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Will The Supreme Court Get Involved in an Electoral College Issue From 2016?

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The year 2016 was a doozy of an election on the national level. Donald Trump surprised a lot of people ( including myself) when he won the Presidency and made Hillary a two-time loser in POTUS runs. The reason why Trump was able to pull off this feat was because of two simple words.

Electoral College.

I have written here at Red State before about this…READ  Yuck: Colorado Decides To Bypass The Electoral College With National Popular Vote and the reason why it needs to be preserved.

Now a new challenge is possibly facing a showdown in the United States Supreme Court and it could radically alter how we have done elections in this country for over 240 years.

According to…CNN

Three presidential electors in Washington state who voted for Colin Powell in 2016 rather than Hillary Clinton and were fined under state law, are asking the US Supreme Court to take up their appeal and decide whether a state can bind an elector to vote for the state’s popular vote winner.

“The original text of the Constitution,” their lawyers argued in court papers filed Monday afternoon, “secures to electors the freedom to vote as they choose.”

If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the appeal of the so-called “faithless electors,” it could thrust the justices into yet another high-passion political fight in the heat of the 2020 presidential election. It comes as some predict that the volatile political atmosphere and disputes over redistricting could further emphasize the role of the Electoral College in the upcoming election.

The states have always run federal elections. However, with this new wrinkle, the states would pick people who then do not have to abide by the state’s very own rules if the faithless electors are ruled constitutional on a federal level.

The 10th amendment to the United States Consitution declares that…

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Even though people have argued that the 12th amendment was passed to deal with some complications in the process of federal elections it does not specifically say how states were to deal with the rules for selecting electors. That, at least in my mind would mean that the states get to pick the process.

However, can you imagine a scenario where 10 or 12 states have a different processes to pick and allow electors to do what they want? That would be an epic mess.

I am fascinated about this whole process and will keep an eye on what SCOTUS decides to do. I don’t think they have much choice to take it up and we will see soon enough.

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Worse Than Bad Legislation? Lobbyists Writing Multiple Bad Executive Power Grabs

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Barack Obama spent his first two years as President – enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress that was as awful for America as he was.

The Democrat Congress passed a lot of really awful legislation – which Obama very happily signed.

We the People loathed said legislation.  So We incepted the Tea Party Movement – and elected a Republican House majority the very next chance we had.

We did this – to impede the previously unimpeded flow of really awful Democrat legislation to which we had been subjected.

Obama’s response to our electoral blockade?  Let’s just say it wasn’t self-reflective – or respectful of our wishes:

“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation….I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone.  And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions….”

But wait a second….  Here’s Obama in 2008 – running for the gig:

“We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.”

I much prefer Obama – Edition 2008.

Why any Republican would seek to emulate Obama 2.0’s executive fiat policy – is light years beyond me.

But that’s exactly what some Republicans may be trying to do.

Some Republicans have thankfully gained no traction with their Elephant colleagues on a really awful bill….

Why Are Some Republicans Looking To Add More Government To Health Care?

Why Do Republicans #Persist In Adding Government To Health Care?:

“Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.  Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision.  His very own title – admits the inherent error.

“‘Lower Health Care Costs Act’ Aims to End Surprise Billing

“Your legislation ‘aims to end surprise billing’ – ?!?

“Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.

“Obamacare aimed to ‘reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.’  They DOUBLED.

“I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater.  Yet that’s what it’s done.

“Yet Senator Alexander #Persists.”

While Alexander #Persists in the Senate – Texas Republican Congressman Kevin Brady may be in the throes of #Persist in the House.  And may be – looking to go one awful step farther.

Massachusetts Democrat Congressman Richard Neal realizes this legislative duck his dead.  So Neal is looking to end run the Congress to which he was elected – and obviously shouldn’t have been:

“House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is proposing a new way to move forward on crafting rules to protect patients from surprise medical bills….

“In a letter to Democratic lawmakers…Neal is proposing a new solution that would essentially punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.

“The committee would come up with recommendations that would then be issued in a regulation from the administration.”

This is a Congressman – and the Chairman of an allegedly important Committee.  His constituents elected him to the Legislative Branch – thinking they were electing someone to draft and vote upon legislation.

And this person is looking to “punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.”

Which is an entire gaggle of people – whom NO ONE ELECTED.

This is an unelected gaggle – made up of industry lobbyists…and career Swamp bureaucrats.

