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Politifact Gets Wrecked After Attempting to “Fact-Check” Claims About an Obama Quote

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Fact-checkers gonna fact-check and Politifact is no different. The industry of pretending to be unbiased while operating as total hacks is apparently good for the bottom line.

The most recent example comes courtesy of a claim about DACA and Barack Obama, namely whether he ever admitted he didn’t have the authority to enact such an order. This all came in a snarky reply to, who else, Donald Trump. The President had tweeted out this.

Anyone that’s been around for more than five minutes knows that’s objectively true. Barack Obama said multiple times, publicly, that he did not have the authority to enact DACA and that Congress had to be the ones to act.

Despite these obvious facts, Politifact road in to try to rescue the former president from criticism of his own words.

So much fact checking.

Ironically, a reporter from The Washington Post that stepped in to set them straight.

I now can’t find that post from Seung Min Kim on her timeline, so perhaps she deleted it? Either way, she was right the first time. Obama absolutely said that it’s “just not the case” that he can suspend deportations and he did with DACA.

And just to cap all this off, Politifact’s own site had found the claim that Obama did say that “mostly true” previously.

These fact-checking sites are just absolute dumpster fires.

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Syria Withdrawal Part IV: Conclusion-Way Ahead

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From BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45404086

Syria Withdrawal Part IV: Conclusion-Way Ahead

The first three parts of this series outlined President Trump’s decision to quickly and forthrightly disengage from U.S. Military operations in Syria. They also generally described the current situation in this particular area of interest.

Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to call in to the David Webb show on Sirius XM, where Webb had an interesting guest, Dr. William J. Parker, President and CEO of the East West Institute, a non profit that specializes in international conflict resolution. After a brief introduction by Webb, Dr. Parker gave an outstanding overview of all the players, their objectives and the current situation on the ground. He actually reiterated many of the points covered in Parts I, II & III of this series. He even added one I was holding for today’s piece, the effects of the now 103 year old, Sikes-Picot agreement. The Sikes-Picot agreement, is the post World War I poster boy for the Western Powers’ belief, that drawing a straight line on a map without regard for tribe, nationality or religion, couldn’t possibly have adverse consequences over a century later. More on this further down.

Mr Webb and I had the opportunity for a quick chat after Dr. Parker signed off. After I reviewed the main points of tension, I asked him a direct question:

As President Webb, what do you see as your desired endstate 5 years from now? We have to establish a desired result and then Of course work backwards to produce a plan to get us there.

His answer surprised me:

Nothing. We need to let it play out and react to events as they happen.

Webb went on to say like his guest Dr. Parker, that the last thing we want to do, is emulate Sikes-Picot and start drawing arbitrary lines again. Honestly, I get that and agree. Mr. Webb’s response was clearly focused on the ugly lessons learned from Sikes-Picot—imposing our view of the world on other folks and the ugly results that still cause issues over a century later. Nobody looking at the mess today’s Middle East has become, could possibly argue with that—and I certainly won’t.

However, I’m not sure about a wait then react process. If we cannot imagine what we want the endstate to look like, how can we even dream of getting there? Having said that, we also know in the real world, no matter how altruistic our objective may be and how hard we try, we can likely count on…less.

In the world the United States would like to see, all of our international associates, friends (Great Britain & the rest of the 5 I’s) and allies, long term or of convenience (Turkey & the Kurds) all like each other. However in the real World we live in, we need to settle for something less, like the relationship between Israel and Egypt. For quite some time following the Camp David Accords, their relationship was often described as, “formally correct.” At that time, both sides cordially despised each other, but had come to the realization (Thank You Anwar Sadat) that they could indeed (and needed to) cooperate without killing each other. Today, Egypt-Israel cooperation, although not at the “5 I’s,” level, is far more friendly, especially when dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood. The question then becomes, how to we achieve this kind of relationship between Turkey and the Kurds, PKK, Syrian and Iraqi? What would this endstate look like?

Seemingly opposite of Mr Webb’s “Let it play out” and react as necessary option, Richard Fernandez penned this, emphasis mine

With the Arab Spring and political opposition to OIF ending the hope of “bringing democracy to the Middle East,” some sort of repartition of the region, a redrawing of boundaries, seems the sole alternative.

