Congress

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control. A disturbing number of people are being shot—particularly school children—and we ought to try to do something about it. Yes, it's true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions, including armed personnel in schools, mandatory background checks for all transfers outside families, a conversation on red flag laws and mental health, and concealed carry and required retesting. I am an adamant supporter of the Second Amendment and my reason, in today's America, should be obvious.

House Democrats to Take up Gun Confiscation Bills Today

We know the House Democrats can pass virtually any gun control measure they want. The real challenge is to make sure that House Republicans don’t join them. Because if they do, then that will cause Senate Republicans to defect in large numbers and gun control will pass both chambers of Congress, putting constitutional liberty in dire jeopardy.

Independent Gun Dealers Are Cornerstones Of Liberty

In recognition of the position of independent gun stores as the cornerstone of liberty, I think I’ll make an excursion through the local gun stores and buy myself another gun, not because I need one, but simply because I want to send the signal to Walmart, Dick’s, Bank of America and Citibank that this is still a relatively free country and I intend to keep it that way.

The Part Of The Second Amendment No One Reads

To Julian Castro, and those few misguided gun owners who might be tempted to agree with him, I am forced to point out that the Second Amendment, and the rights it protects, have nothing to do with hunting. We urge CHQ readers and friends to share this article widely and to call their Representative and Senators through the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) and to let President Trump know via the White House comment line (1-202-456-1111) that the Second Amendment is not negotiable.

The Moral Dimension to Our National Debt

Michael Tanner, National Review

One wonders how all those young people complaining about their student debt would react if they understood that their theoretical share of the national debt was about $67,000. The growing debt does not come without consequences. There are, of course, economic repercussions. Over time, debt can slow growth, reduce wages, and hinder our flexibility in responding to economic slowdowns. More important, there is a moral dimension as well. Every child born today inherits a portion of that debt. We are living at our children’s expense. You can’t get much more “taxation without representation” than that. If only someone in Washington cared.

Conservative Action Project: Congress And President Trump Must Protect Second Amendment Rights

Eighty-one leaders of the Conservative Action Project yesterday issued a statement calling upon President Trump and Congress to protect the Second Amendment rights of all citizens. In particular, the statement called into question the constitutionality of universal background checks, assault weapons bans, gun registries, and red flag laws.

What's next for Democrats post-Mueller?

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

Even after Mueller, Democrats’ hatred is so deep for the president, who refuses to submit to their demands — the usual scenario for Republican presidents — that they feel compelled to continue their attacks, if for no other reason than to raise 2020 campaign money. Unwilling, or unable, to give up, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced he will try to gain access to grand jury testimony, which would be illegal. Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. In the case of the Democrats’ hatred of President Trump, it’ll never be over. Let them run on that next year.

Does a Guilty Conscience Explain Mueller's Fumbling Testimony?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Robert Mueller has a guilty conscience. He should. And not just because Peter Strzok texted to his paramour what feels like decades ago that there was "no there there." Anyone with an IQ in the proverbial triple digits has known that for a long time. Remember that a guilty conscience can lead to depression, which, it is well known, shuts down the brain. Time and illness obviously can account for a man's decline, but also circumstances. Mueller knew how his reputation was going to be destroyed. It's the old link between the mind and the body. Almost every one of us has seen this among people we know.

Confused performance by Mueller raises questions about handling of investigation

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Mueller's performance raised questions that reached far beyond one appearance before one committee. It called into doubt the degree to which Mueller was in charge of the entire special counsel investigation. If Mueller was not fully in charge, that would direct attention to the staff he assembled for the investigation — staff that President Trump has often derided as "17 angry Democrats." Some of Mueller's aides were Democratic donors, and a key aide, Andrew Weissmann, famously attended Hillary Clinton's 2016 election night event that was planned as a victory party. It seems likely that Republicans will direct new attention to them in light of Mueller's appearance.

Judicial Watch Files Ethics Complaint Against Anti-American Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar

The information developed by David Steinberg, Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson provides the basis, not just of a House Ethics Committee complaint, but for an FBI investigation into the ongoing criminal activity by which Ilhan Omar and others covered up her crimes and facilitated her election to the United States Congress.

