Trump’s Triumphs - The real news from Swamp Woebegone
 
“Impeachment! Impeachment” - that’s all that in the news. Despite the fact the nation knows how this elaborate stage show will play out - with the Senate acquitting the president - the nation is watching it, like a car wreck in slow motion, unable to tear its eyes away. But the impeachment is a distraction from the real news - that the swamp is slowly draining and that President Trump continues to MAGA as fast as ever.
 
Just last week, while Nancy and Co. walked the articles over to the Senate, the president signed stage one of a new trade deal with China, applauded as USMCA was passed to replace NAFTA, and proclaimed “Religious Freedom Day,” which encouraged, among other things, the protection of prayer in schools. The nation also saw Iran back down after the attack on Soleimani, proving Right Wing pundits correct in their theory that such an attack would not lead to war simply because Iran can’t afford an open war with the US. 
 
On the same day of the most recent Democrat debate, President Trump held a rally in Milwaukee, WI, during which he tallied even more of his accomplishments: In 2018, he said, overdose deaths fell between 17- 21% depending on state calculations - part of that success has come from Trump putting pressure on China to stop the flow of fentanyl into the US.  His administration created 7 million jobs, including 1 million in manufacturing.  Reducing regulations and other incentives has made America the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world - no longer dependent on Arab nations. Average household income, he claimed, has gone up over $10, 000 in just three years of his administration ($3100 in regulatory tax, over $2K from tax cuts, $2500 for energy taxes and fees, and $5000 in average income gains.) Compare that to a mere $400 rise in 8 years of the Bush administration and $975 after 8 years of Obama.  
 
In addition to Trumps’ rally claims, he’s appointed 187 “Article III judges (including 2 on the Supreme court, 50 in the Court of Appeals, 133 in US district courts, and 2 for the US court of International Trade. As of this writing 18 Article III nominees are waiting confirmation - but there are over 70 vacancies yet to be filled.  Though Senate Democrats have done everything to stall confirmations (Sen. Kamala Harris just demanded his nominees be frozen during the impeachment trial), he’s still managed to outpace both Obama and Bush who appointed 329 and 327 respectively over 8 years each - including 2 Supreme Court justices a piece.  With Justice Ginsberg in increasingly bad health, he’s likely to appoint a 3rd if he’s re-elected. 
 
On the horizon are trade deals with India and, through his aggressive deregulation policies, a reintroduction of all manner of conveniences that make life, well, convenient - he’s bringing back the “old” light bulb, which provided better, prettier light for less money, and opening up restrictions on water use - so that shower heads, dishwashers and washing machines actually clean what they’re supposed to clean.  In fact, thanks to Trump’s tariff policy, South Korea is building refrigerator and washing machine plants in US to avoid paying import tariffs, bringing jobs to America as well. 
 
What Democrats must understand by now is that President Trump is a man who loves a good fight - and the more they throw at him, the more successful he becomes. In fact, this author comically muses is that, if the Dems had given Trump his way for 2 years, he may very well have been so bored he’d resign. So - other than striking back for the 1999 impeachment of Bill Clinton, why even attempt to stop Trump?  First, pushing the articles through before Christmas was no doubt a huge fund-raiser for the Democrats and especially for the massive web of non-profit lobbying concerns which provide the real financial backbone of that party. A tax deductible gift to Amnesty International, for example, might be larger than normal thanks to the promise of impeachment.  Then, holding over the trial until the new year would yank numerous Democrat presidential hopefuls off the campaign trail, including Sanders and Warren, just before Iowa - giving a mighty boost to Joe Biden, who has been sagging in the polls. Swamp insiders manipulated the primaries so Hillary would run in 2016. Poor things still haven’t learned to listen to the American people, or at least their base. 
 
But impeachment or not, all is well. As Greg Gutfeld said recently, we don’t deserve a president this good. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:07

JROTC Dine N Donate

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Take family and friends to eat at BJ's Restaurant in Northgate on Feb. 12. BJ's will donate 20% of your tab to Marin's JROTC students for their activities. Print or snap the flier below.

231 local sales and parcel tax increases and bond issues (which automatically increase property taxes if approved) on the March 3 primary. Hundreds more on November ballot

Sacramento seems to think that all of California needs to look more like San Francisco and less like Lakewood, Foster City or Irvine.

