This is your President speaking.

Number 13 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!

People, you had to have been there to appreciate it.

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Sweet Home Alabama

I’m trying to figure out why this keeps running through my head.

Truth be known, I was preparing to write an different story. It was going to be about the great state of Alabama’s almost redeeming itself. Good thing I didn’t spill a bunch of ink before tonight’s election results came in.

Now what appears to have happened is that Alabama rejected former Judge Roy Moore and elected a Democrat to a state-wide office for the first time since most of us were born. The problem is, I fear, they did it for all the wrong reasons.

To be sure, Roy Moore, despite all his holier than thou posturing throughout the years, has been most recently exposed as a scumbag of the first order. Many women, now middle-aged, have come forward to relate experiences they had with Roy Moore when they were a months or years short of the age of consent and he was a man of power. These revelations turned what appeared about to be a victory rout for Moore into a thin win for his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. There is just one problem with that. Moore’s past indiscretions do not make him unfit for public office. If being a scumbag were a barrier to the halls of government, then there would be a noticeable echo in those halls.

What is wrong here is there is not much evidence that Alabamans rejected Roy Moore for the correct reasons. Motivation for dumping Moore should have been his glaring unfitness for the job. To wit:

  • As a superior court judge, flouting the Constitution by promoting and having installed a religious monument on government property.
  • Refusing to abide by a higher court ruling to allow same-sex marriages, this after having been bounced from office for the above offense and then being returned to office by the good voters of Alabama.
  • Insisting that religious belief supersedes the law of the land.
  • Proclaiming that people of certain religious affiliations are ineligible to hold public office.
  • Supporting legislation to criminalize homosexual behavior.

Additionally, his 19th century views on biological evolution bring his knowledge base into question.

I am hearing from  others that some or all of the above turned off sufficient Alabama conservative voters to the extent they stayed home on election day. It could be the state of George Wallace is about to enter the 21st century. Quoting Lynard Skynard:

In Birmingham they love the governor, (boo! boo! boo!)
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth.

This is your President speaking.

Number 12 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Leaves a lump in your throat.

The Government You Paid For

Number 16

 

What’s this? Another campaign letter from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Barbara,

Now that I have officially filed for re-election as governor, national Democrats are preparing to double down on their attempted takeover of the Lone Star State.

After flipping four U.S. House seats in Texas in 2016, they believe they can pick up three more in 2018 to help them achieve their goal of reinstalling Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

We need your help to keep valuable Texas seats from falling into the control of the Democrats!

After big wins in New Jersey and Virginia, national Democrats are scouring Texas for another Wendy Davis to run against me on a brazenly left-wing, pro-abortion, pro-amnesty, pro-big government platform they believe will raise tens of millions of dollars from out-of-state liberals.

On the face of it, this is fairly amusing. Yes, liberals figure they can pick up three additional seats to replace some of the most embarrassing congressmen representing Texas in the House of Representatives.

  • “[Joe] Barton was divorced from his first wife (Jeanette/Janet Sue Winslow) in 2003. He remarried in 2004, and divorced from his second wife (Terri) in 2015.[13][134][115] In 2017 he was again engaged.[13]His wife Terri said she filed for divorce after evidence that Barton had engaged in multiple affairs, and finding ‘a very sexually explicit video of one of his mistresses.’”
  • “As of 2015, [Lamar] Smith has received more than $600,000 from the fossil fuel industry during his career in Congress. In 2014, Smith got more money from fossil fuels than he did from any other industry. Smith publicly denies global warming. Under his leadership, the House Science committee has held hearings that feature the views of climate change deniers, subpoenaed the records and communications of scientists who published papers that Smith disapproved of, and attempted to cut NASA’s earth sciences budget. He has been criticized for conducting “witch hunts” against climate scientists. In his capacity as Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Smith issued more subpoenas in his first three years than the committee had for its entire 54-year history. In a June 2016 response letter to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Mr. Smith cited the work of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s as valid legal precedent for his investigation.

    On December 1, 2016 as Chair on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, he tweeted out on behalf of that committee a Breitbart article denying climate change.”