Now, we know lobbyists write most of the bills Congress extrudes. Here, gone is even the pretense of legislators legislating.

This unelected gaggle would draft a…not a bill, because that’s what Neal and his colleagues are supposed to draft.  This unelected gaggle would draft a…something.

And then the three departments’ worth of unelected bureaucrats – would unilaterally impose what they’ve unilaterally concocted.

NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with the Constitution – or the representative republic the Constitution created.

If We the People don’t like what these clowns have done to us – we can’t do a thing about it.

Where are the Republicans on this unilateral assault on our Constitution, government and freedom?

The answer isn’t heartening:

“Neal wrote in the letter that he is ‘optimistic’ that Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas), the top Republican on the committee, will agree to his proposal.

“‘Committee Republicans support banning surprise medical billing to protect patients and look forward to reviewing the details of this and other possible solutions to solve this problem in a balanced way for the American people,’ a Brady spokesperson said.”

HARD NO, Congressman Brady.

The ONLY government attempt – MUST come directly from the Legislative Branch.

Your inability to pass this awful piece of legislation – is what the FBI used to call a clue.

You can’t pass this awful piece of legislation – because members of the Legislative Branch have rightly deemed it awful.

This is supposed to mean – the bill dies.

It is NOT an invitation to outsource your gigs.

It is NOT an invitation to hand off crafting law – to unelected lobbyists and bureaucrats.

It is NOT an invitation to the impose this unconstitutional creation – via Obama-esque unilateral fiats.

Congress:

Do your jobs.

Which very often means – doing nothing at all.

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Tea Party Group Demands Adam Schiff Be Investigated For Impeachment Inquiry

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NOW, this is really turning into a brawl.

On Tuesday a letter was received by the Office of Congressional Ethics in regards to the behavior of Congressman Adam Schiff who is a Democrat from California and also the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The letter was sent by the Tea Party Patriots Action and they want Adam to be taken to the woodshed.

According to Fox News

“Rep. Schiff has repeatedly made false statements to the public and the media in his capacity as Ranking Member and now Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” Jenny Beth Martin, the honorary chairman of the Tea Party Patriots, wrote in her letter.

Martin added: “These instances of blatantly false and misleading statements – as well as Rep. Schiff’s ongoing misuse of his power and authority on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to advance his partisan political interests, his fabrication of testimony, and his overt efforts to seek incriminating information from Ukrainian sources about the President of the United States – bring into question Rep. Schiff’s suitability to continue to serve as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in particular when the critical subject that Rep. Schiff is making much of relates to the Ukraine.”

Schiff was a constant voice howling to anyone in the media during the Russian collusion investigation that you just had to wait until Robert Mueller and his team turned over that report. Even after Mueller released the report and found no collusion he still was saying that “Undoubtedly there is collusion,” AFTER A.G. Barr released a summary that the report later verified that there was not.

You might think he would have learned from that debacle and have taken a step back and relax.

Nope.

As Jenny Beth Martin indicates from her letter above, it seems Chairman Schiff might have totally missed the life lesson here and double-downed on his Trump Derangement Syndrome. Hopefully, his Congressional gold plated health care plan covers that.

Schiff embarrassed himself with his made-up conversation that he read aloud last week during a meeting of his committee, where he imagined a phone call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Trump. Schiff later claimed it was meant as satire but he gave no indication of that before or after the reading of it. Also, no one from Saturday Night Live picked up the phone to offer him a job so you know that is was really bad and was not even remotely funny.

Also, his getting duped by two Russian Howard Stern wanna be’s doing a  prank caller about getting compromising photos of Trump shows that he is in way over his head. That does not bode well for someone who sees a lot of TOP SECRET material vital to this nation’s national security.

That Nancy Pelosi has not yet pulled the plug on his antics is surprising. This also indicates that while Pelosi was trying to slow-walk impeachment talk after the Russian collusion story failed, she is now double-downed to go after Trump in this manner. Even if she has to stomach the misfires of Adam Schiff.

The O.C.E. is supposed to be one of those arms in the legislative branch that operates as an impartial referee and calls as they see it. I would really love to say that this will get a fair shake and Schiff will be punished for his odd behavior over the past two years. Unfortunately, I don’t have the confidence that will happen.

Hopefully, more groups will follow the T.P.P. lead and demand that some sort of action is taken to reign in this weird behavior of Schiff.

