Janet, Amnesty Bill – ENLIST!
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – DJT & his generals.
PA: Knepper – Budget
HEALTH CARE: MORAN – Rand Paul +3; FRAM & ZALDIVAR – Finding votes; HOROWITZ – Jump ship; MORAN – Bill shared; WILLIAMSON – Copy the Swiss; HANNITY – Josh Umber.
NKOREA: CHANG – High Noon; HAYWARD –NKor wants to talk.
LEADS: LYMAN – Central EU anti-immigrant; YORK – The GA Vote; NY POST – Obama’s Russian rumor; LEVIN – 06-22-17.
“I hope that Nancy stays for at least a decade . . . she is so helpful… ‘
Newt Gingrich 9:30am, 6-23-17, Fox.
Amnesty Bill: ENLIST – Janet
“Our local Congressmen have signed on as co-sponsors of HR60, the ENLIST bill, which grants permanent legal residency and expedited citizenship to illegal aliens in return for their military service.
“ENLIST is gaining traction and Congress may add it to the ‘must pass’ National Defense Authorization Act later this year.
Please contact your Congressman and ask that he withdraw his sponsorship of backdoor amnesty.
Suggested wording for phone calls, or cut/paste for email
I ask that you withdraw your co-sponsorship of HR60, the ENLIST act, because the bill
- Rewards and incentivizes lawlessness
- Gives illegal immigrants the full battery of military benefits
- Increases national security risks from limited vetting and questionable loyalty to our military missions
- Enables chain migration of family members
The military is not a social experiment lab to solve immigration problems.
The #ENLISTAct is backdoor Amnesty NOT to get more military recruits.
@REPNAME remove your co-sponsorship.
Phone DC (202) 225-2011
Springfield (610) 690-7323
Phone DC (202) 225-4315
West Chester (610) 696-2982
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump and his Generals”
“Trump’s reliance on his generals shows that he values merit over politics.
“Donald Trump earned respect from the Washington establishment for appointing three of the nation’s most accomplished generals to direct his national-security policy: James Mattis (secretary of defense), H. R. McMaster (national-security adviser), and John Kelly (secretary of homeland security).
“In the first five months of the Trump administration, the three generals — along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO — have already recalibrated America’s defenses.
“At home, illegal immigration is down by some 70 percent. Abroad, a new policy of principled realism seeks to reestablish deterrence through credible threats of retaliation. The generals are repairing old friendships with allies and neutrals while warning traditional enemies not to press their luck.
Trump has turned over most of the details of military operations to his generals. According to his critics, Trump is improperly outsourcing to his generals both strategic decision-making and its tactical implementation.
“But is Trump really doing that?
“In his campaign, Trump vowed to avoid new ground wars while not losing those he inherited. He pledged to wipe out ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism without invading Middle Eastern countries to turn them into democracies.
“Those are wide but nonetheless unmistakable parameters.
“Within them, the U.S. military can drop a huge bomb on the Taliban, strike the chemical weapons depots of Syria’s Bashar Assad, or choose the sort of ships it will use to deter North Korean aggression — without Trump poring over a map, or hectoring Mattis or McMaster about what particular move is politically appropriate or might poll well.
“Other presidents have done the same. . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Not buying the hype”
“Much has been made of the “historic” pension reform just signed by Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf. Politicos and the media are making it out to be a great compromise between Democrats and Republicans.
“But our regular readers know better…
“Thanks to Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) voters are aware of just how ridiculous a claim it is to say this pension reform legislation actually solves the problem.
While the bill is a marginal improvement for taxpayers, it does little to nothing to address the $74 billion shortfall the state has for current employees, allows current General Assembly members to keep their Cadillac pension benefits, and likely adds to our state’s overall debt burden in the years to come. “Historic” indeed.
“But results are what matter to Pennsylvanians, and they’re what matter to us at CAP. It’s not about who gets credit or who’s remembered a generation from now, it’s about strengthening our Commonwealth so citizens can exercise their God-given rights without government getting in the way. . .”