  • “[Ted] Poe favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Poe does not support what he calls “government-run health care”. Poe voted “Nay” on the Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments bill on November 7, 2009. In 2008 Poe voted for the Medicare Bill (HR 6331). Poe supports healthcare reform that would “Allow insurance to be purchased across state lines, provide for a safety net for catastrophic injury or illness…and allow for a health savings account”. Poe resigned from the Freedom_Caucus in March 2017, after the Caucus’s opposition to the American Health Care Act of 2017 contributed to Speaker Ryan’s decision to pull the bill. Poe supported the March 2017 version of the American Health Care Act before its collapse.

    On May 4, 2017, he voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.”

All three of these Republican representatives have announced they will not run for Congress in the 2018 elections. None of them appear to be staunch supporters of their constituents’ needs. More from the Governor:

Their goal is to make more gains in the U.S. House and defeat me in hopes of locking down Texas’ 38 electoral votes in the next U.S. presidential election. Can you imagine what Texas would look like if they succeed? Can you imagine what our country would look like?

I am not 100% sure what our country will look like if liberals succeed in garnering Texas’ 38 electoral votes in 2020, but I am 100% sure what it looks like now.

  • A president who cannot go a day without uttering a blatant lie.
  • Hiring and firing unqualified administration officials at a pace that takes our breath away.
  • A president who leaves a trail of indicted and confessed criminals acting at the highest levels of the United States political system.
  • An unabashed lecher and abuser of women elected President of the United States.
  • A president leading a Republican Congress bent on dismantling the most constructive reform in this country’s health care system to come along in decades while at the same time working overtime to push through changes in tax law that will balloon the national debt to the benefit of wealthy campaign contributors.

Let us imagine that. There’s more:

With liberal BILLIONAIRE George Soros’ deep pockets at their disposal—and radical left-wing organizations like Planned Parenthood, Battleground Texas, Big Labor, and radical environmentalist groups all preparing to go on the attack—I’m afraid the Lone Star State is in for a liberal firestorm unlike anything we’ve seen in decades!

Parse those words for a moment: “radical left-wing organizations like Planned Parenthood…” Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally. It is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.

Planned Parenthood consists of 159 medical and non-medical affiliates, which operate over 650 health clinics in the United States. It partners with organizations in 12 countries globally. The organization directly provides a variety of reproductive health services and sexual education, contributes to research in reproductive technology and advocates for the protection and expansion of reproductive rights.

PPFA is the largest single provider of reproductive health services, including abortion, in the U.S. In their 2014 Annual Report, PPFA reported seeing over 2.5 million patients in over 4 million clinical visits and performing a total of nearly 9.5 million discrete services including 324,000 abortions. Its combined annual revenue is US$1.3 billion, including approximately US$530 million in government funding such as Medicaid reimbursements. Throughout its history, PPFA and its member clinics have experienced support, controversy, protests, and violent attacks.

Planned Parenthood is the enemy? In truth, we have identified the enemy, and the enemy is the cadre of politicians that disparages constructive organizations such as Planned Parenthood to the furtherance of their political ambitions.

Regarding Big Labor, I assume Governor Abbott refers to labor unions, which work to benefit their members in matters regarding pay and working conditions. With respect to “radical environmental groups,” Governor Abbott is going to have to be more explicit in defining what is a radical environmental group. By this does he mean the Sierra Club?

The Sierra Club is an environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California, by the Scottish-American preservationist John Muir, who became its first president.

Traditionally associated with the progressive movement, the club was one of the first large-scale environmental preservation organizations in the world, and currently engages in lobbying politicians to promote green policies. In recent years, the club has gravitated toward green politics and especially toward bright green environmentalism. Recent focuses of the club include promoting sustainable energy, mitigating global warming, and opposing coal. The club is known for its political endorsements, which are often sought after by candidates in local elections; it generally supports liberal and progressive candidates in elections.

Perhaps Governor Abbott includes the National Park Foundation in his list of radical environmental groups:

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is the official charity of the United States‘ National Park Service and its 417 national park sites. The NPF was chartered by Congress in 1967 to “further the conservation of natural, scenic, historic, scientific, educational, inspirational, or recreational resources for future generations of Americans.” The NPF raises private funds for the benefit of, or in connection with, the activities and services of the National Park Service.

We can only hope the Governor draws the line somewhere. I’m not counting on it.

Will Texas next year come up with a viable candidate to run against Greg Abbott? It’s hard to tell. What highly capable individual is willing to give up a position of power and authority to step into one of the weakest positions in state government? Mark Cuban maybe? Just thinking.

The Government You Paid For

Number 15

Somebody posted this on Facebook, and I thought it was kind of cute, so I stole a copy.

