PA Capitol; ObamaCare; DC Grassroots trip; NRO Summit
HANSON – An American Elite?
TRUMP: Schmidt & Shear – Bogus claim?; VONOW & HODGE – Wires tapped; McCARTHY – Lying; LEVIN – More lying; DRUDGE LINKS 3/4 -3/6; BOWNE – Democrats/Deep State.
LEADS: SWAN –Schumer & the wall; SANGER & BROAD – NKorea cyberwar.
NOTES: SAVAGE – Tidbits for Pence; SPENGLER – Decline of the West.
“George Orwell wrote disparagingly of ‘the masochism of the English left,’ its readiness to ally with any cause, however vile, provided it was sufficiently anti-British. He cited the IRA and Stalinism. Had he been writing today, he’d doubtless have extended the critique to the American left and Islamism.” Daniel Hannan, Inventing Freedom, 2013, 340.
Janet: In case anyone got overly sidetracked by the Russian spy drama
The following bills HAVE been introduced:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
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Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote “YES”…but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.
Grassroots Lobbying Day in D.C. on Capitol Hill, March 15
Mark your calendar and make your plans to be at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017! PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
It’s time for the Tea Party to go BACK to Washington, DC. President Trump is working to keep the promises he made on the campaign trail, but he’s running into opposition at every turn – from the intolerant leftist Democrats, to the mainstream media, and even some establishment Republicans.
It’s time for us to show up again in Washington and remind these politicians that it’s time to start enacting the agenda that will make America great again.
Tea Party Patriots along with Freedom Works
On March 15th, will host a grassroots lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Office visits are one of the most effective ways to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. and to hold our elected officials accountable.
The primary focus of our lobbying day will be on repealing ObamaCare and confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, although we may add other topics as the date approaches. The committee hearing for Judge Gorsuch is set for March 20, which increases the importance of us being in DC together making our voices heard on March 15.
Mark the date on your calendar! If interested get on the email list WestChesterTP@aol.com
March 16-17: National Review Ideas Summit
Now Announcing: Kellyanne Conway Speaking at Ideas Summit
Please join us, and many of our closest friends, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. on March 16 and March 17, for National Review Institute’s 2017 Ideas Summit. This biennial Summit builds upon NRI’s rich tradition of in-person intellectual engagement, bringing together today’s most influential thinkers and strengthening the conservative movement William F. Buckley Jr. helped establish. We invite you to join us for what promises to be a productive and uplifting Summit.
This year’s Summit will address:
“The Way Ahead · Conservative Foreign Policy · Conservative Economics in an Age of Populism . Getting Right on Immigration · Hollywood and Popular Culture · Conservatism and the Class Divide
Among the notables participating:
Ed Conard · Charles C.W. Cooke · Governor Doug Ducey · Kellyanne Conway, Senator Tom Cotton ·Veronique de Rugy · Kristie de Peña · David French · Daniel Hannan, Mollie Hemingway · Mark Krikorian · Andrew Klavan · Larry Kudlow, Dr. Charles Krauthammer · Michael Lind · Kathryn Jean Lopez · Rich Lowry, Heather Mac Donald · Andrew C. McCarthy · Jay Nordlinger · John O’Sullivan , Ramesh Ponnuru · Reihan Salam · J.D. Vance · Kevin D. Williamson.
AND DON’T MISS: The Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner (3/16) | Celebrating Daniel Hannan, a profile in courage
Janet: Obama Care:
There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.
The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.
Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.
ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman
Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me
D.C. office (202) 225-2011
Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323
Rep. Ryan Costello
https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315
West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982
For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/
Victor Davis Hanson, RCP: “Is the American Elite Really Elite?”
“Establishment furor over the six-week-old Trump administration is growing.
“Outraged New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently compared Trump’s victory to disasters in American history that killed and wounded thousands such as the Pearl Harbor surprise bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“The New Republic — based on no evidence — theorized that Trump could well be mentally unstable due to the effects of neurosyphilis.
“Talk of removing the new president through impeachment, or opposing everything he does (the progressive “Resistance”), is commonplace. Some op-ed writers and pundits abroad have openly hoped for his violent death.
“Trump is in a virtual war with the mainstream global media, the entrenched so-called ‘deep state,’ the Democratic Party establishment, progressive activists, and many in the Republican Party as well.
“The sometimes undisciplined and loud Trump is certainly not a member of the familiar ruling cadre, which dismisses him as a crude and know-nothing upstart who should never have been elected president. (Had Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and served a full term, a member of either the Bush or Clinton families would have president for 24 years of a 32-year span.)
“But who, exactly, makes up these disgruntled elite classes? . .”
Michael Schmidt & Michael Shear, NYT: “Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim”
“WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
“Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.
“A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.
“Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The confrontation between the two is the most serious consequence of Mr. Trump’s weekend Twitter outburst, and it underscores the dangers of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration. . .”
