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On the roster: Mr. Obama, how to explain… – Ryan steps back from the delay-ObamaCare – exchange – Kelly pressed on the immigration -border-wall – Audible: Look honey, I got you a parade! – “Crocodile Dundee” was not available for comment
MR OBAMA WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN…
Presidential farewell addresses are effectively a vision for the future, when you render as a warning.
George Washington‘s set the standard in 1796, when he – after he has chosen not to have a third term, because “choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it,” explained the dangers he saw, in front of which the infant Republic, particularly domestic groups– what we now know as the excessive partisanship and unnecessary foreign entanglements.
It was 41 years later that Andrew Jackson delivered the next valedictory, warn of pork-barrel politics and, of course, bankers. Thirty years later, impeachment survivor Andrew Johnson provided a small list of accusations against his political enemies.
We did not get until Harry Truman decided to an era of amazing change in context and describe what he saw as America’s new role in the world. Truman at his best just out, asked to identify his fellow-citizens”, how big a job is, how hard a job is it – not for my sake, because I’m stepping out of it – but in the interest of my successor.”
The successor, Dwight Eisenhower, was the most famous departure speech of the modern era. Under the chair on the military buildup for the Cold war, the former general and his compatriots gave a stern warning against the “unwarranted influence” of the “military-industrial complex.”
Every President since Lyndon B. Johnson has offered some farewell address, although none of them were particularly memorable other than Richard Nixon‘s, but that was because of the context, not the content.
of the reason is that this President-farewell, similar to the now-horrific tradition of State-of-the-Union-address-is so boring that you have, not as warnings for the future, but spin jobs from the past.
You have, frankly, pretty hacky stuff. The concept is appealing because, as Eisenhower or Washington, President freed from the shackles of the public service-and heading into retirement can open up new perspectives and to speak freely. Not more.
There is always the next election and a legacy to burnish. This forgets of course that the other half of the country is not in the outgoing President of the political party that does not believe a word of rotation, and the historian, and the craft is not the judgment of the time.
Barack Obama , in his 2 cents today, whether you want it or not.
Obama, like his immediate predecessor, glorify, probably, why his presidency has been a success. It is a narrative that he and his team already have a mantra. Obama leaves office on credit for almost a caretaker President, a steady hand, through a challenging season of economic turmoil and war.
Not to mention, of course, that he came to office as a change agent, sworn to bother you, politics and government, and usher in an era of reforms. Pffffttt…
of the reason is, Obama has the image as a very cautious person, especially when it comes to be. Democrats now to save his signature health law remember, if you are the legislation and Obama created refused to participate. He told them what he wanted, but was not inclined to be on the hook for the actual policy.
You call it ObamaCare, but not only are his principles not his idea, it was actually stolen from his 2008 primary rival, Hillary Clinton. As the man himself said once, “build it.”
So it was with the civil war in Syria, the Russian Cyber-attacks, a grand bargain on debt, taxes and spending, gun control, global warming legislation and more. Obama said he wanted to deliver the results and then blame others for. If other politicians a stock declined to the potential debt, Obama went.
To act In his spirit, that Obama believes in no doubt that his role was to summon other elective leaders. His failure, therefore, are their failures. He was Moses, they were not willing to Israelites. He was the visionary, the political pigs.
This is what happens when a President with a low pain threshold. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was so much the opposite that it sometimes seemed as if he was a masochist. Bush took the blame for the failed ideas of the not to be. Bush willingly Stand in the public square, to be put in the pillory for the abuses in Iraq and the panic of 2008.
Obama does not fit that way. To avoid not only that Obama will tend to the possession of his failures, such as the multi-generational disaster in Syria, or the width of dissatisfaction with his healthcare law, he needs time, to construct, to place the narrative blame on others, including members of his own party. Pain is not his thing.
Maybe listen to today, Obama’s successor.
We don’t know exactly what is the trump card, the pain will be the limit, in the office. Early signs are not to suffer that he is inclined in the silence. But as a trump Obama listens to rationalize, it should be an important moment for the President-elect.
Every great President has to sacrifice popularity, comfort, and sometimes even their lives for the cause. It is a time-consuming and often destructive endeavor. Obama’s unwillingness to pay the full price, is part of why he’s leaving the office with a humble, vulnerable legacy.
If the size of trump’s the thing, the suffering means.
