All the Clowns Aren’t in the Circus (Some are on the Bench)

When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed on Sunday it marked the end of an era.  But never fear, those ever-popular clowns are still with us.  They lack the grease paint, rubber noses, and orange hair that made us laugh.  In fact, these clowns aren’t funny at all.  They sit on the federal courts at virtually every level.

Perhaps the best known are the clowns on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who refused to overturn a federal clown in Seattle who barred President Trump’s travel ban and are now wrestling with essentially the same issue from a clown on the bench in Hawaii involving travel ban number 2.

After hearing arguments, they are currently preforming twists and turns, like those high-flying circus trapeze artists that entertained us under the Big Top for more than 146 years, sans the tight sequined outfits.   Continue reading “All the Clowns Aren’t in the Circus (Some are on the Bench)”

Independent Counsel? Where’s the Crime?

There are growing calls for an independent counsel or prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia connection in the 2016 presidential election.  Everyone, it seems, has in interest in one.

For the media it is more fuel to feed the 24-hour news cycle.

For Democrats, it keeps the idea alive that something beyond their control caused their candidate to lose.  It couldn’t be because Hillary Clinton was deeply flawed, universally disliked, and couldn’t be trusted.  It couldn’t be that their message of higher taxes, bigger government and gender-neutral restrooms just fell flat.  It had to be something more sinister.

And for Republicans, it’s the need to simply move on.  Continue reading “Independent Counsel? Where’s the Crime?”

Big Bird: You’re Fired!

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cutting out waste in the federal government.  The ink wasn’t dry when the Washington Post trotted out Big Bird, the affable “Sesame Street” figure who has been used to blunt past efforts to cut unnecessary government programs.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-big-bird-hes-survived-the-budget-ax-many-times-before/2017/03/13/f5c1c94a-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c6a28dc55b29

“Sesame Street” has millions of fans and I am one of them, but this bird is a fat cat!  It’s time we recognize that his life and our lives will not change if we cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and all the rest. Continue reading “Big Bird: You’re Fired!”

Illegal Aliens and Welfare Queens (and Kings)

Last night, President Trump restated his plans to shore up our borders and stop the flow of illegal aliens flooding into the country.   Republicans jumped to their feet to applaud his words.   However, some of those who stood did so reluctantly.

If we could zoom in for a closer look, we would find many of those lawmakers with their finger’s crossed behind their backs.   That’s because if they back this president, there will be hell to pay from many of their big business donors if the flow of illegal immigrants is slowed or stopped completely.   Their supply of cheap labor will dry up.  Who will clean the toilets, man the car washes?  Who will pick our fruits and vegetables?   Who will fill the low-skilled jobs in our factories?

The reality is that many of those jobs may go unfilled if there is not a companion effort to reform — really reform — welfare.     Continue reading “Illegal Aliens and Welfare Queens (and Kings)”

Flynn’s Dismissal Highlights the Difference Between Obama and Trump

Donald Trump lost a valuable member of his team when Michael Flynn was forced to fall on his sword and resign as his national security advisor.  Flynn’s crime had nothing to do with the Russians, but his failure to tell the truth about his December conversation with Sergey Kislyak.

One can appreciate Flynn’s hesitancy to tell (then) Vice-president Elect Mike Pence that he had discussed the sanctions Obama had recently imposed on Russia with the Kremlin Ambassador.  It wasn’t illegal.  In fact, it was to be expected that Flynn would be laying the groundwork for what lies ahead.   However, in light of all the accusations about Russia’s attempt to skew our election in favor of Trump, Flynn probably wanted to avoid throwing unnecessary fuel on that media-fanned fire.

Does anyone remember that cosy little conversation Barack Obama had in March of 2012 with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the global nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea?  Obama was caught on tape asking Medvedev to ask his successor, Vladimir Putin, to give hims “space” until after the November election when he would have more flexibility to deal with thorny issues like missile defense.   Continue reading “Flynn’s Dismissal Highlights the Difference Between Obama and Trump”

How to Stop the Democrat Party’s Temper Tantrums

Never before have we witnessed such petty behavior by a losing party following a presidential election.  Traditionally, this is a time for the nation, led by our representatives in Washington, to come together in a spirt of bipartisanship and renew our efforts to work together to build a better, stronger and more prosperous country that works for every American.

It’s called the honeymoon period for good reason.  It is time to put aside the hurts leftover from the campaign in an effort to govern.   It is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.  It is a time to put aside any differences that remain and help the new president get off to a good start for the sake of all concerned.

Instead, the Democrats, who were soundly defeated at every level of government, have staged a prolonged temper tantrum, playing the role of obstructionists at every turn.   Some 70 lawmakers refused to show up for the inauguration.  Then, they slow-walked the effort of Donald Trump to put his cabinet in place.   Most of Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks were approved by voice vote within a few days.  Did the Republicans like his choices or agree with their objectives?  Not at all, but they respected his right to select the team that would help him govern.

Now, many of those same Democratic congressmen and senators have decided to boycott President’s Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on the 28th of this month when he will lay out his vision for the country.   What can they possibly hope to gain for their constituents  by burning the bridges of communication?  Why are they fanning the flames of disappointment and discontent?

Last week, Fox News Cannel’s Neil Cavuto had a jaw-dropping interview with Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, that held the answer. Continue reading “How to Stop the Democrat Party’s Temper Tantrums”

How to Stop the Democratic Party’s Temper Tantrums

Never before have we witnessed such petty behavior by a losing party following a presidential election.  Traditionally, this is a time for the nation, led by our representatives in Washington, to come together in a spirt of bipartisanship and renew our efforts to work together to build a better, stronger and more prosperous country that works for every American.

It’s called the honeymoon period for good reason.  It is time to put aside the hurts leftover from the campaign in an effort to govern.   It is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.  It is a time to put aside any differences that remain and help the new president get off to a good start for the sake of all concerned.

Instead, the Democrats, who were soundly defeated at every level of government, have staged a prolonged temper tantrum, playing the role of obstructionists at every turn.   Some 70 lawmakers refused to show up for the inauguration.  Then, they slow-walked the effort of Donald Trump to put his cabinet in place.   Most of Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks were approved by voice vote within a few days.  Did the Republicans like his choices or agree with their objectives?  Not at all, but they respected his right to select the team that would help him govern.

Now, many of those same Democratic congressmen and senators have decided to boycott President’s Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on the 28th of this month when he will lay out his vision for the country.   Continue reading “How to Stop the Democratic Party’s Temper Tantrums”