Friday, March 24, 2017

Ah, Now I know why Trump Voters Hate Conservatives

First let me say that I am a conservative, and I didn’t vote for Trump in the primaries. I did however vote for him in the general election. However, I think I now understand why Trump voters don’t like conservatives.

Today, the Ryan-Trump ACA repeal and replacement bill went down to defeat in large part due to opposition from the so-called freedom caucus. This is a group of 40 some conservative members of the House of Representatives.

The Freedom caucus is a group of well-meaning members, and I believe they are conservative, but they were never cut out to be legislators. They belong at think tanks where they can do studies and write white papers, give speeches, organize policy luncheons and other such non-productive activities.

They don’t have the ability to effect policy, to govern or persuade. They can only talk, pontificate and oppose. While I philosophically agree with much of what the freedom caucus believes, I think mostly there remaining in Congress is a waste of a desk and a chair. Honestly, do you think the likes of Rep. Louie Gohmert could get anything done in Congress?

The Trump voter is a very different type of person The Trump voter works for a living, has responsibilities and must produce results. They don’t work in politics, rather they make and build things. They have no interest in going to Federalist Society luncheons, or Heritage Foundation seminars.

The Trump voter wants to get things done. They want results that will improve our country. The Ryan Trump plan would have improved our healthcare system and its passage would have given a boost to the economy. But the Freedom caucus would not go along. They have a Walter Mitty like fantasy for the perfect Bill, which of course won't pass. No matter they will stick with the perfect, elusive Bill.

The freedom caucus delusions remains me of the Great Gatsby line:

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Honestly, if the members of the freedom caucus were able to remain in congress for the next hundred years they still would not be able to pass any significant pieces of legislation. But no matter at least they can say they kept their principles.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CNN Continues its War on Journalism

I said many months ago, before President Trump made the charge, that CNN was fake news. The latest example. CNN, led by reporters, or should I say employees or fellow travelers, Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Simon Prokepecz claim that the FBI is investigating “collusion” between the Putin Government and the Trump campaign.

The narrative that CNN is trying to establish is that the FBI has enough or at least some evidence to warrant an investigation into a Putin-Trump campaign effort. CNN still can't believe Hillary lost fair and square.

CNN cites “Anonymous sources within the agency.” Perhaps the guy in the mail room gave them the scoop. However, despite the crawl saying “Breaking News” there is no news, and in fact it is nothing more than yellow journalism.

I suspect this is another dirty trick from CNN. Use anonymous sources to advance a story. However, even if you believe that CNN has legitimate sources the report makes it clear that they have no evidence of any collusion.

From the report:

“The FBI is now reviewing information, which includes human intelligence, travel and phone records and in person meetings according to US Officials. The information is raising suspicions of FBI counter intelligence investigators that coordination may have taken place, though the officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive…”

I have put italics on all the qualifiers. Imagine if at work you walked by the water cooler, and you heard two co-workers speculating that another co worker was having an affair.

And in two sentences you heard the words, "suspicions", "may", and "not conclusive". You would immediately conclude that the workers were engaging in idle gossip, wasting time and smearing a fellow employee.

Well, what you might call idle gossip, wasting time and smearing CNN calls "Breaking news."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Statement by Speaker William J. Howell

The following is a release from Speaker Bill Howell's office:

"Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Monday that he will not seek re-election. Howell's full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. 

