Monday morning quarterbacking: To your health!

March 27, 2017

What better way to start the week than doing a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking? We’re not talking sports here.  It’s the epic health care debacle that took place on Friday, as House Speaker Paul Ryan was ordered by President Trump to pull the bill Ryan had shepherded —  just prior to the vote.

Former Senator Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, assesses the American Health Care Act, that was sold as the answer to candidate Trump’s campaign pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

The Ryan plan, derided as “Obamacare Lite,” or “RyanCare,” caused conservatives to balk at putting their stamp of approval on it.

DeMint sees the events that unfolded on Friday as an opportunity for Congressional leaders to start over. It takes only a single minute to read,There Are Plans Ready That Truly Repeal Obamacare.”

As President Trump moves to put tax reform on the front burner, it will most likely be without Paul Ryan’s choreographing.  

On Friday, we called for the replacement of Speaker Ryan. Judge Jeanine Pirro shares that thought. Here’s her view, given in her own inimitable style: Paul Ryan must go. Now.”


DOA: Ryan’s proven wrong –This is NOT “the moment”

March 24, 2017

Within 30 minutes of the scheduled 3:30 (ET) floor vote on the health care bill, President Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan, and asked him to pull it from consideration.. This is the second day in a row an expected House vote did not take place due to lack of Republican support for Ryan‘s flawed scheme.

Ryan responded by declaring Republicans “came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment.”

Paul Ryan should have heeded the wisdom of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as he tweeted, “Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?”

Speaker Ryan has repeatedly pressed for passage of his version of a healthcare bill trying to configure it as a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, using these words of urgency, “This is the moment. This is the time.”

It is only “the moment” if Dead On Arrival has extra meaning for him.  Ignoring the looming concerns of conservative House members, Ryan has put his own ambition ahead of providing accurate advice to President Trump, who ultimately will take the blame for this debacle.

There has been, in fact, no repeal. It obviously follows that RyanCare is no replacement.

What needs to replaced first is House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The U.S. Constitution addresses such concerns regarding the Speaker in Article 1, Section 1, clause 5.


Boots on the Border Act is just that…an act

March 14, 2017

Monday slipped by so quickly, we forgot to recognize “National Napping Day.” What better way to commemorate the occasion, albeit a tad late, than with the contorted political dreams of the McFlake Duo?

Their 2013 amnesty promoting Gang of Eight scheme failed. That was the one where John McCain and Jeff Flake colluded with a couple of other RINOs and four committed liberals, who were all to happy to have such useful co-conspirators promoting their vision of a permanently inflated Democrat voter base.

McCain and Flake’s  latest bit of trickery, still lacking a bill number, is known asBoots on the “Border Act of 2017.” It even comes with its own glossary on Page 6, in the event English isn’t your primary language.

It’s an “Act,” to be sure. The only reason Arizona’s dysfunctional senate duo needs “boots on the border” is to avoid stepping in the BS they spread around about “border security” each election cycle when they fear their own job security is threatened.  Since Jeff Flake and his mentor John McCain refused to endorse the Republican presidential nominee and flatly stated they would not vote for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, they are now scurrying to repair their self inflicted damage.

Who can forget Jeff Flake throwing the AZ Republic for a loop, when he changed his mind on amnesty?  The newspaper went apoplectic, calling Flake‘s comments “jarring“and saying he was “ no longer a statesman,” but had morphed into a “politician.“ The rest of us knew it was just politics speaking and he’d do a switcheroo right after the ballots were counted.

John McCain strolled the border with Pima County Sheriff Paul Babeu in 2010, and called for completing the “danged fence.” That was also a pre-election hoax.

Then there was Mr. Comprehensive Immigration Reform himself, then-Sen. Jon Kyl magically transforming into a border security hawk, just preceding the 2006 election. Once elected, it was back to funny business as usual.

National Napping Day is a reminder that we better not be caught napping as Jeff Flake and  his deep-pocketed lobbyist PACs begin their assault on reality. Ads are already running telling us to call Jeff Flake’s office and thank him for his commitment. He refuses to hold face to face town hall meetings with constituents, opting for sanitized telephone meetings with call screeners instead. We’ve witnessed Arizona senators and their “Act” long enough. The opportunity to act will be in our hands in 2018. We’ve been skunked by political frauds for years. Help elect conservative Dr. Kelli Ward.


AZ U.S. Reps. Franks, Gosar, Schweikert target of Ryan-linked hit ads

March 11, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan is committed to ramming through his health care plan, ostensibly repealing and replacing Obamacare as promised by presidential candidate Donald Trump — an issue that resonated with American voters and helped propel him into the White House.  But the American Health Care Act, frequently referred to as Ryancare or Obamacare Lite is receiving push back from congressional conservatives who charge it doesn’t make the necessary changes.

Enter the American Action Network. The group with close ties to establishment House Republicrats, including Speaker Paul Ryan, is airing $500,000 in a deceptive TV ad blitz in more than two dozen media markets, urging conservatives associated with the Freedom Caucus to support Ryan’s flawed health care legislation.

The group boasts this latest campaign brings AAN’s total spending to $8.5 million in over 75 congressional districts nationwide. The Center for Responsive Politics lists 2016 cycle donors to American Action Network.

The latest ads will target 30 Congressional District Representatives including three in Arizona: Paul Gosar (CD-4), David Schweikert (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8).

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle provides what under reasonable circumstances would be the implausible back story to this high level deception. Obviously these are not reasonable circumstances. Paul Ryan’s deception is grand scale.

We urge you to read Boyle’sHoneymoon Over: Speaker Paul Ryan Targets His Own Republicans, Not Democrats, with Ads on Health Care.”