If not he will continue to try out his comedy routine on deadly serious matters to this country and no one will be laughing about the result.

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Bob Barr, Who Served as Impeachment Manager for Clinton’s Trial, Speaks Out on Whether Trump is Impeachable

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Bob Barr knows a thing or two about impeachment.

The former Georgia representative and federal prosecutor served as impeachment manager in the Senate trial of Bill “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” Clinton.

In an editorial for The Daily Caller, Bob lays it out: The facts as we know them regarding Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky simply don’t add up to impeachment.

No federal laws were broken, he explains. The President didn’t even get near an impeachable offense.

In fact, in Bob’s view, Trump was doing exactly what he should — telling Ukraine the White House was geting serious about corruption:

Our president made clear he was referring to evidence that Ukrainian interests had been involved corruptly in our 2016 election, and that a high government official in our country — former Vice President Joe Biden — had improperly interfered with that country’s effort to discover and prosecute corrupt acts.

Of course, not everyone feels the same — perhaps not entirely coincidentally, a lot of those are Democrats.

But Bob particularly addresses Libertarian Andrew Napolitano’s claim that the call’s transcript incriminates the President in terms of both federal violation and impeachable offense.

Indeed, Andrew believes Trump’s actions are a bullseye:

But Bob says Biden ‘s involvement is incidental, and it doesn’t rightfully prevent Trump from taking care of business:

The fact that one focus of Trump’s demands that Ukraine clean up its act as a prerequisite to continued support from America might also involve an individual now seeking to challenge Trump for the presidency, does not in any way diminish or undercut the propriety of Trump’s insistence that the Ukrainian president take steps to get to the bottom of what corruption already had occurred involving the two countries; and also to ensure that going forward the same corrupt acts would not recur.

To claim, as many have done — including Napolitano — that it is a crime for Trump to insist that Ukraine investigate past corrupt acts involving the United States, and that the country stop doing so moving forward, simply because Joe Biden now has chosen to challenge Trump politically next year, undercuts the very power of a president to protect our country from foreign interference and to investigate corrupt acts by former U.S. officials. Biden is deserving of no such self-imposed immunity.

Interesting point.

The former congressman labels the call for impeachment “absurd.”

It certainly does, in my view, look to be far from advantageous for Democrats. But they’re in the soup now.

Trump’s adversaries have talked so big that it appears detrimental to turn back now. At the same time, though, they’re killing Biden as a candidate in the process.

What’s better — to come up with a way for you to win, or to obsess over making your opponent lose? Dems have gone with the latter, and they’re only serving up another GOP victory and 4 more years of writhing in electoral agony.

If they hate Trump so much, it seems they should’ve been turning over every rock in America in order to come up with a superior offering for 2020. Concurrently, they could’ve given the country positive legislative changes to bolster their claim of superiority.

Instead, it’s been years of firing arrows at The Donald.

But he’s hard to hit…because he has moves:



Many folks thought Hillary had ’em, but I think they ended up coming across as too weird:

And now, here we are. And Bob believes Trump should be fine.

“Trump was acting responsibly and presidential,” he insists. “He deserves our appreciation, not our opprobrium.”

Do you agree?

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Mitch McConnell: Impeachment Is The Ravings Of A ‘Left-Wing Mob’

Spurred By Mania, Hillary Clinton Calls For The Constitution To Be Shredded If It Can’t Impeach Trump For His Crimes

Hillary: Trump Knows He Really Lost. Joy Behar: ‘He Has Every Criminal Working For Him.’ Baghdad Bob: ‘Saddam Won!’

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Abby Huntsman on ‘The View’: Trump and Crew’s ‘Campaign of Confusion’ Will Sucker the Careless Dolts Who Support Him

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How might that hideous monstrosity, The Donald, get re-elected?

The View’s Abby Huntsman may be on to the scent of just such a way of wizardry: confusion.

On the show Monday, the talkfesters discussed the emergence of a second whistleblower amid the hubbub of Trump’s alleged extortion via Alexander Graham Bell.

Co-host Sunny Hostin asserted the President’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky regarding the Biden family was likely heard firsthand by whistler #2:

“[The second whistle-blower is very important because that person apparently has firsthand knowledge of the phone call so, that implies that that person was on the call.”

Are people going to care? Abby — who’s from Philadelphia — realizes a Big Apple TV studio ain’t America:

“But here’s what I would say, and I was talking to friends at home, and I realize the way we talk about it in these studios in New York City is oftentimes different than how people are feeling about it. And I’m now convinced he’s probably going to win re-election. I do.”


