Beto O’Rourke Unveils $5 Trillion Climate Change Plan

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

A five trillion dollar plan to fight something that does not exist.

I have a question for Robert Francis O’Rourke “Where is this money going to come from?”

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and failed Senate candidate jockeying for position in the crowded “straight white male” lane of the Democratic presidential primary, has finally unveiled a policy proposal. The candidate published on his campaign website Monday an ambitious plan to combat climate change—”the greatest threat we face”—to the tune of $5 trillion over the next decade.

“We have one last chance to unleash the ingenuity and political will of hundreds of millions of Americans to meet this moment before it’s too late,” O’Rourke said in a statement accompanying the plan’s release, echoing remarks he has made on the campaign trail comparing climate change to the threat the United States and the world faced from Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II.

The plan aims to achieve net-zero carbon emission in the United States by the year 2050, which O’Rourke’s campaign claims is “in line” with the ambitious goals laid out in the Green New Dealauthored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.). That is not entirely accurate. One of the first steps would involve introducing legislation in the first 100 days of O’Rourke’s administration that would establish a “legally enforceable standard” to ensure the United States gets halfway to net-zero emissions by 2030. However, a Green New Deal fact sheet published by Ocasio-Cortez’s office argued that the United States “must” fully achieve net-zero emissions by 2030 to ward off global catastrophe.

The plan would be financed via a “fully paid-for $1.5 trillion investment” generated by “structural changes to the tax code that ensure corporations and the wealthiest among us pay their fair share.” There is no explicit mention of a carbon tax, although the plan itself isn’t very explicit about anything. Nuclear energy, for example, is never mentioned. The plan simply proposes to “accelerate the scale up of nascent technologies enabling reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, through efficiency and alternatives.”

What about the remaining $3.5 trillion? That’s not entirely clear. The additional funds would be “mobilized” and “directly leveraged” by the new tax revenue, and funneled through “proven existing financial institutions” such as the Rural Utility Service, as well as “a new dedicated finance authority, which will have on its board not only the brightest minds in finance but also members of the unions that would help build this infrastructure.”

The plan’s lack of specifics with respect to its true cost is politically expedient, given that most Americans are unwilling to spend even $10 per month to combat climate change, according to a recent poll.

Through a combination of executive action and legislation, O’Rourke pledges to achieve his ambitious goal by “unlocking technological breakthroughs,” “supporting regional hubs of expertise,” “catalyzing partnerships with private and philanthropic capital,” “[boosting] the diversity of the leaders whose businesses form the supply chain for climate change solutions.”

Indeed, the text of O’Rourke’s plan is littered with the vague, snazzy jargon typically found in neoliberal think tank proposals, “woke” corporate press releases, and Silicon Valley mission statements.  This paragraph, for example:

Innovation that will lead to pioneering solutions in energy, water, agriculture, industry, and mobility and to scientific discovery that makes us more safe and secure. $250 billion in direct resources that will catalyze follow-on private investment, creation of new businesses, and discovery of new science.

Apart from a bullet point pledging to “Re-enter the Paris Agreement and lead the negotiations for an even more ambitious global plan for 2030 and beyond,” there is little explanation of how the plan would address the far more significant challenge of limiting carbon emissions outside the United States, which only accounts for about 15 percent of global emission (and falling). ​

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DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN SUBMITS RESIGNATION TO TRUMP

H/T The Daily Caller.

How long before the drive-by media and the Delusional DemocRats blame President Trump for this rat faced bastard quitting.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump on Monday after months of speculation that he was planning to leave the Justice Department.

His resignation will become effective on May 11, according to a copy of the resignation letter that was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

“I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education and prosperity,” Rosenstein wrote to Trump.

He also spoke positively of his time in the DOJ, stating, “We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls. We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle.”

