NRO Summit 3/16-17; ObamaCare 4/28; CFL/VFP April 5th
BUDGET: WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Trump’s budget; McCABE – Estab GOP balks.
HEALTH CARE: DRUDGE Links 3/15-17/17; Krauthammer – Repeal?
LEADS: FRENCH – Judge defies Donald; KoreaHerald – US warns; GELLER – Teacher to be decapitated?
PA: SNYDER – POLITICS PA.
NOTES: HANSON – Deterrence.
Happy St. Pats!
March 16-17: National Review Ideas Summit
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 MacDonald · 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/
Janet: April 5th, CFL/VFP
Friends, this is Citizens for Liberty/Valley Forge Patriots last event at the fire company until October(we will be hosting numerous outdoor activities in between times). We hope you join us on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5:
*Concerned Veterans 4 America’s mission statement:
To advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and liberty that we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.
The goal of Concerned Veterans for America is to translate the experience, concerns and hopes unique to veterans and their families into a common vision of freedom. We apply this unique perspective to speak out on issues that threaten to cripple not only our economic and national security, but the spirit of opportunity and liberty that all Americans cherish.
We are driven to organize and amplify that perspective to both the American people and our leaders in Washington.
*Northeast Church Security Network:
To provide a PRO-ACTIVE, HANDS-ON approach to places of worship security. To teach individuals the proper technique(s) for said action during an active shooter situation, a violent disruption, and a life threatening medical emergency. A unique emergency preparedness/first aid kit is needed for these instances. We explain exactly HOW to use, for example, a tourniquet, in such a dire situation. And to explain a proper evacuation procedure without causing harm or havoc.
-Now that we know the horrors and the amount of places of worship violence, even in our OWN communities, let us find out what we can EXACTLY do!
*Personal Emergency Preparedness/First Aid 101.
For home and outdoor use.
We will find out exactly what a “bug out” bag is, and what it should contain. What if you and your loved ones were forced out of your home due to a community or personal catastrophe? This, as well as other man-made, and environmental disaters will be addressed, and how to cope. A brief first aid lesson will be provided, as well as what plants are edible and poisonous, and what can be used if no medical emergency kit is available for your immediate use. This is an interactive presentation.
Our keynote speakers:
-Eve Allen; Director: Concerned Veterans 4 America-PA
-David Outland; Director: Northeast Church Security Network
-James Zerbe; Partner, Senior Board Member, Sergeant-at-Arms, Chaplain: Citizens for Liberty
-7-9p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
-Included is a free potluck dinner buffet (feel free to bring a snack, dish, or simply enjoy. Plus a ticket, upon entrance, for 1 of 2 fabulous random door prizes)
-Cash bar available for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Self serve coffee
-We are beginning our summer food drive. You are encouraged to bring (but in no way mandatory) non-perishable food(s) and beverages. These will be given to needy families within the 5 county area(s) when applicable.
-This is Citizens for Liberty/Valley Forge Patriots final event at the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road, until October, when we return with a BANG! We will be holding many outdoor activities each month, in between this respite. Please share this with your family and friends in the tri-state area. YES! We have guests that attend from MD, DE, NJ, and NY. -Thank you.
Washington Examiner: “Trump’s budget puts Washington in its place”
“. . . The bigger question is this: Which activities are properly performed by the federal government, and which activities are properly left to other bodies, such as states, local governments, the private sector or nonprofit organizations?
“For much of the Washington news media, cutting federal funding for something is the same as opposing that thing. Trump’s budget, however, makes a distinction that these critics miss. Federal funding should be for things that are best done by the federal government. Many things are better done at a level of government closer to the individual, or even outside government altogether.
“Subsidiarity” is the word Catholics use to describe the principle that different functions are properly assigned to different levels of government or civil society. This idea runs subtly through Trump’s blueprint.
Within the Education Department, for instance, the budget blueprint, “Eliminates or reduces over 20 categorical programs that do not address national needs, duplicate other programs, or are more appropriately supported with State, local, or private funds.” In general, “The Department would refocus its mission on supporting States and school districts in their efforts to provide high-quality education to all our students.”
