The Trump Administration Shouldn’t Imitate the Obama Administration’s Crony Energy Style

Solar, wind and the like are awful returns on your energy investment dollar (also known as taxes). On their own – and even more so when compared to real energy sources like coal and oil.

And fake energy sources – claiming to be “green” – are absolutely awful for the environment.

Spent solar panels – must be handled as if they are nuclear waste. Wind turbines – also must be made of toxic materials. And wind turbine farms – are giant bird blenders. They mow down hundreds of thousands of fowl per annum.

And of course – these “green” energy sources can not exist without massive infusions of government cash. When the subsidies go away – so too do the “fake” energy companies.

If you are so awful at whatever it is you do that you need government money to continue to exist – you shouldn’t continue to exist.

As I have always said: Government doesn’t pick winners and losers – it picks losers at the expense of winners.

Government takes money from winners – people who have succeeded, and thus pay taxes – and hand it to losers who have proven they can not succeed, and thus need government money.

Good ideas are…good ideas. And require no government money. No one needs to subsidize ice cream.

Green energy…is an awful idea (let the private sector take care of it). And thus requires tons of government money.

The Barack Obama Administration loved bad ideas. And LOVED spending tons of government money on them. Green energy – was a particular love thereof.

And why did the Obama Administration engage in this inanity – aside from ideological idiocy? Why, crony idiocy of course.

80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers

Thankfully, finally – the Barack Obama Administration is in the rearview mirror. We now have the Donald Trump Administration – which has spent some of its time undoing what its predecessor did.

But unfortunately – some habits die hard. Like heaping government money upon people who aren’t hacking it on their own.

The Trump Administration’s Energy Department – is poised to continue this awful Obama Administration Energy Department practice. Only with different government-money crony-recipients:

“In January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously rejected a profoundly anti-competitive proposal by the Energy Department to provide billions in subsidies to old, unprofitable power plants. After the exceptional political blowback from its attempt to pick winners (or more aptly, subsidize losers), Energy Department officials are back to the drawing board. But have they learned?

“The early signs indicate a clear ‘no.’ Key political appointees at the Energy Department (DOE) are ignoring evidence and bypassing their own in-house experts to funnel financial aid to unprofitable power plants. The motives couldn’t be more obvious – the same politically-tied companies that drove the last proposal are back at it again because they can’t compete in the marketplace.”

Fantastic. More government money – for more political cronies. How very Obama Administration of the Trump Administration.

Everyone involved in the process of generating and delivering real energy – and not on the government money recipient list – are vociferously opposed. The opposition – is bipartisan and nigh universal:

“Democrats and former George W. Bush administration energy officials decried the proposal while consumer and environmental groups joined free-market think tanks, including the R Street Institute and The Heritage Foundation, in opposition….

“Broad coalitions – such as the Affordable Energy Coalition – have formed in defense of markets….

“Grid operators strongly opposed the department’s proposal, citing deep anti-competitive concerns and saying it was not necessary to preserve grid reliability. FERC’s decision echoed this sentiment….

“Heavy industry, dismayed by the Energy Department proposal, told Congress that ‘DOE is saying manufacturing jobs are not as important as the jobs at economically obsolete…power plants.’ It’s not the role of the federal government to determine whose job is more important.”

Indeed “it’s not the role of the federal government to determine whose job is more important.”

The Trump Energy Department’s response – was very Obama-esque:

“Almost comically, Energy Department officials responded by suggesting that they needed to ‘help FERC members understand the importance of coal’ to electric reliability and resiliency.”

This DOE proposal – is unadulterated cronyism. No more – no less:

“At the nexus of incompetence and cronyism lies the pinnacle of bad governance. For an administration that promised to drain the swap, energy subsidies do precisely the opposite. Subsidizing unprofitable power plants puts cronies, not America, first….

“Economic fundamentals, not cronyism, should drive electricity investment decisions. Competitive electricity markets align economic incentives and put customers, not well-connected companies, first. Putting private capital at risk, rather than socializing risk through taxpayer or ratepayer-funded subsidies and regulated monopolies, ensures that companies properly assess their investments. This is why competitive markets have outperformed monopoly investments, resulting in cost-efficient investments, increased innovation and more choice for American families and businesses….

