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Jeff Flake Aims to Nullify Trump Tariffs

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

I wish we could nullify the gutless nutless RINO Flakey Jeff.

Retiring Senator Jeff Flake took yet another swipe at resisting President Donald Trump on Thursday with the announcement that he would seek to “nullify” the tariffs that Trump signed into being on Thursday.

Trump ordered tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and ten percent on aluminum imports as a measure to save U.S. production of the metals. Trump made the move under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 after extensive Department of Commerce research into the issue. The tariffs are being imposed on the basis of economic and national security.

Flake was swift to declare his active resistance to the tariffs:

These so-called ‘flexible tariffs’ are a marriage of two lethal poisons to economic growth – protectionism and uncertainty. Trade wars are not won, they are only lost. Congress cannot be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster. I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy.

Trump spoke of imposing tariffs during his 2016 presidential campaign.

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During a June 2016 Pittsburgh campaign speech, Trump called out China specifically over “theft of American trade secrets” and vowed to remedy trade disputes with tariffs. He specifically cited section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which he used to impose the tariffs on Thursday.

The United States has lost six aluminum smelters since 2013, leaving just five, according to one senior administration official. Of those five, only two are operating at full capacity, and just one produces military grade high purity aluminum. That official stated that if the one military grade producing smelter were to shut down, the U.S. would be forced to buy this material from China or the Middle East. The official called it a significant vulnerability for the U.S. The steel industry has lost an estimated 50,000 jobs since 2000, according to the official.

 

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Jeff Flake’s ‘No Fly, No Buy’ Is A Stupid Anti-Constitutional Idea

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H/T The Federalist.

Little Flaky Jeff is nucking futs.

Senators should name their bill: ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second.’

This is what a real attack on American values looks like.

One day Sen. Jeff Flake is warning America about rising Stalinism and the next he’s supporting a bill that strips the rights of citizens who’ve been arbitrarily placed on secret government lists without any probable cause or due process. Make no mistake, that’s exactly what the legislation a group of senators plan to re-introduce this week does.

“Terrorists,” explains Flake, “shouldn’t have access to guns, and this legislation has the teeth to make sure they don’t.”

Hey, forget the guns! Why aren’t Flake and the Democrats introducing legislation to immediately detain all these “terrorists?” If the watch lists are enough to convict a man, then it’s safe to assume that there are over a million violent extremists walking our streets with impunity. Because surely — surely — Flake, sainted martyr of real conservatism, a man who took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution,” isn’t arguing that we should circumvent the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments for those placed on extrajudicial lists by bureaucrats? Surely he’s not arguing that simply being suspected of potentially engaging in criminal activity is now enough to preemptively deprive people of their rights? That would be downright authoritarian.

Watch lists are inexact tools for law enforcement, after all, not a way to adjudicate rights. Most of the names on the watch lists, and the reason those names appear on those lists, are known only to government officials. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people unlucky enough to be capriciously tagged by law enforcement, you can only extricate yourself after an expensive and byzantine process that is often beyond the reach of an average a law-abiding citizen. Which is almost surely the point. As far as we can tell, nearly 300,000 names aren’t even vaguely associated with potential terrorist organizations. Yet, in this proposed legislation, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), senators demand that Americans ask for permission before practicing their constitutional rights.

Then there is the question of how we define a potential terrorist in the future? The listmakers won’t say. How about Democrats? As others have noted, liberals regularly accuse the National Rifle Association (and thus gun owners) of being complicit in terrorism. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy has argued that Republican who fail to support bypassing due process “have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.” Kathleen Rice, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, contends that Dana Loesch and “the NRA are domestic security threat” for practicing their First Amendment rights. Excuse me if I don’t trust these people to dictate whose rights should be protected.

Then again, Democrats — the majority of whom have supported these kinds of bills in the past — should name their bill, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.” In essence they’re arguing the Trump administration should be allowed to put any citizen it deems suspicious into a government database without any explanation — maybe they joined an Antifa group online or maybe they flew to Turkey for a vacation or maybe they have a funny sounding name like John Lewis or Edward Kennedy. Then, for whatever reason the Trump administration decides — and without providing evidence to back up its suspicions to a judge — this American can be denied an individual right explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Now, call me a radical, but I tend to think this is a more consequential attack on the Constitution than mocking CNN.