At the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Trump’s blueprint doesn’t eliminate renewable energy funding, but instead “focuses” it “on limited, early-stage applied energy research and development activities where the Federal role is stronger.” In other words, research that can be commercialized is properly carried out and funded by commercial enterprises, not by governments. Obama’s EERE, by contrast, became a venture capital fund, picking companies, such as Solyndra, to invest in.
Trump’s blueprint has the same prescription for Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Research and Development program and Office of Nuclear Energy, that these programs should fund basic research only.
Also, within DOE, “the Budget eliminates the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program to reduce Federal intervention in State-level energy policy and implementation.” To liberal Washington Post writer Philip Bump, for example, this means no more insulation. In his fictional account of life under this budget blueprint, America is cold because the federal government is leaving state weatherization programs to their own devices.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be a bit tighter with its cash, requiring a 25 percent match from state or local governments for some programs. “The activities and acquisitions funded through these grant programs are primarily State and local functions,” the budget document explains.
Budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended foreign aid cuts by saying “diplomacy” is a “core function of the State Department” but climate change programs are not, so the latter face the ax.
Why cut the budget of National Institutes of Health? “We think there’s been mission creep. We think they do things that are outside their core functions.”
Neil McCabe, Breitbart: “Big Government Republicans Rebuke Trump Budget”
“Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities.
“While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Rogers, one of the so-called ‘cardinals,’ the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent.
Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in Kentucky.
“‘In particular, the Appalachian Regional Commission has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region,’ he said. ‘Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving, and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards.
“‘We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.
“‘As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges. . .’ ”
Drudge Links (3-15&16-17)
Charles Krauthammer, “The real world of Obamacare repeal”
“. . . The Congressional Budget Office projects that, under House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement bill, 24 million will lose insurance within 10 years, 14 million after the first year.
Granted, the number is highly suspect. CBO projects 18 million covered by the Obamacare exchanges in 2018. But the number today is about 10 million. That means the CBO estimate of those losing coverage is already about 8 million too high.
Nonetheless, there will be losers. And their stories will be plastered wall to wall across the media as sure as night follows day.
That scares GOP moderates. And yet the main resistance to Ryan comes from conservative members complaining that the bill is not ideologically pure enough. They mock it as Obamacare Lite.
David French, NRO: “A Federal Judge in Hawaii Upsets the Constitutional Order to Defy Trump”
“To protect the feelings of some residents, a court unconstitutionally strips power from Congress and the president.
“The unfolding series of judicial decisions blocking the Trump administration’s past and present temporary travel bans — especially the ruling handed down last night in Hawaii — if upheld by courts of appeal or the Supreme Court, would risk fatally undermining our nation’s constitutional national-security structure and our national sovereignty, and could extend and magnify our military conflicts abroad. To understand why and how, you have to know the meaning of one word: ‘standing.’
“To simplify a rather complex legal doctrine: Rules on “standing” mean that not just anybody can waltz into federal court and challenge government actions. To maintain an action, you must demonstrate that you have suffered a violation of a recognized right. To use the lingo of the courts, you must show that your injuries are “concrete and particularized.”
“If you’re, say, a shopkeeper in Raqqa, Syria, who possesses neither a visa granting you entry to the United States nor a green card, you have precisely zero recognized constitutional rights that help you gain entry into this country. If you hired a lawyer in the United States in an effort to sue your way into this country, claiming rights under the First Amendment, a court would toss you out of court with all due speed.
“Faced with this legal reality, here’s what the Hawaii court did: It used the hurt feelings (yes, really) of American residents and the hypothetical economic harm to American states and local institutions to functionally grant constitutional rights to tens of millions of non-Americans living in jihadist, and jihad-dominated, countries.
“Here’s how it worked. . .”
Korea Herald, “US says ‘strategic patience’ on NK is over”
“Tillerson says military option is on the table, calls China’s THAAD retaliation ‘inappropriate, troubling’
“With Washington taking a North Korea policy overhaul, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday declared that the existing “strategic patience” approach is over, saying all options including military action are on the table.
At a joint news conference with Seoul’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Tillerson also urged China to cease its economic retaliation against South Korea over its plan to host a US missile shield here, calling it “unnecessary, inappropriate and troubling.”
“Efforts for North Korea to achieve a peaceful stability for the last two decades have failed to make us safe,” the secretary said.
