ANDREW McCARTHY: The One Candidate . . .
GOP: YOUTUBE – Kasich immigration reform; O’NEILL – DC Split; NRO – Ted for Pres.”
LEADS: VOLPE- Chicago lefties; SIMON –Billionaires battle; GILES – AntiTrump mobs hate us all; MASON – Obama wants in your stuff; KAMISAR – 17yr olds to vote.
HILLARY: HERRIDGE & BROWN – IT specialist testifies; WASHINGTON TIMES – No indictment needed.
END NOTES: Nine jobs robots take.
Unleasing Prosperity: March 17, Noon-3PM
Please join us with Dr. Art Laffer, Steve Moore, Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes, and Jeff Yass and other growth champions in Philadelphia on Thursday March 17, 2016 at noon to talk about the state of our economy, how to unleash American prosperity, and how to get out of this slow growth, flat wage hole America is in.
Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks, and Alexandra Preate, Committee to Unleash Prosperity
RSVP: Alexandra Preate, (212) 588-9148; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business attire . . .
“. . .If you listen to Trump’s answers to almost any question about how he will fix a problem, he uses up the first 95 percent of his time explaining, re-explaining and demagoguing about how bad the problem is. (That is, if he’s not talking about polls.) Then in the last few seconds, he says we’ll fix the problem by being really smart or by winning or by hiring the best people.
“In other words, he has no idea how to fix it. . . .” Jonah Goldberg
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Feel Betrayed by the GOP? Vote for the One Candidate Who Walks the Walk”
“‘In the House and the Senate, we own the budget.’ It was August 2014, the stretch run before the midterm elections, and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell was making promises to voters about how he and his party would face down Barack Obama’s lawless presidency. Put us in charge, he explained, and a Republican Congress would defend Americans by using the main tool the Framers gave them, the power of the purse:
‘That means we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it’.
“But wait, couldn’t that lead to a government shutdown? Weren’t Republicans supposed to be the grown-ups in the room who would “restore regular order” and “make Washington work”? Locked in his own reelection battle, McConnell was having none of it. President Obama “needs to be challenged,” he thundered, “and the best way to do that is through the funding process.” Republicans would place scores of spending restrictions on the president — “that’s something [the president] won’t like,” he told Politico, “but that will be done. I guarantee it.” A GOP-controlled Congress would dare Obama to veto bills in order to preserve spending on his transformational agenda. If a shutdown happened, that would be the White House’s problem.
“In other words, McConnell and his fellow Republican leaders talked the brave talk when courting voters who wanted the financing plug pulled on Obama policies that are crushing ordinary Americans — the impeachable non-enforcement of our immigration laws that costs Americans jobs, depresses American wages, and stresses American communities; the unfolding Obamacare debacle that deprives ordinary Americans of the doctors and insurance they had, corralling them into plans with premiums and deductibles so high that the “coverage” is illusory.
“Alas, when voters trusted them to follow through, when it came time to walk the walk . . . the GOP went AWOL. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432705/republican-congress-conservatives-who-feel-betrayed-it-should-vote-ted-cruz
GOP . . .
YouTube: “Kasich Pledges to Submit Comprehensive Immigration Reform Plan to Congress in First 100 Days”
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Rubio, Kasich Split Washington, D.C., Trump and Cruz Trail Badly”
“Rubio won the district with 37.3 percent of the vote, while Kasich came in a close second with 35.5 percent. Trump took third with 13.8 percent, and Cruz placed last with 12.4 percent. Expect to hear Cruz claim the true win of the night, as he solidifies his anti-‘Washington Cartel’ status.
“The 19 delegates at stake in Washington, D.C., split nearly evenly between Rubio and Kasich. Rubio won 10, and Kasich took 9. Neither Trump nor Cruz scored a single one. . .”
National Review: “Ted Cruz for President”
“We supported Cruz’s campaign in 2012 because we saw in him what conservatives nationwide have come to see as well. Cruz is a brilliant and articulate exponent of our views on the full spectrum of issues. Other Republicans say we should protect the Constitution. Cruz has actually done it; indeed, it has been the animating passion of his career. He is a strong believer in the liberating power of free markets, including free trade (notwithstanding the usual rhetorical hedges). His skepticism about “comprehensive immigration reform” is leading him to a realism about the impact of immigration that has been missing from our policymaking and debate. He favors a foreign policy based on a hard-headed assessment of American interests, one that seeks to strengthen our power but is mindful of its limits. He forthrightly defends religious liberty, the right to life of unborn children, and the role of marriage in connecting children to their parents — causes that reduce too many other Republicans to mumbling. “That forthrightness is worth emphasizing. Conservatism should not be merely combative; but especially in our political culture, it must be willing to be controversial. Too many Republicans shrink from this implication of our creed. Not Cruz. And this virtue is connected to others that primary voters should keep in mind. Conservatives need not worry that Cruz will be tripped up by an interview question, or answer it with mindless conventional wisdom when a better answer is available. We need rarely worry, either, that his stumbling words will have to be recast by aides and supporters later. Neither of those things could be said about a lot of Republican nominees over the years.
