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Drudge Put It Perfectly: Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail

Incompetence hinders party from accomplishing Trump’s agenda

By   The Observer  •

Drudge Put It Perfectly: Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan Alex Wong/Getty Images

On February 8, 2017, Matt Drudge tweeted, “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts!” and “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now.” Drudge was spot on.

This week, Sen. Rand Paul (my former boss, it should be pointed out) stormed out of a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan when he heard talk of keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits. Paul worried these tax credits would be a Republican-created entitlement program.

Unfortunately, the leadership and establishment in the Republican party is incompetent. When you compare the accomplishments of President Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency as President Donald Trump, it shows that Republicans are not doing their job.

Jonathan Weisman


By now in 09, Congress passed stimulus, Lilly Ledbetter, CHIP expansion & started ACA talks. ’17? bupkis @jestei. 

Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, left, and Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, during a news conference on Wednesday where they discussed plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Weisman points out that at this point in the Obama administration, the Democratic-controlled Congress had passed his stimulus package, the Lilly Ledbetter bill, and started serious talks about healthcare reform. Right now, House and Senate Republicans have passed a budget that sets the table for Obamacare partial repeal, yet they don’t seem to have the stomach to pass the partial repeal measure that they passed last year. That bill gutted some of the core elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by repealing Medicaid expansion, exchange subsidies and most of the healthcare related tax hikes.

Conservatives, including The Heritage Foundation, are pushing Congress to use this measure as the basis for reconciliation this year, yet moderate senators Lamar Alexander, Bill Cassidy, and Susan Collins are pushing ideas that will save the core of Obamacare.

Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they seem to have lost focus. On February 16, The New York Times reported, “After moving to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act just days after President Trump was sworn in last month, Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised. Efforts to come up with a replacement for the healthcare law have been stymied by disagreements among Republicans about how to proceed. The same is true for a proposed overhaul of the tax code.”

The large infrastructure bill that both Democrats and Trump were eager to pursue has barely been mentioned, other than a general hearing to discuss well-documented needs for infrastructure improvements. Even a simple emergency spending bill that the Trump administration promised weeks ago—which was expected to include a proposal for his wall on the Mexican border—has not materialized, leaving appropriators idle.

Implementing the Trump agenda is impossible if Republicans don’t try. One of my favorite quotes is Wayne Gretzky’s “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Republicans are not taking any shots right now.

Republicans know that it would be easy to roll out and pass a massive $1 trillion infrastructure bill that would have bipartisan support. Members love roads and bridges, and Congressional pork is proven to create bipartisan support. Yet, Congress hasn’t started the process of passing Trump’s version of a stimulus bill.

Republicans ran on promising to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, and they are falling flat on their faces trying to figure out the “replace” part. Sen. Rand Paul has teamed up with forces in the House Freedom Caucus to introduce a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace with healthcare freedom, including a massive expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and the freedom to purchase healthcare plans across state lines. This is a good option if Republicans feel the need to “replace” Obamacare.

Additionally, Congress has done nothing to forward the ball on Trump’s plan for a historic reform of the tax code that would include massive tax cuts for average Americans.

Republican leadership in the House and Senate are thwarting the Trump agenda with their gross incompetence. Drudge was spot on to accuse them of fraud, and Sen. Rand Paul is correct to team up with freedom loving members of the House and Senate to jump start the process of repealing Obamacare. At some point, establishment Republicans need to understand that if they continue to break promises to right-leaning Trump voters, they will hand over power to the Democrats.

Brian Darling is a former counsel and Sr. Communications Director to Sen. Rand Paul.  Follow him on Twitter @BrianHDarling.


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Limbaugh Rips Deep State, Fake Media In Rare Interview

Trump supporters believed USA done if Hillary won, radio host says

Host Chris Wallace opened the interview with a question regarding Limbaugh’s assertion that the establishment, comprised of the “left-wing courts,” “left-wing media” and “left-wing bureaucracy,” are working in concert to “sabotage” Trump and thwart his attempts to wrest control of the nation from the death grip of the globalist elites.