Luckily for the President, I guess, people are dumb:

“I think that what they’re doing right now is a campaign of confusion which, frankly, they’re very good at doing. I think they are very clever because there’s no way to dig out of this hole. And they know that, so what they’re saying is ‘Let’s try and confuse the American people.’”

And everybody knows how Trump supporters are — they’re knee-jerking to their hatred of them-there medias:

“They will always have, they will always have a forty percent support base. People that can’t stand the media, that can’t stand the liberals, and so if they go out there and the Trump loyals say, ‘Look, this was a joke all along. It was actually Ukraine that interfered in the elections,’ people are going to believe what they want to hear. People will believe what they want to hear.”

Joy Behar added, “They don’t care.”

That’s the reality, Abby noted:

“Look, I find this, I find this serious, but I also think we need to live in reality and where we are, and there are some people that will let this slide.”

Plus, Trump’s super good at sociopathically trickin’ those dipsticks. Joy said it:

“It’s very easy to muddy the waters and obfuscate when you are shameless and a liar.”

For at least some in Congress supporting the President, it’s all about dishonesty and cowardice:

“They’re shameless, and they’re lying. Just watch (Ohio Rep.) Jim Jordan, watch (Wisconsin Sen.) Ron Johnson. These people are shameless. They’re cowards.”

People certainly are confused. Trump isn’t even American, for Pete’s sake:

“They’re sticking behind somebody that they know is unpatriotic, that is not American, and they’re doing it anyway.

So watch out, y’all dummies — the Commander-in-Chief’s idiotic appeal is coming to an empty skull near — or inside — you:

“So go ahead, keep lying and muddy the waters, and see how dumb Americans are. That’s what they’re trying to do.”

Now that you’ve been tipped off, maybe you can avoid being suckered.

So lay back, relax, and smartly welcome President Elizabeth Warren.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article:

Joy Behar Knows: If The Hurricane Had Hit A Country Full Of Only White People, Trump Would Let Them All Come Here

Amid Absolute Absurdity, Thursday’s Debate Spotlighted America As A Shining City Upon A Hill

The Fight Continues: Arnold Schwarzenegger Claims President Trump Is In Love With Him

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Trump Is Correct on Net Neutrality Court Win – But That Wasn’t the Whole Ruling

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President Donald Trump early Monday morning Tweeted:

“We just WON the big court case on Net Neutrality Rules! A great win for the future and speed of the internet. Will lead to many big things including 5G. Congratulations to the FCC and its Chairman, Ajit Pai!”

All of which is absolutely correct.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit did in fact rule the Trump Administration’s decision to undo the Barack Obama Administration’s unilateral, illegal imposition of the ridiculous Network Neutrality – was Constitutional and legal.

The courts upholding the Trump Administration restoring order – after lawless Obama Administration illegal, unilateral power grabs – is by no means a fait d’acomppli.

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Attempt to End DACA

The Obama Administration – under its unilateral, illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – declared ill-defined, amorphous amnesty from prosecution for millions of illegal aliens.

Somehow, multiple clowns in gowns have ruled the Trump Administration’s attempt to revert to immigration law actually passed by our elected Congress – is illegal.  The courts – are thereby codifying the Obama Administration’s lawlessness.

So we are thankful for the DC Circuit’s excellent tether to Constitutional sanity with its Net Neutrality rollback ruling.

Most unfortunately, the Court left open a hole huge enough for a Leftist caravan to roll on through:

“The federal appeals court’s decision upheld the FCC’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service as an information service, rather than as a telecommunications service, but argued that states can pass their own net neutrality legislation.”

Emphasis ours – because that is a TERRIBLE ruling:

“This…(is) a clear violation of the (Constitution’s) Commerce Clause:

‘[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.’

“The Commerce Clause was – like all of the Constitution – a government-limiting entry. It was written to prevent states from big-government-imposing barriers to interstate commerce.

“How to Understand the Commerce Clause in One Simple Sentence:

“‘Congress has the authority to regulate trade between the states; or in other words, the process of goods and services moving from one state to another. Not the products themselves. Not the process of creating those products. Just the act of the products moving from state to state. That’s it.’

“Get that eminent simplicity?

“Let us…focus on the ‘trade between the states…(and) the process of goods and services moving from one state to another.’