THE RULES: OR MAYBE EVEN RUSSIA…
“It should never be forgotten that a firm Union of this country under an efficient government, will probably be an increasing object of jealousy to more than one nation of Europe; and that enterprises to subvert it will sometimes originate in the intrigues of foreign powers, and will seldom, not patronized, and incited by some of them.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 59
TIME OUT: THE HOLY GUACAMOLE
Wired: “It’s the winter-avocado harvest at the University of California, orchard in Lindcove, and the fruit of a mess in the back of Eric Focht‘s SUV are a palette of earthy tones, some of the corners and speckled with milk glass tips, other green and smooth. The gardener chooses three miniature fruit, pale green and round, which fit together easily in the palm of your hand. “We thought, called it the Lunch Box,” says Mary Lu Arpaia, who oversees the avocado-breeding program at the orchard. But for now it is just an experimental sort…But Arpaia brings to mind a time when the avocado is more like an Apple, with unique varieties harvested in different times of the year, and an advanced geography—maybe even here in the stifling heat of the San Joaquin valley, hundreds of miles North of the coast, the epicenter of the U.S. production. “If we want to stay on the game as a California avocado grower, we need to bring back diversity,” she says.”
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RYAN STEPS BACK FROM THE DELAY OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT
The Hill: “Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that some of the elements required could be included to replace ObamaCare, which in the previous procedure to the repeal the health care law. … The Speaker’s comments come as GOP leader is facing enormous pressure from the President-elect, Donald Trump, centrist Republicans and conservative house freedom Caucus against the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare at the same time. “It is our goal to have them all together at the same time,’ Ryan told reporters after a meeting with house Republicans behind closed doors. To use “we go every tool at your disposal to bring through legislation, through regulation, to replace Auger together with lifting, so we can save the people from this mess.’ The GOP conference, Ryan told his colleagues that the house press forward, and the vote Friday on a Senate budget that passed is waiting for you to start the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That is, despite the claims of the freedom Caucus members for more details…”
Critical condition – New York magazine: “at least three Republican senators (in addition to all the Democrats) against repeal and delay. Rand Paul, of all people, demanded that Congress repeal Obamacare at the same time, it hands a plan to replace it. Paul has announced that he talked with Trump, and secured his consent. Trump has not said so himself, limited his comments to date to a vague assurance, ‘that’ s all gonna work out.'”
SESSIONS SAYS HE WILL DEFY WOULD TRUMP IF NECESSARY
AP: “Sen. Jeff Sessions threw himself as a strong protector of law and order at its hearing on Tuesday, promising that as Minister of justice, he would be down to crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence, and the “scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.” Sessions, echo rhetoric used on the campaign of President-elect, Donald Trump, warned of a country fighting against the illegal drugs flooding across the border, spikes in violent crime in American cities and low morale in the police Department… the policy has its share of attention at the meetings promising to recuse himself from any investigation, it could in the Democrat Hillary Clinton, because of the comments he had made during the campaign.”
Kelly pressed on the immigration -border-wall – to – AP: “the senators are expected to press a retired Marine gen John Kelly, President-elect, Donald Trump, his choice to head the Homeland Security Department, about the plans for the construction of a border wall and more steps to boost immigration security. Kelly’s confirmation is almost certain, but the members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will likely use Tuesday’s hearing to debate the tough immigration and border security policies in the medium pieces of Trump’s presidential campaign. Kelly is one of several retired generals thread for the top positions of trump.”
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DeVos hearing is delayed to next week – The hill: “The Senate health, education, labor and pensions Committee announced late Monday evening that it had re-scheduled the hearing for education Minister nominee Betsy DeVos. ‘At the request of the Senate leadership for inclusion of the Senate plan, we have agreed to delay the nomination hearing of Betsy DeVos, to Tuesday, 17. January by 5:00 p.m., Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and high-ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a press release late Monday night. DeVos was originally scheduled to face the Committee on Wednesday morning.”
AUDIBLE: LOOK HONEY, I GOT YOU A PARADE!
“To be honest, I think my family is very relieved that you have to think of a party idea.” – Kelly Anne Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump in an interview with Salena Zito explains one of the advantages of 50 on Jan. 20, The Day Of The Inauguration Of The President.
Trump gets revenge on Kasich helps defeat Ohio GOP Chairman re-elected – Fox News
Trump’s brand value rockets with presidential elections to win, solves more conflicts of interest – Political
Clinton’s refusal to exclude New York mayoral run, said his payback for DeBlasio’s reluctance to support – Politically
Comey, clapper, and other intel-heads, in order to testify on the hill today – WSJ
Chaffetz says Clinton E-Mail investigation will continue – CBS News
Trump trend: Pa. Business man, ready to jump in the race for Governor – the Philadelphia Inquirer
FROM THE STANDS
“Just as I described downward spiral into despair about the tit for tat policy by [rut in Monday’s mid-term report], I was shocked to LOL at the picture, ‘lower than a snake belly in a wagon.’ I can’t say enough how I appreciate your outlook and the way you Express yourself. You’re a Super guide in this complicated world. Thank you!!! Best Regards.” – Emma Grimes, Of Lexington Park, Md.