Brittany Vonow & Mark Hodge, UK Sun: “’A NEW LOW!’ Donald Trump claims Barack Obama ‘had his wires tapped in Trump Tower before US election win’”
“The US President unleashed a string of tweets slamming his predecessor
“In an astonishing series of early morning tweets, the firebrand President claimed his predecessor had bugged his phones during the “very sacred election process”, slamming the allegations as a “Nixon/Watergate” scandal.
“Trump, who started the Twitter rant at 5:30am US eastern time, branded the claims a “new low” before appearing to call Obama a “bad (or sick) guy”.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Obama Camp’s Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump”
“President Trump’s early Saturday morning tweeting has exploded to the forefront an uncovered scandal I’ve been talking about since early January (including in this weekend’s column): The fact that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI investigated associates of Donald Trump, and likely Trump himself, in the heat of the presidential campaign.
To summarize, reporting indicates that, prior to June 2016, the Obama Justice Department and FBI considered a criminal investigation of Trump associates, and perhaps Trump himself, based on concerns about connections to Russian financial institutions. Preliminary poking around indicated that there was nothing criminal involved. Rather than shut the case down, though, the Obama Justice Department converted it into a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA allows the government, if it gets court permission, to conduct electronic surveillance (which could include wiretapping, monitoring of e-mail, and the like) against those it alleges are ‘agents of a foreign power.’ FISA applications and the evidence garnered from them are classified – i.e., we would not know about any of this unless someone had leaked classified information to the media, a felony.
“In June, the Obama Justice Department submitted an application that apparently ‘named’ Trump in addition to some of his associates. As I have stressed, it is unclear whether ‘named’ in this context indicates that Trump himself was cited as a person the Justice Department was alleging was a Russian agent whom it wanted to surveil. It could instead mean that Trump’s name was merely mentioned in an application that sought to conduct surveillance on other alleged Russian agents. President Trump’s tweets on Saturday claimed that ‘President Obama . . . tapp[ed] my phones[,]’ which makes it more likely that Trump was targeted for surveillance, rather than merely mentioned in the application. . .”
Mark Levin, The Blaze: “Watch: Mark Levin absolutely destroys Obama over allegations that he wiretapped Trump”
“‘The issue isn’t whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign or the transition or certain surrogates, the issue is the extent of it,’ Levin explained.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” he went on to say.
“The conservative radio host continued:
“They were so aggressive, they waited four or five months, they go back in October, weeks before the general election, they narrow their request, all of the sudden we have leaks coming out on [Michael] Flynn. Then we have a ‘Oh horrible’ meeting that took place between [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions and so forth. And I’m telling you as a former chief of staff to a United States attorney general in the [Ronald] Regan administration, these are police state tactics. . .”
Drudge Links (03/04-06/-17)
DEM RED FACES…
ALL OF THEIR MEETINGS WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR…
PHOTO CONTRADICTS PELOSI STATEMENT…
History of Exchanging Gifts…
MOSCOW CALLS SESSIONS UPROAR A REPLAY OF MCCARTHYISM…
STUDY: 7X More Coverage Than Holder Contempt…
Basic Formula For Every ‘Shocking Revelation’…
FLASHBACK: Valerie Jarrett’s Daughter Hired At CNN To Cover Trump DOJ…
Prosecutor Obama promoted would oversee probes…
WIRETAPS IN TRUMP TOWER?
PELOSI: ‘WE DON’T DO THAT’…
CLAPPER: ‘I CAN DENY IT’…
Flashback: Lawmakers Renew Calls for Clapper Perjury Charges…
Former Bush AG: Trump right there was surveillance…
PAPER: Obvious Suspicions…
OBAMA FACES CONGRESS INQUIRY…
John Bowne, InfoWars: “RED ALERT: DEMOCRATIC PARTY COLLUDING WITH DEEP STATE, THEY MUST RESIGN”
“We are experiencing the left’s pure propagandized turbulence
“RED ALERT-THIS IS NOT A DRILL – The Democratic Party has been seen with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak recently.
Again this is not a drill – Kislyak also visited Former Democratic President Obama’s White House 22 times between 2009 and 2016 an election year. “Please ignore all common sense, this is not a drill.
“Perhaps this is the way the [sic!] we should approach the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Maybe then the Democratic Party behind the mass hysteria damaging President Donald Trump’s cabinet will perk up their clogged ears and listen.
“Hang on to your seats America. We are experiencing the left’s pure propagandized turbulence. .”
Jonathan Swan, Axios: “Schumer’s plan to stop the wall”
“Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year.
“Trump needs 60 Senate votes to fund construction of his “great wall” along the Southern border. Unlike healthcare or tax reform, Republicans can’t use the budget process to ram the wall funding through Congress using only Republican votes.
“Schumer’s thinking: There’s nothing the Republicans would be willing to offer that could get Trump the eight Democratic Senators he needs to fund the wall. Mitch McConnell’s only other option would be to invoke the nuclear option and bypass the filibuster. But Democratic appropriators are betting the Republican leader won’t be willing to undermine such a fundamental Senate tradition just to pay for Trump’s wall.
