This is not a good bill in a perfect world. And many on the right are upset that Trump signed it given how much it gave to the Democrats. But Obama did hollow out the military worse than people know. And because it’s not a budget in the constitutional sense, just an “Omnibus”, there may be a lot of wiggle room that the Dems didn’t consider. (This is why they gave Obama no budgets during his 8 years)
Over at Conservative Treehouse, some commenters point out that not all is doom and gloom. Yes, we would want to have a better bill if we could get one. But we won’t get much more from our RINO Republicans who are still entrenched in the Congress. That said, we should remember that the rot against which we are fighting goes deep and a long way back. It will take a lot of time and effort to put things right. Remember that Bannon said that the Establishment would not give up easily. They will pull out all the stops to keep their power and position. This fight is still in its early stages. We have a long way to go.
For Trump, there is also a learning curve. Trump is new to politics. Some things take time. And there is a difference between a true budget and an omnibus.
The relevant part of the constitution discussing budgets is thus:
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of
Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the
Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from
time to time.
An omnibus doesn’t count as “a regular statement of account of receipts and expenditures.” That is why Congress never gave Obama a true budget. A real budget is strictly written; this bill is not. That gave Obama the freedom to spend as he wanted to, which of course he did.
Return of Kings has an article on Elisabeth Holmes and how she is getting a mere slap on the wrist despite the astonishing amount of money that was swindled from investors who put capital into her company, Theranos. It seems they put forth a bogus blood testing technology that everyone thought would be the next hot thing. But it was fake and even though she fleeced investors big time, she gets off because she is cute with blond hair.
Fraudster and STEM “It Girl” Elizabeth Holmes has settled a lawsuit with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a measly $500,000. This is despite the SEC stating that Holmes lied and otherwise deceived investors to the tune of $700 million, engaging in “massive fraud.” Her company, Theranos, promised to revolutionize the blood-testing industry, yet produced continuously faulty “medical” equipment and failed to respect legally required healthcare and laboratory standards. ROK has reported on this debacle over several years already.
Funnily enough, pharmaceutical executive and all-round shitlord Martin Shkreli, despised by leftists everywhere, was jailed for seven years this month. A court ruled that Shkreli fraudulently obtained $7 million through his hedge fund activities. It’s difficult to see why Elizabeth Holmes should not be in jail, too, and serving a much, much longer sentence than seven years.
Clearly, there is no joy in Mudville. The SJWs in the various agencies have been very, very naughty and their activities are now coming to light such that a whole lot of people are in deep trouble. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
What we have come to know is that during the years of the Obama administration, the cancer of treasonous leftism was spread far and wide in the federal bureaucracy such that no part of the government is now free of corruption. Some agencies have more and some less, but none seem to be immune from the pestilence of Marxist influence and political correctness that destroys everything that it touches. Michael Goodwin writes at The New York Post:
During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared “too big to fail.” Fearing that their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.
Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption. This time, the appropriate tag line is “too big to believe.”
Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a “secret society” and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.
If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president.
More support for this view involves the FBI’s use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It is almost certain that the FBI used the dossier to get FISA court warrants to spy on Trump associates, meaning it used the opposition research of the party in power to convince a court to let it spy on the candidate of the other party — likely without telling the court of the dossier’s political link.
Even worse, there is growing reason to believe that someone in President Barak Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign. An FBI informant has apparently informed Congress that a secret society at the FBI was holding secret meetings off-site after the election of Donald Trump. On Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday evening, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) called it “corruption of the highest levels of the FBI.”
If you don’t already have doubts about the general intelligence of these people, you should seriously reconsider your viewpoint. Despite their power and position, their wealth and their ivy league degrees, the fact remains that most of them are rather pedestrian in their thinking. In fact, one could argue that an ivy league degree is a serious disadvantage given that schools today are far more interested in the task of liberal/leftist indoctrination than in teaching students how to actually think rationally and without bias, and thereby to make accurate assessments about how current events and plans may play out in the future. Wishful thinking is no substitute for real knowledge and hard practical analysis.
