Here´s a rich one from the news: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has loudly announced he´s resigning from the president´s manufacturing council, to protest, of all things, violence.He´s thrown racism, too, in the mix, baselessly accusing President Trump of it, in line with his long history of race-baiting. But the doozy is his newfound sudden aversion to violence. Up until now, violence has always been his stock in trade. Get a load of Trumka´s acts and statements from the fact sheet of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation upon his election to the AFL-CIO presidency from his previous position
Anyone unfamiliar with Trumka can find out about him in this excellent article - really an exposé of a dangerous man.
As for his goal?
Unlike their more moderate predecessors, Trumka and his fellow AFL-CIO bosses see free-market capitalism not as essential to worker prosperity but as something to be despised and destroyed. Their ultimate aim is not to boost members´ wages, but to radically transform society. Trumka would confirm this in a September 2010 moment of candor, when he stated that he had gotten "into the labor movement not because I wanted to negotiate wages," but "because I saw it as a vehicle to do massive social change to include lots of people."
Amazing how all these CEOs and Trumpka didn´t resign when the violence was happening by the BLM and Antifa trying to prevent free speech on college campuses and other venues. Just shows what hypocrite they are and that is has nothing to do with what happened at Charlottesville and everything to do with politics.
Corruption: A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he´s found guilty it could have major political ramifications. Haven´t heard about this case? That´s because the Senator in question is a Democrat. A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez´s bribery trial." That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats." Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.
Agenda: Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda. At a retreat for Republican lawmakers back in January, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan laid out an ambitious agenda they planned to achieve in their first 200 days — before the Senate would go on its monthlong break in August. They would: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, pass a sweeping tax reform, fund the border wall,
Rule Of Law: What happens when the president of the United States decides to uphold the Constitution´s separation of powers and appropriately defers to Congress on immigration law? If his name is Donald Trump, everyone has a nervous breakdown. At a news conference on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump was rescinding Obama´s "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," an executive order that let young people in the country illegally apply to get a renewable two-year work authorization and other benefits, including participating in Social Security. Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he
President Trump´s approval rating hit 38% in the latest IBD/TIPP poll after what pundits routinely described as a terrible month for the president. While still low, that represents a six-point gain over the previous month. Regionally, Trump´s gains were strongest in the South, where his approval jumped 13 points to 48%. He firmed up support among Republicans as well, with an 8-point increase to 79%. He gained 14 points among those with a high school education, 10 points among conservatives, 7 points with white men, and 4 points among those living in rural parts of the country. What´s more, Trump gained 12%
Global Warming: When a controversial climatologist claims Hurricane Harvey´s brutal downpour that devastated Houston is a result of global warming, it warrants examining the claim. We have, and it appears baseless. But that won´t stop climate-change extremists from making that claim again in the future. First, a little background. Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann has gained dubious renown for something no scientist desires: fiddling with data, and getting caught. In this case, it was temperature data. Mann´s famous "hockey stick" rendition of temperature and climate changes makes it appear as if temperatures began rising sharply in the 19th century as carbon
Sometime in September, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to unveil his "Medicare for all" bill, which would have the government pay 100% of the nation´s entire health care costs. Sanders, like all of his kindred single-payer advocates, claims that every other industrialized country in the world provides guaranteed universal coverage, and has lower health costs and better health outcomes as a result. But what Sanders and Co. never, ever, say is that those countries also require their citizens to pay a far bigger share of health care dollars out of pocket than the U.S. does today, or that most of them
Corporate Politics: Wasn´t it just a few weeks ago that the left was cheering Google for firing an employee who dared to question the company´s liberal orthodoxy? Now the company is getting battered by the same crowd for allegedly causing a critic to be fired from a think tank. Shortly after the European Union announced a $2.7 billion fine against Google (GOOGL) in late June for supposed antitrust violations, a scholar at the liberal New America Foundation posted a statement praising the decision. The EU, wrote Barry Lynn, who directed the foundation´s Open Markets program, "is protecting the free
Tax Reform: It´s been clear from our economy´s near-decade of underperformance that the U.S. is badly in need of a fiscal shot in the arm in the form of tax reform and tax cuts. After his speech to factory workers in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, President Trump has made it clear he expects Congress to do something big. Calling on Congress not to miss a "once-in-a-generation opportunity," Trump pushed for a massive tax overhaul that, he promised, would cut loopholes and simplify the tax code from its current labyrinthine complexity into one that is "simple, fair and easy to understand." "It´s time
Economy: Even before Harvey finishes wreaking havoc on Texas and now Louisiana, economists are trying to guess at its impact on GDP. Oddly, many think it could boost growth overall. The Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that GDP growth was 3% in the second quarter, which is higher than the previous 2.6% estimate. That´s the highest quarterly GDP number in two years. That´s undeniably good news. But what about Harvey? What impact will this megastorm have on growth going forward. You´d think the answer would be obvious. Harvey will cost tens of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and physical damage. Nobody
Flood Damage: Whenever a disaster of the size of Hurricane Harvey occurs, causing billions of dollars in damage, it´s natural to have sympathy and to want to help in any way possible. But it´s also natural to ask whether we´re insured for all this. And, for the most part, the answer is no. The problem, once again, is government. In this case, FEMA. It runs the National Flood Insurance Program, which since 1968 has insured people in coastal flood zones against catastrophic loss. Sound like a great idea? Well, maybe not so much. After massive losses with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and
Charity: Disasters like the one unfolding in Houston show the worst in Mother Nature, but also show the best of a free society. Even before any government agency could act, volunteers, private businesses and charities from around the country were organizing relief efforts. There has been plenty of attention given to how well the government — particularly the federal government — is responding to the unfolding disaster in Houston. President Trump´s tweet praising FEMA´s response, for example, was instant news. But while there´s no doubt that marshaling government resources in a time of crisis is vital, all this attention on
Income Taxes: With President Trump turning his attention to tax reform, Democrats are busy dusting off their shopworn claims about federal income taxes. Almost nothing they say about taxes is true. Trump plans to make a pitch for tax reform on Wednesday at an event in Springfield, Mo. He will likely explain that tax cuts are the key to a bigger economy, more jobs and increased incomes. Pundits are busy explaining that getting tax reform done this year won´t be easy. True enough. But it will be made more difficult because of misinformation spread by Democrats and their allies in the
She still doesn’t get it. In her forthcoming memoir ‘What Happened” (out Tuesday), Hillary Clinton takes perfunctory responsibility for losing the election before spending nearly 500 pages blaming: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, “rash FBI director” James Comey, Obama, the Russians, sexism, and, finally, the American people for not liking her enough. Sanders, she writes, had the gall to run against her even though he’s not a Democrat. “That’s not a smear, that’s what he says,” she writes. “He didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party.” Clinton bemoans the sexism
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell´s tête-à-tête on Tuesday — after a summer of sniping between the two — lifted Republican hopes that the GOP was finally back in sync ahead of a brutal fall of fiscal deadlines.Not 24 hours later, the president cut a deal with Democrats on a short-term debt ceiling increase opposed by McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just Wednesday morning, in fact, Ryan had scoffed at the Democratic offer that Trump accepted minutes later. In the aftermath, Republicans seethed privately and distanced themselves publicly from the deal.