“It’s driven by two things,” began Limbaugh. “The first thing that’s going on, Chris, in my view – it is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country. It is absurd; there is no evidence – zilch, zero, nada. The New York Times has run two stories that are basically propaganda on this… and both stories clearly say ‘no evidence.’ Nobody they’ve talked to has any evidence whatsoever to suggest it.”

“The second thing I think that’s important for people to remember: People that voted for Donald Trump, people who support Donald Trump, really, really believed that they were going to lose the country if Hillary Clinton won.”

“This is not an idle thought; it’s not an exaggeration,” he continued. “They really believe that the country, as founded, was up for grabs.”

“It was over if Hillary had won, if the Democrats had another four or eight years to do what they do with the judiciary and so forth.”

Limbaugh stressed the importance of those two elements as keys to understanding Trump’s mission, and why his supporters are behind him unwaveringly, despite the nonstop onslaught of propaganda, criticism, and outright hate being leveled by all who oppose them.

Wallace moved on to question Limbaugh’s use of the term “deep state” as it pertains to shadow elements embedded deep in the intelligence community, and other powerful sectors of the federal government, who are working in collusion with Barack Obama to undermine Trump and his team.

Wallace professed to have been unfamiliar with the term until just weeks ago, implying that the notion itself could be attributed to mere ‘conspiracy theory,’ which may be hard to swallow for some, given the illustrious careers of he and his father as prominent mainstream television journalists dating back to the 1960s, when Mike Wallace began delivering special reports for CBS, before becoming the lead reporter for 60 Minutes.

Limbaugh diffused Wallace’s attempt to dismiss the concept as merely “conspiratorial” by crediting it to prominent liberal journalist, Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, and his bombshell piece from January 2017, “The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer,” in which he wrote of the “Deep State” –

“This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as ‘Fake News.’”

“This business that the Russians hacked the election – this is a serious, serious allegation that is impossible,” emphasized Limbaugh. “The Russians could not have had any impact whatsoever on voting – either how they were cast, or how they were counted. In fact, if you want to say they did, they did their job and Hillary won the popular vote.”

“The left, which is run by Obama and Hillary and the hierarchy of the Democrat Party, is doing everything they can to undermine, sabotage, and to prevent Trump from implementing his agenda. There’s no question about it.”

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A Fine Tuned Machine

Reddit Censors Pro-Trump Content in New Crackdown

Reddit joins Facebook to control public opinion on-line


Instead, there’s a clear bias against anything pro-Trump, and there’s precedent to believe this is intentional censorship.

Back in Nov., Reddit CEO Steve Huffman vowed to suppress certain pro-Trump posts from appearing elsewhere on Reddit.

“Posts stickied on r/the_donald will no longer appear in r/all – r/all is not our frontpage, but is a popular listing that our most engaged users frequent, including myself,” he wrote. “The sticky feature was designed for moderators to make announcements or highlight specific posts.”

“It was not meant to circumvent organic voting, which r/the_donald does to slingshot posts into r/all, often in a manner that is antagonistic to the rest of the community.”

But Huffman’s justification is overshadowed by the scandal in which he was caught editing comments by pro-Trump users critical of him on Reddit.

He isn’t alone.  Since Trump’s election, the largest social media sites including Facebook and Twitter have suppressed Trump supporters – and perhaps even the president himself.

Twitter in particular is apparently censoring positive responses to Trump’s tweets while showcasing the negative ones.

On Feb. 7, Twitter announced it was “collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets” in the interest of “safety,” a catch-all term which gives the social media giant carte blanche to suppress anything it deems “offensive.”

Trump supporters noticed this caused negative responses to Trump’s tweets to rise to the top of the page, allowing anti-Trump fanatics to dominate the discussion.

Facebook has also long attempted to control discussions on its site by blocking links to alternative media and banning those critical of its censorship practices.

