Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

IMPEACHMENT BACKFIRE? “President Donald Trump, in a midsummer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, asked him to look into why that country’s top prosecutor apparently had ended an investigation of the business dealings of loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company,” according to NBC News. In the just-released transcript from July 25, Trump is shown saying, “[Joe] loose lips liar-Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” That’s quite a juicy nothingburger. Nevertheless, “House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the commander in chief,” the Associated Press reports. Furthermore, Politico says, “The White House is preparing to release to Congress by the end of the week both the whistleblower complaint and the inspector general report at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, according to a senior administration official, reversing its position after withholding the documents from lawmakers.” Political analyst Byron York is right: This latest witch hunt “might not produce the ending Democrats want.” (copy and paste onto your computer to read)

“BILLIONAIRES SHOULDN’T EXIST”: “Democratic presidential candidate Senator commie-Bernie Sanders on Tuesday rolled out his plan to levy an ‘extreme wealth tax’ on millionaires and billionaires, which he plans to enforce through the creation of a ‘national wealth registry,’” National Review reports, which adds, “commie-Sanders’ annual tax on the top 0.1 percent would apply to Americans with a net worth of over $32 million, or about 180,000 households, and would raise approximately $4.35 trillion over the next decade, the commie-Sanders campaign estimates. … Under the plan, the IRS will be required to audit 30 percent of the top one percent’s wealth tax returns and 100 percent for billionaires.” The senator further groused on Twitter, “Billionaires should not exist.” And socialism should?

National Security

THANKS, scumbag/liar-nOBAMA: “Iran has spent more than $16 billion during the past several years to fund militant terrorists across the Middle East, cash that was repatriated to the Islamic Republic under the terms of the landmark nuclear deal, according to new disclosures from the Trump administration. As Iran’s economy teeters on the brink of collapse under the tough sanctions regime imposed by the Trump administration, the Islamic Republic’s authoritarian leadership has spent its limited cash reserves to bolster terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as militant terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

FENTANYL SURGE: “The flow of the deadly narcotic fentanyl from China to the U.S. has surged despite President Trump’s trade war with the communist county and President Xi Jinping’s promise to crack down on the illicit trade. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized nearly 2,400 pounds of fentanyl this year through Aug. 31, enough to kill roughly 475 million people. That represents a nearly 32% increase from the same period last year. CBP’s numbers represent a sliver of fentanyl flowing into the U.S. because U.S. authorities missed so much of it. China, the world’s largest producer of fentanyl, accounts for 68% of the synthetic opioid’s movement.” (The Washington Times)

TURKEY’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted at an interest in acquiring nuclear weapons, telling the United Nations that it is unjust for the weapons to be possessed only by major powers. ‘It bothers us like anyone else that the weapons of mass destruction are used as leverage in every crisis instead of their total elimination,’ Erdoğan said Tuesday during the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. ‘The position of nuclear power should either be forbidden for all or permissible for everyone.’” (Washington Examiner)

Other Notables

VOTER FRAUD: Michigan city clerk charged with altering ballots in 2018 midterms (National Review) 

E-CIG FREAKOUT: Massachusetts to ban sale of all vaping products for four months in toughest state crackdown (The Washington Post)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: How “Medicare for All” could block medical progress (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: The “new energy economy”: an exercise in magical thinking (Manhattan Institute)

HUMOR: commie-Bernie Sanders unveils new plan to levy special tax on anyone who makes more money than commie-Bernie Sanders (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post     . 

Ukraine call transcript shows Trump sought loose lips liar-Biden probe, asked about DNC server – but made no mention of US aid