With Turkey’s entry, we are perhaps witnessing the de facto partition of Syria with Kurdish borders dependent — if any are preserved — on how far the U.S. will pull back and what line they are willing to defend. But a stand-fast solution would require generational political will and boots on the ground. It will entail confronting a NATO ally and it won’t be free. The question is whether the public is willing to pay.

If America midwifes a Kurdistan, it must see it through, for it may only be popular in the first weeks. Kurdistan could be a “future Israel,” whose origin will be America’s eternal crime in future Left-wing history. As Brandon Weichert noted, partitions create centuries-long enmities.

What Fernandez, Weichert and my radio mentor David Webb focus on, is the word, “force.” Fernandez even posits a requirement for American “Boots On The Ground.” Sikes-Picot was all about white Europeans deciding what was good for the “bloody wogs”** and forcing it down their throats, regardless of tribe, religion or familial association. This time around, it could be different—by just removing the element of force and instead, asking for buy in.

Positing an endstate where the Kurds—all three major groups, have a place to call home, is a start. However, Sikes-Picot (and David Webb) has shown us that forcibly carving out territory from other folks’ property is a nonstarter, fostering hate, discontent and violence for decades. The way to go about this, is to involve all the stakeholders…except of course, ISIS, Russia and Iran. And Yes—that means President Bashar Al Assad of Syria. Stupidly wanting to depose him, was what got us into this mess in the first place.

Syria, Turkey, and the 3 major Kurdish groups, with the good offices of the United States, could with some effort and recognition of all parties’ interests, birth a voluntary agreement. This could not only to provide the Kurds an internationally recognized homeland, but also form a regional coalition that could totally defeat ISIS. This might not be as hard as it would appear at first blush. The two actors that would be the least difficult to move on this, would seem to be Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, the Kurds already govern their semi (defacto, totally) autonomous territory. In Syria, President Assad at this point, exerts little to no control over his Northeastern territory and has very little leverage. An agreement that helps keep him in power and lessens his reliance on Russian occupation assistance would almost certainly ease the transfer of some of his territory to help build a Kurdish homeland.

That leaves Turkey. This series began recognizing that Turkey is the key to this entire region for the United States. It will be an especially difficult partner in this effort. The United States needs Turkey as a loyal NATO partner, more than President Erdogan needs the U.S. President Erdogan’s hostile attitude notwithstanding, PKK terrorist operations make it difficult for the 80 percent of the Turkish population who are not Kurds, to support any form of rapprochement.

The keys to moving forward here, are the Iraqi and Syrian Kurd territories. If Erdogan can over a 2-3 year period, be convinced that those territories and their Kurdish populaces are not providing support for the PKK, instead are assisting in running ISIS and other terror groups to ground, then he could possibly be persuaded to negotiate a small Turkish contribution to the new territory of Kurdistan.

Dr. Parker and David Webb are correct. We cannot jam this down anyone’s throat…except perhaps President Assad’s. However, if we can convince the right stakeholders that they could benefit from this, then we might avoid the mistake of Sikes-Picot.

This is just one option. There are almost certainly other ideas out there that have a greater likelihood of success. The purpose of this series, is to move our thinking in a different direction than one that requires a continual hemorrhage of American blood and treasure. Ultimately, it comes down to…

“The hardest thing I do, is write letters to parents and spouses of OUR troops killed in combat overseas.”

– President Donald J. Trump

** “wog,” in 1916, when Sikes-Picot was signed, was as commonly used as the “n” word. It was then and even more so now, a racial slur, of the highest order. I used it in this piece, to convey the sheer arrogance and assumed superiority of Sikes-Picot

David Webb Show is on Sirius XM, Channel 125, M-F 9-12:00EST

The below links, provide some detail used to produce this article:

The Fate of the Kurds: Repartition of the Region Seems the Sole Alternative

The Kurd In the Punch Bowl-Brandon Weichert

Whitehouse Statement on Syria

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Lindsey Graham Warns House Dems: Release the Full Volker Transcript or I Will Have Him Testify Publicly

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Though Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a vocal critic of President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, which it comes to House Democrats and their show trial impeachment inquiry, Graham remains one of the President’s strongest allies.

