On Tuesday night, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaking before the Senate as it considers the impeachment of President Trump, stated that senators who voted against allowing additional witnesses who were not called upon by the House were guilty in abetting a White House cover up.

Those comments angered a senator who is largely considered to be a swing vote on the decision, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. She reportedly took great offense to Nadler’s remarks, allegedly snapping, “I took it as very offensive. As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”

Murkowski wasn’t alone; as Politico reported, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) snapped, “If the Democrats are smart, they won’t put Jerry Nadler on the field again. He was so out of line. It’s offensive accusing us of a cover-up.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) echoed, “To my Democratic colleagues, you can say what you want about me, but I’m covering up nothing. I’m exposing your hatred of the president.”

Nadler’s incendiary comments included these:

I’m struck by what we have heard from the president’s counsel so far tonight. They complain about process but they do not seriously contest any of the allegations against the president. They insist that the president has done nothing wrong. But they refuse to allow the evidence and hear from the witnesses; they will not permit the American people to hear form the witnesses, and they lie. And lie, and lie, and lie … the president sometimes relies on a theory of absolute immunity that says that he can order anybody in the executive branch not to testify to the House or the Senate or to a court. Obviously this is ridiculous; it’s been flatly rejected by every federal court to consider the idea. It’s embarrassing; the president’s counsels will talk about this today.

Nadler also said, “I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote.”

White House counsel Pat Cipollone responded in a calm voice, but his words were fiery enough:

We’ve been respectful of the Senate; we’ve made our arguments to you; and you don’t deserve and we don’t deserve what just happened. Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team; he made false allegations against all of you. He accused you of a cover-up. He’s been making false allegations against the president. The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you, for the way you’ve addressed this body …

He then raised his voice: “Mr. Nadler, you owe an apology to the President of the United States and his family. You owe an apology to the Senate. But most of all, you owe an apology to the American people.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding over the proceedings, tried to equate Nadler’s accusations of lying with Cipollone’s demand for an apology, saying:

I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president’s counsel in equal terms to remember that we are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body; on reason it has earned that title is because its members avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.

H/T Townhall

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Nadler Accuses GOP Senators Of Cover-Up. Now He May Lose One GOP Swing Senator.

On Tuesday, an Iranian legislator who hails from the same province as Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike on Jan. 3, told the Iranian parliament that the people of that province have offered $3 million to anyone who murders President Trump.

According to Reuters, which was quoting the ISNA news agency, legislator Ahmad Hamzeh stated, “On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump.” Reuters added, “U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood dismissed the reward as ‘ridiculous,’ telling reporters in Geneva it showed the “’terrorist underpinnings’ of Iran’s establishment.”

Hamzeh continued, “If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats … We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right.”

Threats from members of the Iranian government targeting the United States have been steady for some time; last September, after theattacks on two oil refineries in Saudi Arabia that destroyed 5% of the world’s oil supply, prompting accusations from the U.S. government that the attacks were launched by Iran, a top Iranian general boasted that U.S. sites were in range of Iranian missiles and Iran was ready for a “full-fledged” war.

Amirali Hajizadeh, who heads Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace, bragged, “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” adding “Iran has always been ready for a ‘full-fledged’ war,” as quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency and reported by Reuters.

Last August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested the United States would have to bow down to Iran and repent from “economic terrorism” against Iran. He said in a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), “If you lift all the sanctions and bow down before the Iranian people, the circumstances will be different.”

Last July, Rouhani threatened to shoot down more American drones after Iran shot down an American drone, saying American drones “will receive the same response” as the American drone that was shot down in June.

Last June, Rouhani attacked President Trump, saying the White House’s actions showed that Trump was “mentally retarded,” Trump fired back with a series of tweets warning Iran that if they attacked anything American, that action would be met with “great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!”

