So you think it will be different in a Trump presidency

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Chairman and President of the Trump Organization Donald Trump yells 'you're fired' after speaking to several GOP women's group at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino April 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump has been testing the waters with stops across the nation in recent weeks and has created media waves by questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Donald Trump in campaign form. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

He’s going to make America great again. He’s going to be the jobs president. We’re going to actually be tired of winning. He’s going to build a beautiful wall. He’s going to rebuild the military and take care of our veterans. We’ve heard it over and over again.

He’s going to change things in Washington DC.

Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday should tell you nothing’s really going to change. It will be business as usual. Continue reading

My book now available

Dino 2My book, One of the Last Business Dinosaurs: How I took an alternative path to business success, is now available for mail ordering.

It’s my memoir of 43 years in business communications, but I include tips on succeeding in business.  In it, I suggest that having a passion and a perseverance of excellence are important in whatever career one decides to pursue.

The book would be an ideal gift for a young person who is undecided on a career pursuit.  The 270-page book is documented with hundreds of photos and letters.

New CoverCopies are available at just $20 each by sending your check, along with your name and address to: Eldon R. Kramer, 26520 Alma School Road #801, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

President Obama pits black on black feud over EPA’s Clean Power Plan

With the Paris conference on climate change behind them, the Obama administration has enlisted the help of Martin Luther King III to help them sell the black community on the importance of the president’s Clean Power Plan.

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(Cartoon courtesy Ramirez/IBD)

In doing so, the president and King are taking on the National Black Chamber of Commerce, a group that took a position against the Clean Air Plan just six months ago.

While Harry C. Alford, CEO of the chamber, has stated that the Clean Air Plan will lead to lost jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty rates for the 128 million blacks and Hispanics, King says the opposite is true.

“Under my plan of cap and trade, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” – Barack Obama, January 2008

The plan will lead to some $500 billion in higher annual electricity costs by 2030, when the it will be fully implemented.  “With blacks and Hispanics spending a larger share of their incomes on energy than whites, the burden of higher costs will fall hardest on minorities,” according to Alford, who estimates a 23 percent increase in black poverty.

I find it interesting that blacks of financial means, like King, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are willing to give the president a pass on his failure on the jobs front as black unemployment has hit new highs.

Unable to refute Alford’s estimates on economic impact, King chose to use the climate change propaganda that by limiting carbon dioxide emissions, the Plan will slow extreme weather patterns that have already “inflicted widespread economic damage and human misery, including death.”  He cites how Hurricane Katrina devastated the largely African-American community there.

As I have written earlier, the EPA is forcing the states to do the dirty work by requiring them to submit plans that meet the agency’s drive to shut down reliable plants; the result of which will be higher electric bills and a worsening economic picture for minorities.

To support the president’s plan to shut down coal plants, King states that 39 percent of the six million Americans who live within 30 miles of a power plant are people of color.

President Obama, who has a record of lying to voters on every issue he chooses to support, often referred to his “all of the above” energy plan.  All except coal.

“If someone wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” – Barack Obama, January 2008

Hopefully, a Republican president elected this fall will put the brakes on Obama’s rogue EPA, and recognize that climate change is cyclical and efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions will, as the agency has conceded, will have a minimal effect on earth’s temperature.

Meanwhile, the president’s decision to pit one black group against another will continue to be a joy to watch.

Faithful readers of this blog are aware of my position on climate change and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  To refresh your mind, simply click on the subject under “Topics” on the right.

Kramer back on the right again

It’s nice to be back again, sharing my political views with you.  I took a brief hiatus for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, but when I returned to my blog I found that my host had done an update and, in the process, caused much of my style points to change.

My first posting, “President Obama pits black on black feud over Clean Power Plan,” was actually written a week ago as I confronted the blog update problem, but it’s still current.

There’s still work to be done on my display header above, but my views will continue in the interim.

Is Biden already running?

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The people are there to see the Pope, Joe. (readingeagle.com/AP photo)

While watching the days of coverage of the Pope’s visit to the United States, I couldn’t help but think Joe Biden is an undeclared candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination.  He was everywhere,biden (gettyimages.co.uk) striking his familiar pose, pointing to someone in the audience.

I thought it would end when the Pope left for New York and Philadelphia, but, no, there he was again.  And he was the last one to see the Pope off for Rome on the tarmac at Philadelphia’s airport.

 

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Time for a little politicking with the clergy. (whitehouse.gov)

 

Global warming? Follow the money

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President Obama, the Grand Poobah of Climate Change, checks the air for warming. (Eathan Miller/Getty Images)

As President Obama embarks on his 11-day climate change tour, the Wall Street Journal claims “global warming is expected to emerge as a key issue.”

WSJ bases its prediction on a Pew Research Center report finding that 74 percent of American adults say there is “solid evidence” of global warming, and that 46 percent believe the warming trend is “mostly due to human activity.”