“If power plants are profitable, subsidies only serve to pad a company’s bottom line. If they’re not profitable, taxpayers should not prop them up. Rather than keeping them on life support, government should allow economic failures to fail so that those resources are free to flow to more useful purposes elsewhere in the economy.”

Here’s hoping this massive, bipartisan opposition – and their massive assertion of reality – will lead to a change of heart…and minds:

“In an April 2017 memo, (Energy) Secretary (Rick) Perry requested a study examining the country’s electricity markets and reliability. The Energy Department should seek to enhance competitive markets by following through on technical recommendations from the resulting staff report.

“Furthermore, the department should offer its modeling and other in-house technical capabilities to grid operators and FERC officials as they continue to examine grid resilience. This would complement a broader conservative energy reset, anchored by a commitment to competition, customer choice and good governance.”

We need a change of Obama pace. And, actually, a change from decades of bipartisan DC awful:

“For decades, the federal government has implemented distortionary energy subsidies and regulations. Further undermining competitive markets and pouring billions in subsidies to cronies is a surefire way to harm all energy customers, stifle innovation and promote energy dependence on handouts. Congress should press the administration for a course correction – or else members will face the wrath of dismayed voters with higher energy bills this fall.”

Let us, finally, return to an actual free market energy system – and thereby reassert just a little bit of Reality in DC.

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If Congress Isn’t Going to Defund Planned Parenthood, Then We Have to Do This Instead

Pro-life conservatives have been frustrated with the ongoing failure to defund Planned Parenthood, and for good reason. America’s largest abortion provider markets itself as a defender of “women’s health,” but performs zero mammograms, willfully covers up statutory rapes, and has had to pay multimillion dollar settlements for Medicaid billing fraud.

All while ending the lives of hundreds of thousands of unborn children for massive profits every year.

So when the latest omnibus spending bill passed with half a billion dollars of funding for Planned Parenthood intact, even with Republicans in control of the White House and both the House and the Senate, conservatives were enraged. And not just because omnibus bills happen because Congress is stupid.

Watching Republicans campaign as pro-life champions every election cycle and then continue to send half a billion freaking dollars — that’s five hundred million dollars, $500,000,000.00 — every year is extremely infuriating.

Now, I don’t believe that Congressional Republicans are secretly pro-choice and actually want to continue providing funding to abortion clinics. What’s far more likely is they are wary of the backlash from Democrats and the media, who would complain that those mean ol’ Republicans are heartlessly cutting medical care to poor women.

Fine. Here’s an easy solution.

Don’t defund the budget for Planned Parenthood. Transfer the money. 

Take all of the money we send to Planned Parenthood clinics, and instead, send the money to medical clinics that provide services to the poor.

Congress has proven they have little appetite for cutting spending, so fine, just take the money we are giving to these abortion clinics and instead, send it to other health clinics in the exact same towns. Dollar for dollar, take it from the abortion clinic and just send it down the street.

The communities will still have the exact same amount of federal funds coming their way, but the money will go much further since it will be going to actual health clinics, and not Planned Parenthood, with its lavish budgets for its political activity, lobbying, contributions to candidates, executives’ salaries and benefits, travel, and events — not to mention all those flashy advertisements, graphics, and videos all over their social media.

And let’s be very clear: there is an abundance of choices for where these funds could be sent.

Drafting the bill should be an open and bipartisan discussion. Members of Congress should take into consideration the clinics in their own districts that are providing excellent care to the needy in their communities. If the Democrats truly care about women’s health, they should participate in the debate and offer amendments with their suggestions.

Some ideas for qualifying for the funds could include accepting Medicaid patients, providing a certain percentage of services pro bono or at reduced costs, being in operation for a certain number of years to prove stability, providing comprehensive prenatal and gynecological health care, and so on.

A similar program was adopted in Texas in 2013. The state cut funding to abortion providers and created the “Healthy Texas Women” program, providing low-income women with birth control, family planning services, and other health care. A Daily Signal report called the program a success, with the state’s pregnancy rate remaining relatively stable and abortions dropping.