Paul Ryan’s hyped Obamacare revamp is a farce

March 9, 2017

Conservative critics view bill as Obamacare-lite, but House Ways and Means Committee moves forward

When current House Speaker Paul Ryan became Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election, few outside of his home state had heard of the Wisconsin congressman. Romney promoted Ryan as a numbers cruncher and policy wonk. Though the Republicrat ticket crashed and burned, Ryan’s aspirations did not. Although his 2016 support for Trump was tepid, Ryan shrewdly dropped the anti-Trump Romney when it became apparent the businessman was poised to win the GOP nomination.

As House Republicans rolled out their Obamacare replacement, Ryan’s calculated political caution was nowhere to be seen. Many of his conservative colleagues have expressed dissatisfaction with the legislation bearing the speaker’s personal stamp of approval.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have been vocal in their disapproval. An example is U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) who condemned the leadership bill in a two-word tweet: “Obamacare 2.0.” The full Freedom Caucus includes  over two dozen members of the 237 in the House Republican majority. If they voted as a bloc, they could sink the bill on their own. Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6) are members of the group.

The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon called the healthcare bill, “a train wreck waiting to happen. It is remarkable that they’ve produced a bill that is so out of touch with ACA opponents,” Cannon said. “The House Republican leadership bill does not replace Obamacare. It merely applies a new coat of paint to a building that Republicans themselves have already condemned.”

Edmund F. Haislmaier, a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an acknowledged expert and adviser in health care policy has written an analysis of the recently released draft House health care bill, “House Republican Health Care Bill Misses the Mark.”

The issue is complex, and putting a Band-Aid on Obamacare is the last thing the Republican controlled Congress should be considering. President Trump and Republican House and Senate majorities were elected in large part by citizens who believed their declarations of a full repeal of Obamacare, and their vows to replace it with free-market reforms.

But the rush is on. Step one, funding, was addressed by the House Ways and Means Committee this morning. This is the press release issued today by House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The bill was approved along party lines after debating the draft legislation nearly 18 hours. The full committee can be seen here.


Obama’s shadow government is a reality

March 5, 2017

Dems hypocritically engage in mind-boggling double standard

It is not a matter of coincidence that President Donald Trump is being hampered at every turn.  There has been a concerted effort to marginalize the businessman — not a politician — since he first entered the Republican presidential primary.  It intensified when he won the GOP nomination over 16 other candidates. But when his dedicated supporters handed scandal-plagued liberal icon Hillary Clinton a massive loss on Election Day 2016, it set the disbelieving left reeling. Not only have they and their media cohorts not recovered, they are working double time to undermine President Trump. This is not a ragtag group of malcontents. It is being led by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama and his clique, who began working to retake control before Inauguration Day.

Since taking office, Trump’s advisers and cabinet picks have been brutalized by the colluding media. His wife and family have been subjected to vicious onslaughts both personally and professionally. Unable to relinquish the reins of power, Obama has moved into a mansion within close proximity to the White House and Capitol. In a recently reported bizarre move, Loretta Lynch his longtime confidant and former Attorney General has taken up residence in the Obama’s home. This is not an inconsequential ménage à trios, but a strategic repositioning of the left. The  household is ground zero for what they expect will be a thunderous, albeitbloody and deadly(one minute WND video) rebirth of radical liberalism.

The recipient of leftist billionaire George Soros’ funding, Obama has started “Organizing for Action,” closely aligned with the disruptive “Indivisible Project” protest movement. Its training manual instructs on effective opposition strategies to any policy or appointment put forth by President Trump. They also are the disruptive forces overtaking many GOP congressional town hall meetings. Breitbart provides chilling excerpts from the training manual. Joel B. Pollak, writing for the site also presents an expanded version of what conservative radio host, lawyer and author Mark Levin  refers to as “police state tactics”  to undermine President Trump. Levin implores Congress to investigate Obama’s “Silent Coup” vs. Trump.

Both of these links are imperative reading for American citizens who desire to preserve our liberties for future generations. It’s not an exaggeration to say we are at a dangerous crossroad,  aided and abetted by a media intent on collapsing the meteoric rise of Donald Trump — who is fearlessly fulfilling his campaign promises and just last week knocked the wind out of Democrat House and Senate members with his masterfully eloquent speech to the joint chambers.

The opposition yammers about meetings with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, hypocritically neglecting to remember the actions they describe as impeachable or worthy of taking down the U. S. Attorney General were actually engaged in by numerous Democrat senators and Obama himself.  As President, Obama hosted the high-ranking Russian at the White House nearly two dozen times. Katie Pavlich writing for Townhall includes the stellar list.

There are clearly two sets of standards. Gird your loins, America.  We’re in for a rough ride.


Donald Trump became the president with speech to Congress

March 1, 2017

Americans watched transfixed as the election returns came in on November 8, 2016 and Republican Donald Trump was declared President of the United States. A shell-shocked Hillary Clinton called to concede in the early morning hours the next day. Conservatives cheered the election of the populist, swept into office by citizens of all political persuasions frustrated with the status quo.

Conceited liberals were unable to process the results. The leftist press has relentlessly brutalized him. The rest of us knew he would ably represent us.

Tuesday evening, after less than two months in office, President Trump delivered his inspiring first speech (video) to the joint session of Congress signaling what can only be described as a powerful beginning — setting the marker for his entire presidency.  Fox News’ Chris Wallace was compelled to call it “one of the best speeches [he’s] heard a president give.”

President Donald J. Trump concluded his dynamic address (full text)* with these words:

The time for small thinking is over.  The time for trivial fights is behind us.

We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action. From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears, inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past, and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.

I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit.  I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country.  And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and — Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless these United States.

* Courtesy of CNN