Rosenstein was initially reported to be leaving the DOJ in mid-March after the confirmation of Bill Barr as the new attorney general, but apparently decided to stay on a bit longer for the rollout of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. (RELATED: Rod Rosenstein Staying At Justice Department A ‘Little Longer’)

Rosenstein’s nearly two-year run at the DOJ was not without controversy.

In February, reports surfaced that Rosenstein floated the idea of wearing a wire to secretly record his conversations with President Trump. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claimed Rosenstein was “absolutely serious” about the prospect of surveilling the president, but the DOJ said McCabe’s statements were “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

Rosenstein was also responsible for the appointment of the special counsel after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The special counsel’s investigation took approximately two years and cost $25 million in taxpayer funds but did not find evidence of collusion and did not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice.

In a speech last Thursday, Rosenstein defended his handling of the Mueller report and implicated the Obama administration for not doing more to stop Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He also took shots at Comey, stating, “the FBI director [Comey] announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI director alleged that the president pressured him to close the investigation, and the president denied that the conversation occurred.”

Before submitting his resignation, Rosenstein also defended his boss, Attorney General Barr.

“He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein said Thursday in a rare interview with the WSJ.

 

Never take your eye off the ball

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By Jim Campbell

April 30th, 2019

Judicial Watch has done it again.

With their investigators, they have created a situation where there are a thousand soon to be indicted criminals all crammed into a room and told it’s time to play musical chairs.

Problematically, when the music stops there is only one chair available and the rest will be taking the fall.

It’s finally going to happen, my guess is that the president will wait until after the election.

At which point, he may just decide to have his Attorney General leave no chairs in the room.

H/T for the concept.

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How Japan Helped the Allies Spy on Hitler

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Baron Oshima & Adolph Hitler

Throughout the Second World War, the Allies tried to spy on Hitler and his generals. They went to extraordinary lengths to understand what the Führer was thinking, using intercepted messages, intelligence from inside Germany, and the advanced decryption facilities at Bletchley Park.

Ironically, some of their best intelligence on Hitler’s thinking came not from spying on the Germans but on their allies, the Japanese.

The groundwork for Baron Hiroshi Oshima’s role as an intelligence source was laid in 1934 when he arrived in Berlin to act as Japanese Military Attaché. An officer and a diplomat, Oshima quickly established good relationships with German officers and members of the Nazi party, who had risen to power in Germany the year before.

Oshima’s political philosophy was a good fit with that of the Nazis. He soon gained the ear of Hitler, becoming the Führer’s favored representative of Japan.

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Poll: 75 Percent Oppose Sanders on Letting All Prisoners Vote

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This is not good news for Crazy Bernie Sanders.

A large majority of Americans disagree with Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) stance that all prisoners should be allowed to vote in the United States, even those behind bars for violent crimes like the Boston Marathon bomber.

Business Insider poll found 75 percent of respondents opposed enfranchising all inmates, with just 15 percent saying they supported it. The poll found about 35 percent supported giving the vote to incarcerated persons in some capacity. Twenty-four percent said violent felons should lose their right to vote permanently.

Sanders said at a CNN town hall last week that even “terrible people” should have the right to vote from prison, after being asked if people like convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be given back the franchise.

“If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished,” Sanders said. “They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime, but I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.”

He’d made the point previously on a Fox News town hall to less attention, saying even murderers and rapists in prison for life shouldn’t lose that right.

Other Democratic presidential candidates backed off Sanders’s stance. Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) initially said she would be open to a “conversation” on the topic before quickly backtracking the next day. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he opposed Sanders.

The Republican National Committee released an ad ripping Sanders for his views on prisoners voting, calling them “just wrong.”

Sanders has repeatedly boasted that his views that were considered “radical” when he ran in 2016 now dominate the mainstream of the Democratic Party. He is one of the top contenders for the 2020 nomination, currently jockeying with former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of early polls for primary voters.

Participants In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Fun Run’ Didn’t Know They Were Donating To Her Campaign

H/T Godfather Politics.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has become a swamp monster.