Congress must pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Vice President Mike Pence, Washington Post

After striking this new deal with our two most important trading partners, the United States needs to lead once again - which means Congress must do its part and pass the USMCA. As I've traveled across the country to discuss the merits of this historic trade deal, I've seen firsthand how important the USMCA is to the American people and to American businesses. Whether it was textile manufacturers in North Carolina, farmers in Minnesota, auto workers in Michigan or energy producers in Texas, they all agreed: The USMCA is a great deal, and Congress needs to act now. Trump has done his job. Now it’s time for the Congress to do its job - and pass the USMCA.

Democrats Try Extra-Constitutional Plan To Revive ERA

Radical feminists and Far Left Democrats are trying to revive the ERA without going back to Congress and passing a new proposed constitutional amendment. Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14) has introduced H.J.Res.38 in an attempt to bypass the biggest constitutional roadblock to the ERA’s revival; its failure to meet the 1982 extended deadline.

Conservatives to Congress: No Two-Year Spending Caps Deal

With federal spending reaching record levels, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project released the following memo to Congress regarding a rumored deal to break the existing spending caps and drive the deficit even higher.

Angry About Border Conditions? Blame Congress

Rachel Bovard, American Greatness

The problem with the Democrats’ current outrage is not necessarily the subject matter. It’s fine to call out terrible conditions where they exist. But the problem arises when the outrage appears politically expedient. And it’s compounded when Democrats refuse to act on any viable solutions. Everything CBP, HHS, and ICE are doing complies with existing federal law. The agencies are underfunded, understaffed, and undermined by the selective outrage of Democrats who apparently have just awakened to these problems and would rather virtue signal than address them meaningfully. Democrats either have no solutions to the border crisis, or offer inexplicable ones like “fixing climate change.”

Trump Must Choose: War President or Anti-Interventionist

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If war is to be avoided, either Iran is going to have to capitulate, or the U.S. is going to have to walk back its maximalist position. And who would Trump name to negotiate with Tehran for the United States? The longer the sanctions remain in place and the deeper they bite, the greater the likelihood Iran will respond to our economic warfare with its own asymmetric warfare. Has the president decided to take that risk? We appear to be at a turning point in the Trump presidency. Does he want to run in 2020 as the president who led us into war with Iran, or as the anti-interventionist president who began to bring U.S. troops home from that region that has produced so many wars?

Billion-Dollar Binge Buying Is No Way to Budget

Sen. Joni Ernst and Adam Andrzejewski, Real Clear Politics

Billion-dollar binge buying is no way to budget, which is why I am introducing the End-of-Year Fiscal Responsibility Act. This bill would limit an agency’s spending in the last two months of the year to no more than the average it spent per month during the preceding 10 months.  This limit only applies to discretionary spending. Entitlement payments, like Social Security and Medicare, and national security-related expenditures would be exempt and unaffected. This bill won’t end all wasteful spending, but it will force agencies to put more thought into long-term planning and curtail the out-of-control impulsive spending.

Brian Lamb Retires: How C-SPAN Started the Revolution Against TV’s Liberal Gatekeepers

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Brian Lamb’s idea that, “We’re better off listening to everyone, no matter what they say, rather than us being the gatekeeper,” looks even more revolutionary today, in the era of social media censorship of conservatives, than it did in 1979 when he started C-SPAN.

Thanks for the tax cut. It's time for a second act

Editors, Washington Examiner

First, further raise the standard deduction, to moot itemized deductions for all but the very wealthiest Americans. Second, lower the amount of mortgage interest that is deductible and bar deductions on mortgages for second homes. At this point, the number of people itemizing will be even smaller than it is today, and the difference between their itemized deductions and the standard deduction will be smaller. That will make the third and final step easier: Totally abolish the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. If Democrats believe what they say they believe — that the wealthy game the tax code too much, and the tax code should be more progressive — they’ll go along with this next step of tax reform.

Stop the Federal Land Grab

Stephen Moore, The American Spectator

The first big step that Trump could make in preventing any slippery slide in Socialism's direction would be to veto the Land and Water Conservation Fund bill which would enable the federal government to spend $9 billion to purchase millions of acres of private lands for “conservation.” What? Uncle Sam is going to take out of private hands millions more acres of America’s valuable land mass? This is the reverse of privatization — it is the nationalizing our nation’s farm land, forests, streams, and pastures.

Sharyl Attkisson: The Government Has Rigged The Rules To Avoid Accountability

After years without turning over a single document in response to dozens of Sharyl Attkisson’s subpoenas, the government now argues that her case should be dismissed, in part, because she hasn’t learned the names of the “John Doe” federal agents to insert in the lawsuit; names which only the government knows and has refused to divulge.