Earlier this afternoon, Graham tweeted out a warning for House Democrats to release the full transcript of former Ambassador Kurt Volker’s testimony from last Thursday. If they continue to stall, Graham made it clear he’d use his power as Senate Judiciary Chair to have him questioned publicly:

Graham’s second tweet linked to an interview Fox News did with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. Jordan said during the segment that Volker testified for nine hours, and that Democrats should release the full transcript in the interest of transparency:

“Release the transcript so they can see what Ambassador Volker spent nine hours telling us,” Jordan said. “Where he said there was no quid pro quo, there was no linkage… between security assistance dollars for Ukraine and any type of investigation into anyone in Ukraine or any investigation into the Bidens.

“He was clear about that [and] reinforced exactly what President [Volodymyr] Zelensky said when he said, ‘I was not pushed by the administration,’” he continued. “Adam Schiff won’t release that. Instead, there were 67 pages of text messages. Adam Schiff took a few of those text messages and released them. Release them all.”
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“The president was willing to release the transcript of the call with President Zelensky. Why won’t Adam Schiff release the transcript of the special envoy who testified for nine hours?”

Watch Jordan discuss Schiff’s actions below

Jordan’s comments echo what Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said to journalists on Tuesday morning in a fiery statement about what he described as a “clown show” impeachment inquiry:

Maybe you should ask what was said inside of Volker’s deposition during his transcribed interview with regards to Adam Schiff’s fairy tale quid pro quo charge, that aid from the United States to the Ukraine was being linked to an investigation into the Bidens. Why don’t you ask what did Ambassador Volker say about that?”
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“…if we weren’t there last Thursday, you would have no idea of everything that Ambassador Volker said to obliterate Adam Schiff’s fairy-tale quid pro quo charge. You’d have no idea.

Schiff and company have held up Volker as a trustworthy, credible witness for their side in these sham proceedings so far. That they continue to refuse to release the full transcript of his testimony is a strong indicator that what Republicans like Zeldin and Jordan are saying about Volker’s testimony are true, that what he said during the course of his hours-long questioning undermined the so-called impeachment case against Trump.

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In Break With Pelosi and Schiff, House Democrat Calls for Floor Vote on Impeachment Inquiry (So Does Beto)

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Ever since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared an impeachment inquiry two weeks ago, she has said in interviews and elsewhere that calling for a floor vote in the U.S. House on the issue was not a Constitutional requirement.

While she’s technically correct, not calling for such a vote gives off the appearance of not having confidence that your caucus will carry through with their stated support of either an inquiry or impeachment itself. It’s also an indicator Pelosi doesn’t want to put some vulnerable House Democrats on the hot seat in a crucial election year.

Plus, as a fired up Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) noted Tuesday, Pelosi’s refusal to do so has hamstrung House Republicans and Trump’s legal team:

… because there has not been a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, because the minority does not have any rights for subpoenas, because the president doesn’t have the right to have council present to ask questions for subpoena power, to present evidence.

Earlier today, House Democrat John Garamendi broke with fellow California Reps. (and impeachment circus ringleaders) Pelosi and Adam Schiff, telling CNN it’s time to hold a vote on the issue:

“I think it’s time for us to put a vote on the floor, a resolution for the inquiry structured in such a way that it can move forward with full power of the Congress behind it,” Garamendi said in an interview on “CNN Newsroom.”

“That will further strengthen Congress’s hand,” he added.

“They want a fight, OK,” Garamendi said of the White House. “Then let us arm ourselves completely and totally with the full power of Congress.”

According to The Hill, Garamendi “does not serve on any of the main committees leading the impeachment inquiry.” But just in case you think Garamendi might be one of the more tame Democrats in the House, think again. In the same interview, he said those who do not cooperate with the House’ investigation should be carted off to jail.

Garamendi is not the only Democrat who came out today calling for a formal vote on the House floor for an impeachment inquiry. So did 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke:

“I don’t want to question the speaker’s wisdom and I’m sure she has a very good reason for proceeding in the way that she has,” the 2020 hopeful told MSNBC. “But to your question, I’d love to remove that as a talking point or a reason for the kind of obstruction that you’re seeing from the president.”

