Undeniably Right

Mike Mustang

I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.

Mike Rowse

So, I did not listen to the Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden globes. But I did see the next morning all of the gushing reviews and how presidential she sounded and how without actually saying it, she was basically announcing that she would be a candidate for president. Over the last few days I have heard most of the speech through snippets and things like that. Isn’t it interesting that when she talks about racial issues she has to go back to the days of Jim Crow and real discrimination that was legal in many states because of laws enacted by Democrats? And then she tries to say that things essentially have not changed even though she is one of the most successful and powerful women on the face of the earth. So, I have to ask this question very quickly, which white person allowed you to become so rich and successful? Because in your view of the racism that occurs today, you have no chance to become this successful if you are a black woman.

I think it was Andrew McCarthy who wrote an article this past week about the autonomous cars or as many people are calling them self-driving cars. They are autonomous because they can be regulated. But his point was that the federal government which is more influenced by the environmental wackos and those who want to control all aspects of our life than they are by the majority of people, will put rules and regulations into place that will essentially force us to buy autonomous vehicles.

Think about this; right now when you go to larger cities there are carpool lanes. These lanes are designed to encourage commuters to rideshare in some way shape or form by allowing vehicles with two or more people to use these lanes which can shorten their drive time. Or they can ride a motorcycle or in some places electric cars have their own lanes. These are designed to encourage a certain behavior by giving you a perceived advantage. As a practical matter, these measures have not necessarily worked that well, certainly not as well as adding more lanes or bypass highways.

More proof that the swamp really does need to be drained. Robert Mueller’s committee has enlisted the assistance of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in investigating President Trump. Schneiderman hates Donald Trump and has for decades. He has talked about the 100 lawsuits he has filed against the administration this year alone. He is an avowed opponent of President Trump and has admitted that even if President Trump cured cancer he would be loath to give him credit. He has promised to fight President Trump at every turn to protect the people of New York and will likely file hundreds of more lawsuits. So he is just another of the myriad of people hired by Robert Mueller who hates Donald Trump and are working tirelessly to find something, anything, that could take down this administration.

We've said it before but we need to say it again; law enforcement officials need to be unbiased. Even though every one of them has political leanings, they must put those aside and investigate potential violations of the law without bias. I can only imagine how much screaming the liberals would be doing if conservatives were treating one of their idols in the same way.

But one of the reasons that Robert Mueller has enlisted the assistance of the New York Attorney General has to do with politics. You see the President has the Constitutional authority to pardon anyone that is accused of or convicted of committing a federal crime. However, they cannot pardon someone who is accused or convicted of committing a state or local crime. So what Mr. Mueller would like to do is get the New York Attorney General to do his dirty work. They want to find out if there’s a way to accuse anyone, including President Trump, of committing a state or local crime and thus preventing them from being pardoned. This gives them a little bit more leverage over the accused and in their mind might convince that person to turn on President Trump.

Look if you are investigating the potential commission of a crime that violates federal statutes, then do that. Your goal is to find out the truth and act accordingly. It is abundantly clear that Mr. Mueller and his committee have no desire to do that; rather they are there for one purpose and one purpose alone, that being to take down the current administration that was duly elected by the people of the United States.

The fact that President Trump hasn’t disbanded the Mueller committee is amazing. The fact that they haven’t found anything remotely proving the allegations made against President Trump, despite their ardent desire to do so, shows that nothing of significance happened between the Trump campaign and the Russians. It also proves that the swamp really does need to be drained, urgently and quickly.

I have seen a lot of my friends buying into the panic being set in motion by the media and others regarding the repeal of so-called net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration. Of course the professed goal of the rules was to keep the Internet free and open for innovation. Those rules were put in place in 2015 if I remember correctly. So think back to 2014 and the decades prior to that. Didn’t we have a tremendous amount of growth in the Internet including service providers, websites, and so much more? The Internet did not explode only in the last two years. In fact I could argue that there has been less growth in the last two years than the two years prior to the implementation of the net neutrality rules.

I watched former FCC chairman Robert McDowell being interviewed on MSNBC by Ali Vashi. Of course, Vashi was sounding all the alarms about repealing net neutrality especially the belief that Internet giants like Facebook and Amazon could freeze out startups limiting our access to competitors. I’ve also seen some of the alarmists talk about not being able to set up personal websites for your small business, your music group, your personal blog, and those types of websites. Because there were none of those before net neutrality right?

I have been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. When I was younger it was professional football and basketball that caught my attention the most but I have followed college sports, and now, golf, the Olympics, even baseball. I became a Minnesota Vikings fan around five or six years old and we have no ties to the state of Minnesota or to the football team. But I have been a fan for almost 50 years.

I played sports through high school and into college and I have seen the changes that have occurred over the years, especially with training, nutrition, and the availability of off-season activities. Back in my day we just practiced during the season and with football we maybe practiced in the spring. There would be an open gym for basketball in the summer, but we rarely had traveling teams or year-round activities. Little League baseball lasted for about a month in the summer and then there would be some All-Star teams but that was about it.

There has been a lot going on recently some of which we hear about in the media some of which we don’t. Maybe it’s time for another one of my random thoughts and quick hits columns.

There is a widely held belief that sexually based crimes, such as rape and sexual harassment, are more about power than sex. Let’s assume that that is true. Liberalism is also about power. Liberals love to tell us how to live our lives in almost every aspect. So it stands to reason that the majority of people who are being accused of committing these types of atrocious offenses that have been in the news so much recently are liberals.

With the Thanksgiving weekend up on us, most of us pause to reflect upon the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. We think about family, friends, having a place to live, having a job, having food on the table, and maybe a little bit of extra money at the end of the month. I am no different from the rest of you in that regard. Here are some other things for which I am thankful.

I’m thankful that we live in a country where the people who preach tolerance and diversity are so accepting of Christians, conservatives, and others with whom they might disagree on certain issues.

Do you think that the corporate tax rate cut doesn’t make a difference? Broadcom is returning to the United States after moving their headquarters to Europe because of confiscatory tax rates in the United States. They are planning on spending one to $2 billion to build a new headquarters building and they are going to be hiring people in the United States. That is unless the Republicans in Congress screw this up and they just might do that. However, there are better examples.

I was listening to an interview on the Stuart Varney show this week. I did not catch his name but the gentleman owns a very large commercial construction company that is based in New York/New Jersey area. They have done a lot of work there. It is a very successful company that is looking to expand into Florida, Texas, and Chicago. They have built a couple of hotels in Florida but because of the slow growth in the economy and this CEO believes that they do not want to over extend by taking on debt, they have not been very aggressive in chasing different contracts. But with a 15% cut in the corporate tax rate, he believes they can expand aggressively in those areas hiring upwards of 5000 employees. Those are good paying construction jobs.

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