Nonsensical garbage we get from the media about the illegal alien problem
The Real Opposition to Trump
Jan 28, 2017 By Cliff Kincaid
The foreign media are fascinated by the U.S. President’s war against the American press. A reporter for an Argentinian paper emailed me asking whether Donald J. Trump will attempt to do to the U.S. media what Latin American despots have done to opposition journalists in their own countries. The big difference is that we have a First Amendment that protects freedom of the press.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be doing the American people a great public service
But that doesn’t mean that the Trump administration can’t recognize the nature of the press and take appropriate action. “The media here is the opposition party,” Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon tells The New York Times. This is a matter of fact and not opinion. Surveys going back to the days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt show that the national media was allied with the Democratic Party. The WikiLeaks emails showed actual collusion between the major media and the Democratic Party. Trump is simply recognizing reality and acting accordingly.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed, but it does not and should not mean automatic physical access to the White House. Rumors of plans to move the White House press corps out of the White House itself and into another location should become reality. A bigger location would accommodate alternative sources of news and information.
By opening up the White House press briefings to alternative news and information outlets, Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be doing the American people a great public service. He is already giving conservative news outlets a chance to cover national news. The Associated Press (AP) has run a story expressing anger that a news reporter associated with the conservative outlet LifeZette was picked by Spicer to ask the first question at Tuesday’s White House briefing. Before the advent of President Trump, the AP said, “major news outlets were traditionally called upon to open White House press conferences and briefings.”
The Internet revolution has changed everything
The AP wants that tradition to continue. It wants special rights and special recognition because it considers itself a “major” outlet. There is no reason to accept this view of the world. The Internet revolution has changed everything.
It’s to Sean Spicer’s credit that he is recognizing the changing nature of the media and calling on reporters in press briefings who have no ties to the “major” outlets. Trump can use these outlets to get his point of view across to people. Of course, he also uses Twitter to communicate directly with the American people, bypassing the media.
But the foreign media should not worry. No matter how mad President Trump gets at the media, he can’t shut them down. He can’t take the road of Latin American despots. However, Trump can use anti-trust laws to break up media monopolies.
Another initiative that serves the public’s right to know is found in one of the President’s executive orders, titled, “Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”
It says, “To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.”
This is a subject the liberal media shy away from. They don’t want to highlight the crimes of illegal aliens. In fact, most of the major media don’t even use the term “illegal alien” anymore.
The crying need for investigative reporting into the illegal alien problem is illustrated by the case of Wendy Uruchi Contreras, described by The Washington Post as “an immigration rights activist” who works at CASA de Maryland, an illegal alien support group. It turns out that she is an illegal alien herself and now faces deportation. She got caught after pleading guilty to drunk driving (she says she had two margaritas at a restaurant). She had been in the country illegally for 14 years.
Ironically, Contreras says she fled Spain in 2002 “after enduring years of abuse from her alcoholic stepfather.”
It also turns out that she is a member of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, a “home for journalists, digital and nonprofit staff across the mid-Atlantic region.” The Newspaper Guild/ Communications Workers of America is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
Needless to say, the AFL-CIO voted during the 2016 presidential campaign to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
Overall, Trump won 43 percent of the votes in union households. It’s doubtful that Trump will ever win much support from members of The Newspaper Guild. They are busy demanding that Contreras be allowed to stay in the U.S., despite being here illegally and getting drunk behind the wheel.
This action reflects the views of most liberal journalists. They don’t care about the rights and lives of ordinary Americans exposed to illegal alien drunk drivers on the roads. They would rather write stories denouncing Trump for deporting the criminals.
Here’s how The Newspaper Guild is reporting the story: “A young Fredericksburg mother and union member is facing deportation back to the abuse that she fled 14 years ago.” Really? She has no option except to go back to being abused by an alcoholic?
This is the kind of nonsensical garbage we get from the media about the illegal alien problem. Getting “alternative facts” into the hands of the American people about such cases is a worthwhile endeavor.