[Ed. Note: It is absolutely our pleasure, Ms. Grimes. And as for the spirals of despair, remember: for most of the people do a pretty good job at ignoring the politics and government. This is a very bad thing, when it comes to an informed national discussion about serious topics, but it is a very good thing that the toxic brew of self-interest, and a shame to overlook that which passes for political process usually goes. Washington may think that this is the headwaters of our great Republic. But we know that the truth is that the policy comes from the culture as well as the Federal budget increases from the larger economy. What we see on the screen is a mirror now, unfortunately, the picture of the tense and civil society. It is true that the actions of leaders can ratify existing cultural trends, such as Bill Clinton and certain out-of-school activities. But always remember that the work of the care of America’s greatness is happening in your community and in thousands of others across the country, in churches and synagogues, small businesses, boys and girls Clubs, little league ” – diamonds-and-care homes. Our ability to create wealth, to preserve peace and care for our most vulnerable neighbors is in our hands. The clucking, strutting roosters of Washington claim credit just as the rooster claiming credit for the sunrise. But we know the truth.]
“It is depressing and disheartening, the Trump way to react in such a second-class, to Streep’s comments; he did seem to go a long way ‘President.'” – John A. Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.
[Ed. Note: I know you, Mr Johnson, but what am I? But seriously, as we discussed Monday, the current looting of public discourse does not begin with Donald Trump, if he is safe, to speed up the process. I suspect, however, that its fusillades is, loses its effectiveness over time. The capacity to shock, escalation, and/or surprise. In time, the Americans might accept the fact that their President tweets a lot and says crazy things. As soon as it is predicted, one thing is slightly reduced.]
“Can you help me out here? Social Security and Medicare are called entitlements, by almost everyone in the government and the press. Last time I checked, these programs are financed by employee and employer contributions. If these funds were properly managed, it would still, but you would not be in the exhibition, as they are today. Can you explain how I am off base? By the way, I asked this question, every time I use the word claim in reference to this, so far, not a response. Sigh.” – Cathrine McLaren, Victor, Mont.
[Ed. Note: you nailed it, Ms. McLaren. Sloppy use of the language, this issue is clouded significantly. Social Security and Medicare are entitlements in a very literal sense: it is your money and you are entitled to get it. These two programs were determined, as commissioned by the government to the savings and insurance programs for the elderly. You and your employer on the wage tax and then the money should be waiting for you when you are the specified age. This is different for programs such as Medicaid, Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) and food stamps, programs. In the course of time, we have confused the Problem by the government’s treatment of the authority Fund as a piggy Bank for deficit spending and the expansion of the welfare state component of Social security. In addition to the pension, Social security disability insurance should be a resource for widows and orphans. In search of ways to expand the help of the Federal government, the government extended the disability component in the last few years. One of the reasons for the early success and popularity of Social security in the New Deal and Medicare as part of the Big society, is that it is free of the stigma of the “dole.” Directed savings brings a sense of dignity and fulfilment. Handouts do not. Unfortunately, for reasons of national discussion, these programs have been lumped in with social programs and sloppily referred to as “permissions.”]
CROCODILE DUNDEE WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “An alleged drunk patrons said, he ‘had’ what the manager and security guard escorted him from a restaurant, but the toy gun was no match for the real employees so the authorities moved in on him. According to Brookhaven police, the man was intoxicated and “extremely” at about 3 o’clock, Sunday… The manager and a security guard escorted him out, but … [he] came back to the restaurant with what was to be later found a toy gun, said they [the police]. But before the screen could be Mr, an employee grabbed his gun, the man faced, as he opened the front door and said to follow him, police said. “The employees fired causing multiple rounds to the armed person (him) to retreat and leave the scene…’ they [the police] said. About 5:30 p.m. the man was found on the road at 85 the apartment complex, after he called 911 over shot in his shoulder and wrist.”
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AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“I think the Republicans should start each session with an expression of gratitude to Harry Reid for this very easy. It is a mistake from the beginning was to blow up the filibuster rule.” – Charles Kraut Hamer on “special report with Bret Baier.”
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