Political correctness and the arrogance that goes along with it comes naturally to these people. Combine that with what AC says is a deficient amygdala and you get people who are so certain of their moral righteousness and mental superiority that they simply do not think that they could ever be caught red-handed or pay a price for their actions. As this unfolds, I believe that we will see many of these individuals learn a very different and hard lesson otherwise. And they will deserve every bit of it.
There was a great gnashing of teeth and clutching of pearls among the (((self-appointed elites))) when the subject of who should be allowed into the country and why came up in a White House meeting recently and The God Emperor was said to have been a bit disparaging of the countries of the 3rd world from whence most of our recent diversity have been imported.
The President wanted to know how it benefits us Americans to be bringing in so many of these people which would seem to be a reasonable question. Many regular people across the nation and particularly in fly-over-country have been asking these same questions for a very long time with no real response from our betters that does not involve them calling us “racists, bigots, trans-phobic, etc., etc.
But one of the things that we deplorables like about Trump is that culturally he is one of us and will not be shy about asking the obvious questions that (((the elites))) would rather not acknowledge and certainly do not want to address. And so we get the spectacle of leftists having a great hissy-fit on the question of just what constitutes a shit-hole and why would you want people from those places coming here anyway.
The truth of the matter is that the massive injection of diversity into the country in numbers great enough to seriously alter the character of the U.S. into something most people don’t want has been a major issue with the voters for some time now. It is also true that (((the elites))) have long been working to bring in these people against the wishes of the vast majority of the American people and they have no intention of stopping voluntarily. And that too is why we elected Trump.
This “fundamental transformation” of America can be traced back to the immigration act of 1965 that was signed into law by the Democrats of that era. I will have more to say on that later, but for now, it is very satisfying to see the left melting down because they were “triggered” by our President simply asking the kind of common-sense question that any of us would want to be answered. And as usual, they have no real answer.
There has been the usual and expected sound and fury from The Elite Media Monoculture concerning the new “book” from Washington insider (((Michael Wolff.))) Naturally the release of this “book” has had the effect of stimulating the leftists and elites to their usual frothy and spittle inducing rage to which we have become so accustom. (and which has become so tiresome)
As usual, however, we find that this “book” seems to be largely a fabrication from the mind of its author detailing not what is, but rather what the left and the elites would prefer reality to be. In other words, if it is a narrative you seek rather than the world that is, this “book” is for you.
At The Hill Sebastian Gorka brings us this essay in which he pulls apart some of the obvious lies from (((Mr. Wolff))) and shows us just how flimsy the most recent construction of the left really is and why no one of serious mind should give it any credence. Remarkably the “author” himself writes in the prologue to this “book” that nothing in it can be verified or proven and that the contents must be evaluated by the reader who will have to make up their own minds as to whether (((Mr. Wolff))) is telling them the truth or not. If you want to be taken seriously as a scholar and author, this is not the way to achieve that goal.
Unless we had a preexisting relationship, I didn’t trust any journalist. And if you came from an outlet that belonged to what President Trump calls #FakeNews, I really wasn’t interested in becoming your friend. To those few persistent journalists from news organs like the Washington Post who wouldn’t give up, I was upfront: Sorry, I don’t do “deep background” and I’m using my phone to record this conversation.
As a result, you’d never see Jim Acosta coming out of my office or Maggie Haberman buying me an espresso at Peet’s around the corner from the West Wing. So, when I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: “Thanks but no thanks.” Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased.
Now, the chattering classes are gripped in an hysterical fever over Wolff’s tell-all book, “Fire and Fury,” with Wolff actually saying that its publication will bring down the duly-elected president of the United States.
I refuse to buy the book of a man who so avowedly holds what, in a previous age, we would have called treasonous goals, but I have read the publicly released excerpts and therefore feel that we can all draw some practical conclusions.
First, Wolff is a partisan self-promoter with credibility issues the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time. We are used to Washington being divided, but the contents of this politically-motivated publication are so obviously false that the “swamp” has descended to a new unimaginable low with its release.
