Here is our first review of current events this year. With all the hooting and hollering about the “wall,” immigration and investigations, there hasn’t been much happening. Just lots of talk.
I think we’ll see a little more happening from this point on.
Mueller Report Goes Semi-Pubic
After two years and $25 million, the special counsel turned over his findings to the attorney general who summarized the report in a letter to Congress.
Overall results were not too impressive. Wrongdoers identified: Russians – 24, biased FBI – 4, Trump election/administration officials – zero!
There were a handful of Trump partisans indicted for activities before the campaign and had nothing to do with the Trump election or presidency.
The Democrats in Congress will scream they want the whole report and all the documents. Not likely! You can’t identify every person interviewed. That would create a false illusion.
The primary reason for the appointment of the special counsel was to determine if the Trumpers colluded with the Russians to get him elected. The answer appears to be the Russians did try to influence the election, but the Trumpers won it on their own, contrary to the constant push by the Clinton people to pursue that narrative.
On the question of obstruction of justice, neither the AG nor Mueller felt there was enough evidence to indict.
It all adds up to much ado about nothing.
The IG Wins the Race for Slowest
We are still waiting for the Justice Department’s inspector general to release his report. He’s been working on his investigation of the actions of the FBI for longer than Mueller. We’ll see if he is as critical of the FBI misconduct as public comments have indicated and may explain why Mueller didn’t come up with more.
The Feds Tell Us Growth is Slowing
The Fed Chairman predicts a 2.1% growth rate for the year, down from the 3.2% rate predicted by the White House. The Trump economy is still strong but the trade winds seem to be telling us there are rain clouds ahead.
Adding to the dark spots on the horizon are short-term interest rates are higher than long-term rates. That inversion is a troubling sign.
Truth Will Be Told
We constantly hear from one side of our polarized national debate that any attempt to examine the voting registrations or issue photo ID’s would only suppress the vote. Time to face the facts.
Judicial Watch just signed an historic settlement agreement with California and the County of Los Angeles compelling them to begin removing as many as 1.5 million inactive and potentially invalid names from their voter registration rolls.
This massive voter registration roll “cleaning” will take place as the result of a 2017 federal lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch and represents another major victory for the integrity of our elections.
California is only the third statewide settlement achieved by private plaintiffs under the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA)—and Judicial Watch was the plaintiff in each of these cases! The other statewide settlements were with Ohio (2014) and Kentucky (2018).
The House Works on Priorities
The newly elected House of Representatives has made it clear its priorities for this session will be on the six investigations currently getting underway to examine and expose the actions of the Trump administration.
They don’t seem to think there is any value in exploring some solutions or meaningful action on our $22 trillion debt problem, developing a coherent policy on energy, infrastructure or immigration.
Why waste our time and money on the issues above when we can worry about Ivanka Trump’s security clearance?
American Interference in Canadian Affairs
Did you think Russia’s attempt to influence the American election in 2016 was an isolated incident? Not by a long shot!
This has been going on for a long time in a lot of different places.
An independent Canadian researcher, Vivian Krause, has spent over 10 years documenting the attempts by American anti-fossil fuel activists, in the courts and at elections, to block our access to Canadian tar sands oil and construction of pipelines.
They succeeded to the disadvantage of overall American and Canadian interests.
Green New Deal is the Road to Bankruptcy
You’ve probably seen plenty in the news about the Green New Deal, a radical big-government proposal introduced in the House of Representatives by the Socialist Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and eagerly endorsed by virtually every Democrat running for president in 2020.
As some media are reporting, the cost of the Green New Deal is conservatively estimated at $7 trillion PER YEAR. To put that into perspective, the government spent a total of $4.1 trillion last year, which was a record. The Green New Deal would increase federal spending by more than 70 percent and lend to dangerous hyperinflation.
The Green New Deal will:
a. Eliminate all coal, gas and nuclear energy
b. Replace air travel with high speed rail
c. Provide Medicare for all at a cost of $3.2 trillion or more per year
d. Mandate healthy food, free college, housing subsidies and a minimum wage for all, working or not
Sounds like kindergarten politics.
Effects of the Federal Tax Cuts
Last year’s tax cuts were supposed to add growth and increase the economy. It did, but it was short lived. Most of the corporate savings we now see went into stock buybacks, not into expansion.