“We are well aware that a lot of Republicans, and even some conservatives, dislike the senator and even find him unlikable. So far, conservative voters seem to like him just fine. . .”
LEADS . . .
Michael Volpe, Daily Caller: “Here Are the Radical Leftist Anti-Trump Groups Behind the Chicago Protest”
The usual suspects of local radical leftists were instrumental in organizing the anti-Trump rally protest in Chicago on Friday.
ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Chicago is the Chicago franchise of an international network started in the wake of 9/11 and among the first to protest against a response in Afghanistan; since then the group is involved in most of the radical left’s favorite causes: anti-capitalist, pro-union, open borders, anti-war, anti-police causes. The day after the Trump rally the group was holding a forum entitled “Taking Action to Support Palestine.”
“We will have a report back from the People’s victory against Trump last night,” according to John Beacham, a coordinator with the organization, in a message on the Facebook page promoting the event. . .
“Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Rights Reform
This radical leftist group, specializing in immigration, is a more extreme version of the far left version of National Council on La Raza in Illinois.
The group was featured in an article profiling some of the groups intending to protest Trump’s rally in the left-wing website, Progress Illinois on March 8 entitled “New Americans Hit The Polls In Chicago As Immigrant Advocates Gear Up For Anti-Trump Protest.”
“There’s a lot of really hateful rhetoric with respect to immigrants being voiced by candidates out there, “ICIRR’s Senior Policy Counsel Fred Tsao said in that article. “We want to show that immigrants are patriotic, contributing and eager to participate in the political process and to integrate into society.”
This group was not only instrumental in creating not only the most radical local immigration ordinance but championed the case which inspired the DREAM Act. . .”
La Raza Chicago
The Chicago branch of the notoriously radical pro-illegal immigration group had people on site and detailing the events in a post on its site.
“Donald Trump canceled its event Friday night at the University of Illinois at Chicago, for safety reasons, including the thousands of protesters who gathered inside and outside the venue,” read an English translation of the post, “protesting his presence, which has already caused confrontations with supporters of Trump and the authorities.”
The post concludes analyzing who the protesters were: “Protests by presidential candidate rally had been organized for days by a coalition of activists, students, religious and political city, including numerous Latino organizations and African American (organizations.) . . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Billionaires Battle for America’s Soul”
“Donald Trump isn’t the only billionaire in the eye of a seemingly treacherous Florida hurricane that threatens to destroy us all or at least change our world as we know it. Two others — one or more of them far richer than Trump — are singing “Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.” Only it’s not a Chevy they are taking to the levee. It’s a Tesla.
“They are Linda Pritzker of Hyatt Hotels, the late Peter B. Lewis of Progressive Corp., and, of course, George Soros of practically everything. These three billionaires were (and in the case of Pritzker and Soros still are) the principal backers of MoveOn.Org, an organization whose devotion to our constitutional republic, specifically its First Amendment, is somewhere between suspect and non-existent. It is MoveOn that has instigated many of the demonstrations against Trump and may be inspiring “lone wolves,” one of whom may sooner or later do what “lone wolves” are prone to do.
“These supporting billionaires are fueled by a moral narcissism that knows no bounds, so convinced are they that they are “right” on practically everything. They have enabled the (most often) young people at MoveOn who undoubtedly believe that they too are “right” and have the “right” to suppress the speech of those with whom they disagree. They behave as if they think it their noble duty. This is the not-so-royal road to totalitarianism and is the tragic consequence of the miseducation of our young for which those billionaires are also, in part, culpable.
“This is not to exonerate Trump, whose language has been, to say the least, challenging. But this is no normal election and we are not in a normal time. . .”
Niraj Chokis, UK Independent: “Barack Obama gives his brutal assessment of the rise of Donald Trump”
“The Republican Party set the conditions long ago for Trump’s success, Obama said. The billionaire just capitalized on the GOP’s own tactics, the president argued:
“What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. I mean, the reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending for a long time — that you just make flat assertions that don’t comport with the facts. That you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree, we want to take a different approach, but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous. I mean, that’s — look it up. That’s what they’ve been saying.
“So they can’t be surprised when somebody suddenly looks and says, you know what, I can do that even better. I can make stuff up better than that. I can be more outrageous than that. I can insult people even better than that. I can be even more uncivil. I mean, conservative outlets have been feeding their base constantly the notion that everything is a disaster, that everybody else is to blame, that Obamacare is destroying the country. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. It’s not, we disagree with this program, we think we can do it better — it’s, oh, this is a crisis!
“So if you don’t care about the facts, or the evidence, or civility, in general in making your arguments, you will end up with candidates who will say just about anything and do just about anything. And when your answer to every proposal that I make, or Democrats make is no, it means that you’ve got to become more and more unreasonable because that’s the only way you can say no to some pretty reasonable stuff. And then you shouldn’t be surprised when your party ultimately has no ideas to offer at all.”