The subject came up yesterday after our house received a campaign email from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who plans to run for re-election next year. See the link above.

Of course you never receive a single campaign email. These are like bosons, whose quantum mechanical properties increase the likelihood of other  bosons. To demonstrate we do live in a boson world, Greg Abbott’s campaign mail continues to populate our inbox. So, here’s the latest:

Barbara,

Our Texas economy is thriving under Governor Abbott’s leadership.

According to Forbes’ list of Best States For Business 2017, Texas’ economic climate ranks #1 due to our strong employment numbers and rapid growth. Companies are continually relocating to our state, creating jobs and spurring economic expansion.

During Governor Abbott’s first term, Texas has added more than 500,000 jobs and experienced its lowest unemployment rate in the past 40 years—and he’s just getting started!

Number 1! And from Forbes no less. That is impressive, but not the complete story:

Forbes Lists

Hey! Number 1 in economic climate, number 2 in best states for business and growth prospects. Number 1, number 2. Who’s keeping score? Forbes is, and there is more:

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The $1.6 trillion Texas economy is the second biggest in the U.S., behind only California. Texas ranks first for current economic climate thanks to strong employment and gross state product growth over the past five years. In addition, there are 100 of the 1,000 largest public and private companies in the U.S. based in Texas, including giants like AT&T, ExxonMobil and Dell. Startup activity is also tops in the nation among larger states per the Kauffman Foundation. One of the only things holding Texas back is the education rate among its labor supply. Only 83% of adults have a high school degree, which is second lowest among the states.

[Emphasis added]

Besides ranking number 1 in economic climate, Texas also ranks number 21 in regulatory environment and number 30 in quality of life. Those measures might need some study. Start with quality of life, for which Texas does poorly. A quick reading indicates Forbes relies on “Mercer , the global human resources consulting firm.” Here is what Forbes has to say on it:

To determine the rankings, Mercer evaluates local living conditions according to 39 factors including political and social environment (such as political stability), economic environment (currency exchange regulations and banking services), sociocultural environment (media availability and censorship), medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, housing and consumer goods.

Additionally from Forbes:

Western European cities dominate the list, with Vienna topping it for the seventh year in a row, followed by Zürich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver, making the last one the top-ranking North American city. Seven Western European cities filled out the top 10. Düsseldorf came in sixth, Frankfurt seventh, Geneva eighth and Copenhagen ninth.

No North American city makes the top ten. Here is how North American cities fare:

In North America, Canadian cities ranked highly, with Toronto coming in at 15, Ottawa 17, Montréal 23, and then the first United States city, San Francisco, ringing in at 28.

All right, now, we are getting close. How about cities in the U.S.A.?”

In the U.S., the City by the Bay was followed by Boston (34), Honolulu  (35), Chicago (43), New York City (44), Los Angeles at (49), and Washington DC (51).

No Texas city makes the cut in the revealed rankings. You will be heartened to know that Baghdad and Damascus round out the bottom of Mercer’s list.

But Texas is number 21 in regulatory environment. I performed a quick search to determine which numbers are best, high numbers or low numbers. Forbes seems to say that compliance with government regulations is a burden on businesses, so does that mean Texas ranks close to the middle in state-imposed regulations?

We do know this. Texas is a major center for the petrochemical industry, and the hazards related to these operations are acknowledged. Anybody who lives near an oil refinery or has driven past one on a good day will know these operations make their presence known. Government regulations dictate what must be done to minimize the risk of catastrophic events, and they also place restrictions on the amount and type of pollutants refineries can emit.

Enough said about that. Governor Abbott’s letter concludes:

Governor Abbott knows that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we must create an environment that encourages more Texas entrepreneurs to start and grow their enterprises.
Texas deserves a champion of economic liberty—that’s Governor Abbott.

We are glad to learn this comes with the added bonus of an undereducated workforce and a less than standard quality of life.

Keep reading. The Governor will have more to say.

The Government You Paid For

Number 14

Being retired, we receive an overload of email at our house. Actually, we received a bunch before we retired. But now I have some time to deal with some of it. This one came from the Governor of Texas, and it was most impossible to ignore. Most impossible because Barbara Jean kept insisting I create a blog post. Gladly done. It’s about the government you paid for.

The heading tells you right away this is a campaign plug.

Yeah, that was a dead giveaway. Like the typical campaign spiel, this one is long on platitudes and short of specifics. But it starts off nicely enough.