Above all else, this bill reeks of a patronizing “do something” quality that leans purely on political expediency. This bill would not have stopped a single mass shooting, the supposed impetus for these incremental moves in making ownership more difficult. Using terrorism in this debate is nothing more than a way gin up anger and moral outrage for political gain.

It’s working for now. According to Politico, 81 percent of Americans support barring gun purchases by people on the federal no-fly or watch lists. The real question pollsters should be asking Americans, though, is whether they support “stripping Americans who are indiscriminately placed on lists by the government of their constitutional rights?” One imagines the numbers would look very different, since it’s doubtful there’s widespread understanding of how these lists would be used.

And if the public still supported Flake’s efforts, well, then his warning about authoritarianism is coming true. Until then, though, I’m sorry you’re offended by this inconvenient, antiquated and crazy Second Amendment, but until Democrats and their allies get enough people to overturn it or enough Supreme Court Justices to ignore it, it’s the law of the land. Because while “No Fly, No Buy” might be catchy, it has a deal-breaking snag: You do not yet have a constitutional right to fly.

Jeff Flake Touts Gun Control, Bashes GOP For Engaging In Culture War

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H/T The Federalist.

Little Flaky Jeff like John McLame have become a big disgrace to the state of Arizona.

I want to see them both voted out as soon as possible.

Jeff Flake has become a sad trope of the kind of Republican Aaron Sorkin would dream up in a plot line for ‘The West Wing.’

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake hasn’t shied away from the fact that he was about to lose his senate seat in a GOP primary. Instead, he’s decided to use his departure from Washington as a chance to hawk his book which bears a title that shamelessly rips off an iconic work of the same name.

In an interview with CNN political commentator and former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, which aired in part over the weekend, Flake decried Republican engagement in the culture wars, touted his gun control bill, and hit President Trump over his criticisms of American media. The book, the TV appearances, the gun control bills are all part of a sad attempt to rebrand himself as #relevant.

In the sprawling hour-and-a-half-long interview, which you can listen to in full here, though I don’t know why you would, you can’t make up the level of irony surrounding Flake’s story. He laughs off the fact he is from Snowflake, Arizona, and that he has a carved rhinoceros figurine in is office.

“I guess I’ve just embraced it,” he quipped about the fact that he is often called a Republican In Name Only, or RINO for short.

At the start of the conversation, he explains that he thinks the GOP went off the rails when Republican figures started to wade into the culture wars.

“We kind of stopped being the party of limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility and kind of drifted off to fight the culture wars,” Flake said. “That’s when you always know you’re in a bad place, when you stop talking as Republican about limited government or limited spending and you start talking about flag burning, or other cultural issues, or immigration to try to make up for not being conservative fiscally, you have to emphasize other issues.”

Flake said the 2005 bill calling for a federal court to review that Terri Schiavo’s rights were not violated when her husband was allowed to dehydrate her, was part of what he calls the Republican Party’s demise.

“When we started doing that, in 2006 with Terri Schiavo issues and whatnot,” he said. “I knew we were in trouble. We lost the majority in the House and the Senate at that time.”

This isn’t the first time Flake has falsely claimed that Republicans used the Schiavo bill as a wedge issue to shore up its base and scare off members from across the aisle. In a “Face The Nation” appearance last July, the Arizona senator said something similar, but he’s so very wrong about the partisan nature of the bill. The bill, which merely asked that a federal court review the state courts proceedings that gave a disabled woman’s husband permission to dehydrate her to death, was one of the most bipartisan passed during George W. Bush’s tenure in the Oval Office. Not a single Democratic senator voted against the bill and of the 100 House Democrats in office at the time, nearly half (47 to be exact) voted in favor of it. Then Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both voted for the bill, though Obama later said he regretted the decision.