Just prior to that, Former Iranian Minister of Defense General Hossein Dehghan, who was an advisor for defense affairs to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei, said that Iran would put America in “the garbage bin of history” if attacked. As MEMRI translated Dehghan’s comments on June 20 in an interview on Al-Nujaba TV:

Trump proved once again that he is merely an agent of his administration’s interests, that a war in this region would not be a walk in the park, that the United States is by no means ready for war, and that is completely understands how strong Iran is. What we understand from the behavior of the Americans is that they fear very much the break out of a war in the region. They are not ready for this, and they cannot assemble an international coalition, because there is no U.N. resolution to begin with. They don’t have global legal consensus to do this … In my personal opinion, this war will not take place – not because America does not want war, but because Iran is strong enough to engage in confrontation. Iran would achieve a great victory, and America would find itself in the garbage bin of history.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Iranian Legislator Puts $3 Million Bounty On Trump’s Head

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested an idea that could trigger calling former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter to be called as witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Cruz called for “witness reciprocity,” which would enable GOP leaders in the Senate to call a witness of their own for every witness called for by Senate Democrats.

Cruz brought up the idea during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP leaders, according to Fox News, which added that other people who might be called by the GOP include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the whistleblower who publicized a July phone call between Trump and the leader of Ukraine.

McConnell, who consulted with Cruz,senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah regarding tactics for the impeachment trial, stated,“We’ll be dealing with the witness issue at the appropriate time into the trial. And I think it’s certainly appropriate to point out that both sides would want to call witnesses if they wanted to hear from them. So if you get to that issue, I can’t imagine that only the witnesses our Democratic colleagues want to call will be called.”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “I love @tedcruz’s plan of witness reciprocity. The American people want to hear from #wheresHunter Biden, #sleepyJoe Biden, #fullofschiff, the phony “whistleblower” etc. much more than they do anyone on our side especially since the house had free reign of witnesses for months.”

A likely witness whom the Democrats would like to call would be former national security advisor John Bolton; three GOP senators, Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have suggested they might be open to agreeing he should be called as a witness. With 53 senators in the Senate, the GOP needs every vote, as it requires a simple majority to win a motion in the Senate. President Trump told Fox News last week that he might invoke executive privilege so Bolton could not testify.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA) noted McConnell is famous for keeping his plans secret, asserting, “He’s been around a long time. And he’s close to the vest. The thing he has on his radar screen is … 51 [votes]. Where can he get to 51? And no matter what his personal beliefs might be or how he feels about it. And I think that’s really the difficulty he has, trying to weave that,” as Politico reported.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland pointed out the close ties between Trump and McConnell, saying, “They have a lot of conversations, and I don’t think there’s any problem between the two of them in terms of how their being crisp and clear with each other on the various priorities each has pulling together this trial process.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) approved of McConnell waiting to announce his plans, stating, “If I was him, I certainly wouldn’t disclose it because then Nancy Pelosi could say, ‘Oh, now that I’ve seen the rules, I’m not gonna send these [articles] over.’ Why throw your hand in when you’ve won the game?”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Ted Cruz Suggests Idea For Impeachment Trial That Could Make Joe Biden, Hunter Biden Testify

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Grammy Award pop singer Linda Ronstadt, who has slammed President Trump before, compared him to Adolf Hitler and said “Mexicans are the new Jews.”

Rondstadt referenced “great parallels” between the rise of Trump and Nazi Germany, adding that both Hitler and Trump were “uncontrollable,” according to Fox News. She stated, “As Hitler rose to power there were a lot of chances to stop him and they didn’t speak out. And the industrial complex thought that they could control him once they got him in office and, of course, he was not controllable. And by the time he got established, he put his own people in place and he, you know, stacked the courts and did what he had to do to consolidate his power,” as The Washington Times reported.

She added, “And we got Hitler and he destroyed Germany, he destroyed centuries of intellectual history forward and backward.”

Cooper interjected, “I think a lot of people, though, would be surprised to hear comparisons between what happened then and now.”

Ronstadt would not be deterred from pursuing her odious comparison, continuing, “If you read the history, you won’t be surprised. It’s exactly the same. Find a common enemy for everybody to hate. I was sure that Trump was going to get elected the day he announced, and I said it’s gonna be like Hitler, and the Mexicans are the new Jews. And, sure enough, that’s what he delivered, you know.”

