but that is something we will never know for sure. Now they have to deal with President Trump so the Congress must make sure he does as little damage to those who actually control the government. Let us all hope that they fail at this.

 

Capitol Cash Machine

Capitol Cash Machine

 

There is one thing people can do which will pay dividends down the road. If your have a member of the House of Representatives who has been in Washington over ten years, replace them. Once your Senator has served two, three terms at the most, replace them. Washington D.C. has a corrupting influence which taints anybody not raised inside the Capital Beltway as only those raised that close to purgatory are capable of resisting its powers. Those who come from outside soon have their guts torn apart and they are refilled with money and corrupt practices. Every member of Congress and their staffers cannot resist and act any other way because they almost all have lived beyond the normal laws. There is an easy means for telling if your members of Congress have taken the bait and become corrupted, their net worth. If your member of Congress was worth less than two million dollars before going to Washington and now are worth over five and likely twenty million dollars, then vote them out and fast. There is this neat little thing about being in Congress or a staffer; you are not subject to inside trading laws. This means you can buy stock in companies who are about to receive large sums of government contracts before the vote or anybody else knows about this and you can sell your stock in companies being investigated by Congress before the reports come out to the media or before they do not get that contract or their merger will not be approved, all things you know ahead of their actual occurrence. This allows you to trade stocks with great confidence and amass quite a large amount of wealth rather quickly. The catch is once you get onto this gravy train you will be voting your pocket and not your constituents’ pockets. This makes you a liability to your voters and the nation and makes you a bought person. This makes you toxic and you need replacing, period. We believe that most honest Americans would agree with this analysis, so please spread the world and let the people clean up the mess in Washington D.C.

 

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March 12, 2016

All the Leftist Choices Once Around the Globe

 

There is this leftist slant to the elections in the United States that cannot be ignored. Of course there are only leftists running for the Democrats. Like the left the world over, their main cry is listen to the dreams we weave and forget the realities of things. In Hillary’s case she believes that we should all ignore her criminal negligence with State Department and other secret documents which we are learning were easily read in Moscow and Beijing as well as anywhere else which had half a mind to read them. Then there was Benghazi and the deceitful ruse used to get Obama elected while telling the people and the next of kin whatever was required because truth does not matter, only power and self-aggrandizement matters. It is all about Me, Me, Me, with the Clintons. Then there is Bernie Sanders who is a self-proclaimed socialist which explains why the youth who have not paid attention to the taxes they pay and have no idea that when he says the rich will pay their fair share he means anybody who works for a living and that the only viable way to survive in his system is to become a ward of the government and live as they instruct you in high crime and run down tenements, but that will not happen for at least four years as he would need reelection before dropping the boom. Bernie wants us to ignore that his tether to sanity and reality is as thin as spider silk and as strong as cooked spaghetti. One slight breeze and he becomes a full blown communist, but the young never know of the problems with Russia or China and will need to live it to learn that lesson. Unfortunately, they may take all of America with them. That is the Democrat choices, a criminal who is running to remain out of Federal prison and a loonie-tune.

 

Democrat Front Runners Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Democrat Front Runners
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders

 

Like the Republican side is any better. At one end you have a HUGE fake moderate conservative who is just a bit too cuddly with the Clintons and has been a Democrat supporter, except when running for President as a Republican which he had sampled the water a number of elections back and found them cold. This time the water appears to be just right and he is screaming and waving his arms and hands, especially his little hands, all in an attempt to sound like a winner. Trump will never really be the President as should that realty come to fruition and he be elected and actually act on his half-baked ideas, the nation would implode soon thereafter. The good news is if he gets elected he will make gloriously loud arm waving speeches which will excite the excitable amongst the populace and allow the people he appoints and the Senate ratifies to run the nation, and that may be the sole sane and viable alternative when the rest are weighed.

 

Also running for the Republican candidacy, though you may not have ever heard of them, are John Kasich and Marco Rubio. These gentlemen may not even win in their home state, a usual given for any candidate (except Al Gore). They are calm, collected and sane, or at least until desperation set in and they knew they had to get media coverage or wilt away. Then there is the one who may be rightfully claiming to be the sole Trump alternative, Ted Cruz. He can be found at the far right end of that spider silk spaghetti strand which has Bernie at the left end. The reality is the average American likely has no candidate who will make it to the November election for President.

 

The Donald Donald Trump That is

The Donald
Donald Trump That is

 

The truth is Hillary will be the Democrat candidate if the party establishment gets their wish; otherwise, whoever wins the Republican nomination will be President by default or the United States will complete their fall into irrelevance in the world and the world will enter another age of Islamic expansion, something which may already be unavoidable. More about that distressful thought in our concluding summations. The Republican “establishment” which is also referred to as the Republican elite, an oxymoron if ever we heard one, are desperately seeking anybody with sufficient name recognition, personality, and had not already lost a bid for the Presidency to represent sanity before the loud mouth or the Texan are the only choices remaining. Their BIG money candidate, Jeb, we really need another shrub in the White House, Bush bombed in an unbelievable fashion. Their calm brain surgeon found out that running for President is not for the polite or faint at heart and may be more rocket science than brain surgery. There was no astronaut or rocket scientist volunteering, likely too smart or already been as high as they desired to go unless you’re looking for volunteers to go live on Mars for the duration, something there may be millions of more applicants after the November elections and the people realize who their choices were and allowed the crazies to finish what they started. This might be the first election in American history where everybody stayed home allowing only the most deranged who actually thought their guy was actually a sane choice to vote. We might just get the answer to what if they gave an election and nobody cared?

