Obama – legacy or opportunity?
HILLARY: ZITO – PA Dems vote Trump; McCARTHY – FBI Fix was in.
LEADS: ZITO – PA Dems & Donald; IVANKA – Trump plan for working moms; YEN – GOP gains voters; CAPRETTA – Repeal w/o replace?
PA: KNEPPER – Buy tickets!
END NOTE: MARK LEVIN 9/13/16
BO: Legacy or His Next Job?
Again, politicians and civil servants keep an eye on their next job – will it be a continuation of what they have or a chance for advancement? BO is no exception. He courts Islam not for a legacy so that he becomes THE essential player in the tensions between the Mideast and the West. Barry’s recruitment of immigrants gives him a bloc that destabilizes America and sets him up as our savior and their advocate. How sweet to be needed by both sides of a dispute.
HILLARY . . .
Salena Zito, The Atlantic: Why Democrats in Western Pennsylvania Are Voting Trump”
“At a voter-registration event in Washington County, Democrats in the energy industry say the 2016 election is about preserving their way of life.
“CHARLEROI, Pa.—Angela LeJohn is 49, has worked at a local energy company for nine years, and loves it. A registered Democrat, she never once voted for a Republican and never expected to entertain such a thought—not even in a local election—until this year.
“‘The short of it is that I am looking at this election through self-preservation,’ she explained. ‘I love my job, I love that I only live three miles from work, I love that who I work for contributes to a stable life, and I love that my community is holding on because of the trickle effect Lee Supply Company’s impact has on the region.’
“LeJohn will vote for Donald Trump for president and for incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Toomey in November, she candidly admits, not because she loves either Republican candidate but because ‘they have my back.’. . . ”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Yes, the Fix Was In”
“Why else were Mrs. Clinton and her aides so willing to submit to FBI questioning?”
“. . .As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports, the House Government Oversight Committee chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) will begin hearings this week.
“The committee is especially troubled by the facts that (a) unbeknownst to Congress, the Justice Department gave immunity to a key witness; yet, (b) prosecutors and the FBI indulged that witness’s refusal to answer critical questions. Specifically, Paul Combetta, a technician at Platte River Networks (the Colorado firm retained by the Clintons to handle the private e-mail system), is the person who destroyed Clinton’s e-mails despite the fact that they were under congressional subpoena. “Nevertheless, he was permitted to invoke attorney-client privilege — not his own, mind you, but Mrs. Clinton’s – in declining to discuss any instructions he received before (and after) carrying out the mass deletion of tens of thousands of Clinton e-mails, a task for which he used the “BleachBit” program in an effort to ensure that the deleted e-mails would be irretrievably lost.
“For months, in the course of pointing out that only the Justice Department, not the FBI, has authority to confer immunity on witnesses, I have been raising questions about (a) who in the investigation has been given immunity, and (b) exactly what kind of immunity — statutory? transactional? conditional? I have also tried to highlight the dubious basis (to be charitable) for claiming attorney-client privilege. These remain important issues, and it’s good that the committee plans to probe them.
“I also hope, though, that the committee will investigate a more fundamental matter: Why was Hillary Clinton so willing to speak with the FBI? . . .”
Salena Zito: John Batchelor: Hour Three
“Tuesday 13 September 2016 / Hour 3, Block A: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, RealClearPolitics, and The Hill; & Dr Lara M Brown, George Washington University, in re: Western Keystone Democrats Look to Trump. Collar County Philadelphia Wavers Trump. “. . . “The registration drive gets to the heart of the election in Western Pennsylvania. Democrats in these small communities want to hold on to their way of life; they feel their communities have as much value as those of their more-cosmopolitan Democratic cousins, and they cannot reconcile themselves to a national Democratic Party that they feel is working against them. They are the voters whose simple motivation to vote outside of the party they were born into has fallen under the radar of the national press and the polls.
“But the energy industry has noticed. ‘This kind of endeavor is terrifically impactful with voters,’ said Ron Sicchitano, the Democratic Party’s chairman here in Washington County. ‘I’ve got to hand it to them.’ Sicchitano, a coal miner, says anti-coal statements by President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have had a ‘tremendously devastating’ impact on voters in a county that has been reliably Democratic in the past . http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/why-democrats-in-western-pennsylvania-are-voting-trump/499577/ (1 of 2)
Tuesday 13 September 2016 / Hour 3, Block B: Dr Lara M Brown, George Washington University; & Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, RealClearPolitics, and The Hill, in re: Western Keystone Democrats Look to Trump. Collar County Philadelphia Wavers Trump. “. . . The registration drive gets to the heart of the election in Western Pennsylvania. Democrats in these small communities want to hold on to their way of life; they feel their communities have as much value as those of their more-cosmopolitan Democratic cousins, and they cannot reconcile themselves to a national Democratic Party that they feel is working against them. They are the voters whose simple motivation to vote outside of the party they were born into has fallen under the radar of the national press and the polls.
