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How to Miss a Big-Time Political Point

William Murchison, The American Spectator

It would be nice to get back to the central point here, which is that the Green New Deal — outlined by whites, blacks, who cares, really? — is nonsense and merits utter rejection. We can’t afford it. We can’t tolerate it, never mind the size of the Bernie Sanders Fan Club. The reported vogue for socialism on the part of the young needs squelching — not by force (the tool of the Left) but by rational persuasion. Trump, master operator as he conceives himself, plans to squash the ultra-left Democratic presidential ticket he hopes will result from embarrassing party moderates into alliance with Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Might work. But if not, what then?

Trump's immigration deal with Mexico is working

Jan Brewer, Washington Examiner

The Democrats' ultimate objective is to dismantle our entire immigration system and open our borders to anyone who wishes to enter the country for any reason. After being humiliated by the unexpected ease with which Trump convinced Mexico to help fight illegal immigration, liberals tried to save face by pretending that the deal was toothless. Now they have been humiliated yet again by the undeniable impact the agreement has had in a remarkably short period of time. In truth, the Democrats have only themselves to blame for underestimating Trump’s border security deal with Mexico. Their radicalism clouded their judgment, just as it has throughout the Trump presidency.

Ending the unfairest tax of all

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

No one knows for sure how much unrealized capital gains that would be sold if indexing were adopted as federal tax policy. In the short term, this could mean hundreds of billions of dollars of sales of stock and then tens of billions of dollars of tax revenues collected by the government. History also shows that the capital gains tax — all other things equal — is inversely related to venture capital funding for start-up firms. A low capital gains tax attracts dollars to higher-risk investments. What’s wrong with a nice boost for the women and men who start new companies in America? As an economic matter, this tax change would be a home run crashing off the centerfield score board.

E. Jean Carroll, Donald Trump, and a rape accusation from an earlier era

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The alleged incident took place more than 20 years ago. Carroll remained silent as Trump, already famous at the time of the alleged incident, became a TV star in the 2000s, flirted with politics, and then ran for president beginning in 2015. Carroll remained silent as the #MeToo movement, spurred by allegations of rape and sexual assault against some of the very men she features in "The Most Hideous Men in NYC Walking Tour," got its start. She spoke out only when she had a book to promote. So in the end, the E. Jean Carroll story will likely join a long list of contentious issues that Trump supporters and adversaries fight over and never, ever settle.

Nancy Pelosi needs to stop her endless war against Trump

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Keep it going and soon enough impeachment — and prison — could become political tools routinely used by both parties to overturn elections. My fear is that it would take another civil war to stop the escalating cycle. If Pelosi’s friends are right that she is not a crazy, she needs to act like it. If she believes impeachment is wrong for the country as well as her party, she must say it clearly and stop trying to have it both ways. She could also set an example of doing her day job by dealing with border problems and other pressing national issues. Otherwise, she is playing with a fire that will prove easy to start and impossible to stop.

So now it’s OK to destroy lives in the name of fighting Trump?

Rich Lowry, New York Post

The Left is so obsessed with the idea that Russia pulls the strings of our democracy that it assumes every noxious piece of content on the internet might have been cooked up in a Russian troll farm. Although reporters with the historical memory of gnats might believe that rank abuse of America’s high elected officials is something new, it’s as old as the republic. And it’s often been anonymous. By all means, call out online distortions and lies, but deliberately exposing low-level political advocates to personal destruction is shabby and irresponsible — and more an act of political retaliation than journalism.

Donald Trump makes good on a promise but Dems cry ‘coverup’

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Pelosi’s “coverup” remark changed everything because of the inevitable consequences it carries. If she really believes the president is committing a crime, she has left ­herself no logical course except ­impeachment. So Trump delivered his counterpunch, along with a volley of insults. Democrats are not alone in being furious about the coming release of the documents. Their media handmaidens suddenly are all for keeping the secrets secret. The documents could reveal which members of the media the conspirators trusted for leaks and protection. Count that as a bonus of transparency.

Obama Judge Compares Trump to KKK

David Catron, The American Spectator

Obama appointee Carlton W. Reeves has now escalated his activism by attacking the President and comparing him to a long line of white supremacist Democrats and their partners in the KKK. Reeves didn’t make his outrageous claims because he cares about racial justice or some imaginary assault on the judiciary. He’s part of the problem Trump and the Republican Senate are trying to fix by filling judicial vacancies with such alacrity. They want the courts to command the respect of the American people. If President Trump can clean out that infestation of hacks, his place among the best Presidents will be secure.

Dear Citizen Collusion Truther—You Own This, Too

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

I know you still have hope that the full Mueller report will contain some far-fetched nugget of collusion evidence to vindicate your gullibility/ignorance/foolishness. You’ve already moved the goalposts to an imaginary crime of obstruction of justice even though there was no underlying crime to obstruct. History will not be kind to the Trump-Russia collusion truthers in Congress, the expert class, Hollywood, and the media. But history also shouldn’t forget the role that you, Citizen Collusion Truther, played in this. No matter how many tweets and Facebook posts you delete, it cannot erase your complicit stupidity in this scandal.