 

But the United States is far from alone in allowing the leftists to run the show. The next main candidates are the Europeans where there is a glimmer of hope, something that has been missing for quite some time. Even the presumed conservatives are actually leftist in favor of European suicide. For those at a loss, suicide for the Europeans is known as the European Union (EU). Those who have “drank the kool-aid” believe that the EU is what allows everybody to play well and not shoot at each other as had been the practice since forever. With modern warfare if fought as the Europeans had always engaged, all-out with everything they have, then Europe would not survive its next war, and that is what ended European wars, not the EU or any other organization. The EU is actually not a representative governing body in any sense of the term. It is a pure bureaucracy which the European governments send their best manipulative schemers to try and make sure the EU either hurts them as little as possible or grants then the only lifeline that can exist as nobody would fund their lack of productivity if left to their own devices. Only an overbearing and overriding bureaucracy would be capable of demanding that France, Britain, Germany and anybody else with an operative economy would continuously bail out the other nations who apparently are incapable of self-governance or managing an economic model other than holding a hand out and demanding to be saved time after time. There is a potentially saving grace should the British, who wisely retained their currency, actually exercise self-government and vote to leave the EU as that could actually result in the other members of the EU who have an operative governance leaving it as well. The alternative is for them to constantly sacrifice the wellbeing of their own populations in order to service the wellbeing of other nations’ all too needy populations. Of course all of this is predicated on Europe surviving the influx of immigrants who plan on altering the basic nature of the culture into a foreign model which failed completely which is why they are fleeing under the rouse of being refugees from Syria. Europe’s salvation is in the hands of the people; and if they do not care if their children can have a future which is at least as free and libertarian as theirs even with the high levels of socialist governance, then their children will live to witness an all-encompassing tyrannical theocracy descend as a smothering blanket eclipsing every standard of free-choice previous generations enjoyed.

 

Israel also has been within the clutches of leftist belief that freedom can be won through appeasement and surrender to those that wish to obliterate their existence. Those powers which wish to bring about the end of the Jewish State go far and wide beyond simply the Arab Palestinians or even the Arab or Muslim powers in the world. It has been a hushed up truth that Europe has regretted ever permitting Israel to come into existence and had worked behind the scenes, more often than blatantly out in the open, to the detriment of Israeli interests. It began before 1948 with supporting the formation of Jordan on the vast majority of the British mandate and then the United Nations (UN) plan to divide the remainder into an Arab and a Jewish state and even after the Arabs refused that solution, except for the few exceptions, sought to allow the Arab states to eclipse Israel at her birth. There has been a concerted effort to support Arab terrorist demands upon Israel with the constant support for Arab Palestinian demands and the constant threats to end trade with Israel or differentiate on Israeli goods, condemnations of Israeli building in Area C which under the Oslo Accords was Israeli controlled area. But why allow actual agreements get in the way of denouncing Israel. Additionally, the Israeli government actually had the audacity to try and have any NGO (non-governmental organization) which are highly political and can amplify public positions, report their funding, especially if they receive supportive measures from other countries. That support is supposed to be through media or speeches given by their political leaders from abroad. Ah, but there’s the rub that grates against the better and proper judgement, the place where undue influence corrupts the scene.

 