“Bits on the Internet – criss-cross state and international borders hundreds of millions of times a second.

“To think that a single U.S. state here or there has the prerogative to regulate something that is so obviously a Commerce-Clause-federal-responsibility – is warped, ideological nonsense.

“It violates both the letter and the spirit of the deregulatory Commerce Clause.

“Because it exponentially grows government.”

Indeed it does.  To trained lawyers appointed as judges – all of this should be quite obvious:

“(T)he WORLD Wide Web is clearly a federal government issue.  The Feds determine our nation’s Internet policy.  And then The Feds negotiate Internet interactions with other nations.”

The federal government cannot successfully do that – if its policy is incessantly being exceeded or undercut by a state here or there.

State-by-State Net Neutrality Laws Breakdown:

“More than half of states in America are opposing the FCC’s ‘Internet Freedom’ bill with local Net Neutrality state laws.”

Washington Governor Signs First State Net Neutrality Bill

California’s Net Neutrality Bill Is Back and as Tough as Ever:

“‘This will be the most comprehensive and the strongest net neutrality protection in the United States, where we are restoring what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated net neutrality,’ (Democrat state Senator Scott) Wiener told reporters….”

So the DC Circuit Court’s ruling – undercuts its ruling.

Their Honors ruled the Trump Administration can restore order – until the many states destroy order.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – will be forced to deal with an insane patchwork quilt of fifty different Net Neutrality regulatory regimes.

Complying with this nightmare mess – is going to cost ISPs a LOT of time and money.

Time and money I’d rather them spend – on increasing speeds and decreasing prices.

The federal government will have to take this titanic mishmash of fifty-state-regime Brunswick Stew (a dish famous for containing any and everything).  And try to cobble together a semi-coherent federal policy.  So as to try to incorporate our Internet – with the rest of the planet’s Internet.

Are you familiar with the expression…?

A Camel Is a Horse Designed by a Committee:

“An expression critical of committees – or by analogy, group decision-making – by emphasizing the ineffectiveness of incorporating too many conflicting opinions into a single project through compromise.

“In this figure of speech, the distinguishing features of a camel, such as its humps and poor temperament, are taken to be the deformities that resulted from its poor design.”

Imagine a REALLY surly camel – with fifty different humps.

That will be US Internet policy.

An incoherent mess.  Caused by federal officials having to constantly look over their shoulders for fifty different, often shifting Net Neutrality regulatory mandates.

Rather than looking forward – at how to best situate US in the global Internet regime.

This ain’t great for our nation.

This ain’t in compliance with the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

The latter, of course – guarantees the former.

Because, as always – the further we get from Constitutional compliance…the worse things get for us all.

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Nick Hargrave: Why Special Advisers should neither be seen nor heard

Nick Hargrave is a former Downing Street special adviser, where he worked under both David Cameron and Theresa May. He now works at Portland, the communications consultancy.

It is often remarked by commentators that the United Kingdom is following the lead of the United States towards a culture war on values. As I have written previously, I think this is overblown.  However, one trend that we are certainly aping in this country is that of the public-facing political aide; where senior advisers to politicians comment on behalf of their boss in the media and play a role in shaping on-the-record debate. A variation of this theme is the ‘briefing out’ of what an adviser is reputed to believe or have said – which has developed over several years and predates the current Prime Minister.

There are superficial attractions to this approach. As a former special adviser in Downing Street, I remember the occasional frustration of watching elected politicians carry a message badly. There is the fact that many stories on process are unworthy for politicians to comment on – the public tune out and it detracts from a retail message – but yet a vacuum from central government is unhelpful too. And there is a convincing argument that a pantomime villain special adviser can act as a lightning rod for opprobrium that would otherwise be directed at the principal.

In the long-term though, I believe this development will do more harm than good. I will refrain from comments about personality and focus instead on structural points.

First, unlike the United States, we do not have a clean-cut separation of powers between the executive and the legislative. The Prime Minister is by convention first among equals in the largest parliamentary party. On most areas of policy, he or she cannot rule alone by executive order and decree. He relies on elected colleagues to support his agenda and give it legislative weight. Recent attempts to circumvent this process have been blocked by the Supreme Court.