But the energy industry has noticed. “This kind of endeavor is terrifically impactful with voters,” said Ron Sicchitano, the Democratic Party’s chairman here in Washington County. “I’ve got to hand it to them.” Sicchitano, a coal miner, says anti-coal statements by President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have had a “tremendously devastating” impact on voters in a county that has been reliably Democratic in the past”
Ivanka Trump, WSJ: “The Trump Plan Will Help Working Mothers”
“My father wants to empower working and stay-at-home parents and give families freedom of choice in child care.
“. . . We all agree that women should have equal pay for equal work, but that’s not enough. The lack of quality, affordable child care is one of the biggest challenges facing American parents.
“The current federal policies created to benefit families were written more than 65 years ago when dual-income families were not the norm. Today, however, in about two-thirds of married couples, both spouses work.
“In addition, 70% of mothers with children under 18 work outside the home; so do 64% of moms with kids under age 6. The number of households led by single mothers has doubled in the past three decades, and the majority of these women work in low-paying jobs without flexibility or benefits.
“My father, in his campaign for president, has proposed a plan to bring federal policies in line with the needs of today’s working parents. . .”
Hope Yen, AP: “GOP gains ground on Dems in voter registration in key states”
“. . . The latest registration numbers aren’t an assurance of new voters for Trump. Some changes reflect those who have died and been removed from the list, while others are inactive, not having voted in recent elections. In Florida, newly registered Hispanics are turning against the Republican nominee, stung by his anti-immigrant rhetoric. And Democrats historically have done well in signing up new voters in the final stretch.
“But the figures, when available, offer important clues as to how each party stands. . .”
James Capretta, NRO: “Repeal without Replace?”
“It cannot be ruled out entirely that Donald Trump will be elected president on November 8. It is therefore only prudent to begin thinking about what might happen if that actually were to occur.
One thing that is fairly certain is that, on November 9, we’d hear loud calls from some quarters for the incoming administration and Congress to move quickly in 2017 on a “clean” repeal of the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare. What people mean by “clean” is that the bill would go as far as possible (within legislative constraints) to repeal the ACA without being encumbered politically by new provisions to replace it.
“A dry run of sorts for repeal without replace occurred late last year and earlier this year. GOP leaders in Congress sent to the president a budget reconciliation bill with numerous, discrete ACA repeal/modification provisions. President Obama vetoed the bill in January, and the House failed to override his veto in early February.
“Proponents of repeal without replace will argue that, if Trump wins, a Republican Congress should pass the same legislation again in early 2017, which Trump would presumably sign rather than veto. Trump has never confirmed that he would sign such a bill, but he hasn’t said he wouldn’t, either. Given his rhetoric about Obamacare, which has been harsh, it’s probably a safer bet to assume he would sign it than not. But his views on health-care policy are incoherent, uninformed, and subject to change at any time. So anything would be possible. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Tickets Now Available”
“Judge Jeanine Pirro from Fox News will be joing CAP and our supporters on October 6th, 2016 for a CAP fundraiser. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia.
“If you are not familiar with Judge Jeanine, please take a few minutes to watch this clip from her show.
“Individual tickets are $200 and can be purchased online here.
“We look forward to seeing you in King of Prussia on October 6th.
“Thank you for your continued support!
End Note . . .
Mark Levin, 9/13/16
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Donald Trump is calling for 6 weeks of paid leave for maternity, which is warmed over liberalism. This proposed safety net for new mothers is liberal-speak for creating a new welfare program. Here we have more big-government proposals because Trump is, in his heart, a liberal with some conservative proposals. Notice how Republicans always have to use government handouts to reach out to voters.
“In addition, the people as a whole are less likely to resist programs and money spent by Washington, because they are busy with their daily lives. However, the people that benefit from the spending and entitlements are the loudest and most vocal. The larger group does not feel what’s going on until the aggregate affects them, but by then it’s too late. This is just a dust off of the old liberal playbook.
“After that, a reason to support Trump is President Obama. Obama is saying Trump is fanning the flames of anger, hate, resentment, and division. However, Obama is the one causing the division. Also, Hillary Clinton is every bit as radical as Obama is. We are not dealing with Truman or Kennedy Democrats but Alinskyites.”