Since the House has returned to the Morning Hour, I ask the members to indulge me a moment while I take this opportunity to share some news.
Serving in this esteemed body which is the Virginia House of Delegates for the last 30 years has been a distinct privilege.  Likewise, serving as the Speaker of the House for 15 years now truly has been the greatest professional honor of my life.
While I obviously will miss all of you and while I will always look back with only fondness at every day I served here, I have decided that I will not be seeking re-election to the House. 
Cessie and I are so grateful for the opportunity that we have had to serve.  There truly are no words to fully describe the joy and fulfillment we have received from this incredible opportunity for public service.  But, we also know there is much more joy and fulfillment to come, albeit differently and beyond Capitol Square and this body.  We are blessed to have two good sons and seven energetic grandkids.  We have our youth!  And, we cannot wait to take some time together to travel, spend more time with our family and, frankly, just to relax together.
The House of Delegates truly is an historic institution.  I love it dearly.  I believe it represents the hope, enduring strength and resiliency of our exciting and ongoing experiment in representative self-government.
If America is a shining city on a hill, then our Virginia House of Delegates is the brightest light atop the highest tower.
As a Delegate and as Speaker, I always have tried to serve in a manner worthy of that stature.
I believe the Office of Speaker rises above partisan politics.  This is an institutional role, with constitutional and other attendant obligations that transcend the fractured moments that often drive our politics.
I also always have tried to be open, accessible and, most of all, fair.
When I became Speaker in 2003, I pledged to lead this historic chamber with the honor and integrity it deserves and to faithfully uphold the dignity of this constitutional office. 
Throughout my tenure, when faced with difficult decisions that go along with this Office, I have strived to reflect those enduring values.  And, in practice, I always sought to put what’s good for the whole institution, and all that it represents, ahead of any other interest.
I pray you will judge my time as Speaker on that more than anything.
 When I accepted the Speaker’s gavel, I reminded myself and others that what kind of people we are, and how we treat one another, is as important as the bills we pass and the laws we make.  May we never lose sight of this worthy aspiration.
Like you, I understand that our mission is so much larger than ourselves.  Ultimately, our purpose is continuing to fulfill the four-century-old mission of Virginia – preserving human freedom and advancing opportunities for all.
So today, I hope you join me in taking pride in everything that this body – Republicans and Democrats working together more often than not – has accomplished over the last 15 years.  The House of Delegates has been a stable and consistent factor in reforming and improving state government for the past decade.  Our shared enterprises, through difficult and good times alike, has made our Commonwealth stronger and more prosperous.  And together, I believe we have enhanced the lives and livelihoods of our fellow citizens we are so privileged to represent and serve.
 Now and always, I am optimistic that this House – the oldest continuous representative law-making body in the New World – will continue to inspire and fulfill the enormous potential of Virginia’s bright future.
So, I will close by saying from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
I am so grateful for the trust and faith you placed in me 15 years ago.  And, I appreciate that you have continued to maintain that trust in me.  The many friendships that have made here over almost 30 years are worth more than any bill I have ever championed or passed.  I am proud to know you all and honored to serve with each of you.
All of you are very talented individuals and highly capable leaders.  You are valuable parts of something much bigger than any one of us.  So, it is easier for me to make this announcement now and to leave next year knowing that this institution will continue to thrive.
Thank you.  May God Bless you.  May God Bless our great country and wonderful Commonwealth.  And, may God continue to Bless this historic House of Delegates."

Monday, December 12, 2016

CNN is Fake News

The liberals are now claiming that there is a problem with “fake news”. Actually, the only ones that I have ever known to propagate stories that are false, or what we call fake news, are liberals. Some examples of their fake news include, but not limited to, Anthropogenic global warming, the cops are racists, Islam is the religion of peace, illegal aliens don’t cost taxpayers money, college education can be made free, increasing the minimum wage does not cost jobs, government spending is good for the economy, green energy etc… And their latest Vladimir Putin caused Hillary to lose Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

And it is especially galling when I hear news readers on CNN complain about fake news. Now that Dan Rather is retired CNN is the biggest propagator of fake news in the country.

Now I will admit that I only watched a total of about 20 minutes of CNN during the campaign, but in those 20 minutes I was exposed to 3 fake stories:

1) George H.W. Bush’s vote. Well, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a Hillary supporter was at an event, for a charitable foundation. Former President George H.W. Bush was in attendance. Townsend stood in the rope line to shake hands with Bush. She was wearing a Hillary button, and when she exchanged words with Bush, he, according to her, mumbled, “I will vote for her.” Now, whether he said that just to be polite, or he was serious we can’t know, but safe to say he thought it was off the record. Townsend then went to her Facebook page and posted that the former Republican President was voting for Hillary. From there CNN decided this was a news story. Isn't it interesting that producers at CNN check Townsend's facebook page for "news".

Never mind that Bush thought it was off the record, never mind that Townsend was a Hillary supporter and may have heard what she wanted to hear. Did they consider the possibility that she made it up? No, they thought this would help Hillary. It is a fake story for a couple reasons. He did not endorse Hillary. He did not encourage anyone to vote for her. If he wants to privately vote for a candidate that is his choice, but that is not a news story because he did not publicly back her.

2) Obama believes Trump to be unqualified. I was at the barber shop getting my haircut when I was exposed to this one. CNN was reporting that their source inside the White House claimed that Obama felt Trump was unqualified to be President. Wow, who would have thought that. That is quite a scoop. CNN ran a picture of a smiling Obama with the tag line, “Obama thinks Trump is unqualified.” This is not news, it is a campaign commercial.

3) Trump is a rapist. News reader Alisyn(that is how she spells it) Camerota grilled a female Trump supporter, yelling, “Trump has been accused of rape.” “You realize, that, right?” Camerota provided no evidence, no names, nothing. Just a smear.

Imagine if I'd watched more than 20 minutes of CNN. I'd have dozens of examples of their fake news.