She also proves that P.T.Barnum was correct when he said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Participants in a fun run organized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were unaware their registration fee was going towards her campaign.

The event on Saturday was billed as a family fun run supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal’ but a spokesman later revealed it was a campaign fundraiser.

“The site says it’s to benefit her environmental plan,” said one supporter who would not give his name. “If it is going to go directly to her campaign they should have said so.”

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AOC raised over $11K for campaign in Queens ‘fund run’ https://trib.al/iyyZlfS 

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she billed as “a Family Fun Run supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day.”

But many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers.

“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health … and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” the freshman Democrat told the participants before they set off.

Environmentally conscious supporters — who jogged through Astoria Park alongside a beaming, strolling AOC — believed their money was going to help save the planet.

“It’s going to help raise awareness and educate people,” a female runner told The Post.

“I think it’s really for this particular New Green Deal,” said Brian Schwartz of Long Island. “No question.” More

The saddest part is that 99% of them don’t realize they were played for fools and the few who do realize it, will justify it by saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mean to make it that hard to figure out it was a donation directly to her campaign.

Alicia F. Luke@AliciaFixLuke

Who would have guessed she’s a hustler? https://nypost.com/2019/04/27/aoc-raised-over-11k-for-campaign-in-queens-fund-run/ 

AOC raised over $11K for campaign in Queens ‘fund run’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she promoted as supporting her Green New Deal. But many of the runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly

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Dr.moewill@Docmoewill

Another bait and switch. One of the oldest tricks in the Socialist hand book. Thanks AOC. The next trick is the Green New Deal switched to Bankrupt USA. Then Medicaid for all switch to after age 68 no treatment. Free stuff cost to much.

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Mark J. Cain ن@cainmarkj

Imagine that! This is all a big popularity show for @AOC that’s pushing a leftist political agenda. If @RepAOC was truly concerned about the people’s issues, she would do a lot more homework (e.g. about ), before opening her foot-shaped mouth.

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Victoria Cooper@Victori52049631

Gee…
Surprise!
Surprise!
AOC has learned fast on how to HOODWINK the people. PERFECT Swamp dweller tactic…

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This is the worst kind of political deceit, as most of these kinds of events are used for charity and not for the politician’s war chest.

De Niro, Still in Denial, Uses Graphic Language to Blast Trump at WH Press Dinner

H/T Flag And Cross.

Robert De Niro suffers from the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome ever.

De Niro’s grasp on reality has slipped away.

This isn’t the first time that De Niro has gone to the gutter to lambast the highest office in the land.

Despite the revelations of the Meuller report, the “resistance” is alive and well…at least in Hollywood.

President Trump himself has been no fan of the White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner.  The event, sometimes referred to as “Nerd Prom”, has yet to see the Commander in Chief attend during his first term, which has been seen as blow to the relevancy of the previously laugh-centric dinners.

This year however, the White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner went a bit of a different direction, taking a tone that was far less humorous.  This led television host and The Daily Show alum Samanatha Bee to host the “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” herself, inviting a slew of guests to provide their own insight to the Trump presidency.

To drive the point home, anti-Trump Hollywood legend Robert De Niro found himself rummaging through the proverbial gutter in order to get a few jabs in at the President.

WARNING:  Strong language ahead.

Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro unloaded – once again – on President Trump during a brief appearance Friday at the Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C.

De Niro has been an outspoken opponent of Trump. In December, the 75-year-old actor told CNN that Trump’s tenure in the White House will be “one of those things” that people will look back on years from now and recall, “Remember all that stuff, how terrible it was?”

De Niro told the audience on Friday that he stood with host Samantha Bee to support the First Amendment, and “the right of the president to be a relentless and unrepentant, lying scumbag, the right of his supporters to not give a shit, and our right to do something about it.”

De Niro has a history of bringing his gangster-schtick to American politics, establishing himself as one of the most profane “resistance” characters in the political soap opera.