“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, economic measures. All options are on the table.”
His remarks represent the Donald Trump administration’s strongest signal yet that it would take a much tougher stance than its predecessors including Barack Obama’s “strategic patience” policy.
“Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict, we’re quite clear on that in our communications, but obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response,” he said.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table.”
Pamela Geller, InfoWars: “TEACHER QUITS AFTER MUSLIM PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THREATEN TO BEHEAD HER, GOVENMENT DOES NOTHING”
“These are ten and eleven year olds. What are they learing at home and at mosque?
“These are ten and eleven year olds. What are they learing at home and at mosque? in a Sydney school. Muslim children are taught this hate all over the world. It’s monstrous but you cannot speak critically of this hate-filled, supremacist ideology. Respect it.
“One teacher said she was pushed into a corner by several students who then began marching around her chanting the Koran. Many of the students also reportedly spoke of family members fighting in the war in Syria and pupils would walk out mid-way through a lesson to go and pray.
News Corp reports that the woman said her complaints to the NSW Department of Education were simply dismissed. They do not want to appear islamophobic or “racist.”
The West is destroying itself “by its own hand” just as the Muslim Brotherhood project vowed we would do.”
Sy Snyder: PoliticsPA, 3/17/17
PennDOT/National Guard/State Police. During the snowstorm this week, the three groups worked together to transport a young child in need of a heart transplant from East Stroudsburg to Danville. This is only one highlight of the work done by the emergency crews during the storm who worked long hours to make the roads safe for travel.
Scott Wagner. Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner successfully scared off one challenger this week, but being the only candidate in the race has its downside. The Democrats can focus all of their attention on you.
Targeted Congressmen. Congressmen Ryan Costello (R-Chester), Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), and Matt Cartwright (D-Luzerne) all were all rated as likely to win their seats, while Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) was rated as “leans” by Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball. This is good news as all five Congressmen have been targeted by the DCCC or the NRCC for 2018.
Mike Kelly. Congressman Mike Kelly was caught talking about a ‘shadow government’ during a speech in Mercer county last week, bringing the bad kind of national attention to him. The comments were almost certainly caught by a tracker trying to gets hits on Kelly ahead of a possible Gubernatorial or Senate run in 2018.
Philly Democrats. Their last ditch effort to get their candidate on the ballot was turned down by the Supreme Court, meaning the only candidate on the ballot will be Republican Lucinda Little.
Mary Murray. Allegheny County Magisterial Court Judge Mary Murray’s petitions were challenged by the PA GOP in Commonwealth Court. While the court has been ruling in favor of allowing more candidates on the ballot rather than fewer, having to spend resources on the challenge in races with often little cash will likely make it harder for Murray to win.
Jesse White. Former State Rep. Jesse White’s troubles continue to pile up as he lost his law license this week.”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Deterrence and Human Nature”
“. . . Currently, there are no real repercussions on campus for students who disrupt public discourse or prevent invited speakers from presenting lectures. Universities in theory claim this is a bad thing — a violation of the constitutional rights of free expression and assembly. But campuses rarely punish students for violating the rules. They seldom ask local law enforcement to apply the full force of local and state laws to (often violent) student lawbreakers.
“If the intent of universities was to persuade students to respect free speech, then their therapeutic policies seem an utter failure. University laxity is seen by protestors as weakness to be held in contempt rather than magnanimity to be appreciated.
“The tragic view would hold that had the University of California expelled students for recently disrupting free speech — and had it encouraged law enforcement to arrest miscreants for destroying property and using violence against others — such deterrence would have prevented such unrest in the future.
“Such a precedent at Berkeley might have dissuaded Middlebury College students from trying to shout down and even injure the political and social scientist Charles Murray when he was invited to deliver a lecture. The students who charged Murray, apparently intending to physically force him off campus, might not have been so bold had they known in advance that they would be brought up on charges for any such violence.
“Middlebury is an elite school where mostly rich kids fear that a criminal record would be fatal to the sort of high-power resumes they hope to compile for the good life to follow graduation.
“The same tragic/therapeutic tension characterizes approaches to radical Islamic terrorism. Does vetting incoming refugees from the Middle East deter potential terrorists from entering the country, or does such scrutiny turn off people, radicalize them and encourage terrorism? . . .”