Every nation in the world, whether free or dictatorial, agree on one item, the health of the state demands that any foreign elements or influences, political or otherwise, organization or agency, must identify itself as such, disclose who they actually represent and must reveal their foreign funding, especially and doubly so if they come from another government or foreign NGO or super organization such as the United Nations, European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Workers Union or whatever for the government to recognize and classify them as foreign agents with one glaring exception, Israel. This begs the question of why, plain and simple, why? The reason is even more revealing and devious than are the duplicitous actions of the very governments paying for these interests and their caterwauling and screaming foul simply because Israel wishes to have the exact same truthfulness action made into law that each of these other corruptions have on their own country. Imagine the hue and cry should Israel operate an NGO in France under the name of Francophobes Unite? What many point to as evidence that Israel has just such an organization operating in the United States in AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which does not receive either direction or funding from the Israeli government, and which reports every donation they receive openly to the IRS as an nonprofit political action group is required to do under United States laws, and whose funding would likely be available under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) regulations, is a wholly privately funded by United States citizens’ contributions and not an operative of any foreign government, especially Israel. There is an alphabet soup mix of foreign funded, extreme leftist, anti-Zionist, pro-Arab Palestinian, Arabist, anti-Israel, faux-peace, surrender, appease and easily said to be outright anti-Israeli independent NGOs financed virtually completely by foreign interests and governments including many financed by the EU and European governments operating within Israel. They are further backed within Israel by a leftist media and a vocal extreme minority which cannot get their way through the ballot box so have resorted to allying with these foreign benefactors to lobby and bully the government and people of Israel attempting to bludgeon all opposition into submission and using Lawfare and a leftist stranglehold on the courts and legal system. When Israel attempted to make such organizations report their funding, the proof of this overt interference in Israeli self-government was made obvious by the explosive media frenzy and governmental uproar from across the width and breadth of Europe as well as the boisterous explosion largely around Tel Aviv and outside the Knesset in Jerusalem. Then came the threats to take the government to the courts challenging the law should it pass and European governments threatened their own forms of intimidation including taking the matter to international courts or to adjudication under their own courts claims to have international jurisdiction, especially for all things Israel such as to arrest any Israeli government or military official if they step foot outside of Israel. One knows this had gotten to the extreme when the British government had to grant special protective measures to prevent the arrest as ordered by a British court in response to anti-Israeli Lawfare for Tzipi Livni to enter the country and remain free while answering an invitation from the British government. What other democratic nation has such legal warrants sworn out against any public figure, government member, military commander and even individual soldiers whenever they step outside their national borders. Such lunacy is beyond belief but a reality for Israelis. These actions are manifestations of leftists out of control as well as a little something else. Oh, and we in Israel are informed that any belief that such steps are a sign of anti-Semitism is just our being too sensitive. Oh really!?!

 

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March 2, 2016

Super Tuesday Results with Maps

 

We are going to hear much about the Republican race being between Trump and Rubio trying to minimize Cruz as the Republican Party can only beat Trump if they can put every last non-Trump Vote to one candidate even if it was a more popular Donald, that being Donald Duck. Cruz and Rubio are going to continue to split the voters leaving Trump slowly eclipsing them both right out of the delegate count, especially as the winner take all states start appearing rather than the proportional representation they are facing now. The results in the Republican primaries will not change the fight but simply serve to fortify the three man race plus Kasich will claim he has not been ruled out and he will come roaring back once he wins Ohio which is becoming more unlikely as the delegates are divided up and him just missing threshold after threshold. But the Republicans will continue as advertised but the Democrats the fat lady may be singing.

 

Probably the stake through the heart of the Sanders campaign was losing Massachusetts as well as every other state looking being eclipsed in the eye. Bernie Sanders may as well thank his supporters and workers for their faith and hope in him and recognize that H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary has won the nomination with little if any potential for doubt. So, now H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary can campaign on a low keyed style taking extra care to not say anything which might be used against her in the general elections. All H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary need do is keep her mainstay base of minorities to remain committed and have a level of excitement to produce them at the polls in November. She can float trial balloons testing how they play with the public. Bernie Sanders cannot claim to have any hope when the only states won so far are New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oklahoma while losing Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. These were the results in the early states and the projections look very much like same as above with H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary winning and winning. We could go with so many ways of trivializing the results claiming the fat lady is singing, turn out the lights the party’s over, or put a fork in him, he’s done. So, what is next for H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary?

 

The questions now will revolve around who will H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary choose as her running mate, her Secretary of State, her this, that and the other. That will be the news cycle over and over as they try to keep H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary in the news reminding everybody how popular H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary is with so many different demographics making it appear so clear that she will win the all-important elections come November. They will mostly avoid those death subjects such as her e-mail server, her mishandling of top secret and more secure information, Benghazi, telling lies to bereaved parents about why their children gave their lives, and every other scandal she hides from the public with the complicity of the mainstream media. This election may hinge on whether or not H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary will be indicted which may remain hanging over her head with many claiming the election is also about whether or not H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary wins and avoids a messy trial dominating every new hour. The Democrat Party now has the luxury of knowing who their candidate will be for the election in November. This can also be a downside as they will face the challenge of keeping their candidate in each news cycle in a positive light avoiding the obvious sinkholes.

 

 

Primary Results of Super Tuesday Maps

Primary Results of Super Tuesday Maps

 

What did Super Tuesday do to the two parties can be summarized in two words, H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary and Trump. That will most likely be the candidates the American public will have to choose between. This may be a more interesting race than the pundits might believe as both parties will be facing a single challenge of getting out their voters. Both candidates will necessarily need to announce their preferred appointments to the major cabinet posts such as to define them beyond their own persona of simply thirsting for power. This election will necessarily be a referendum on which of the far from perfect candidates, Trump and H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary, will be capable of bringing forth the votes while leaving the base for the other side from awakening. If history is any measure, H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary would be more likely to manage such a feat as the Democrats have traditionally been better able of getting their voters to the polls and pulling out the close races but that will be made more difficult with their having a wounded candidate in H for Hillary Clinton the new President Operfectillary just as the Republicans apparently will also have apparently an injured and bloodied candidate in Donald Trump as he will have challengers continuing through the remainder of the primaries until he freezes all others out in the delegate count. Let the games begin.

 

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