In early December, Ronstadt was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in Washington D.C. At the pre-dinner address, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a friendly reference to Ronstadt’s 1975 hit “When Will I Be Loved,” saying, “Ms. Ronstadt, thank you and congratulations. And I will say, my job, as I travel the world, I just want to know when I will be loved?”

Pompeo added that he was “a big fan of Linda Ronstadt … an icon of folk and country music … And as a nod to her own ancestry, Ms. Ronstadt released a collection of traditional Mexican songs, which became the bestselling non-English-language album in all of American history. She’s shared her musical gifts in uniquely impactful ways, including teaching music and dance to the children in Mexico.”

Later, when Ronstadt received the award, she used the opportunity to snap, “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” as CNN reported.

In 2013, Ronstadt released a memoir in which she discussed her past relationship with California Governor Jerry Brown, writing that they “had a lot of fun for a number of years. He was smart and funny, not interested in drinking or drugs, and lived his life carefully, with a great deal of discipline … Neither of us ever suffered under the delusion that we would like to share each other’s lives. I would have found his life too restrictive, and he would have found mine entirely chaotic. Eventually we went our separate ways and embraced things that resonated with us as different individuals … We have always remained on excellent terms.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Linda Ronstadt Compares Trump To Hitler, Says ‘Mexicans Are The New Jews’

More evidence of the strong U.S. economy during the Trump administration came over last weekend, as sales across the country on Saturday reached the highest level ever recorded.

Bloomberg reported, “Holiday shopping set records over the weekend, with Super Saturday sales reaching $34.4 billion, the biggest single day in U.S. retail history, according to Customer Growth Partners.” Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, credited job growth and the abundance of disposable income for the record-setting day, adding, “Paced by the ‘Big Four’ mega-retailers — Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Target — Super Saturday was boosted by the best traffic our team has seen in years.”

Johnson noted that 58% of the increase in sales could be attributed to sales online. On Black Friday 2019, the day after Thanksgiving, the nation recorded

$31.2 billion; on Saturday, December 14, the level reached $28.1 billion, and Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, the level of sales reached $19.1 billion.

Johnson said that less people visited malls over the weekend but the ones who did were more likely to actually purchase items rather than simply window-shopping. CNN offered an explanation for the downturn in mall shopping:

Today’s consumers are also drawn to the street retail experience that the suburban mall, ironically enough, helped drive into decline. Historic Main Street retail corridors are seeing something of a renaissance. Across the top 30 US metro areas, retail space in these walkable urban laces commands an astounding 83% rent premium over regional averages — an increase of 17% since 2010 … Even big-box retailers, such as Walmart and Target, are adapting to this competitive reality by building smaller urban store formats. In fact, growth in digital shopping is actually promoting retail growth in some locations — such as dense residential areas — due to a positive “halo effect” where online sales increase in neighborhoods where the retailer has a brick-and-mortar presence.

John Sexton of HotAir commented, “I can see this playing out where I live here in southern California. The nearest traditional mall was booming 20 years ago (Sears and Macy’s were anchor stores) but by 2010 it was on the decline and often had a lot of vacant space. Sears finally closed about a year ago. Now a significant portion of the lower level of that mall has been taken over by a massive Dave and Busters style restaurant for kids which features a large arcade and full size amusement rides. Upstairs is an equally large trampoline park.”

Michael Greenberg, the CEO of Retina, told Yahoo News, “I think what we’re going to see is a shift toward this concept of lifetime value; it’s something that’s already been realized in more traditional industries, like airlines, and now retailers are starting to realize they have predictive power as well. So people are no longer that first purchase, but really that lifetime relationship with the business … I do think it’s going to become mission-critical in the year ahead where you cannot acquire a customer unless you know a priori what they’re going to be worth over the next two or three years.”

Johnson concluded of Saturday’s record-setting day, “The question now is whether today’s stellar momentum leads to sustained economic growth into 2020 and beyond.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Trump’s Economy: Super Saturday Recorded Highest Sales Of Any Day In U.S. History

On Thursday, the Trump Administration’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced that the 2019 Medicare Fee-For-Service Improper Payment Rate is now the lowest since 2010, thus strengthening the Medicare system by cutting out waste.