There was also a massive drop in Medicaid and contraceptive claims, which liberals attempted to frame as a negative, but a federal civil suit was brought against Planned Parenthood for Medicaid billing fraud from 2003 to 2009 and eventually settled for $4.3 million dollars. Plus, the enactment of Obamacare during this period meant that women with those policies were entitled to free contraception. In other words, when another government program provided contraception coverage and the fraud spigot was cut off, that made the number of claims go down, not women forgoing necessary medical care.

“The data belies the claim that Planned Parenthood was necessary to women’s health care in Texas,” said Casey Mattox, a senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.

The Democrats say they care about women’s health care. The Republicans say they don’t want to send money to an abortion provider. Fine. This solution lets both parties do what they say they want to do. 

If we can’t get our Republican-controlled Congress to cut spending, let’s at least quit sending money to America’s largest abortion provider, and send it somewhere it can still help women.

Why the Stormy Daniels “Scandal” Is the Most Irrelevant Story Ever

There’s nothing better than a good ole “intellectual” debate:

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Congratulations CNN! You’ve finally gone full Jerry Springer, all that’s missing is the hair pulling and that three hundred pound bouncer.

I wonder if this is what Anderson Cooper (aka A. Coops) wanted as a career path? From high class to absolute crass? And for what? To prove that Trump had consensual sex not with his wife before he became president? I think America has filed that under the “so what?” category.

As for me, you will not hear a bad word about Stormy and unlike Hillary and her friends, I won’t besmirch the women. I’m going to wait until Trump has nine (yes, NINE) Oval Office encounters with one of his interns fresh out of college and until he is actually accused by a woman who actually came to him for help. In the meantime, in the wise words of Greg Gutfeld, all we have is a story about a romp, a decade ago at a golf tournament. But with Trump, everyone knew his flaws before they voted: decades as a tabloid staple didn’t hurt, as well as all of those prize winning “reporters” now on the gossip beat. And that Access Hollywood tape helped. Funny, that tape existed for years, tucked away in some creepy network guy’s closet, until it was leaked just before an election. What are the odds of that? No seriously, what are the odds? (Please sense the sarcasm.)

And so, CNN sacrifices what is left of its reputation, trying to undo an election. They think if only people had another chance to vote for Hillary, they’d forget about the woman who ridiculed her husband’s accusers.

Congrats CNN! You’ve redefined hard news. And for this anti-Trump “golf bag” the Hitler “club” didn’t work, the mental instability “iron” didn’t work, the chaos “iron” didn’t work, the collusion “putter” failed, the medical examination “driver” flopped, so bring on the sex “scandal” “sand wedge”.

What is CNN’s point with all of this? They are trying to undermine (again) the American presidency with this. Its one situation that happened before Trump’s presidency. Ok, now what? What are they trying to do? Impeach the president? Or are they trying to dirty our current situation some more and muddy the waters?

This irrelevant “scandal” will eventually die down and it will effect no American policy whatsoever. The one question I only have is what creative club will CNN and the media use next time? Only God knows.

Man Who Absolutely Trashed Obama For Eight Years Calls For Utmost Respect For President Trump (Satire)

LAKE ZURICH, IL—Local Trump supporter Christoph Dzienis absolutely brutalized President Obama for the full length of both the former president’s terms in office, but is now calling for all Americans to unite and show respect for their current president, sources close to the man claimed Monday.

The self-described “political junkie,” who is angered every time he sees someone criticize President Trump, reportedly slammed President Obama in a series of savage memes and rants several times a day for eight years.

“Really, it should be a crime to blatantly disrespect the presidential office,” the man who still has a faded, yellowing sticker of Calvin urinating on President Obama on his pickup truck said. “I’m all for free speech, but enough is enough.”

Dzienis further called people who criticize the president “un-American” and “unpatriotic” for not completely agreeing with President Trump’s policies.

“He’s your President, for goodness’ sake. Grow up and stop acting like children,” he said, while blowing his nose with a nearby roll of novelty toilet paper depicting President Obama’s face on each square, according to sources.


Disclaimer: The above story is satire. It is completely fictitious.

February 6th, 1911. What. A. Day.

February 6th, 1911. What. A. Day. A day in which this great world, our great nation received a gift. We didn’t deserve such of a man as great as he was. February 6th.