“According to the New York Times, three current and former anonymous employees claim the company has had a new tool developed specifically to restrict certain kinds of posts from appearing in users’ news feeds in certain geographic areas,” reported the Anti-Media. “This form of censorship has been deployed under the auspices of facilitating Facebook’s entry into the Chinese market.”

“Previously, the company did this in Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey, where the respective governments requested the ability for third parties to review and block posted content. Facebook granted the requests and removed approximately 55,000 total pieces of content.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was also caught discussing the censorship of anti-migrant posts during a “hot mic” incident with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He also met with with Lu Wei, the czar of China’s draconian Internet censorship system, in 2014, where the Facebook CEO lauded Wei as a visionary

Since rising to prominence in 2011, Wei has personally overseen the reduction of Internet access in China to cover-up mass government corruption and criticism of communism in general.

This censorship has kept the Chinese population ignorant and easier to control by the ruling elite.

For example, Chinese citizens are among the least aware of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre which took place in the heart of Beijing because government censors routinely clamp down on any mention of the incident.

Facebook is likewise motivated to restrict speech as part of the tech elite’s agenda to eradicate nation-states in favor of a globalist superstate controlled by an unelected network of titans in technology, media, government and academia.

The social media giants – from Facebook to Reddit – are establishing themselves as virtual “nations” ran by authoritarian leaders, such as Zuckerberg and Huffman, who control the public opinion of their “citizens” – the users – by suppressing criticism of their agenda.

These social media sites form an anti-competitive system designed to derail rival viewpoints to the globalist model while also dehumanizing individuals by making them feel isolated and inadequate, despite the fact that it’s the individual who triggers the combustive spark that drives the engine of human progression.

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Trump Protesters Invade Rally – And Fail

Protesters live in fantasy world

 A relative handful of Trump protestors failed to make an impact at the recent Trump rally in Florida:


Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge

Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge

Authorities ‘strongly encourage’ House members to review security plans before week of town halls

Authorities ‘strongly encourage’ House members to review security plans before week of town halls

By Published February 18, 2017

House lawmakers are being told by law enforcement to maintain “enhanced security awareness” as they return to their home districts for a week — following several raucous town hall meetings in which congressional Republicans were ripped over plans to dismantle ObamaCare and other GOP initiatives.

The advisory issued Thursday by the House Sergeant at Arms “strongly encouraged” the chamber’s roughly 435 members to review security protocols as they leave Capitol Hill for a “District Work Period,” which historically includes town hall-style events and other interactions with constituents.

“This is important if your district office becomes a potential demonstration site,” the advisory reads. “If your home address and phone number are publicly available, you should remain particularly alert regarding your surroundings.”

On Saturday, GOP Rep. Tom Reed hosted another town hall event in his upstate New York district in which attendees gave him rough time, demanding answers about his purported desire to shutter the Environmental Protection Agency and about “Russia, Russia, Russia.”

The situation follows several town hall events hosted by House Republicans over the past several weeks in which some attendees shouted and demanded answers to a range of concerns about their agenda and that of Republican President Trump — particularly whether millions of Americans will lose health insurance if ObamaCare is indeed dismantled.

GOP Rep. Tom McClintock received a police escort from a recent town hall event in his eastern California district and has two more scheduled for next week.

Some of the disruption is an organized effort by critics of Trump and congressional Republicans’ agenda. And McClintock and others have suggested at least some of the disruptors are paid agitators.

A couple of weeks ago, at the House Democrats’ retreat in Baltimore, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone downplayed the attendees behavior, saying he faced raucous town hall crowds of 3,000 during the Tea Party movement.

“I never felt threatened,” he told Fox News. “They were calling us all kinds of names. I think (Republicans) are a little more thin-skinned than we were.”

The Sergeant at Arms advisory also urges House lawmakers to coordinate with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies if they hold town hall meetings and to provide a copy of their schedule “for situational awareness.”

Whether groups have specific plans to protest at Republican lawmakers’ district offices is unclear.