HHS reported, “Estimated improper payments for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) declines more than $7 billion from FY 2017-2019.” HHS explained, “Improper payments represent payments that don’t meet program requirements – intentional or otherwise –and contribute to inaccurate spending of Americans’ tax dollars.”

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explained:

The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA), as amended by the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 and the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, requires CMS to periodically review programs it administers, identify programs that may be susceptible to significant improper payments, estimate the amount of improper payments, and report on the improper payment estimates and the Agency’s actions to reduce improper payments in the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) annual Agency Financial Report (AFR). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has identified Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS), Medicare Part C, and Medicare Part D; Medicaid; and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as at-risk for significant improper payments.

Administrator Seema Verma asserted, “At a time when Medicare’s ballooning costs are threatening the long-term sustainability of the program, President Trump is taking action to protect the program. Every dollar spent inappropriately is one that should have been used to benefit patients. Under President Trump’s leadership CMS is pulling every lever at its disposal to safeguard precious resources and direct them to those who truly need them – both today and in the future.”

Verma added, ““Our progress on improper payments is historic, but there’s more work to be done. CMS has taken a multifaceted approach that includes provider enrollment and screening standards to keep bad actors out of the program, enforcement against bad actors, provider education on our rules and requirements, and advanced data analytics to stop improper payments before they happen. These initiatives strike an important balance between preventing improper payments and reducing the administrative burden on legitimate providers and suppliers.”

HHS continued, “The Medicare FFS estimated improper payment rate decreased to 7.25 percent in FY 2019, from 8.12 percent in FY 2018, the third consecutive year the Medicare FFS improper payment rate has been below the 10 percent threshold for compliance established in the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010.”

Different aspects of the American health system showed the decline in improper payments; home health claims corrective actions triggered a $5.32 billion decrease in estimated improper payments from FY 2016 to FY 2019; other Medicare Part B services (e.g., physician office visits, ambulance services, lab tests, etc.) saw a $1.82 billion reduction in estimated improper payments in the last fiscal year; durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies improper payments decreased an estimated $1.29 billion from FY 2016 to FY 2019.

HHS concluded, “CMS is taking steps to ensure that states are working with their eligibility systems vendors to guarantee that every person on the program meets eligibility requirements and states maintain appropriate documentation of their verification process.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Administration Eliminating Waste In Improper Medicare Payments

On Thursday, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, apparently deciding he was his own version of Robin Hood, attacked Microsoft CEO Bill Gates by tweeting, “Say Bill Gates was actually taxed $100 billion. We could end homelessness and provide safe drinking water to everyone in this country. Bill would still be a multibillionaire. Our message: the billionaire class cannot have it all when so many have so little.”

Of course, Sanders got it wrong, as the communist sympathizer must envision Robin Hood as the man who restored wealth stolen by the rich from the poor. But if Sanders indeed had any literary knowledge beyond the Communist Manifesto, he would know that Robin Hood took money from those who were unfairly taxing the citizenry. Taxing the citizenry is exactly what Sanders continually advocates as he maligns wealthy, successful people who have created millions of jobs while he sits comfortably in the Senate without having created jobs on his own.

So how many workers does Gates keep employed while Sanders flies around advocating redistributing the accumulated wealth of the United States? Forbes noted three years ago:

Since Gates and his friend Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, the software firm has acquired a slew of companies, including video and calling application Skype and Nokia’s device and services business. Altogether, Microsoft now has more than 114,000 full-time workers. These do not include employees of professional network company LinkedIn, which Microsoft announced in June that it has agreed to acquire; once that acquisition is complete, it will add another 9,900 full-time employees to Microsoft’s roster, bringing its total employment closer to Oracle’s.

Forbes also noted: “The top 12 billionaire job creators — all together worth more than $308 billion — have generated at least 2.3 million jobs globally.” As of three years ago, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank of Home Depot had created 385,000 jobs.