US Senate Can’t Get Why Trump Won
25 Jan 2017 By Michael Shannon
Hammer-wielding petulants attacking Larry King’s rented limo in Washington, D.C. may boast of being “the resistance,” but their effect on the Trump administration will be as fleeting as their fame.
Same goes for the “estrogen–ettes” who held their march the day after the inauguration, proving even angry women have trouble being on time.
The real resistance to Trump’s agenda wasn’t marching on the streets. It was sitting behind him as he took the oath. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Orrin Hatch, and Lamar Alexander personify the Republican Resistance to Trump.
They are the “don’t start your budget cutting with me,” the “don’t disturb my complacency,”and the “I’m strictly a big picture guy” wings of the “can’t do caucus.”
The can’t do caucus — led by “Mitch McClellan” — are GOP politicians who campaign as conservatives and govern as “spendocrats.”
They go along with the base just far enough to get reelected.
Their charming combination of duplicitousness and inertia is the reason Trump won.
Conservatives are tired of being told the issues they supported and voted for at election time are completely impractical at governing time.
Since establishment Republicans can’t comprehend why Trump won and still believe Jeb Bush may be viable in 2020, they not only resist draining the swamp, most will claim there is no drain.
Senate votes aren’t divided between Republicans and Democrats. The division is between self-interest and the national interest. So far the national interest is on the short side of the ledger.
The Hill.com reports, “Donald Trump may be headed into a big fight with Republican lawmakers with his plans for dramatic cuts to federal spending.”
Start with Alaska’s entitled Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
In 2002, when her father resigned to become governor, dad appointed daughter to the family senate seat. In the 2010 cycle the appeal of dynasty politics faded for Republicans and she lost the primary to a genuine conservative.
Displaying the same party loyalty that’s a hallmark of the Never Trump crowd — along with access to lobby money that feared losing a pushover — Lisa ran as an independent in the general and won.
It’s no surprise she’ll fight Trump’s proposal to eliminate the “essential air service program.” This tax giveaway subsidizes airline service to cities with a population too small to support commercial carriers.
Naturally, the subsidy has increased 500 percent since 1997, to an average of almost $300 million yearly.
Sen. Murkowski claims, “It would basically shut down rural Alaska.” Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, (R-Pork) says, “That won’t happen. We don’t have any highways in Alaska, that’s why it’s called essential air service.”
Essential for their re-election maybe, but not for the nation. Neither tells you Alaska has so much oil money pouring in each year it sends a dividend check to every legal resident, including politicians “working” in D.C.
Last year the bonus was almost three quarters of a billion dollars. If the state of Alaska wants air service to remote towns, it can pay the subsidy or build some dang roads.
As long as cutting wasteful spending is a nebulous concept Murkowski is all aboard, but if specifics include cutting money Alaska can siphon from the lower 48, include her out.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is ready for any budget plan that involves interviews on national media and no work for him. This means cutting funding for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is another non-starter.
LSC is essentially a training program for leftist lawyers and an organizing aid for grievance groups. If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t afford to hire a lawyer but illegal aliens can, LSC is the answer.
A Republican Congress funding the Legal Services is like Democrats funding Blue Lives Matter.
Hatch appreciates the political argument for ending LSC funding, but inertia is so comfortable. “I think that would be hard thing to do,” he yawned.
He would rather continue to waste $400 million a year training leftists than interrupt his nap to do some work for the good of the cause.
Finally we have Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
He may represent the Volunteer State, but he isn’t volunteering for cuts he thinks are beneath his dignity. Lamar doesn’t have time for “cutting discretionary spending.” Alexander would rather chase the white whale of Medicare and Medicaid.
Lamar’s math says cutting waste on one–third of the budget isn’t necessary, because that’s “under control,” yet that third includes “essential air services” and LSC.
Alexander also doesn’t explain why a Trump budget that isn’t “straightforward” could cut $10.5 trillion over 10 years with or without his help.
Here’s my advice to conservative voters: When the Murkowskis, Hatches, Alexanders, and the rest of the can’t do caucus are telling us why the budget can’t be cut, what they are really saying is, “I need a primary opponent. Pronto!”
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of “Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!).” Read more of Michael Shannon’s reports — Go Here Now