But the fiscally conservative group FreedomWorks told Fox News earlier this week that it intends to drive busloads of people to congressional offices across the country to pressure conservative lawmakers to fulfill campaign promises on tax and regulatory reform and on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump

By Paul Sperry

Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump

An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump’s policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions.

Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.

In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”

The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.

The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”

“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says.

The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”

“Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the document states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”

After the event, protesters are advised to feed video footage to local and national media.

“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it says, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” After protesters gave MSNBC, CNN and the networks footage of their dust-up with Chaffetz, for example, the outlets ran them continuously, forcing Chaffetz to issue statements defending himself.

The manual also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly” lawmakers’ Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”

The document provides no evidence to support such accusations.

Protesters, who may or may not be affiliated with OFA, are also storming district offices. Last week, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher blamed a “mob” of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office. A video of the incident, showing a small crowd around an opening door, was less conclusive.

Separately, OFA, which is run by ex-Obama officials and staffers, plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump and Republicans over ObamaCare’s repeal.

“This is a fight we can win,” OFA recently told its foot soldiers. “They’re starting to waver.”

On Thursday, Trump insisted he’s moving ahead with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which has ballooned health-insurance premiums and deductibles. “Obamacare is a disaster, folks,” he said, adding that activists protesting its repeal are hijacking GOP town halls and other events.

“They fill up our rallies with people that you wonder how they get there,” the president said. “But they’re not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.”

As The Post reported, OFA boasts more than 250 offices nationwide and more than 32,000 organizers, with another 25,000 actively under training. Since November, it’s beefed up staff and fundraising, though as a “social welfare” non-profit, it does not have to reveal its donors.

These aren’t typical Black Lives Matter or Occupy Wall Street marchers, but rather professionally trained organizers who go through a six-week training program similar to the training — steeped in Alinsky agitation tactics — Obama received in Chicago when he was a community organizer.

Chicago socialist Saul Alinsky, known by the left as “the father of community organizing,” taught radicals to “rub raw the sores of discontent” and create the conditions for a “revolution.” He dedicated his book, “Rules for Radicals,” to “Lucifer.” Michelle Obama quoted from the book when she helped launch OFA in 2013.

Obama appears to be behind the anti-Trump protests. He praised recent demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban. And last year, after Trump’s upset victory, he personally rallied OFA troops to “protect” his legacy in a conference call. “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope” over the election results.

He promised OFA activists he would soon join them in the fray.

“Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so far off,” he said. “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”

Added the ex-president: “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.

“Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that all of you are, as well.”

Trump vows penalties for companies that outsource American jobs

When American workers win, America as a country wins, big league, he said

“That is one beautiful aeroplane,” Trump said, pointing to the Dreamliner. “What an amazing piece of art, what an amazing piece of work.” He commended the airplane’s name as symbolic of the American spirit.

“That’s what we do in America, we dream of things and we build them.”

In addition to building passenger planes, Boeing is a major supplier of military aircraft. Trump name-dropped the F-18 Super Hornet, the F-15 Strike Eagle and the Apache attack helicopter, telling the crowd that his administration will rebuild the US military so “that none will dare to challenge it.”

“As George Washington said, being prepared for war is the best way to prevent it,” he said.

Saying he campaigned on the promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, Trump said his administration has already begun changing the business climate.

“It has to be much easier to manufacture in our country,” he said, adding that his administration will reduce “job-crushing regulations” and lower taxes on businesses as well as workers, enforce trade rules, and “stop foreign cheating.”

Companies that close down factories in the US, lay off American workers, and expect to sell their products in America will face a “very substantial penalty,” Trump said.

“When American workers win, America as a country wins, big league,” the president concluded, promising to “fight for better paying jobs for the loyal citizens of our country.”

Before his inauguration, Trump blasted Boeing for “out of control” costs of the new Air Force One, saying he would “cancel order” once in office.

Trump appears to have changed his mind on the subject since, complimenting Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on his negotiating skills. He also floated the idea of buying more Super Hornets from Boeing to make up for the delays in getting Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter up and running – before negotiating $700 million in savings from Lockheed.







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