Now let’s take a look at Sanders: after his graduation from college, he worked as a Head Start teacher, a psychiatric aide, and a carpenter. Not many jobs created there. After that he became a politician. Not many jobs created there.

As The Daily Wire noted in 2016

If you think socialists are lazy, good-for-nothings who want things just because they are breathing, rather than working for them, Bernie Sanders would agree with you. At least, if he believes in himself.

According to the new book We Are As Gods, by Kate Daloz, which tells the tale of the rise and fall of the Myrtle Hill Farm in northeast Vermont, Sanders was told to leave the commune in 1971 because he didn’t work, instead “sitting around and talking” about politics.

Daloz writes that Sanders engaged in “endless political discussion,” while the residents seethed; one resident, Craig, “resented feeling like he had to pull others out of Bernie’s orbit if any work was going to get accomplished that day.” Daloz concludes, “When Bernie had stayed for Myrtle’s allotted three days, Craig politely requested that he move on.”

The commune’s politics must have agreed with Sanders, who made several “goodwill” trips to the USSR, Cuba and Nicaragua. He called the rise to power of the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government in Nicaragua a “heroic revolution.”

Gates and his wife? According to CNBC, “… the Gates have given a total of $45.5 billion through their foundation and other family foundations, dating back to 1994, the Chronicle of Philanthropy notes.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Bernie Sanders Attacks Bill Gates’ Wealth. Gates Employs Over 100,000 People. Sanders Does Other Things.

In a moment reminiscent of her husband’s 2008 narcissistic claim that his clinching the nomination for the presidency was the moment when “the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal,” former First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology, posited that people all over the world feel that Barack Obama is their president.

Michelle Obama stated:

Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world because there are so many people who feel like he is their president all over the world. New York wanted it; Hawaii wants it; because it’s also an economic engine because it will be a visited presidential library. Because it’s going to be a live, It’s a first. So we had to think of where will we put this resource, because it will be a resource.

Perhaps Michelle Obama might want to check with the people of Poland. In 2009, Obama canceled an anti-ballistic missile system. In 2012, President Bronislaw Komorowski slammed Obama saying, “Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president. We paid a high political price. We do not want to make the same mistake again. We must have a missile system as an element of our defenses.” The Telegraph noted, “Mr. Obama’s decision to scrap George W Bush’s original missile shield dismayed the Polish government, especially as many Poles saw it as an attempt to appease Russia, Poland’s historical and Cold War foe.”

Or Michelle Obama could ask the people of Israel, who watched during the 2014 Gaza War against the terrorist group Hamas as Obama suspended a shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel, endangering Israel, which was under siege from rocket attacks. Or the people of Israel could remember Barack Obama ignoring the numerous murderous terrorist attacks launched in Israel by Palestinian Arabs, saying as a presidential candidate in 2008:

This is the moment when we must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it. This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it. If we could create NATO to face down the Soviet Union, we can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York.” Obama didn’t mention Israel.

Or Michelle Obama could ask the people of Crimea, who watched as Russia’s Vladmir Putin launched an annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Obama’s White House weakly protested, calling it a “breach of international law.” As The Wall Street Journal mocked Obama in an op-ed, “That will have the Kremlin quaking.” The Journal added, “The only concrete U.S. action was to suspend participation in preparations for June’s G-8 summit in Sochi.” The Journal concluded, “The Ukrainians can’t be left alone to face Russia, and the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea can’t be allowed to stand.”

Or Michelle Obama could ask the people of Syria, who watched after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad allegedly launched a Sarin nerve gas attack that “killed more than 1,000 people, hundreds of them children,” as The Guardian reported, and Obama, who had insisted that use of chemical weapons would be crossing a “red line,” announced the U.S. would not attack the Assad regime.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Michelle Obama Boasts: The World Feels Barack Is ‘Their President’

On Friday, President Trump, aware that those on the Left actually want the economy to plunge so his reelection chances would be damaged, took the bull by the horns in a direct message to the American people, tweeting:

Trump is acutely aware that the perception of how the economy is faring can affect consumers’ behavior; he told reporters on Tuesday, “I think the word ‘recession’ is a word that’s inappropriate because it’s just a word that certain people — I’m going to be kind — certain people, and the media, are trying to build up because they’d love to see a recession. We’re very far from a recession.”