Trump Deserves More Credit than He Gets for the Economy, but He Hasn't Done Enough

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

President Trump had a good first two years where the economy is concerned, and deserves the country's gratitude. But the failure of large corporations to increase productivity-enhancing investment will contribute to a much slower rate of growth in 2019. I support the president and I want him to succeed, but I don't think the tools he has chosen will get the results he wants. On the contrary, the trade war is hurting the U.S. economy, and serves as a distraction from the greater tech war, which isn't going well.

Trump Should Call Congress’s Bluff on Our Endless Wars

W. James Antle III, The American Conservative

Trump should dare legislators to do their jobs and vote to authorize continuing these wars—or he will end them. Put the onus on the House and Senate to fulfill their constitutional duties. Up until now, Trump’s big fight with the establishment has been over immigration and the border wall. Amid his belated turn towards the more populist parts of his program, he should not forget to spend political capital on America’s wars as well. Trump now says Republican congressional leaders misled him on the wall. It has been even worse on foreign policy.

Trump's Crucial Test at San Ysidro

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Immigration, race, culture, the economy and education appear to be the agenda Americans want addressed in 2020. What does this portend? Mass migration from the Third World has not only been the major progenitor and propellant of the right-wing populism that is raging across Europe, it also played an indispensable role in defeating her and electing Donald Trump. And if the Democratic Party and its presidential candidates in 2020 are seen as abolish-ICE, pro-amnesty, open borders liberals, they will pull their party out of the mainstream of this nation on the most divisive issue of our time — the Third World invasion of the West.

Why Britain Doesn’t Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

All of the British spy chiefs’ ostensibly high-minded anxieties are designed to distract attention from an enormous transatlantic scandal, one that has yet to be fully plumbed: that the only real collusion during the 2016 election took place between London and Langley. It took place under the hyper-partisan CIA director John Brennan, with Britty dual-asset oafs like Stefan Halper and British spies, both present and past (the Hillary-financed hatchet man Christopher Steele chief among them), putting in critical cameos — a spy ring that nearly catapulted Hillary into the White House.

For 2020: It's Trump v. Goldman Sachs

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Most would agree that China's behavior has been egregious and previous administrations virtually absent when it came to confronting it, yet still this must be handled with greatest skill. The Chinese play a long game incomprehensible to most Westerners. Nevertheless, a decent trade agreement with China might force Goldman to revise its prediction quickly.  More importantly, it might preserve and enhance the already booming economy to such an extent that Trump would walk effortlessly into a second term.

There Is No ‘Surge’ in White Supremacy

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

National Review's David French lends a conservative imprimatur to the false leftist narrative that Trump is a racist, that the president promotes white supremacy, and that his supporters are ready to wield Tiki torches to burn down the country. A greater threat to civil society, in reality, is contemptible pieces of writing like French’s, which are intended to malign innocent people based on race and political affiliation, and further divide the country he laughably claims to want to save.

This economy is definitely not Obama’s recovery

Stephen Moore, New York Post

One time during the campaign, Larry Kudlow, Steve Miller and I held an impromptu discussion with Trump about economic strategy. Miller summarized the game plan to Trump succinctly: “Donald, just look at all the things that Obama has done on the economy over the past eight years, and then do just the opposite.” Trump has done pretty much just that — which explains why the Trump boom is an everyday reminder of the Obamanomics failure.

Thanks, Obama! He reminds us why Donald Trump is president

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

The former president’s haughty finger-wagging reminds us that the Trump presidency is, in big part, a manifestation of a fracture that was the result of the systematic destruction of process and subversion of political standards by his administration and its allies. Obamacare was just one example. That is why I’m skeptical that the former will help Democrats (whom polls show doing well without him) more than unite conservatives heading into the midterms.

Let's plot the Trump coup together

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Bookies in Costa Rica have established betting odds that Vice President Mike Pence is the likely source of The New York Times op-ed, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly at 4 to 1. There’s a sucker born every minute, and the smart money is staying home on this one to watch the coup. I put the odds on that at 2 to 1. The Costa Rican bookies say they consulted the veep’s speeches in establishing their opening odds, and found that he is fond of the words “lodestar.” When he searched the speeches of others of the administration, “lodestar” came up only in Mr. Pence’s speeches. The entrails of goats are said to work well, too.

A Case Study in Obama-Trump Double Standards

David Catron, The American Spectator

Like most academics and journalists, Professor Nicholas Bagley lives in an insular world where the only debate occurs between the center-left and the loony left. In this fool’s paradise, Bagley’s flaccid critiques of Obama’s “well-meaning” violations of the law create the illusion of balance. That’s why he got his knickers in a knot when I highlighted his hypocrisy. In his world, dissent has long since been banished to outer darkness.

Hollywood agenda to blacklist Trump is beyond hypocritical

Kristin Tate, The Hill

The fight over Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a microcosm for the insanity taking over American politics. Our solution to partisan disagreements should certainly not be a Stalinesque removal of all memories of political opponents. Such efforts show that the whitewashers are exactly what they accuse the president of being. The radical efforts of “damnatio memoriae” only increase the profile of the censored and showcase the inner tyrants of the left.