MSNBC host Hallie Jackson had asked O’Rourke whether he thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should act to take away the administration’s legal argument for not cooperating with her inquiry.

It’s not really a “talking point” but I wouldn’t expect him to characterize it any other way.

Pelosi should hold that vote on an impeachment inquiry. On one hand, not doing it protects vulnerable incumbents for the time being and gives Republicans and the White House few legal options.
On the other hand, the longer she refuses to, the more it adds credence to Republican and White House claims that this is all nothing but a giant sham a la the Russia collusion hoax.

She’s apparently decided the risk that this will be viewed as a sham over the long term is worth the risk, which is one reason why Pence is traveling this week to key House districts – to remind voters that elections, not impeachment, are how we settle political differences.

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The DOJ Finally Decides to Prosecute a Federal Official For Leaking

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A bit of news broke the afternoon involving the arrest of a federal official.

Henry K. Frese, a DIA official, was charged with leaking classified information to two different journalists, one of which he was apparently sleeping with. Remember that the next time the media tell you are virtuous and upstanding they are.

Here’s the report via The Federalist.

An employee at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of leaking top-secret classified information to two reporters.

Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counter-terrorism analyst at the DIA, allegedly leaked classified information to two reporters whose identities were not unveiled by authorities in 2018 and this year, one of which Frese was romantically involved with, according to the indictment.

Federal authorities say one reporter wrote eight articles stemming from at least five leaks from Frese.

While that linked article doesn’t rely the names of the reporters in question, we know who they are. One of them is CNBC’s Amanda Macias, who was in the romantic relationship with Frese. The other was an NBC reporter named Courtney Kube.

Much of what was leaked involved intelligence on foreign weapons capabilities and tests, including Russia and China.

CNBC has already suspended Macias.

We should probably go ahead and congratulate her on her new gig at The New York Times. You know it’s coming.

You also won’t be surprised to learn that Frese’s social media showed him to be rabidly anti-Trump.

I’d assume we are less than a day away from this guy being turned into a #resistance hero and Trump being accused of targeting him for his political views.

While this leaker isn’t directly related to the Trump-Russia fiasco, it does at least show a willingness by the DOJ to pursue these cases when they feel they have enough evidence. This appears to be an open and shut case. Hopefully, there are many more to come in the near future.

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“Failing Campaign”: In Tweet Response, Trump Pinpoints Exactly Why Biden Jumped On Impeachment Bandwagon

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Over the course of the last 2-plus weeks, Joe Biden has skated right up to the impeachment line in campaign speeches and even in an op/ed he recently wrote about the July Trump/Zelensky phone call. But he had been resistant to actually call for Trump’s removal, and instead had implored (Democratic) members of Congress to get to work investigating the allegations.

In a speech in New Hampshire earlier today, Biden reversed course and joined the chorus of other Democrats in calling for Trump’s impeachment:

“Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts,” Biden told a crowd of supporters in Rochester, N.H. “To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached.”

“That’s not only because of what he’s done. The answer to whether he has committed acts sufficient toward impeachment is obvious,” he continued.

“We see it in Trump’s own words. We see it in the texts from State Department officials that have been made public. We see it in his pulling much of the United States government into his corrupt schemes, individuals within the government, his appointees,” Biden said. “We have to remember that impeachment isn’t only about what the president has done. It’s about the threat the president poses to the nation.”

Watch Biden’s remarks below:

President Trump responded to Biden’s call with a couple of tweets. The first one being speculation as to why he finally jumped on board and the second one being a new ad on the Ukraine issue:

“Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!” is the key line from Trump’s first tweet. It’s not something that the media has given a lot of attention to specifically, but it’s true.

Biden’s campaign is in trouble. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has caught up to him. Real Clear Politics now lists her as being ahead in polling averages.

His 3rd quarter fundraising haul was dismal for someone who remained ahead by double digits in polling for so long, including well before he declared his candidacy in April. Key big money donors are panicking, and recently held a closed door meeting to discuss what path to take going forward.

