Armageddon, she called it.
That was Nancy Pelosi, the insane woman who is somehow in charge of the Democrats’ House caucus, speaking about the just-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill would later pass in the House, largely on the same party lines it’s passed throughout the legislative process, due to procedural necessities, Wednesday. It now awaits President Trump’s signature.
But to Pelosi, who also described the bill as “theft,” because in the parlance of today’s Democrat Party the concept of private property is indistinguishable from theft, a bill which polled favorable by a 44-35 margin in a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey released Tuesday, is Armageddon.
We wouldn’t take Pelosi seriously, because it’s impossible to truly do so. After all, she’s completely crazy and it’s obvious to anyone who bothers to observe both the gibberish emanating from her lips and the unstable body language surrounding it. Except that the unhinged sentiments she offered as a reaction to the passage of a bill which will provide a tax cut to 80 percent of the American public aren’t just hers. They belong to the entire Democratic Party.
Chuck Schumer, upon the bill’s passage, declared that it will be “an anchor to the ankles of every Republican” in next year’s midterm elections.
Oh, OK, Chuck.
Smell that? It smells like desperation and weakness, doesn’t it? It also smells like impending defeat. Pelosi and Schumer can smell it, regardless of the lies they tell themselves and their supporters.
Schumer’s prognostication isn’t off to a very good start. On the very day the bill reached final passage, AT&T announced it was giving 200,000 of its employees $1,000 bonuses and making $1 billion in capital investment. Likewise, Boeing announced it would let loose $300 million in investments — $100 million in corporate philanthropy, $100 million in increased training for its workers and another $100 million in facilities investment — as a direct result of the tax reform plan.
“On behalf of all our stakeholders, we applaud and thank Congress and the administration for their leadership in seizing this opportunity to unleash economic energy in the United States,” said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. “It’s the single most important thing we can do to drive innovation, support quality jobs and accelerate capital investment in our country.”
That’s one hell of an anchor, eh Chuck?
But wait, there’s more. Also Wednesday was Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp’s announcement that some 13,500 employees would be receiving $1,000 bonuses and all bank employees would be moving to a minimum wage of $15 per hour — an indication that Trump and the Republicans in Congress appear more effective in achieving a $15 minimum wage than the Democrats who bloviated about passing a law to that effect have ever managed. That’s a similar announcement to the one Wells Fargo made, also raising the company minimum wage to $15 and further pledging $400 million in increased philanthropy. And not to be outdone, Comcast, which is in merger talks with AT&T, is now saying they’re going to make $50 billion in infrastructure investments while also giving some 100,000 non-executive employees $1,000 bonuses.
No political capital in any of that, right Chuck?
The one major concern about the effects of the tax reform plan for Republicans might be that it could spell the end of Schumer and Pelosi as the Democrats’ leaders in the Senate and House, respectively, and the Democrats might replace them with someone sane and competent.
And then there’s the political donations, notwithstanding the charitable ones. Also Wednesday the Republican National Committee announced that in November it had taken in some $8.2 million, the largest figure ever for the RNC in a non-election year, and for the first 11 months of 2017 its total haul was $121.4 million. The RNC is currently sitting on about $40 million in cash on hand.
How are the Democrats doing? Well, at the beginning of November the Democratic National Committee fired its finance director Emily Mellencamp Smith after five inglorious months of lagging behind the RNC. The Democrats had raised just $51 million by the end of September, less than half of what the RNC had raised in a similar time, and reported only $7 million in cash on hand to begin October.
Since Smith was sent packing, things haven’t gotten any better. In October the Democrats managed just $3.9 million, which fell well short of the $9.2 the Republicans raised, and in November they pulled in just $5.7 million to the $8.3 the RNC raised.
You hear a lot of doomsaying about Republican electoral hopes, and how Trump will drag the party down. The fundamentals don’t really show that, you know — perhaps the doom is coming if Republican candidates perform like Roy Moore down the stretch, or if the establishment crowd can’t learn the obvious lessons the Alabama special election offers, but in no way should anyone trade the GOP’s midterm prospects for those of the party led by Schumer and Pelosi and their hysterical brayings about a popular tax cut.
And finally, from the Some Cultures Are Better Than Others department, there is this yutz — who might not quite be comfortable with his sexuality…
A preacher in Turkey has said that men should grow beards to make clear they are not women.
Islamic speaker Murat Bayaral spoke on TV show Fatih Medreseleri this weekend, slamming men without beards.
Bayaral said: ‘Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard,’ according to Hurriyet Daily News.
‘For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays women and men dress similarly.
‘God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts.’
For a long time Turkey was thought of as the Sick Man of Europe. That still appears true.