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Trump’s Budget: GOP Congress On The Spot

The pressure from Capitol Hill’s big spending establishment Republicans won’t be to cut the budget, it will be to fund the increased spending on defense and homeland security AND all the domestic boondoggles that President Trump wants to eliminate to pay for his shift in priorities.

Don’t Be Covered In Lies

David Catron, The American Spectator

Government can’t fix the insurance market; all government can do is destroy it. It so happens that’s what the Democrats are counting on. Obamacare was designed to collapse into single-payer socialized medicine, so they’re going to do everything they can to resist efforts to alter the current trajectory. Don’t fall into that trap.

Ryan and Trump Acting Like Obama and Pelosi?

Eight years after Obama and Pelosi set out to pass Obamacare, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican President Donald Trump are embarked on similar path that, if it continues, will have disastrous political consequences for the Trump and Republican brands.

The lawless obstructionism of Beltway elites

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post

There is a deep divide in the United States, and it isn’t blue-red or liberal-conservative. It’s between those who believe in applying the law as it exists and those who think they have the right — through various government authorities — to ignore laws they don’t like. Once the law is whatever any authority says it is, the result is chaos. Let’s stick with the Constitution. It has worked since 1789.

Paul Ryan Betrays President Trump On Obamacare Repeal And Replace

Obamacare 2.0, Rinocare or Ryancare, whatever you call it, Speaker Ryan's phony "repeal and replace" bill is actually worse than Obamacare in many respects, and it is all being done behind closed doors using budget reconciliation, not open debate and amendments. To stop Ryancare's benefits for illegal aliens, and massive new entitlements and big government we urge conservatives to contact the White House to let President Trump know he's being suckered on this deal.

DC in Chaos

Robert Verbruggen, The American Conservative

To be sure, this is hardly the first time DC has reeked of dysfunction. Only time will tell if Republicans can get it together like the Democrats did eight years ago to pass Obamacare. But the early signs are not encouraging, and that dog-that-caught-the-mail-truck cliché seems more apt by the day.

Is the American Elite Really Elite?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The public no longer believes that privilege and influence should be predicated on titles, brands, and buzz, rather than on demonstrable knowledge and proven character. The idea that brilliance can be manifested in trade skills or retail sales, or courage expressed by dealing with the hardship of factory work, or character found on an Indiana farm, is foreign to the Washington Beltway, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.

How Dictatorships Get Started

Contrary to what Senator McCain said about dictatorship starting by suppressing a free press, it is not hard to see parallels between today’s free, but highly politicized establishment elite media, and the media in Germany that helped the Nazis take power.

President Trump’s Epic Beatdown of the Media Elite

Why does President Trump’s adversarial relationship with the establishment media seem to help him sell himself and his agenda? What could be better than getting your enemies in the media to provide you with a live broadcast documenting your beatdown of them.

Establishment Republicans Eat Their Own

Two establishment Republican Senators have defected and plan to vote NO on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. Their defection is truly bizarre because Ms. DeVos, at least on the surface, looks like President Trump's most establishment-friendly Cabinet nominee.

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The real saboteurs of his new foreign policy may not be inside the Ring Road in Moscow; rather, they may be inside the Beltway around DC. The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Mr. Outside and Mr. Inside at the Department of State?

The nomination of “Mr. Outside,” Rex Tillerson, as Secretary of State would mark the fulfillment of another important campaign promise by President-elect Trump. However, to fulfill his promise to drain the swamp at the State Department Donald Trump needs a “Mr. Inside.” Although it may be a difficult pill for some of our fellow non-interventionists to swallow, we can think of no one more qualified for that role than Ambassador John Bolton.

Mr. Trump: Don’t Make Traitor Bob Corker Secretary Of State

In pursuit of his “legacy” treaty with Iran, Obama resorted to telling lie after lie to sell something that if the truth were revealed would never be accepted by the American people – and his indispensable partner in selling the lies was Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

How the Establishment Plans to Torch Trump’s Economic Plan: Part 1

After eight years of doing everything possible to prop-up Obama’s failed economic policies the Fed has now gotten religion and decided to implement a policy to keep employment growth neutral and slow wage growth at a time when working Americans haven’t had a real pay increase in a decade.

House GOP Establishment Didn’t Get The Message Of John Mica’s Defeat

Special interest earmarks are nothing less than a legal bribe to get Members of Congress to vote for bad policy and more spending. The defeat of John Mica conclusively rebuts the argument that they are good politics.

Trump Thumps The Ruling Class Again

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Prognostication and punditry are a business in which the blind lead the blind and they usually fail upward. Trump defied the elite’s assumptions at almost every turn and won not so much in spite of that scorn but because of it.

What Hath Trump Wrought?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

While a Trump victory would create the possibility of a coalition of conservatives, populists, patriots and nationalists governing America, should he lose, America’s future appears disunited and grim. Win or lose, as Sen. Edward Kennedy said at the Democratic Convention of 1980, “The work goes on, the cause endures.”