Biden has come off as unprepared to handle Trump’s sustained attacks on him regarding Ukraine. He has been seen snapping at reporters whose questions hit a little too close to home. His campaign has worked overtime to try and shut down negative media stories, interviews, and Trump campaign ads about the Ukraine issue.

Not only that, but to date he hasn’t done any sit-down interviews regarding the allegations about him, his son, and the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor, which the elder Biden bragged about on video in 2018.

With all that in mind, what’s a guy who is suddenly on the ropes after months of having a comfortable lead in polling to do? Not just go for broke, but go for woke by way of doing what Sanders and Warren have already done: Call for impeachment.

Of course, in contrast to how they portrayed Trump’s call with Zelensky as politically opportunistic, the MSM won’t bother to point out how politically convenient it is for Biden to call for the ouster of the man who would be his opponent in the 2020 general election. But that’s another topic for another day.

Biden is still in the top tier to be sure, but his campaign has been wobbly in recent weeks and he now finds himself in the role of playing “catch-up” to Warren. Will joining the impeachment bandwagon put him on solid ground again?

Stay tuned…

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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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Why Is Some Conservative Media Defending Elizabeth Warren’s Pregnancy Lie

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Elizabeth Warren flat out lied.

For some years she has told the story of how she was fired as a special education teacher by an evil patriarchal principal because she was pregnant. Never mind that that isn’t how she described the event early in her political life, but now we have documents from the school board indicating that she was offered a contract extension and declined it.

READ: That Latest Elizabeth Warren Lying Scandal Just Got Much Worse

READ: Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On Pregnancy Lie As Republicans Pounce And Stuff

READ: Elizabeth Warren 2007 Calls Out Elizabeth Warren 2019: Is Warren Telling Another Story That Doesn’t Add Up?

This is pretty banal, resume/life story fluffing. It happens all the time, like when Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet and John Kerry went on his super secret boat ride up the Mekong. So why is it that the media, left and right, are jumping to her defense?

And this from, naturally, National Review:

To the best of my knowledge, absolutely no one denies that pregnancy discrimination happens and, under some circumstances, can be illegal. If someone is arguing that, please point them out. But just because “some people did something,” as they say, doesn’t mean it has happened to every woman who was pregnant. It certainly doesn’t mean that it is off limits to call Warren out on her lies when her own words and the documentary evidence says that is the case.

While I understand Harwood and Vox jumping up to save their precious, what I really fail to understand is the impulse among a certain class of alleged conservatives to throw their backs out of joint defending leftist politicians and leftist media.

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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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Denied: Not Even Facebook Complies With Biden Campaign’s Demand Not to Run Trump’s Ukraine Ad (Watch)

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Last week, I wrote about how desperate Joe Biden’s campaign is to censor any and all negative coverage related to his handling of Ukrainian policy during his time as Vice President.

They’ve warned cable news outlets not to give Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani any airtime, and also are pressuring those same outlets not to run Trump’s Ukraine ad.

Predictably, CNN didn’t need any prodding from the Biden camp before announcing they weren’t going to run the ad, but Fox News did get a threatening letter urging them not to run the Trump ad nor any ads like it. Fox responded by saying they weren’t “in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle.”

As it turns out, the Biden campaign also demanded Facebook remove the ad from their website but surprisingly enough they, too, said no:

Facebook has denied a request from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to remove an ad being run by President Trump’s reelection campaign that questions Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukranian prosecutor.

CNN reports that Facebook, in a letter, responded to a removal request made by Biden’s campaign by saying its decision to let the ad remain is “grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and belief that in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”

The 30-second video from the Trump campaign has also appeared on Twitter and YouTube.

The video accuses Biden of offering military aid money to Ukraine if it agreed to remove the prosecutor investigating a company tied to his son, Hunter Biden.

Here’s the ad for those of you who haven’t seen it:

It’s clear that Biden is beyond frustrated that the issue won’t go away for him. To date he has not done any sit-down chats with any Democrat-friendly journalists in an effort to try and put the issue to bed. He has even shut down and snapped at reporters at press conferences if they ask questions that hit a little too close to home.

He doesn’t want to do any interviews about the subject and won’t release any transcripts related to his conversations with Ukrainian officials (unlike Trump, who did). Just what is he hiding?

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