Sean Moran, BigGovt: “Exclusive–Sen. Rand Paul on Senate Healthcare Legislation: ‘I Think the Bill Looks Too Much Like Obamacare’”
“Senator Paul explained his opposition to the newly released Senate healthcare bill:
‘I think the bill looks too much like Obamacare. It really doesn’t look like a repeal bill. It looks like we’re keeping Obamacare, it keeps probably 100 percent of the Obamacare subsidies. In fact, we have estimated that it may have more subsidies than Obamacare. It creates a new stabilization fund of over $100 billion. This fund is something that is not consistent with conservative philosophy because it’s the government giving money to insurance companies. The bill keeps ten of twelve Obamacare regulations that causes the prices of premiums to spiral upward. So my fear is that Republicans in putting forward something and saying they’re repealing and replacing Obamacare and not making it better. It actually does not repeal and replacing Obamacare, it replaces it with more Obamacare or Obamacare-Lite, which doesn’t really fix the problem.
So the four of us said no with really the intention that we can use that leverage to try to make the bill better.’
“Paul told Breitbart News what changes the Senate has to make for him to vote yes on the bill. The Kentucky senator explained:
‘The bill has to look more like a repeal bill. So we repealed some of the spending, repeal more of the subsidies, and we have to not have a mismatch. See the bill does a pretty good job of repealing the taxes but it does not get rid of a lot of the spending. When you do that what you end up having is a problem with your debt, the bill will add a lot to the debt. It creates a new entitlement program that gives out over $100 billion to insurance companies, and that’s not why I joined the Republican party and not why I ran for office to vote for more entitlement programs.
“The Senate healthcare bill retains Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion until 2024, a provision that Sen. Paul says that the Senate needs to rectify. He explained,
‘The problem is that the bill repeals the taxes that paid for the Medicaid expansion, but then keep the Medicaid expansion, the fact is that it never really goes away. It eventually goes to a split where the states have a little more responsibility but it never really goes away. So, that’s one aspect of Obamacare that is not repealed. Medicaid expansion is not repealed and the Obamacare expansion is not repealed. So you begin to ask yourself what’s really being repealed and the conclusion we have is that it’s not a very significant repeal.’
“Paul cautioned that the Senate bill might contain provisions that might allow illegal immigrants, permanent residents, and other non-citizens to obtain Obamacare subsidies. He said, ‘I think there’s an attempt after a few years to restrict who can get these Obamacare subsidies, but I think in the first couple of years it looks like they’re going to keep in place the Obamacare rules that may allow people that are not citizens to get subsidies.’. . .”
Alan Fram & Ricardo Zaldivar, AP: “GOP’s challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill”
“. . . Democrats said the GOP measure would take coverage away from people and raise their out-of-pocket costs, all in the name of paring taxes on the wealthy.
“This bill may change, but Republicans will only be putting lipstick on a devastating blow to Americans’ health care,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
“Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans “to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”
“In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill. ‘Well, they’re also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they’ll probably get there,’ he said. ‘We’ll have to see.’
“Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill’s cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.
“Sen. Susan Collins of Maine reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.
“Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. . .”
Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review: “Conservatives, time to jump ship from phony Obamacare repeal”
“. . .Right after Republicans won the election, we laid out a strategy for immediately repealing Obamacare with a transition period, so that the default position would always be the repeal of Obamacare and so that consumers would get a sense of what premiums would look like after the leviathan was slain. We also proposed a 20-point blueprint for free market health care reforms to be subsequently pursued once Obamacare was repealed.
Yet from day one, Republicans refused to repeal Obamacare, adopted the messaging and talking points of Obamacare under the guise of repealing it, and therefore made the law more popular than ever despite it failing before our very eyes. The bill that came out of the House was already a dismal failure and barely repealed the core elements of Obamacare – the regulations, subsidies, and Medicaid expansion – but some conservatives, in a view I didn’t share, felt that it was the only way to get the ball moving, in hopes that the legislation would improve in the Senate.
Throughout the process, the only leadership the president showed was his strong-arming of conservatives who actually wanted to fulfill the campaign promise and at least substantially repeal the law.
Now that the bill has come to the Senate, senators have taken an excrement sandwich and turned it into maggot-covered vomit. After all, Senate Republicans make House Republicans look like the Founders. While the text is still behind closed doors, the contours of the bill were set a long time ago. Legislators are taking each element of the bill – regulations, Medicaid expansion, subsidies, and mandates – and making them more liberal. Now, they might even keep some of the taxes (the only component they consistently opposed) in order to pay for the other elements. They have dropped any pretense of repealing Obamacare and are all about “fixing” it with even more subsidies and just converting the mandates to back-door requirements to purchase health insurance.