Barbara,

It’s no secret that liberals have been salivating over Texas for years now—not just for the power they believe controlling the Lone Star State will hand them in Washington, D.C., but also because our success highlights what a failure liberals’ policies have been all over the country.

“It’s no secret that liberals have been salivating over Texas for years now…” Rats! They are onto our scheme. We need to search for a mole in our conspiracy. But there is more, and some of it is amusing:

Instead of ditching traditional values like hard work, faith, and family, Texans proudly stand for them.

Oops! News to us. The Governor is thinking perhaps liberals don’t care for hard work, faith, and family. People like the Blanton family, who served in the armed forces, put themselves through college, worked in private sector and government jobs for decades, enjoying great family life all the while? Actually, Governor Abbott may have us on the “faith” bit. Yeah, when the guy came around with the Kool-Aid, we generally took a pass.

2018 will be a make-or-break year in the fight to defend traditional values. Help us start 2018 strong with a contribution today!

The above was supposed to be a link to a page to take your campaign contributions. Shifty that I am, I deleted the link.

Governor Abbott wants us to “defend traditional values.” He gives no indication of what these values are. I have an idea of some values that were traditional in the past, and I am hoping the Governor of Texas does not want us to return to those. Here’s more.

Instead of looking to government to solve all of our problems, we value independence and limited government. Instead of placing extra burdens on families, small businesses, and entrepreneurs in the form of high taxes and stifling regulations, we’ve let them lead the way.

That sounds about right. I have all these problems, and for years I have been relying on the government to solve them for me. For example, there was the problem of people driving on the wrong side of the road, so sometime back the government made it against the law to drive on the wrong side of the road, and they started arresting people who were doing that, and there’s not so much of that going on now. There were other problems, as well, that I shoved off onto the government, such as ensuring the bridge across the Brazos River near my childhood home was safe for large trucks, and all the while I should have been seeing to that myself. I also wanted the government to restrict the activities of others to ensure they did not pollute the air that I breathed and the same with respect to water.

Yes, I have seen these stifling regulations first hand. I talked to a man who ran a small business, and that small business was involved in trenching work, like for water lines and such. And the government required that when his crews dug a trench beyond a certain  depth in a certain type of soil, then no worker must be allowed to go down into the trench unless the sides of the trench were shored up to prevent collapse of the soil. And the man complained to me about these regulations, but he also mentioned his son went into such a trench to work, and it caved in on him, and he required medical treatment, which was covered by workers compensation insurance, which was mandated by the government of Texas. Yes, we definitely need for the government to get out of the way and let businesses make their own decisions about how to run their operations.

And instead of waiting around for Washington, D.C. to get its act together, we take it upon ourselves to protect our way of life.

Again, Governor Abbott has a point, and I have in the past brought this matter up with Senator John Cornyn of Texas. I strongly urged the senator to work with Congress and go around the gaggle of clowns currently occupying the Executive Branch. Maybe Governor Abbott would care to step over and have a chat with Senator Cornyn.

And there is a lot more stuff, but here is something interesting.

The good news is that after suing the Obama administration 31 times, I’m no stranger to high-stakes fights with the left.

I’ve won far more than my fair share—including stopping President Obama’s executive amnesty scheme at the U.S. Supreme Court, preserving the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Capitol grounds, protecting the words “one nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, and ensuring that prayer during the presidential inauguration continues.

Right on, Governor. What is important to a 21st century state such as Texas is that we preserve a graven image on government property honoring the predilections of a band of desert tribesmen from 2500 years ago. Also, we should subordinate what we hope to be the greatest and proudest nation on this planet to a piece of ancient fiction. Yeah, I’m starting to feel proud already.

Governor, when you start to get serious about what really matters to the people of Texas, then I am going to start taking you seriously. Until then I have to conclude you are a manifestation of a mass of what has gone wrong in recent years. Keep talking that talk. Never let us forget.

People Unclear

This is number 30

Yes, sometimes you just have to scratch your head and say, “What was he thinking?”

Franklin Graham Retweeted Donald J. Trump

Never in my lifetime have we had a willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like . We need to get behind him with our prayers.

Franklin Graham added,

We have to wonder whether there is an epidemic of muddle-mind going around.

This is your President speaking.

Number 10 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.

People, it does not get much better than this. There is more to come. Keep reading.