On this day we were gifted perhaps one of the greatest men ever to set foot on this earth. February sixth, year two thousand and eighteen marks the one hundred and seventh anniversary of which the true man, the true myth, and the true legend Ronald Wilson Reagan entered into this world. The man who did so much good for this country, the man who was the thirty-third governor of California, the man who was the fortieth president of our great nation, the man who ended the Cold War, the man who invented Reaganomics (cutting taxes and spending, also sprinkled in with some deregulation), the man who revitalized the conservative movement, the man who achieved peace through strength, the man who invented the defense strategy of Star Wars, the man who drastically deduced the number of nuclear arms on the world, the man who appointed the first woman SCOTUS justice, the man who was so witty and charming at debates, the man who is (and will always be) my favorite president, the man who is my idol, the man who’s name was Ronald Wilson Reagan. Ronald Wilson Reagan. This great nation will never have a leader as great as he was. This day should be remembered for eternity for the yearly observance, the commemoration, and the jubilee of the anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan was born. Join me as many other conservatives and patriots across this great nation celebrate this momentous occasion.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

-The Reagan Conservative 🇺🇸

The House Memo Reveals Disturbing Facts About the Misuse of FISA

Now we know why the FBI tried so hard to block release of the House Intelligence Committee memo. And why Democrats and the media want to change the subject to Republican motivations. The four-page memo released Friday reports disturbing facts about how the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath.

The White House declassified the memo Friday, and you don’t have to be a civil libertarian to be shocked by the details. The memo confirms that the FBI and Justice Department on Oct. 21, 2016 obtained a FISA order to surveil Carter Page, an American citizen who was a relatively minor volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign.

The memo says an “essential” part of the FISA application was the “dossier” assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele and the research firm Fusion GPS that was hired by a law firm attached to the Clinton campaign. The memo adds that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told the committee in December 2017 that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” without the dossier.

This is troubling enough, but the memo also discloses that the FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier. The memo says the FBI supported its FISA application by “extensively” citing a September 2016 article in Yahoo News that contained allegations against Mr. Page. But the FBI failed to tell the court that Mr. Steele and Fusion were the main sources for that Yahoo article. In essence the FBI was citing Mr. Steele to corroborate Mr. Steele.

Unlike a normal court, FISA doesn’t have competing pleaders. The FBI and Justice appear “ex parte” as applicants, and thus the judges depend on candor and truthfulness from both. Yet the FBI never informed the court that Mr. Steele was in effect working for the Clinton campaign. The FBI retained Mr. Steele as a source, and in October 2016 he talked to Mother Jones magazine without authorization about the FBI investigation and his dossier alleging collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The FBI then fired Mr. Steele, but it never told the FISA judges about that either. Nor did it tell the court any of this as it sought three subsequent renewals of the order on Mr. Page.

We don’t know the political motives of the FBI and Justice officials, but the facts are damaging enough. The FBI in essence let itself and the FISA court be used to promote a major theme of the Clinton campaign. Mr. Steele and Fusion then leaked the fact of the investigation to friendly reporters to try to defeat Mr. Trump before the election. And afterward they continued to leak all this to the press to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s victory.

No matter its motives, the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.

We also know the FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators in a briefing on the dossier in January 2017. The FBI did not tell Congress about Mr. Steele’s connection to the Clinton campaign, and the House had to issue subpoenas for Fusion bank records to discover the truth. Nor did the FBI tell investigators that it continued receiving information from Mr. Steele and Fusion even after it had terminated him. The memo says the bureau’s intermediary was Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife, incredibly, worked for Fusion.

Democrats are howling that the memo, produced by Republican staff, is misleading and leaves out essential details. They are producing their own summary of the evidence, and by all means let’s see that too. President Trump should declassify it promptly, along with Senator Chuck Grassley’s referral for criminal investigation of Mr. Steele. But note that Democrats aren’t challenging the core facts that the FBI used the dossier to gain a FISA order or the bureau’s lack of disclosure to the FISA judges.

The details of Friday’s memo also rebut most of the criticisms of its release. The details betray no intelligence sources and methods. As to the claim that the release tarnishes the FBI and FISA court, exposing abuses is the essence of accountability in a democracy.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is doing a service by forcing these facts into the public domain where the American people can examine them, hold people accountable, and then Congress can determine how to prevent them in the future. The U.S. has weathered institutional crises before—Iran-Contra, the 9/11 intelligence failure, even Senator Dianne Feinstein’s campaign against the CIA and enhanced interrogation.