Trump is not alone in surmising that Democrats and members of the Left want the economy to fail; earlier this week, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told reporters:

Some of the Democrats are trying to say the world’s going to end tomorrow as far as the economy goes. But when I talk with business leaders — I talked with some this morning in Wapakoneta — and they’re like, “We’re turning down jobs because we’re swamped.” I don’t see what the Democrats are pushing right now. It’s kind of troubling to think some Democrats, it appears they’re almost wishing for a recession because they think it helps them politically instead of focusing on what’s best for our country. And obviously a recession is never good for our country … Like I said, most indicators right now are very positive and have been positive. I think confidence is still strong. I think confidence started to get strong about 4 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2016, when it was announced that President Trump was going to be our next president.

Last Sunday, Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, asserted, “Consumers, first of all, they’re working. The employment numbers are terrific. Second of all, they are working at much higher wages. Third of all, they’re spending. And fourth of all, interestingly, they are saving, even while their spending … I think we’re in pretty good shape and I want to just say you know, we should not be afraid of optimism. I don’t know what it is, everybody wants to talk about pessimism, recession … There’s no recession on the horizon.”

As The Daily Mail noted, unemployment remains at a 50-year low.

Prior to Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell speaking at the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole symposium on Friday morning, Trump, who has been pushing for the Fed to cut interest rates — he said Tuesday, “I’d like to see a cut in the Fed rate because that should’ve happened a long time ago. I think they’re being very tardy in not doing in and not having done it sooner. They raised too quickly. And, you know, I’ve been quite vocal on that” — tweeted, “Now the Fed can show their stuff!”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Roars At Democrats Hoping Economy Will Tank: ‘I Always Find A Way To Win’

The man who was the Obama administration’s chief of removing illegal immigrants said on Wednesday that it was his boss, President Barack Obama, who had the idea of putting illegal immigrant children in the “cages” that Democrats have used as a bludgeon against President Trump.

Thomas Homan, Obama’s executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement between May 2013 and January 2017, was responsible for “promoting public safety and national security by maintaining direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, locate, arrest, detain and remove illegal aliens from the United States,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Since January 2017, he has served as Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He stated on Wednesday, “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there because I was there when it was built,” according to The Washington Examiner.

Homan, speaking at the conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, noted a Democratic chairman who asked a Trump official, “You still keeping kids in cages?” He snapped, “I would answer the question, ‘The kids are being housed in the same facility built under the Obama administration.’ If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015.”

Homan said that the Border Patrol facilities where illegal immigrants are detained “were not built to take care of children,” adding, “It’s chain link dividers that keeps children separate from unrelated adults. It’s about protecting children.”

In June 2017, as The Washington Examiner pointed out, Homan told a House Appropriations subcommittee:

It isn’t the fault of law enforcement that people get separated. It’s the fault of the perpetrator. If someone enters this country illegally and knows he’s in the country illegally and is found to be in the country illegally and is ordered removed from the country and chooses to have a child in this country that’s a U.S. citizen by virtue of birth, he put himself in that position, so ICE is not separating that family.

Unlike other agencies, we do this despite a constant deluge of biased attacks against ICE personnel by those who disagree with the laws we enforce. While I recognize that people have the right to protest laws they don’t agree with I want to emphasize to the public and to the media and to this committee that ice officers don’t write the laws. They enforce the laws …

We are all blessed to live in the greatest country on earth and I can’t blame anybody who wants to live here… But we are also a country built on the foundation of the rule of law. Those who choose to enter this country illegally which is a crime, a federal crime, or to overstay their visa have knowingly chosen to break the law. Meanwhile, millions of people who have become permanent members of our society through our generous legal channels, they have shown their respect for the rule of law and for the American people.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Barack Obama’s ICE Chief: Don’t Blame Trump, ‘Cages’ For Illegals Were Built By Obama Administration

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