Encore of Revival: America, May 8, 2017

Police departments are ceasing patrol due to unpopularity with the people, according to an FBI report. France, like Canada and the US 12 years ago, also has new, young president. The new president, Emanuel Macron, who won by more than 65%, ran on a campaign of cutting spending, loosening France’s ever-so-strict labor laws, and protecting the self-employed. Regardless of what you think you know of Le Pen, who lost, French politics aren’t what they seem. The same can be said of the new politics on Capital Hill.

Trump’s budget deal is complex. It angered people, he knew it would, he wanted it to. But, the backlash will also be complex. His two-part Tweet tells it all.

Trump could have used the budget reconciliation rule to pass a budget bill or to repeal Obamacare, which suspends the 60-vote rule over matters of Constitution and budget. Democrats used it to pass Obamacare, which seemed to be misuse of the rule; Republicans didn’t use it to repeal Obamacare. He could have suspended the 60 vote rule, but he didn’t and he hasn’t. He won’t because he wants the 60 vote rule removed—a rule which, more or less, allows “auto filibuster”, so opponents can keep needless discussion going to stop a law from being voted on, without actually having to attend any meetings. It’s a silly rule in the Senate. It’s a relatively new rule in the Senate. The House has no such rule. Thankfully, families and business also don’t have such rules. Trump is playing smart. The best solution to bad rules and laws: rigorous enforcement. He wants his supporters to support efforts to eliminate the 60-vote rule so that, as in the House, a law only needs a simple majority to be passed.

There is still no wall. Obamacare isn’t gone. Some Trump supporters are angry—though, keep watching: They’ll cool off around election time when they see what pops over the horizon.

One very important thing happened: military. China, Korea, and the Middle East are heating up. China is making huge strides with constructing its first aircraft carrier. We needed that military cleanup from eight years of rust. Otherwise it would be the North Koreans vs ISIS jihadists fighting over who gets to keep your women, brainwash your children, and kill the rest of your family—no matter what country you live in. Like it or not, evil or good or somewhere in the vast in-between, the decaying US military is all that keeps people who don’t apologize away from the shores of the people who do. This budget kept that military going.

Yes, it did make other milestones. It was a first: A new president actually influenced the current year’s budget—because we were over-budget from eight years before. Yes, the bill boosted military spending without having to boost non-related programs. And, yes, Trump will be in a better position to threaten with a shutdown later, since the military is finally operational again.

But, the people won’t have it. Trump was supposed to drain the swamp. Where’s the wall? Why is the US spending over $1B on non-citizens in our prisons? Why not fix Obamacare with the same rout that it was created? The people want results now. They will come back to support Trump in 2018 and 2020, but only briefly; and in between, they will get thirsty for a third party. Perhaps that was also part of Trump’s plan in the first place. Let’s be frank; the Republican party likes Trump and his base about as much as Britain liked General George Washington and the American colonies.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

French raid leads to 6 arrests in Brussels (ABC)

FDA declares hemp oils belong to Big Pharma (The Event Chronicle)

Clinton email techie’s role (Reuters)

Voter registration encouraged at Mosques (NY Times)

Coffee stand staff prays with new widow (Fox Insider)

‘Jury nullification’ fliers, arrested for ‘jury tampering’, possible federal case against local court (M Live)

The Autism backpack! (Upworthy)

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November 17, 2015

27 Governors reject Obama refugees, executive order (CNN)

US Congress to defund Obama refugees (FP)

France, Germany’s right wing demand immigrant halt (UK Mail)

Battle of professors: Carson knows more about Syria than Obama? (AP)

Obama uses the Nixon defence: “I’m too busy” (WA Times)

CIA: Spying is solution (FP)

West: Paris was Snowden’s fault! (POLITICO)

Feinstein disagrees with Obama (POLITICO)

Goals, Dreams & Priorities: Facebook will be ‘better than humans at vision, hearing, language, and general cognition’ in a DECADE, Mark Zuckerberg claims (UK Mail)  · · · →

November 6, 2015

TPP trade deal ‘erodes’ online rights (TC)

TPP full text (ustr.gov)

Russians going at it in Syria: 263 targets, 2 days (RT)

France’s largest warship off to Iraq (BBC)

The Limbaugh article everyone is talking about (Nat’l Review)

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