Number 10’s influence is best exercised as a convening power behind the scenes rather than from the pulpit on the airwaves. This is especially true in the current dynamic of a deadlocked parliament on an unprecedented constitutional issue. Political advisers who rise above the parapet with attributable views of their own about the governing process risk accentuating the gap between the Prime Minister and the MPs he needs to persuade. Unless the Prime Minister is returned with an overwhelming majority after the next general election, this tension could well continue as the terms of our future relationship with the EU are negotiated.

Second, beyond the immediate Brexit debate and looking over a greater number of years, I fear this trend will end up lessening the quality of elected representatives further. Senior special advisers are already paid more than a backbench MP and can have a great deal of influence on policy behind the scenes. If you remove another division between the job of politician and political adviser – the licence to communicate your views and engage with the electorate in the public sphere – then it is understandable why those with the greatest talent will opt for the latter. This would not be a positive development in the long-run for a parliamentary democracy.

Third, I suspect there will also be implications for the quality and impartiality of the civil service. The relationship between special advisers and civil servants has always been a complicated one, premised around a long-standing competition for primacy. If special advisers become active and recognisable participants in political debate themselves then that question becomes increasingly settled in favour of the special adviser.

You can make a legitimate argument that there are plenty of deadwood civil servants knocking around Whitehall, and that political staffers have been equally poor at setting strategic direction in recent years. But we should look to avoid a situation where talented civil servants feel unable to give impartial advice directly to a minister without clearing it through a special adviser first. Recent examples from history suggests that this does not lead to good results.

Fourth, I am not sure that a public role for advisers is healthy for the balance between policy and process in media coverage. It is a truism much invoked over the years that the Westminster lobby are obsessed by process and that it is difficult to get them to cover the issues advanced by the political parties. The public presence of those involved in said process only encourages such behaviour.

Consider for example – according to the Factiva database – that the Prime Minister’s senior adviser’s name has featured over 2,500 times over the last three months in articles in UK national titles. The phrase “knife crime” meanwhile has featured about 1,000 times; “HS2” about 800 times. There are limitations to this crude quantitative exercise but the point is hopefully clear.

Fifth, Her Majesty’s Government runs the risk of creating confused signals to external players whether they be markets, investors or overseas governments. If the Prime Minister states his view on a subject is ‘X’ and then a political adviser with close proximity uses different emphasis around the point – then you are going to get a confusing picture. Observers will probe more deeply into the uneasy question of who the primary decision maker is and who speaks with greater authority. This has not been a purely hypothetical matter in recent weeks and there are implications for the United Kingdom’s reputation for predictability and certainty.

The old saying goes that all political careers end in failure eventually. So it is perhaps unsurprising that special advisers who develop a public profile have tended to follow a similar course. That is a matter for the individuals concerned. However, the longer-term consequences for parliamentary democracy are a matter for all of us. Robert Massie once observed that there would have been no Lenin without Rasputin. Given that our political heritage is a lot more enviable than that of Tsarist Russia, we should try to avoid repeating history’s mistakes.

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President Trump DARES Nancy Pelosi To Hold An Impeachment Vote

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Your move Nancy

You just knew this was coming.

You knew the push back from the White House on the impeachment thing was going to happen and it looks like in the wake of the Kurt Volker testimony today on the hill falling flat ( My colleague Bonchie covered that here Kurt Volker’s Testimony Appears To Have Left Adam Schiff Scrambling) the White House is ready to launch in classic Trump style.

With a dare.

Axios   is now reporting that the White House will release a letter daring San Fran Nan to take a vote and get this party started.

From the article…

The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers’ demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.

*Trump wants to force House Democrats in vulnerable races to be on the record if they favor pursuing impeachment, these sources tell us.

*Republicans also say the minority party can exert more influence over hearings and other aspects of an inquiry once it is formalized with a vote.

*By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.”

Pelosi is clearly betting now that without a vote this will end up in the courts and bog this process down. She can then claim to the “Squad” and their supporters that she did all she could and the Democrats will need to beat Trump at the ballot box in 2020. Otherwise, she should hold the vote which historically has been done and limits what the executive branch can do but ALSO gives the minority in the House some more power than they have now.

This is actually a shrewd move by Nancy.

However, Trump and his team once again are going to seize the P.R high ground with this letter. Even poor Jim Acosta over at CNN will be sputtering about why arent the Democrats taking a vote to squash this Presidency.

If the Speaker of the House is so confident in the bill of goods that Adam Schiff sold her than she should follow precedent and open an impeachment inquiry with a vote of the full house and roll the dice as they say.