In this article from CNBC, we learn that a Harvard professor thinks it very likely that half of all colleges and universities will go out of business because of the development of online learning. And indeed, online education is far more cost-effective and convenient for many potential students. For many kinds of educational subjects, you really don’t need a physical building to go to as long as you have a computer and a connection to the internet. The costs of housing and transportation are eliminated and the tuition of such courses could be greatly reduced from the levels that we see now.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, but Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says that half are bound for bankruptcy in the next few decades.
Christensen is known for coining the theory of disruptive innovation in his 1997 book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” Since then, he has applied his theory of disruption to a wide range of industries, including education.
In his recent book, “The Innovative University,” Christensen and co-author Henry Eyring analyze the future of traditional universities, and conclude that online education will become a more cost-effective way for students to receive an education, effectively undermining the business models of traditional institutions and running them out of business.
The advertisement that is reproduced in the photograph here can be seen at many of the CTA train stops going into and out of the city. It caught my eye and so I took a quick shot of it and decided to write about it because it struck me as another scam on the part of the leftist educational institutions we suffer from today.
Education has become more and more expensive over the years; much more than it was back in the bad old days when I was a mere student in school. Even back then you had to spend a few dollars to take classes, but nothing like it is today. The government’s own economic involvement in higher education has had the effect of driving costs up by pumping money into the system in the form of student loans and grants to universities. Schools have taken this opportunity of federal funds being thrown their way to substantially raise tuition and other costs and pass those costs on to gullible students. The debt is held by the students of course and they have to pay back the government since during the Obama administration the feds took over the student loan business. Good for the schools and the government, but not as good for the students who are frequently saddled with debt that they can’t pay back.
It’s not that I am against higher education overall, but I think in this day and age you should be very careful how you spend the hard earned money that schools demand for their educational products. I can’t see this as anything other than a way to fleece students by providing them with yet another high priced worthless degree. And it is a fact that many students today lack the judgment and temperament to distinguish between those degrees that are actually worth something and those that are a massive waste of money.
Because really, what are you going to do with a Social Justice Warrior degree? If you want to be valuable in the job market today, you need to have a skill set that is in demand. The obvious ones are in STEM fields, but even if that’s not to your liking, there are other jobs for those who can provide a valuable service in areas such as the trades, where people are also in high demand. Businesses need talented and trained individuals to do a variety of different kinds of jobs. And in the age of the internet, it’s not really that difficult to do a bit of research to find out what skills are in demand. But I think it is safe to say that meddling SJWs are probably not the next big growth industry. Quite the contrary.
For SJWs don’t really produce anything and in fact are destructive of business and commerce wherever they go. Vox has made the point that D.C. and Marvel Comics are being destroyed by Social Justice Warriors as their revenues plummet. No normal person wants to see the kind of politically correct heroes that they are now pushing on the public. The traditional ones have been replaced with new ones that normal people find repulsive. And the decline of old standards like Star Wars has been covered elsewhere. Other industries have been seriously harmed by the left when they have come to dominate in those areas; education, legacy media and Hollywood for example.
Leftists don’t really like business or success or real economic progress and advancement. They are permanently unhappy people and find it seriously painful to observe other people being happy and prosperous. And so they have to find ways to destroy those things while trying to convince others that they are engaged in some sort of higher moral purpose. That’s an excuse of course, but they can’t just come out and admit that they hate you because you are normal and successful. They have to hide behind some sort of byzantine rationalization for why they always have to screw things up for you and me.
And having a high-priced degree saying that you know how to be a professional screw-up seems to me the ultimate in rationalizations.
VDARE provides us a break-down of the loss in the Alabama Senate race and shows once again why you can never rely on the GOP establishment to fight for the right. And in this case, a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign still managed to come within a razor’s edge of winning despite an incompetent race.
Ultimately, however, the Republican Establishment is to blame for Moore’s defeat. Rather than defending their candidate, they ran for cover following the early MSM attacks, thus emboldening the Democrats and encouraging them to pour in money and resources. A united front from day one would have prevented this from even being a contest. They have completely failed to learn the lesson of the 2016 campaign: courage Trumps cowardice.