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directly back across the border. The
word that people were being sent back
to Mexico instead of receiving free bus
tickets to wherever they wanted to go
has stemmed the tide.
The mainstream media are still
harping on the fact that Trump can’t
build a wall. Some of their reasons
are so silly that if they weren’t superserious
liberals they couldn’t say
these things with a straight face.
One of my favorites is that the
government doesn’t own the land on
the border, as if the government had
owned all the land where roads are
A related issue is the constant
confusing of legal and illegal
immigration. The mainstream media
keep running stories about legal
immigrants with the implication that
Trump and his followers are against
Most Americans are smart enough
to know that the vast majority of us
are the descendants of immigrants.
Whether they came to this country
before it was even a country or in the
240 years since its founding, most
came here from some other country.
America is a melting pot and that is
one of the things that makes America
One of the aspects of Obama’s
immigration policies that I found
infuriating is that Obama wanted to
make room for millions of people who
came to this country illegally across
the Mexican border, and at the same
time keep out thousands of people
with skills and education who went
through the proper channels.
I know that Trump has a lot on
his plate and can’t do everything
at once, but April 15 is less than a
month away, which makes me think
about the Internal Revenue Service. If
Trump is really intent on draining the
swamp, it is a good place to start.
We know that the IRS was targeting
conservative organizations for special
treatment and refusing to grant
conservative organizations taxexempt
status because of the political
views of the members. We also know
that the IRS lied about the evidence
and attempted to destroy it. Lois
Lerner was the poster child for this
operation, but she didn’t act alone.
Current IRS Commissioner
John Koskinen should have been
impeached, but now he doesn’t have
to be. Trump can fire him. It’s a
wonder that Trump has let him stay in
office this long.
The tax laws need a complete
overhaul, but until that is done the IRS
is in charge and Trump needs to clean
house as much as he possibly can.
He could empty out the white-collar
criminals from federal prison and put
them in charge of the IRS and we’d
have a more honest crowd than what is
currently running the department.
If you have any doubt about the
prejudice of the mainstream media,
watch a press conference with White
House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
and then watch a press conference
with any of Obama’s press secretaries.
With Obama’s press secretaries,
a question was asked, the press
secretary gave some reply that may
or may not have made sense, be true
or even address the question, and
then another question was asked.
With Spicer, a reporter asks a
question, berates Spicer and Trump,
then asks the question again and
again while other reporters encourage
In my opinion, Spicer is doing a
phenomenal job of handling the press,
North Korea is threatening to attack
– Japan, South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii,
Paris, Rio de Janeiro, take your pick.
It seems like every month Kim Jongun
does something to get himself on
the front page.
What I have absolutely no idea
about, and I wonder if anyone does,
is will he ever be done with posturing
and attack someone. If he had any
sense at all, and he really wants to
attack someone or something, he
should have done it while Obama was
Obama didn’t retaliate in Syria even
when Syrian President Bashar al-
Assad not only crossed over the “red
line,” but crossed over it and then
jumped up and down and shouted,
“Nah, nah, nah, nah.” All in polite
diplomatic-speak, of course.
But if Kim Jong-un goes too far now,
Trump may decide to exhibit some
American firepower. Then again, he
might invite the North Korean dictator
to Mar-a-Lago for a round of golf. With
Trump you never know.
So far what we know about Kim
Jong-un is that he likes to fire missiles
into the ocean, he doesn’t care much
about feeding his people and isn’t too
fond of his relatives.
I have read more about the US
Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth
MacDonough in the past week than I
have read about all previous Senate
parliamentarians put together.
Evidently, the Republican senators
are terrified of this 50-year-old woman
who works for them. They are
concerned that she will rule that the
Obamacare repeal needs 60 votes
rather than the 51 votes required for
Who cares? In an elected body,
unless the Constitution or some other
governing document says otherwise,
anything can be done with a simple
majority. The Constitution in this case
says that the Senate will make its own
The Senate had the 60-vote rule
for cloture for appointments until
Sen. Harry Reid, who was at that
time Senate majority leader, and the
Democrats decided to invoke the
so-called nuclear option and allow
appointments other than Supreme
Court appointments to be passed with
a simple majority.
The Republicans need to go the
rest of the way and make everything
a simple majority. The fear is that if
the Republicans lose control of the
Senate then they won’t have any
control in the Senate.
But here is the scenario that the
Republicans should consider: In
2018, the Democrats win control of the
Senate and they immediately invoke
the nuclear option for everything and
the Republicans have no say in any
legislation and look like fools because
they didn’t do it themselves when they
had the majority.
There is a time to be nice in
politics, but unfortunately that time
has passed. The Republicans in the
Senate need to take whatever action
they need to take to get Trump’s
Supreme Court nominee approved
and to get to the legislation they need
through the Senate. If that means
invoking the rest of the nuclear option,
so be it.
In our form of government the
majority is supposed to rule. The
people of this country elected a slim
majority of Republicans to the Senate.
It is a slim majority but if a candidate
wins by one vote that candidate has
no less power than the candidate
elected by 1 million votes. It is
winning that makes the difference, not
The Senate actually doesn’t have
to invoke the nuclear option to get
the Obamacare repeal through the
Senate, but it might have to have Vice
President Mike Pence overrule the
parliamentarian, which he has the
authority to do.
The Democrats, as you would
expect, say this would be a terrible
thing to do, would cause the demise
of the Senate, cows in Indiana would
no longer give milk, storms would
rage across the Midwest and they
would likely have a year without a
summer. A slight exaggeration, but it
is amazing the horrors that Democrats
predict will ensue if Pence uses the
authority he has.
The Senate Republicans need to
put this nice guy stuff behind them
and get to work. If they lose control
of the Senate and the Democrats
want to go back to the old way of
doing business, requiring a 60-vote
majority to move a bill to the floor or
make an appointment, let them. But it
is doubtful they will, just like the nice
Republican senators have not gone
back to 60 votes for appointments
and bills having to do with the budget.
This is no time for Senate
Republicans to play nice; they need
to play to win.
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All ACC games are being played
in New York. Last I heard, the
ACC offices are in Greensboro.
So we can’t have any games
played in North Carolina because
of that terrible HB2. Do you
suppose he allows men in the
women’s restrooms at their
office? Doubt it.
% % %
Since the ACC commissioner
decided to move everything up
to New York, I think they ought to
boycott every game if they come
back next season, whatever,
because of the HB2. That’s
baloney. Quit going to their
games, and they’ll change their
% % %
Another comment about that
ACC moving to New York.
In 2020, keep them out of
Greensboro. Let them play in
New York and Atlanta. After all
the support through the years of
the ACC, if that’s the way they’re
going to do us, two can play that
game. Boycott them. Thank you.
% % %
This is about the school bus
again. Saw one go through a
school zone. Wasn’t 25 miles an
hour. Saw one yesterday through
a stop sign. I’m telling you, these
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