Category Archives: Trumpalot

Lifting the Arctic drilling ban

“‘Trump to OK new offshore plan, reverse Arctic, Atlantic bans: sources,’ said a headline from S&P Global Platts, an industry trade publication….

“Oil for the people. Money from leases for the Treasury. And getting out of the Middle East for our military.”

That last may be iffy now, with the Syria strike, but it is to be devoutly wished.

Via Don Surber

Austin company bids on border wall

Black Security Products LLC has already built about 30 percent of the current fencing along the border. Now they want to do a concrete wall topped with a fence and an elevated platform to serve as a road.

“’It’s like a bridge,’ said Neusch, who shared the conceptual drawings for his bid with the American-Statesman. ‘It’s part of our design for the border wall.’ While he wouldn’t give cost estimates, he said the structure, with the additional steel lane for Border Patrol vehicles to drive on while they patrol, wouldn’t come cheap.”

Via Austin American-Statesman

Obama Spied, Mediacrats Lied

“Once you wave away all the smoke created by our dishonest media, the story of this past week was pretty simple. The Trump-Russia-Conspiracy narrative is falling apart. The Obama-Spied-on-his-Political-Opposition narrative is coming together.”

Via PJMedia.

UPDATE: It’s Watergate on steroids says Don Suber, author of Trump the Press.

The problem with executive orders

President Trump is continuing to issue executive orders rolling back regulations that adversely affect business/education.

“The president canceled the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ rule, which blacklists companies from receiving federal contracts if [they] have violated labor rules in the past, the ‘Planning 2.0’ rule, which dealt with how to use 245 million acres of federal land and was opposed by the energy industry, and two regulations under the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ which Trump said removes ‘an additional layer of bureaucracy to encourage freedom in our schools.’

“As he signed the orders, Trump said there was ‘a lot more coming’ and he would ‘remove every job killing regulation we can find.’”

“[These] resolutions of disapproval reached the president’s desk through the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used tool that allows Congress to fast-track bills to reverse regulations. Before Trump, the law had been used successfully only once in its 21-year history,” says USAToday.

The major problem with these resolutions and executive orders, as opposed to legislation, is getting them enforced. The Weekly Standard: “Signing an executive order is the beginning of a process. not just the end of one…[the president and agency heads must] persuade the bureaucracy to do the work—to neither obstruct nor slow-walk the process.” So every resolution and EO will have to be followed up, a lengthy process at best, which could fully occupy one staffer doing nothing else.

And the rarity of success of these “resolutions of disapproval” are an invitation to lawsuits and judicial micromanaging. So we probably haven’t heard the end of these.

Via Instapundit.

SXSW goes “progressive”

The former music festival, locally famed for its traffic snarls and street crowd scenes, is this year focusing on anti-Trump rhetoric:

“SXSW’s chief programming officer Hugh Forrest praised the political slant on this year’s festival.

“’There is definitely a degree of politics or political focus that may not have been there in previous years,’ said Forrest. ‘We hope people walk away with a little better understanding of issues and the players driving the issues.’

“Forrest, who voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, previously claimed to be ‘grieving’ following President Trump’s victory in November. He also claimed to be excited about SXSW’s ‘role’ in ‘paving a more progressive path to the future.'”

SXSW claims to have music acts this year from Somalia and Libya, countries on President Trump’s travel ban, and otherwise is promoting Islam’s fight against Trump.

Via Breitbart News/Tech

Obamacare Lite

Pity the Republicans aren’t going to repeal it. Only water it down. Ann Coulter says they have sold out. Seems so. They fear to rile the voters and only want to maintain their positions, for their chance to become millionaires off the lobby.

The Conservatives say they will fight it. But conservatism died long ago. Now it’s just maintaining the status quo. No wonder they’re fighting Trump so hard. Even he seems to like it. “This is his bill,” House Ways & Means Chief Kevin Brady of Texas says.

Indeed, Krauthammer says there’s no going back to pre-Obamacare days. Luckily for me I have VA eligibility to stave off O-care, even if I rarely use it.

The soft coup: Flynn won’t be the last

Never mind what Gen. Flynn said or didn’t to the Russian ambassador, or what he did or didn’t tell the Vice President about it, the real story (as usual the one mostly being ignored) is how the permanent administrative state sandbagged Flynn: they released a classified intelligence intercept of his phone call to the Democrat news media.

There’d have been no controversy without that first, clearly illegal act, in which the Democrat media was only too happy to cooperate. What the government was doing tapping Flynn’s phone is a whole other issue likewise being ignored. This is the work of a police state. Likewise the unprecedented investigation of Flynn and the rest of Trump’s transition team by the Obama DOJ and FBI.

“…this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department…and the lickspittles of the leftist media.”

Trump properly fired Obama’s DOJ director (ostensibly for something else) but he should not have kept the FBI stooge-in-charge. Nor should he have forced Flynn to resign. He’ll be very sorry to have set that particular precedent. Because what Judicial Watch calls “the soft coup” against him is just getting started. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway looks to be the next victim as the Obama-appointed Ethics Commission has started attacking her—with the full support of the Democrat media.