In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don´t believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America. “I mean when the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said, ‘It’s a mad time to be alive.’ And there is certainly an
Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich expressed distaste in President Trump’s plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and invited all immigrants to come live in his state. Kasich was in a particularly fiery mood on CBS This Morning Wednesday, and when asked if he supports Trump’s decision, he laughed incredulously: “No! Can you imagine that we’re taking kids who came here, you know, they had nothing to do with the fact that they were brought here? They’ve become a very significant part of our society… and now we put them in jeopardy.” “We want them in
Hillary Clinton has added another name her long list of grievances about those who cost her the election, this time singling out energized anti-Trump women marchers for failing to deliver before her historic loss. Clinton referenced the throngs of protesters who took the streets of Washington and other cities in a Women´s march shortly after his election. (Snip) Clinton also goes after NBC´s ´Today Show´ host Matt Lauer for his handling of a presidential forum, conducted on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York last September. She writes that she was ´ticked off´ and ´almost physically sick´ by Lauer´s persistent focus
(Video) - In her new memoir of the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton offers this analysis on why she lost: "I think it´s fair to say that I didn´t realize how quickly the ground was shifting under all our feet... I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans´ anger and resentment." Which is true. She ran a campaign larded with policy papers, with serious thoughts about serious things, with poll-tested stump speech lines designed to give some to everyone but all to no one.
The Washington National Cathedral will remove two stained glass windows featuring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the church said Wednesday, joining a growing list of cities and institutions that have removed statues of Confederate figures in the wake of last month´s violence in Charlottesville, Va. The National Cathedral said the Cathedral Chapter, its governing body, voted Tuesday to immediately take the windows down. Scaffolding was erected Wednesday morning as crews began the process of removing the stained glass windows, according to the Washington Post. The windows of Lee and Jackson were installed in 1953, and the National
Vanity Fair, which previously featured Melania Trump on one of its covers, snubbed the First Lady of the United States in its 2017 best-dressed list – while featuring numerous liberals, including both Obamas. The list, comprised of over 40 people, is broken into eight-sections: Women, Men, Hollywood, Originals, Couples, Professionals, Special Citation, and Hall Of Fame. Missing from the list was First Lady Melania Trump, which is odd to say the least, given that Vanity Fair featured her on the cover of the Mexican edition of the magazine in January.
Hillary Clinton is still “at a loss” about her loss. In leaked excerpts from her upcoming election memoir “What Happened,” the defeated Democratic candidate admits to mistakes, regrets and “dumb” moves from her presidential bid — but says she still does not understand why so many Americans oppose her. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I´m really asking. I´m at a loss,” she asks in the book. “I think it´s partly because I´m a woman.” (Snip) “I go back over my own shortcomings and the mistakes we made. I take responsibility for all of them. You can
Excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s memoir surfacing online reveal her most personal thoughts on her marriage with former President Bill Clinton. In Clinton’s upcoming book, titled, “What Happened,” she opens up about her marriage with Bill and admits she openly contemplated divorce. “I heard it again on the 2016 campaign … it’s just a marriage on paper now,” she writes. She also writes, “There were times that I was deeply unsure about whether our marriage could or should survive.” “But on those days, I asked myself the questions that mattered to me: Do I still love him? And can I still
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday assured incoming high schoolers that they need not to worry about President Trump ending the “Dreamers” program, saying Chicago Public Schools are a “Trump-free” sanctuary for young illegal immigrants. “To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago: You are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home. And you have nothing to worry about,” Mr. Emanuel told a group of freshman on the first day of classes at Solorio Academy High School, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our
WASHINGTON — President Trump has sided with a Democratic proposal to tie Hurricane Harvey funding with a three-month increase to the debt limit and funding the government through Dec. 15. Trump announced the deal with “Nancy” and Chuck” after huddling with the top Democratic leaders –House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer – and top GOP leadership at the White House. “We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good,” Trump said aboard Air Force One Wednesday. “We had a very, very cordial and professional meeting.” The Democrats touted getting the deal they