By Alex Pappas  

{ } ~ The White House on Wednesday released a transcript of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing him seeking a review of loose lips liar-Biden family dealings in the country… but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid-pro-quo, as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with impeachment. The document, declassified by Trump a day earlier, indicates the call – which Trump made from the White House residence — took place July 25 from 9:03 a.m. to 9:33 a.m. A notation on the memo says it does not represent a “verbatim transcript” but is based on “notes and recollections” of those listening and memorializing the call. It is still presented in transcript form. The memo begins with the president congratulating Zelensky on his election victory, before Trump eventually broaches the subject former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden and his son Hunter. “There’s a lot of talk about loose lips liar-Biden’s son, that loose lips liar-Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said in the phone call. “loose lips liar-Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.” That refers to loose lips liar-Joe Biden, while vice president, urging Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, while Shokin was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter loose lips liar-Biden was on the board. loose lips liar-Biden has maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention. Trump, in the run-up to the transcript’s release, was accused by Democrats of essentially pressuring a foreign power to investigate a political opponent, as loose lips liar-Biden is now a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. On Monday, it was reported that Trump had even ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the phone call with Zelensky, a detail that fueled impeachment calls leading to House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday. But the call transcript does not include any mention of the aid, as a bargaining chip or otherwise…  



Trump slams open-border activists for ‘evil’ agenda, decries Iran ‘bloodlust’ in fiery UN speech

By Adam Shaw

{ } ~ President Trump, in a fiery address Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly, tore into open-border activists for pushing what he described as an “evil” agenda under the “cloak” of social justice… while warning Iran to abandon its confrontational course and delivering arguably his most robust defense yet of his nationalist philosophy. “Today, I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice: Your policies are not just, your policies are cruel and evil,” he said, accusing them of promoting human smuggling and the “erasure of national borders.” “You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives and well-being of countless innocent people,” he said. “When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.” He delivered the broadside as part of a message promoting border security, in the U.S. and around the world. This dovetailed with a broader theme of railing against open borders and “globalists,” in the halls of the world body increasingly known for espousing that approach. The president’s tone was steady and somber. But the message was that of a muscular nationalism that he has spent the better part of three years defining. As part of his speech, he later ripped into social media giants, media groups and academics — whom he accused of being part of a “permanent political class” that sought to undermine the will of the people. “Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their country first. The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,” he said earlier in the speech. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.” He advised member states, “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your nation.”…  


Trump at UN Slams Iran’s ‘Blood Lust,’ Decries Globalism ~ President Donald Trump denounced Iran’s “blood lust” and called on other nations to join the United States to pressure Iran after attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but said there is a path to peace… “America knows that while anyone can make war, only the most courageous can choose peace,” Trump said Tuesday in an address to the United Nations General Assembly annual gathering of world leaders. In his third annual U.N. appearance, Trump offered a more subdued tone compared to the bombast of his previous speeches to the U.N. in 2017 and 2018, looking to convey a more reassuring presence as he asks Americans for a second term next year despite a fresh push for his impeachment among some Democrats. While offering his habitual defense of national sovereignty – “the future must never belong to globalists” – Trump tempered his language, stressing the U.S. desire for peaceful relations with all and calling for collective, rather than unilateral, action. The response to Trump in the chamber was relatively muted, a year after the crowd laughed when he boasted about his achievements and gasped in 2017 when he threatened to wipe out North Korea. The Sept. 14 attacks in Saudi Arabia, widely blamed on Iran, have rattled the Middle East and raised concerns about a broader war. Iran denies involvement. Trump has shown restraint in the crisis, holding back from military retaliation despite pressure from conservative hawks, at least for now. But he promised to keep trying to squeeze Iran’s economy with sanctions until Tehran agrees to give up what Washington says is a pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran has said its nuclear program has always been for peaceful purposes only…    

Since scumbag/liar-nObamacare, Waiting Lists For Care For Disabled People Have Grown 40 Percent