Doug Giles, Townhall: “Dear #NeverTrump Conservatives: That Chicago ‘Anti-Trump’ Mob Hates You As Well”
“The lunatic fringe of the radical Left rocked up to the Trump rally in Chicago last Friday night exercising their freedom of speech by blocking Trump’s freedom of speech.
“I know … go figure.
“Apparently, according to the Thought Police of The United States Of WTH, only the Left has the right to define offensive speech and deliver offensive speech.
“Yep, God help you if you don’t parrot their opinions; and that is what last night’s Nabob protest was all about, namely: an outspoken Trump, who has a massive following, has countered their ludicrous ideas and seeks to officially end their progressive wet dream; they feel vulnerable, they hate it and thus he must be stifled.
“As stated, if you differ from the Left then you must shut the heck up and not make public your deep disagreement with their weltanschauung. Especially, if you’re an outspoken Republican calling foul to their woefully failed worldview.
“Indeed, if you cough BS to their BS then you’re in for some serious BS everywhere you go, especially if you go to mega “liberal” cities filled with left-of-center peeps with too much time on their hands.
“Welcome to Satan’s, Saul Alinsky’s and Bill Ayers’ Wonderful World Of Muzzled Weenies.
“Oh, by the way, those of you who lean politically to the right please remember this: if they can shut down The Donald’s free speech in Chicago, then they’ll eventually (it might take a couple of years) be coming for your free speech in Anytown, USA; and you’re naive to think otherwise. . .”
Jeff Mason, YAHOO!: “Sidestepping Apple dispute, Obama makes case for access to device data”
“. . . “The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there’s no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?” he said.
“What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement because if in fact you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket.. .”
Ben Kamisar, The Hill: “Ohio judge rules some 17-year-olds can vote in primary”
The human brain matures in mid-twenties. . .
“An Ohio judge has granted teenagers who will turn 18 before Election Day the right to vote in the state’s presidential primary elections in a new decision that could boost Bernie Sanders chances in the state on Tuesday.
Sanders’s team sued to change the state law, but a judge decided Friday on a different state-level case that effectively provided the same outcome.
“The Vermont senator’s White House campaign has been boosted by strong support from younger voters, so the decision could prove important in the crucial state of Ohio, which has 143 delegates up for grabs. . .”
HILLARY . . .
Catherine Herridge & Pamela Brown, Fox: “Source: Clinton IT specialist revealing server details to FBI, ‘devastating witness’”
“. . . “Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton’s] computer and devices at specific times. His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized,” the intelligence source said.
The source, who is not authorized to speak on the record due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, said Pagliano has provided information allowing investigators to knit together the emails with other evidence, including images of Clinton on the road as secretary of state.
The cross-referencing of evidence could help investigators pinpoint potential gaps in the email record. “Don’t forget all those photos with her using various devices and it is easy to track the whereabouts of her phone,” the source said. “It is still boils down to a paper case. Did you email at this time from your home or elsewhere using this device? And here is a picture of you and your aides holding the devices.”
Washington Times: “No indictment necessary”
“Hillary’s legal troubles are enough to terrify even a Democrat
“Washington reduces everything to politics, and never more than when a public official is suspected of criminal behavior that would send the average citizen to live a good part of the rest of his life behind the bars of a dreary federal prison. Just now the nation’s capital is abuzz with speculation about Hillary Clinton and her clear violation of the law against playing fast and loose with the nation’s security secrets. The 200-million (or 500-million) dollar question, enough to pay for a presidential campaign, is what will the law do about it.
“One mock photograph making viral rounds on the Internet’s social media sites, realistic in its particulars but contrived by a photoshopper, depicts Hillary, dressed in an orange jump suit, sitting on her bunk in a bare cell with an open toilet as her only furniture. “Bill,” she asks her visitor, “how long will I have to be in here?” Bubba, with bowed head and trying not to crack up, answers: “At this point, what difference does it make?”
“Harsh, and perhaps cruel, but it makes the point that Hillary is in deep trouble, trouble with lethal perception if not actual reality. The expanding FBI investigation into her abuse of her private email server is far more serious than Bernie Sanders and the Democrats may think it is. . .”
END NOTES . . .
NBC: “Nine jobs that humans may lose to robots”
It’s not the Mexicans . . .
“Downside: A replicant may be watching your kid; Upside: Fewer lawyers
“Are humans becoming obsolete in the workforce? All signs point to “yes.”
“As IBM’s Watson proved on Jeopardy, robots are becoming smarter than people. They also make fewer mistakes and they don’t get bored.
“By 2013 there will be 1.2 million industrial robots working worldwide — that’s one robot for every 5,000 people, according to Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation.
Robots are currently analyzing documents, filling prescriptions, and handling other tasks that were once exclusively done by humans. . .”