“The evolving plan, being discussed by Schumer’s office and Senate appropriators: If Republicans put money for the wall into a bill, Democrats block it. It doesn’t matter what else is in the bill — Schumer will make it about the wall. The way Democrats see it, if they can block the wall, they’d crush a central feature of Trump’s political identity. And as the face of the strategy, Schumer would thrill the Democratic base (though less so the red-state Democratic senators up in 2018).
“What happens next: Team Trump knows it’s not going to be easy to fund the wall. A source familiar with the administration’s plans says the preferred strategy would be to attach the wall funding to the bill that funds the military. That way, Republicans could tell the public that Schumer and the Democrats are blocking money not only for border security but for our troops. They’ll run relentless attack ads against Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won.. .”
David Sanger & William Broad, NYT: “Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar against North Korean Missiles”
WASHINGTON — Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.
Soon a large number of the North’s military rockets began to explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair and plunge into the sea. Advocates of such efforts say they believe that targeted attacks have given American antimissile defenses a new edge and delayed by several years the day when North Korea will be able to threaten American cities with nuclear weapons launched atop intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But other experts have grown increasingly skeptical of the new approach, arguing that manufacturing errors, disgruntled insiders and sheer incompetence can also send missiles awry. Over the past eight months, they note, the North has managed to successfully launch three medium-range rockets. And Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, now claims his country is in “the final stage in preparations” for the inaugural test of his intercontinental missiles — perhaps a bluff, perhaps not.
An examination of the Pentagon’s disruption effort, based on interviews with officials of the Obama and Trump administrations as well as a review of extensive but obscure public records, found that the United States still does not have the ability to effectively counter the North Korean nuclear and missile programs.
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA 03/03/17
Rick Saccone. State Rep. Rick Saccone officially kicked off his campaign for Senate in the Capitol Rotunda. He is the first candidate to officially kick off their campaign against Senator Bob Casey.
Philadelphia Democratic Party. After state Rep. Leslie Acosta had to resign after pleading guilty to federal felony charges, the Party’s nominee for the special election was kicked off the ballot, and the party is looking at the possibility of not having a candidate on the ballot at all.
Stan Saylor. Earlier this week Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) ended a line of questioning by Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) about the possible repeal of the ACA saying the House would not consider anything until a law was passed. This runs contrary to what Saylor was doing in 2010, prior to the passage of the ACA.
DEP. The Department of Environmental Protection was given an ‘F’ rating from a group national non-profits for the levels of lead in Pennsylvania’s drinking water
Business Insider. They officially crossed over into biased reporting when they gave Wawa the top prize over the far superior Sheetz.
Charles Thompson, PennLive: “On pension reform, Pa. lawmakers talk a good game, but it’s another state that’s swinging for the fences”
“Redesigning government is cool in Pennsylvania these days.
“But there’s one makeover that’s taken on a third rail of politics quality in many quarters of the state Capitol: Fixing the biggest legislative mistake of the last political generation.
“We’re talking about trying to unwind that notorious 25 percent increase in pension formulas granted in 2001 to all state and school district employees employed at that time – plus a 50 percent hike for state legislators for good measure.
“Pennsylvania has had a couple of false starts on this issue – most recently in 2015, when the state Senate voted 28-19 to attack future benefits for current workers, only to see that drive quickly stall in the state House.
“But it was so tantalizing from a fiscal perspective: By one actuarial assessment, the plan could have saved $18 billion in future taxpayer obligations through 2040, or about $800 million a year. . .”
Mr. Mike – Tidbits for Mr. Pence and the rest of us
- Hunter Biden, no big deal, is now paired with his dead brother’s wife. The big deal is Hunter’s service on the board of a Ukrainian gas supplier. And a close friend of John Kerry’s stepson has the same arrangement.
- Nan Pelosi has been caught lying about an earlier contact she made with a Russian ambassador http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/nancy-pelosi-sergey-kislyak-meeting-235653
- Aaron Klein – “Right On Cue, Soros-Financed MoveOn.Org Holds DC Protest Demanding Sessions’ Resignation” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/02/right-cue-soros-financed-moveon-org-holds-protest-demanding-sessions-resignation/
- WB: USA: Muslim “refugees” – 91.4% on food stamps, 68.3% on Cash Welfare. They have to go back! Illegal immigrants cost us 90 billion dollars in welfare subsidies! http://investmentwatchblog.com/usa-muslim-refugees-91-4-on-food-stamps-68-3-on-cash-welfare-they-have-to-go-back/
Savage suggested hiring 300 lawyers and assigning one-third each to Pelosoi, Schumer, and Guttierez (Democrat from Illinois)! Pence promised to relay Savage’s awe and his interest in taking his wife to share a dinner table with Mr. Trump. Savage has written 36 books but swears to write no more. . .
Spengler, Decline of the West, 1959/2006, 380.
“For world peace—which has often existed in fact—involves the private renunciation of war on the part of the immense majority, but along with this it involves an unavowed readiness to submit to being the booty of others who do not renounce it. It begins with the state-destroying wish for universal reconciliation, and it ends in nobody’s moving a finger so long as misfortune only touches his neighbor.”