By Christopher Jacobs 

{ } ~ Why would an organization billed as a “respected source of health care data” publish an analysis with mutually contradictory conclusions?… In the case of the Kaiser Family Foundation, the answer is simple: To defend scumbag/liar-nObamacare—even if the facts don’t align with one’s conclusions. As conservatives have noted for years, scumbag/liar-nObamacare encourages states to  discriminate against individuals with disabilities—a prime example of how government intervention in the health care system ultimately hurts those the left claims they want to help. Liberals, understanding the political power of such charges, feel compelled to push back on this narrative. While they don’t have many actual facts with which to do so, that hasn’t stood in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s way.  Ultimately, the discrimination comes down to simple math. States receive anywhere from a 50-76 percent match from the federal government to cover their pre-scumbag/liar-nObamacare populations—including individuals with disabilities. By contrast, states receive a 93 percent match this year, and a 90 percent match beginning next year, to cover able-bodied adults. If you could gain 50-76 cents for doing one thing, and 90 cents for doing another, which would you choose? I know which I would. When I served on the Commission on Long-Term Care in 2013, it explored an area of health policy unknown to much of the public: Hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities remain on Medicaid waiting lists for home and community-based care. While federal law requires state taxpayers to pay nursing home benefits for all eligible Medicaid patients, coverage of community-based services remains optional, so states can—and do—establish waiting lists to control their Medicaid spending. These waiting lists preceded scumbag/liar-nObamacare, so scumbag/liar-nObamacare didn’t cause the waiting lists per se. And individuals with disabilities on the waiting lists do have their health care needs paid for by Medicaid, even as they wait to become eligible for home-based care e.g., help with bathing, dressing, etc. But sheer common sense indicates that states will prioritize coverage of able-bodied adults—for which they get paid a higher match from the federal government—than eliminating their waiting list for individuals with disabilities…  

Thrilling New Novel Reveals Who is America’s #1 Enemy

By Alicia Colon

{ } ~ In 1960, Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on the desk in anger at a summit in the United Nations, but what most remember about this Communist Russian leader were his words to Western leaders… ”We will bury you.” Level-headed USSR delegates did not approve of his aggressive statements and by 1964, he lost his position. Russia may be an adversary, but it is not our number one enemy. Neither is China, which may have over a billion people but we’re its best customer and they’ve invested too much in this nation to risk our destruction.  Iranian leaders, on the other hand, have made no secret that they hate America and everything we stand for. The leading mullahs are true believers in a caliphate that will conquer the world. The 21st century has seen a broad mainstream embrace of a collective Muslim identity by young Muslims and the appeal of a caliphate as an idealized future Muslim state has grown ever stronger. The biggest attack on American soil by Muslim jihadists on 9/11 has solidified this ambition.  According to the Ayatollah Morteza Mutahhari of Iran, it means an armed conflict. In his discourse, “Jihad: The Holy War of Islam and its Legitimacy in the Quran,” the Ayatollah writes: “… Islam, however, is a religion that sees its duty and commitment to form an Islamic state. Islam came to reform society and to form a nation and government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world ….  It cannot be without a law of jihad. While the scope of Christianity is extremely limited, that of Islam is extremely wide….  It has laws which govern the society, economic laws and political laws. It came to organize a state, to organize a government. Once this is done, how can it remain without an army?” Get it? The religion of peace has a mandate to reform the entire world. Recent drone attacks on the Saudi oil fields allegedly sponsored by Iran indicate that perhaps Islamic jihad has gone global. We should also be reminded that militant jihadists like the 9/11 murderers are not afraid of dying but welcome death and are now preparing for war…  

Democrats Turning the 2016 MAGA Movement into a 2020 Revolution

By M. Catharine Evans

{ } ~ Liberals need to get used to the idea of a President Trump win in 2020. When every Democrat hopeful stood on that debate stage and raised their hands in support of free healthcare for illegals… they might as well have held up a ‘Trump 2020’ banner. The tables that started to turn with the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement in 2016 have now been knocked over. Ironically, Democrats have become the recipients of their own intolerance for any differing opinions. Fortunately for conservatives, it is futile for more centrist Democrats, if there are any, to try and convince far left, radical Dems there may be a better strategy than coddling illegals and race-baiting. Just try and tell the Squad, scumbag-Adam Schiff, scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters and scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler to stop beating the drum for the President’s impeachment. Trump’s 2016 victory has outed the Democrats. It’s official. Democrats are the party of political violence, of antifa zombies, of killing babies about to be born and making the already born comfortable before killing them, of race hoaxes, of Russia hoaxes, of green new deal scams, of transgendered bathrooms, of  educational indoctrination, of gun confiscations, of criminals, of drug and human traffickers, of Bolshevik socialism, of sanctuary cities for MS-13 butchers, of censorship, of America-hating politicians, of hellhole American cities, of character assassinations and of a coup against a president duly elected by the people. The Party not only embraces this platform of hate, misery and death, they demand we either see it their way through the lens of a socialist state, or we must be silenced… 

.Will It Be Government Motors 2.0?