The other political misdirection is that the memo is designed to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible Trump collusion with Russia. I doubt Mr. Mueller will be deterred by any of this. The question of FISA abuse is independent of Mr. Mueller’s work, and one that Congress takes up amid a larger debate about surveillance and national security. Mr. Trump would do well to knock off the tweets lambasting the Mueller probe, and let House and Senate Republicans focus public attention on these FISA abuses.

If all of this is damaging to the reputation of the FBI and Justice Department, then that damage is self-inflicted. I recognize the need for the FBI to sometimes spy on Americans to keep the country safe, but this is a power that should never be abused. Its apparent misuse during the presidential campaign needs to be fully investigated.

Toward that end, the public should see more of the documents that are behind the competing intelligence memos to judge who is telling the truth. President Trump and the White House should consider the remedy of radical transparency.

The Problem With Net Neutrality

When the idea was created in 2002 by leftist college professor Tim Wu, Net Neutrality was just four innocuous things:

  • Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

But as with oh-so-many things devised by the left, Net Neutrality sounds good, but isn’t. It is, in fact, a terrible idea, for a whole host of reasons.

It is always a bad idea to have government enforce, especially what the private sector is already enforcing without government. You never want government involved, unless you absolutely can not help it.

All of these four Net Neutrality things were being adhered to at the time Net Neutrality was coined and created. And they have all been adhered to each and every day since.

So Net Neutrality was and is totally unnecessary. So any government enforcement thereof is totally unnecessary.

Net Neutrality is a solution running around, in chicken-headless-fashion, blindly looking for a problem.

But that’s not why Wu created it. The left saw the private sector Internet take off like a rocket, totally government-free. The left desperately needed a fairy tale to convince people to allow the burying of government hooks into the Internet, so as to then reel it back in.

That fairy tale is Net Neutrality. We’ll let another leftist college professor, Robert McChesney, explain what then:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

How very Venezuela of them.

Net Neutrality’s “ultimate goal” is to have government be the only way you can connect to the Internet.

How very China-North Korea-Iran-Saudi Arabia of them.

Net Neutrality has always been the left’s Trojan Horse, to get the government into the Internet, with the “ultimate goal” of a total government takeover.

Which is what the Barack Obama Administration executed in 2015. Under the false rubric of “Net Neutrality”, the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and totally rewrote existing telecommunications law.

Congress had in the 1996 Telecommunications Act classified the Internet as Title I. Which leaves the Internet largely unmolested by government, no coincidence that the internet did so very, very well.

Obama’s FCC, without Congress, “reclassified” the Internet to Title II  which was created by the 1934 Telecommunications Act. Because we all know that 1934 Congressional intent was to regulate something that wouldn’t be created for another sixty years.

Title II is for landline telephones. The telephone network bears just about zero resemblance to the Internet network. The Internet network is significantly more complex.

So why did Obama’s FCC do this? Because the FCC has HUGE regulatory (and taxing) powers in Title II. They have just about none in Title I.

Having the government regulate the Internet like a telephone will cripple the Internet. And shrink it back down to phone network size, scope and power.

(See also: Obamacare driving private health insurance providers out of the Obamacare network.)

Which, again, is what the left actually wants. Kill the private providers, ultimately leaving us with government as our only one.

Thankfully, the Donald Trump FCC is in the process of undoing the Obama reclassification power grab. Which has led to this last fortnight’s left-media freakout.

Repeated again and again in the freakout is the “Net Neutrality” Trojan Horse lie, with endless mentions of the the harmless “Net Neutrality” but with zero mentions of the accompanying HUGE power grab.

Leaving out the HUGE power grab allows the left-media to dishonestly portray the Trump FCC as “tools of the Internet providers.”

Rather than as what the Trump FCC actually is: reasoned, reasonable steward of 1/6th of our entire economy.

Restoring the pre-Obama-power-grab status quo will allow the private sector to deliver us the free speech-free market, that is the government-free Internet.

This is really very good news – no matter what the leftist “news” media says.