Unless of course, she doesn’t want to take the Trump triple dog dare challenge.

The way the Russian collusion thing fell apart you can’t really blame her if she doesn’t.

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A Federal Judge Stops Georgia’s Stringent Abortion Law, and One Senator Must be Saying a Prayer of Thanks

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On Tuesday, a federal judge instated a block against Georgia’s fetal heartbeat bill.

The law was set for effect on January 1st, but U.S. District Judge Steve Jones put a temporary hold on it.

As reported by Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in June over the legislation.

Except in cases of rape or incest officially reported to police, H.B. 481 bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected.

ACLU of Georgia Legal Director Sean Young told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday’s decision was a triumph for women:

“Today is a tremendous victory for the women of Georgia and for the Constitution. Politicians have no business telling women or couples when to start or expand a family. This case has always been about one thing: letting her decide.”

A spokesperson for Brian Kemp, the Republican governor who signed the bill, said his administration is dedicated to its pro-life position:

“We are currently reviewing Judge Jones’ decision. Despite today’s outcome, we remain confident in our position. We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper.”

Congressional Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand is surely relieved by the judge’s decision. For her, it’s a downright answer to prayer — in May, the senator told the world being pro-abortion was the duty of every Christian:

“If you are a person of the Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will. One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people. And I think [the heartbeat law] is an example of that effort.”

As I pointed out at the time:

I’d like to take a moment and point out that, irrespective of any political issue, that statement made absolutely no logical sense.

In response to this latest judicial turn, Planned Parenthood East’s Barbara Ann Luttrell celebrated on behalf of folks nationwide:

“This is a victory for Georgia and people all across the country. We promise the people we serve and the people across the state to protect access to abortion, and together we have.”

Barbara was down and out just months ago amid a wave of pro-life legislation, lamenting, “We’ve never seen it this bad.”

She shouldn’t get too comfortable — the block is, of course, only temporary.

Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox also championed the move, reminding America how abortion should be:

“To the countless Georgians who spoke out against this ban and were ignored, we promised to keep fighting every step of the way and we have. … To Governor Kemp, we promised to see you in court, and we did. But most importantly, to our patients, we promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion and together we have.”

“Safe and legal” — as recently as 2008, Hillary Clinton reiterated that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Democrats seem to be drifting away from that last part.

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Amazon Is So Huge – It Dictates Terms to Almost Everyone on Almost Everything

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The Crony Joke’s On Us

 

One of the very many national course corrections President Donald Trump is making – is renegotiating REALLY-bad-for-US global trade deals.

We have been the planet’s largest economy for more than half a century.  Our current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $19.4 trillion.

And our trade deals – look like we have the purchasing power of a five-year-old with an empty piggy bank.

So Trump renegotiates.

But President Trump has repeatedly assured everyone on the planet:

“The word ‘reciprocal’ is the most important word with Donald Trump when it comes to what the subject….  I want reciprocal. If they’re going to charge us 100 percent for a motorcycle, it should be 100 percent the other way, too….  I’m a free trader. Totally. I’m a fair trader. I’m all kinds of trader, but I want reciprocal.”

Trump wants equal terms with our trading partners.  No more – no less.

Trump isn’t threatening the world with throwing our considerable weight around – to get unfair advantages for US.

That’s what huge companies like Amazon do.

Amazon is an inconceivably huge Big Tech monster (Market Cap: $849 billion).

All by its onesies – it’s almost 0.5%…of the entire US economy.  That is, again, inconceivably huge for one company to be.

Because of Amazon’s hugeness:

Every time Amazon decides to do something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

Every time Amazon decides it wants something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

It is given these unfair advantages – by feckless, crony governments.

US governments at every level are all exceedingly willing to capitulate and prostrate themselves – so as to best please Master Amazon.

It’s as if they’re all auditioning for Kevin Bacon’s role in a looming remake of Animal House.  (Which is a remake that should never, EVER happen.)

Again: Amazon’s government cronyism – never, ever takes place in a vacuum.

Cronyism has a few winners – and a whole lot of losers.

Amazon’s cronyism – results in more losers than just about any cronyism ever.

Amazon sells…everything currently on offer on Planet Earth.

Thus, government cronyism for Amazon screws…just about everyone else on Planet Earth.

Of course brick-and-mortar retailers – of all sizes – are royally screwed.

So is every online retailer – not named Amazon.

Which of course means every business that attends to those retailers – is also screwed.