Robin Smith:  In business, companies fashion their model of operations to meet the demands of customers, whether providing a service or product. Well, that’s the case unless you’re unionized. Then the company has to meet the demands of its employees rather than prioritize said good or service.

Too broad a statement, you say?Let’s look at the General Motors strike of 49,000 workers that commenced last week and continues into this one. It’s costing the auto manufacturer up to $100 million daily in the first national GM strike since 2007. Interesting, that strike 12 years ago was just before the American taxpayers had not only bailed out failing banks that packaged risky debt and collapsed (due to Democrat policies) but also got to fulfill the request of the auto industry by providing over $80 billion to rescue both General Motors and Chrysler. Let’s hope we’re not in for another taxpayer-funded stunt.First, the renegotiations of a four-year contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) are not just limited to GM. Fiat Chrysler and Ford are also in the same type of talks, but, as The Wall Street Journal notes, the strike was most profitable to begin with GM to set the bar for the others to follow as a model. Union workers are striking for higher pay (the average hourly employee makes $90,000), better healthcare benefits (workers currently pay only 3% of insurance costs), and greater job security with a demand to halt use of any temporary workers whose pay and benefits are substantially less expensive.Not only have these union workers been making good money with very little burden of paying their own health-insurance premiums, but just last year GM made $11 billion in profit and gave every worker a bonus of over $10,000.But, clearly, according to the union bosses, the reason GM exists is to employ individuals, not offer a quality product or service in demand by the masses.Another point to note in the GM strike is that it’s already in its eighth day, as of this writing. The 2007 strike was just a day and a half in duration. In the words of workers who actually walked the picket line years ago, “the other one was a political move.” One worker with a 19-year tenure who is among the striking workers is losing pay with the hope of getting only $250 per week — paid from UAW strike coffers reportedly loaded with about $750 million.But a key fact not readily available during the reporting of the strike is the ongoing investigations of UAW corruption  as it hemorrhages members. For four years, federal investigators, including the FBI, have been seizing records, conducting raids, and charging union bosses with crimes involving embezzlement, money laundering, illegal kickbacks, and tax fraud. Prosecutions and sentencing involving felony convictions have already impacted union officials tied to GM, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford. One raid even yielded $30,000 in cash found in the home of a union leader who, among others, used union money — worker dues — to purchase luxury items for personal use.So, is the purpose of the union strike at GM to actually improve the lives of workers, or is it a show of force after a year where UAW membership plunged by 35,000 members despite an increase in employment by 20,000 in the auto industry? Is this strike a diversion away from the other headlines of federal convictions of Big Labor bosses who are supposed to be fighting for the line worker but are being sent to federal prison for essentially stealing workers’ dues?Don’t be fooled. This strike will continue to create an impact on the lives of hard-working Americans who want to provide for their families.One lesson, among many, of this GM strike is to see that companies must adapt to the changing needs and desires of their customers. Companies that fail to do so struggle and even fail. Currently, the U.S. market for autos is changing. The demand for SUVs and crossovers is making the manufacturing of sedans minimal. The move to greater technology in vehicles is increasing costs of production and infrastructure investments to remain current. These financial pressures on GM and all auto companies are creating disruption in the overall market.GM is proposing an 18% reduction in its workforce to deal with the changing market and costs. This involves both blue-collar and executive employees with about 25% of the current leadership team. Yet unions demand that workers be employed and compensated at a fixed, contracted rate with very robust benefits, regardless of any need for a company to address changing consumer demands.Once upon a time, unions were necessary. The working conditions and compensation were equally brutal at the turn of the 19th century. Today, unions largely serve their bosses and tie the hands of companies to the point of harming their ability to compete.Workers deserve good pay and benefits. But if a company cannot respond to its changing customer needs, regulatory burden, and advancement of technology, it will close. Think Blockbuster, Toys R Us, Kodak, Polaroid, and others.Oh, let’s not forget, even after the massive bailout, GM filed bankruptcy in 2009. It was the largest industrial bankruptcy in history. But, according to the UAW, there’s no need to adapt a business model in a time when car sales are declining with consumer tastes changing.Will it be Government Motors 2.0?  ~The Patriot Post  


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