You can expect to hear that its “proven science” backed by hundreds of leading scientists, supported by the majority of Americans. And count on him to scoff at deniers. Continue reading

If black lives matter, then why … ?

“The most dangerous place for an African-American is the womb.” – Pastor Cleland Childress Jr.

 Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted a provocative graphic on Facebook in response to the recent videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials openly discussing the price of fetal body parts taken during abortions.

PP1The graphic, shown at left, asks, “Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year?” It shows the Confederate flag, which was again tied to black deaths after the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, and the Planned Parenthood logo, best known for its abortion advocacy.

Palin hopes to reignite efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress and at the State level. Seventy-eight percent of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are placed in low-income minority neighborhoods, according to data from the 2010 Census reported by LifeNews. Continue reading

Fox News kicks off its 2016 GOP Power Index

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(Fox News logo courtesy Hollywood Reporter)

For those of you who like to see which presidential candidates are leading in popularity, Fox News’ digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt has released his inaugural edition of his 2016 GOP Power Index, a 90-second unscientific review of where the contenders stand.  I will be providing you a link to future editions. Click here to see the kick-off.

Tom Brokaw shows his liberal colors again.

“The question is, what are they prepared to give to the Democrats to meet them in the middle ground? What are they going to do about immigration?  What are they going to do about the minimum wage?

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Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw thinks the GOP needs to compromise now that they will be in the majority. (breitbart.com)

Those were questions asked by former NBC News majordomo Tom Brokaw, appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, hosted on Monday by Peter Alexander. However, Brokaw never wondered what Democrats were prepared to give to Republicans.

Obviously foreseeing a Republican victory the following day, Brokaw launched a preemptive tirade against potential GOP presidential candidates currently serving in the Senate for not getting things done in the next two years.

Can you believe it? What are we prepared to give Democrats?  And Brokaw isn’t the only liberal media person telling the GOP what they “must” do now that they have the majority.

Political wonks like me recall the 2008 Tom Brokaw – Charlie Rose love fest on then candidate Obama on our network, PBS. “I don’t know what Barack Obama’s worldview is,” said Rose.  “No, I don’t know either,” responded Brokaw.

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When Tom Brokaw appeared on the Charlie Rose show back in 2008, the pair were impressed with candidate Obama, but knew little about him. (hmongjob.com)

“We don’t know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy,” continued Brokaw. “I don’t really know,” said Rose. “And do we know anything about the people who are advising him.”

“He is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational speeches,” Rose adds.

This discussion took place just days before the 2008 presidential election. Two of the best known television commentators casually discovering they really don’t know much about Obama.  But by this time the media knew Sarah Palin’s bra size.

By now, the GOP leadership is aware that the media will continue to push for  Republicans to play nice with the president. Let’s hope that Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner play hardball.

 

 

Surprise! Senate subcommittee whitewashes IRS scandal; claims “no political bias”

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Care to read the mind of ranking Republican Sen. John McCain as he listens to ranking Democrat Sen. Carl Levin? Senator Levin reported no bias toward conservative groups by the IRS. (Salon.com photo)

“The majority report (Democrat) asserts that there was no political bias in the way the IRS selected groups for additional scrutiny and that conservative groups and liberal (progressive) groups were treated equally,” was the finding of the Senate subcommittee led by Michigan’s outgoing Sen. Carl Levin.  As usual, the report was released late Friday to avoid major news coverage.

“The minority report (Republican) sharply disagrees with the conclusion reached by the majority staff report,” wrote ranking senior member Sen. John McCain (RAZ)  representing the Republican side.  Of the groups singled out for extra scrutiny, he said 83 per cent, or 248 of the 298 groups, were “right-leaning.”

Further, he referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means published study detailing questions asked of conservative groups and progressive groups.  The IRS asked conservative groups 1,552 questions, an average of 14.9 per group, while just seven progressive groups were asked a mere 33 questions or 4.7 per group.

For those unfamiliar with details of the IRS scandal, it was Senator Levin, who along with Senator’s Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen.Richard Durbin (D-IL) and others, wrote intimidating letters to the IRS following the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United.  See my post, Understanding the IRS scandal, Part 1, March 10, 2014

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IBD Michael Ramirez editorial cartoon

In the conclusion of the 288-page report, this laughable sentence appears, “(The subcommittee) continued its tradition of in-depth fact finding and frequent consultation that are the hallmark of the Senate’s work and lead to a deepened understanding of the issues.”   This is a good spot to tell you that the subcommittee didn’t interview one victim group, conservative or progressive.  It reminds me of the Benghazi ARB that didn’t interview Hillary Clinton.  And Congress wonders why they rank so low as a group.  According to Real Clear Politics, 77.4 per cent currently disapprove of Congress, while just 14 per cent approve.

To see an interesting interview by the WSJ’s Dan Henninger with Cleta Mitchell, one of the attorneys representing conservative groups, click here.

You can find the full report here.

Pay no attention to the Senate report.  This issue is not dead by any means.  “Lost” Lois Lerner e-mails will surface.  Mark my word.