Until now, I was wondering where the president has been. Why was he not giving the Senate RINOs the same Twitter treatment for obstructing the House bill as he did the House Freedom Caucus? Now, according to an AP report of a private conversation the president had with some of those very RINOS, it’s clear that Trump agrees with the RINOs. At the same time he says Obamacare is a disaster and must be repealed, he believes that even the House version, which barely repeals the law, is “too mean.” Evidently, we need even more government control over health care … and that is exactly what we are getting with the Senate bill. Indeed, the AHCA is mean because it keeps Obamacare in place . . .”
Sean Moran, Big Govt: “Senate Releases Healthcare Bill”
“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the draft for the Senate’s health care reform bill Thursday.
“The Senate features more generous tax credits for low-income and older Americans, a slower rollback of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and retains many of Obamacare’s taxes.
Senate leadership attempted to write a more generous version of health care reform compared to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the House-passed AHCA would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance over the next ten years while reducing the deficit by $119 billion.
“Senate leadership revealed their bill on Thursday amidst criticism from colleagues for not involving them in the legislative process.
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) vented her frustration with the Senate’s lack of transparency. She reportedly asked on Tuesday, “Do you know what the health-care bill looks like? Because I don’t. . . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “So, You Want a Swiss Health-Care System?”
“Begin by doing away with employer-based plans.
“If you’re wondering what in Hell is actually going on with U.S. health-care policy, the short version is this: Policymakers in both parties are trying to replicate Swiss policies in a country that isn’t Swiss.
“The Affordable Care Act was, as thinkers as different as Paul Krugman and Avik Roy both observed, an attempt to Swiss up the U.S. health-insurance and health-care markets. (Obligatory reiteration: Those are not the same thing.) The Swiss system, Santésuisse, achieves one big progressive goal — universal health-insurance coverage — while offering much to please conservatives: a private market for health insurance and health care, consumer choice, and relatively low government spending on health care.
“Santésuisse is, in its broadest strokes, a lot like the model established by the so-called Affordable Care Act — a model that is kept in large part by the Republicans’ “repeal-and-replace” proposal, which neither repeals nor replaces the Affordable Care Act, though it does make some substantial changes to it. Like Obamacare, Santésuisse mandates that all citizens purchase insurance from private insurance companies; establishes by law a minimum package of acceptable benefits to satisfy that mandate; subsidizes health-insurance premiums for lower-income people, with a goal of keeping their insurance premiums to less than 10 percent of their incomes; mandates coverage of preexisting conditions and imposes “community rating,” which means that low-risk insurance buyers pay higher premiums to allow for high-risk buyers to pay lower premiums, though the Swiss do make some adjustments for age and sex (!); it imposes controls on procedure costs and reimbursement for providers. The Swiss model also does a few things that ACA does not: It requires that insurance companies offer their minimal policies on a nonprofit basis; it is structured around relatively high out-of-pocket expenses (high copays and deductibles) in order to encourage consumers to spend soberly; and, perhaps most important, it does this in the context of a health-insurance market that is entirely individual: There are no employer-based health-insurance plans in Switzerland. Everybody buys his own health insurance, the same way people buy everything from tacos to mobile-phone service. Swiss regulations also mandate that prices be made public, which helps consumer markets to function. . .”
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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Gordon Chang, Daily Beast: “High Noon in North Korea: Is Trump Ready for War?”
“Pushed by the horrific death of Otto Warmbier, Trump has begun America’s final campaign to disarm North Korea. Will it involve going after Chinese banks—or war with Kim?
“The horrific death of Otto Warmbier looks like it forced the hand of President Trump.
A day after the 22-year-old student passed away, the American leader, in what may end up as the world’s most consequential tweet, signaled that the United States will soon act on its own to disarm North Korea.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “At least I know China tried!”
“The announcement, considered in the context of Trump’s other comments on the subject, appears ominous. Trump on April 11 said America would defang North Korea by itself if China did not do so. ‘North Korea is looking for trouble,’ he tweeted then. ‘If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.’
“On Tuesday, Trump in effect declared it was time for the U.S. to act on its own. . .”
John Hayward, Breitbart: “North Korea ‘Willing to Talk’ Moratorium on Weapons Testing ‘If Our Demands Are Met’”
“South Korea’s Yonhap news service reported on Wednesday that North Korea made a very tentative and conditional offer to discuss a ban on nuclear and ballistic missile testing.
“The offer came rather circuitously through North Korea’s ambassador to India, and there were strings attached, but given how stridently the outlaw regime normally insists on its right to develop weapons, it may foreshadow a more significant policy shift.