Republican Assembly Bills 1941 and 1942, would allow PG&E to temporarily skirt renewable power mandates until it hardens its grid and gets a handle on vegetation management.

Sunday, 05 January 2020 00:10

CA Health Care

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Medical expands health coverage for young adults who cannot prove legal residence.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 22:31

No Tax Returns

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CA law requiring Trump tax returns before putting him on the ballot ruled unanimously unconstitutional.

Monday, 18 November 2019 19:35

Elementary Activism

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Racial Literacy Program requires activism in 3rd grade.

Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:24

Impeachment

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Trump's Trials: Impeachment--Follow the Money
by Anne Doherty
 
Google the question “Why do Democrats want to impeach Trump?" and scroll through pages before finding even a glimmer of an answer. This demonstrates that, just like the Mueller investigation, the impeachment witch hunt is motivated solely by politics. In classic contemporary liberal fashion, they manipulate the public by accusing their target of the crimes they themselves are guilty of. But their own motivations can be quite opposite from the righteousness they show their base. 
But what exactly is impeachment, and what does it mean in respect to the President?  According to Wikipedia, "Impeachment is the process by which the legislature levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office; it is similar to an indictment in criminal law." According to Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5 of the Constitution,"The House of Representatives shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.… When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two–thirds of the Members present.” Article 2, Section 4 states “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” 
 
The phrase "high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined in the Constitution. Historically, the House places little emphasis on criminal conduct. For example, ”The articles against Pres. Andrew Johnson were based on his speech… ‘harangues’ criticizing the Congress and questioning its legislative authority. It is enough to claim that the accused abused the powers of the office, behaved in an incompatible manner in respect to the purpose of the office, or used to the office for personal gain.” Only three of the 17 impeachments (2 presidents, 15 judges) were of a criminal nature, and the rest fall into the vague category "high crimes.” In other words, it’s constitutional for the Democrats not to have any reason, other than political gain, to attack the president. And while the house may succeed in making Trump the third president to be impeached (Andrew Johnson and Clinton were the other two; Nixon resigned, Buchanan was acquitted), as with Clinton, the attack will fail in the Senate.  Nothing will come of it, and like Clinton, Trump may win in a landslide afterward.  So why do it? 
 
Aside from the obvious ideological and political reasons, Democrats want to destroy Trump because he’s so rapidly dismantling the status quo.  Anyone whose livelihood and pension depends on the swamp will do anything to stop him. James Comey, for example, lost a minimum pension of $172,000 of his base salary when the president fired him. Most government workers prize their pension and stick together to protect it, and many, like Comey, expect to make even more as consultants post-retirement. Who asks for their consulting services? Multi-national corporations and foreign governments. Hunter Biden acquired all kinds of international business interests just from hanging out with Dad - billions in business from both the Chinese and the Ukraine.  What he did was not necessarily illegal, but doesn’t pass the smell test. Chuck Shumer, appearing on Tucker Carlson, described the intelligence community as a “brotherhood” who “has six ways from Sunday of getting back at you” if you cross them. And the biggest way to cross them is to threaten their pensions and perks. 
 
The countries paying for this influence would also fight to protect their investments. China, for example, is not happy with Trump policies. China not only lobbies in DC, it’s starting to control Hollywood, which is anxious to tap into China’s burgeoning market. While the house, whose constituents expect representatives to back democracy, supports the Hong Kong protests, Hollywood and the famous do not. LeBron James, for example, criticized the protests (as if he knew anything about them) to protect the millions he earns doing commercials and appearances in China. Since Hollywood and leftist politicians hang out with each other, one can’t help but believe Democrats who appear to support Hong Kong either don’t mean it or aren’t long for the political world. 
 
Finally, because even the most ardent Democrat politician senses the American people would disapprove of their shenanigans at home and abroad, they accuse their opponents of doing what they themselves have done.  That’s how Hillary and the uranium deal turned into Trump and the Russians.  By accusing the president before he can accuse them, Democrats know that retaliation makes the accused come off like a five year old in a playground argument: “I know you are, but what am I?” They know if they attack hard enough, they don’t have to give reasons. And by doing so, they can keep the public mind from discovering the depth of the public trough. 
 
 
 
Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:06

Violent Transients

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Police, firefighters and hospital staff: Easy access to drugs, no consequences,lucrative panhandling attract transients to California

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