Manufacturers, packagers, shippers and many, many more industries’ players – all screwed.

All to help Massive Amazon.  Who needs the help less…than just about any other company on the planet.

When Amazon decided to simultaneously site its second headquarters in two US cities – governments all across our land lined up to screw everyone else besides Amazon.

Amazon’s HQ2 Was a Con, Not a Contest

Amazon HQ2: Magnet for Corruption

Something Is Rotten in Amazon’s Request for HQ2 Proposals

And governments did so – at the expense of…every one of their existing citizens.

It’s like Sanctuary Cities – for Monster Amazon.  Metropolises spending tons of citizen tax money – to entice foreigners to relocate there and displace them.

The Darker Side to Winning the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

With Amazon HQ2, the Losers Are the Winners: Why Economic Development Subsidies Hurt More than They Help

One city that won the Crony Amazon HQ2 Contest – was close-to-DC Arlington, Virginia.

Shocker: Amazon wanting to be close to the DC – the Cronyism Capitol of America.

Shocker: Amazon has already long been priming the DC pump.

Amazon Is Flooding D.C. With Money and Muscle: The Influence Game:

“Since 2012, Amazon has ramped up spending by more than 460 percent.…”

Shocker: It’s working.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Why The Post Office Gives Amazon A $1.46 Subsidy on Each Box

Because cronyism, that’s why.

Think it’s fair to UPS and FedEx – to lose out on all of that Amazon shipping business…because of Government Post Office cronyism?

But the prize on which Amazon has long had its Sauron eye – is the biggest pots of money of all:

Government contracts.

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

And as we’ve seen since decades before Trump was sworn in as President:

The DC Deep State contains millions of Swamp Creatures.

Trump wants to Drain the Swamp.

DCs Swamp Creatures continue to countermand Trump’s Drain the Swamp mandate.

Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions to Tech Firm

“Amazon executive Anne Rung communicated with a top official at the General Services Administration (GSA) about the approach the government would take to create the new portal, even before the legislation that created it – known to its critics as the ‘Amazon amendment’ – was signed into law late last year.

“Amazon Amendment” – ???

The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

Well isn’t that special.

That’s Amazon Retail.  How’s Amazon Web Services – Amazon’s cloud computing wing – doing on the government monopoly front?

Quite well, natch.

Amazon Web Services Just Opened a New Cloud for the U.S. Government

Amazon and CIA Ink $600 Million Cloud Deal

Pentagon’s $1 Billion Cloud Deal May Signal New Era in Government Buying:

“The (Amazon) contract caught many industry players by surprise, in part due to the $950 million value and partly because it was awarded without a traditional government procurement. This deal may be a harbinger for how the Defense Department plans to purchase certain technologies moving forward.”

Harbinger indeed….

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

The Defense Department cloud contract – is worth $10 billion.

And Amazon rigged it – so that they would get the whole thing.

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts.”

Meet Deap Ubhi:

“The Obama Administration started a new sub-agency in the DoD – in charge of tech procurement.  And hired thereby was a huge Obama fan by the name of Deap Ubhi.

Where was Ubhi working when the Obama Administration hired him?  Why…Amazon Web Services, natch.

“The DoDs multi-provider contract process – then suddenly became a sole source contract process.

“And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon Web Services met the specifications….

“When Ubhi was outed for his inside-out Amazon cronyism – he recused himself…from a contract process he had already thoroughly corrupted.

“And two weeks after his recusal – Ubhi quit the DoD…and went back to work for Amazon Web Services.”

But thankfully, Trump’s Swamp draining is starting to bear fruit – and lay bare the Creatures.

Which means less cronyism.

And better government policy.

All of which is bad news for Uber-Crony Amazon.

CIA Long Relied Exclusively on Amazon for Its Cloud Computing. Now It Is Seeking Multiple Providers for a Massive New Contract

The CIA is now looking to do things right.

And the DoD?

Pentagon Pauses $10 Billion Contract That Embroiled Amazon in Controversy:

“The Pentagon is hitting pause on a massive, first-of-its-kind cloud computing contract after President Trump cited critics’ accusations of favoritism toward Amazon.

“Mark Esper, the new defense secretary, is re-examining the project just weeks before the winner was expected to be announced.”

That is excellent news.

For everyone in the United States.

Except for Monster Crony Amazon.

Which is even more good news for everyone else in the United States.

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