Yonhap renders Ambassador Kye Chun-yong’s offer as, ‘If our demands is met, we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such as weapons testing,’ and notes the conditions unsurprisingly include a halt to American military drills with South Korea, a demand North Korea makes incessantly.. .”
Harvey Day, UK Daily Mail: “Hillary Clinton is under investigation AGAIN for her handling of government emails and the former Secretary of State and her aides could have their security clearances revoked”
“- Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances which could be revoked depending on the outcome of the investigation
– The inquiry will be looking into whether Clinton and her aides violated government rules with her use of a private email server
– Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirmed the State Department’s formal inquiry
– Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, said: ‘Nothing’s been more thoroughly dissected. It’s over’
– Donald Trump has also continued to draw attention to Clinton email troubles as president.
Dan Lyman, InfoWars: “CENTRAL EUROPEAN NATIONS FORMING NEW ANTI-MIGRANT DEFENSE COALITION”
“Civil-military alliance emerging in defiance of EU globalists
“Six countries are forming a new coalition in an effort to bolster the region’s security against the flood of “mass illegal immigration” from the Middle East and Africa.
“Defense ministers and officials from Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, and Croatia met in Prague earlier this week to discuss the details of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) that will act as “the framework of civil-military cooperation” between the nations who seek to handle the on-going crisis in a markedly different manner than Brussels and other EU member states, such as Germany, Sweden and Italy.
“The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has released a statement addressing the meeting and developments titled, “Central Europe stands united against mass illegal migration.”
“At the meeting, the participants issued a short declaration which welcomes the Joint Action Plan and calls on the interior ministers of the involved countries to finalize it in the shortest time possible,” it reads. “The declaration takes note of the unified situation assessment, which facilitates the quick and joint mobilization of civilian, police and military capabilities, and states that the most important task is the protection of the external borders of the EU and the elimination of the root causes of migration in the sending countries. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Georgia vote says more about Trump now than House in ’18”
“The Georgia 6th District results don’t tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now.
“In a conversation two weeks before the GA06 election, a Republican strategist involved in the fight mused on the possibility that all the money spent, all the doors knocked, all the phones called, all the accusations hurled — that it might mean nothing when it comes to the crucial question of who will win control of the House of Representatives in 2018.
“‘That’s the silliness of all this,’ he said. ‘Assuming we win Georgia, we will have won all of the special elections, and it means nothing — nothing — for next year.’
“He was right. . .”
“Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of “Russia hacked the election” hysteria. Too bad it took so long to get to this point.
“Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee outright that the Russians failed to alter “ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results.”
“Yes, it’s clear Russia (with Vladimir Putin’s full approval) orchestrated cyberattacks designed to influence the 2016 contest, and also pushed fake news.
“But the hack, and release via WikiLeaks, etc., of Democratic emails produced nothing game-changing. The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the start.
“And fake news mainly feeds people’s existing prejudices — which serves Putin’s goal of undermining our democracy, but fails to flip votes from one party to the other. . .”
Mark Levin (06-22- 17)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The number one reason that Republicans took control of the Congress, Senate and the Presidency is because of the problems caused by Obamacare. Why would Republicans think that repealing Obamacare would not be popular? The bill that Senate Republicans are putting forward is 95% Obamacare and is a joke. The McConnell-care bill is so weak that even Jonathan Gruber, a chief architect of Obamacare agrees that it is not a repeal. We never move in the direction of free market capitalism, of choice, and liberty. We seem bound in the box the left has made for us.
“After that, Daniel Horowitz calls in to explain that the Republican healthcare plan is not even Obamacare 2.0 or Obamacare lite but keeps the core pillars of Obamacare. We get the crony capitalism of the private sector lobbyists and government interference all together. McConnell said he was going to rip Obamacare out root and branch, but what he really meant was that he was going to take it out of the Democrat field and replant it on the Republican side. The real difference is Democrats want Obamacare funded with tax increases and Republicans want it funded with deficit spending. This plan will be the biggest driver of deficit spending.
Later, the ideology of Statism appears in many ways like healthcare, education, immigration, and even our governing system. It is a bulldozer that plows over our institutions. You are not free to have the healthcare you want in this society as an individual, because the only way you can be free in the statist mentality is among the collective. The left believe you can only be free by way of the government. That means that the government has to make things equal and eliminate risks which of course it can’t. True freedom includes the unalienable rights of the individual.
Finally, the Russians tried to interfere with the 2016 election and the Obama Administration failed to stop them. Even President Trump is asking why didn’t they do anything to stop the Russians from hacking?