We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. As shoppers rush the malls and flood the internet, join Jim and Greg as they hand out their political gifts for 2019. Jim has carefully selected items for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and the Washington Redskins. Greg finds just the right items for President Trump, the failed 2020 presidential candidates, and the Democrats who are still running but often ignored.
Archives for November 2019
As America pauses for Thanksgiving Day this week, join Jim and Greg as they each list three things for which they are politically thankful. They both start out discussing encouraging signs in the judicial world. Then Jim explains which Democratic presidential candidates he’s thankful for and which figure he’s thankful for doing just about everything the wrong way. Greg discusses the political figure he thinks is setting a good example for conservatives to follow while in office and which groups he finds encouraging in a time of great cynicism and polarization.
Carmen Pate has been very active in ministry and in pro-life activism for many years. As you can hear in the podcast, she is a woman of passion and energy.
But in 2014, Carmen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and, even after a bone marrow transplant, the cancer has relapsed multiple times.
But even as she battles for her life yet again, Carmen’s faith is an inspiration to many as she travels the halls of her Houston cancer ward encouraging and evangelizing other patients, their families, and the medical staff.
Following a 2018 relapse, Carmen turned her Facebook journal of her cancer fight and trust in God into a book entitled “In Our Weakness, God is Strong.”
In this uplifting podcast, Carmen tells Greg Corombos how her faith prepared her for this grueling health challenge, how she encourages others to prepare before a crisis hits them, and why she feels called to share her faith with those she meets.
House Republicans are hammering Speaker Nancy Pelosi for putting legislative business on hold while the impeachment process plays out. At the top of their grievance list is the inaction on the USMCA, the trade agreement among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico designed to replace NAFTA.
Florida Rep. Ted Yoho tells Greg Corombos how impeachment is gumming up the legislative works but he also details why he cannot support USMCA in it’s current form…and why he doesn’t think it has the votes to pass at all.
One good and two crazy martinis await today. Jim and Greg react to House Democrat Brenda Lawrence backing away from impeachment and now saying censuring President Trump would be more appropriate in an election year. They also try to figure out what Barack Obama’s 2020 approach is as he not only doesn’t endorse Joe Biden but in private is apparently slamming Biden’s inability to connect with voters. And they roll their eyes as Harvard and Yale students disrupt the annual football game between the two schools to protest both schools for investing in fossil fuels.
Glad you’ve joined us for the Monday martinis! Today, Jim and Greg cheer the people of Hong Kong for leaving no doubt in local elections that they are on the side of freedom and the protesters. They also cringe as figures on the right speak of Trump is near messianic terms, a tactic the left engaged in over President Obama for eight years prior to Trump. They’re both way off base. And as Kamala Harris suddenly declares herself a champion of marijuana decriminalization because it leads to mass incarceration, Jim and Greg inconveniently point out her record and her painfully obvious political calculations.
While the impeachment hearings attracted most of the news coverage on Capitol Hill this week, both the House and Senate agreed to a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until December 20.
But while shutdown theater was avoided for another month, Congress is yet again failing to go through an orderly appropriations process, by which congressional committees go line by line through spending bills for each department of government.
In recent years, regardless of which party controls the House and Senate, members have funded the government through continuing resolutions that temporarily keep spending levels intact or by voting on giant take-it-or-leave-it omnibus bills that give members no chance to make changes. The omnibus bills invariably result in higher spending.
Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar says too often the Speaker of the House, whether Republican or Democrat, unilaterally decides what federal spending is going to look like.
“We have put way too much power into the hands of the speakers. We need to have a process that’s generated from the members from their different committees. The chairmen should be picked by members of the committees so they are beholden to the members, not beholden to leadership,” said Gosar, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
On Thursday, before approving the continuing resolution, the U.S. Senate voted to table, or delay, Sen. Rand Paul’s push for the “Penny Plan,” which calls for eliminating one penny of each dollar in federal spending. More than half of Senate Republicans voted to put off consideration of the plan.
Gosar is not surprised.
“A lot is said when your leader actually says, ‘Nobody loses office by spending money,'” said Gosar, apparently referring to Senate Majority Leader Mich McConnell. “It shows people are not serious about the process here.”
Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Gosar’s ideas for returning to more responsible spending. He also explains why he believed Republicans lost the majority in the House of Representatives because of their unfulfilled promises and not because of President Trump.
Happy Friday! We’ve got good, bad, and crazy martinis to finish the week. Join Jim and Greg as they discuss Texas Rep. Will Hurd saying he sees nothing that rises to the level of impeachment, because if Will Hurd isn’t flipping the odds of many Republicans in the Senate flipping are very low. They also sympathize with Andrew Yang, who is ripping MSNBC for not giving him much time to speak in Wednesday’s debate. And they’re intrigued by John Bolton returning to Twitter and promising more to come – only to find liberals who hate him now begging him to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already in the midst of a political drama and now he’s facing a legal one too.
On Thursday, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Bribery carries a maximum sentence of ten years while the other charges could bring an additional three years. The allegations stem from allegations Netanyahu accepted gifts in exchange for political favors and also provided regulatory relief to two major media outlets in exchange for favorable coverage.
Netanyahu says the indictments are politically motivated and contends it may be time to “investigate the investigators.”
All of this comes as Netanyahu serves as a caretaker prime minister in Israel. Parliamentary elections were held in Israel in September. Netanyahu and chief rival Benny Gantz finished in a virtual dead heat, but neither party was anywhere close to holding a majority in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.
Netanyahu was given the first chance to form a coalition government with smaller parties but he failed. Gantz was then given the opportunity to forge a majority government and also failed. Right now, the Knesset is tasked with choosing a prime minister or another election will have to be scheduled.
Is the evidence against Netanyahu compelling or a political smear as he alleges? Do these charges change the political dynamics in Israel or are loyalties largely entrenched as they are in the U.S.? And would new elections actually lead to a decisive winner or just result in another stalemate?
We address these questions and more as Greg Corombos interviews American Foreign Policy Council Vice President Ilan Berman.
It’s all electoral politics for your Thursday martinis! Today, Jim and Greg discuss President Trump doing much better in Wisconsin than he was just a month ago and offer ideas for why those numbers are changing. We also discuss the latest Democratic presidential debate and take a closer look at Joe Biden’s difficulty at clearly expressing himself in many responses. And we note that new 2020 Democratic hopeful Deval Patrick is off to a bit of a rough start in drawing support.