His claim that the Schiavo bill was a rallying cry which heralded in the GOP’s collapse is totally false and his characterization of the culture wars is uncharitable and stupid. Republican engagement with the culture wars didn’t arise from a vacuum. For decades, liberals have poured gasoline on the flames in cultural spaces, pushing lawmakers to blot out bits of the Bill of Rights that they don’t like. One only needs to have caught any of the awards shows this past year or have turned on cable news for more than two minutes to see how far left things have turned. It makes sense for culturally conservative individuals to elect people who they expect to take a stand for their values, if anything, to deter institutionalized religious persecution. But I guess Flake is too busy racking up Ls for his over-the-top Trump comparisons to have noticed that.

Next, Flake took plenty of time to pander to members of the media in decrying Trump’s use of the term “fake news.”

“Calling real news fake and fake news real, that has real ramifications, particularly internationally,” he said. “When authoritarians everywhere now borrow that language to justify on cracking down on dissent and legitimate opposition as fake news. … that has ramifications. Long term ramifications.”

It’s no wonder Flake has become the darling of Sunday talk shows.

He also touted his “No Fly, No Buy” bill, which, with help from Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), would strip away a citizens Second Amendment right to bear arms if he or she finds themselves on a no-fly list. Of course he leaves out the part about how 40 percent of those listed on a terror watchlist have “no affiliation with recognized terrorism groups.” A 2015 Department of Homeland Security examination found that 73 of TSA’s own employees were on the list, which raises questions not just about TSA hiring practices, but about the list itself. There’s a good chance, it seems, one can end up on a no-fly list arbitrarily or by mistake, which means that Flake’s bill could take away one’s constitutional rights at the drop of a hat and for arbitrary or inconsistent reasons.

After refusing to “swear off” the possibility of running for president in 2020, Flake added that he thinks Trump will face a challenge in the GOP primary leading up to the election.

“I do think the President will have a challenge from the Republican Party,” he said, “I think there should be. I also think there will be an Independent challenge, particularly if the Democrats insist on putting somebody up from the far left of the party. Two years is a long time in politics.”

So let’s get this straight. A senator who doesn’t have the support from his own state to win another term in Congress, who has become the media’s favorite Republican for loud criticisms of Trump and many others in his own party, who is comfortable with stripping citizens of their constitutional rights at will, is supposed to be the guy who’s going to save America? I’m sorry, but no.

What’s perhaps the most pathetic part of this interview is the part that’s obvious to everyone. Everyone except Jeff Flake. Members of the media and Democratic operatives, which in David Axelrod’s case, are one in the same, are clearly using Flake to further their own purposes. These purposes are ones that do not help further the cause of conservatism.

Axelrod and others aren’t actually interested in Flake because they think he is at all relevant. They are pretending his book and his self-important soliloquies are newsworthy precisely because they aren’t. Jeff Flake is not the voice of conservatism, nor is he the guy to rally principled Americans, disillusioned with deeply partisan divides in Congress, towards saving our country from the brink of fiscal ruin. He’s a sad trope of the kind of Republican Aaron Sorkin would dream up in a plot line for “The West Wing.” The kind of Republican who doesn’t really care about the Second Amendment, the kind who mocks the GOP’s decision to wade into the culture war, the kind of Republican who ultimately will lose to a charismatic Democrat every time.

Mama Grizzly aka Sarah Palin.

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This is from Breitbart’s Big Government.

I hope Mama Grizzly can take big bites out of the DemocRats 

and the RINO’s.

I would love to see Mama Grizzly and Senator Ted Cruz team up to

run for President and Vice President.

In a sign of how active Sarah Palin intends to be in influencing the 2014 elections, SarahPAC, Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committee, released a video on Wednesday meant to ignite independents, conservatives, and Tea Partiers for the 2014 midterm elections.

These voters propelled Republican candidates in the historic 2010 midterm elections that saw Republicans take back the House of Representatives on the backs of Tea Party voters.

Titled “Loaded for Bear,” the video shows footage and headlines from mainstream media outlets like Politico referring to Palin as a “kingmaker” and conservative outlets like Fox News acknowledging how successfully Palin has used her star-power to help elect conservative candidates to office.

The video also features Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praising Palin for her fearlessness and being instrumental in electing senators such as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Jeff Flake, Deb Fischer, Cruz and governors like Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

In 2012, former South Carolina Senator and current president of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint said Palin’s endorsement “has more influence in primaries than any other endorsement right now.”

“Sarah Palin picks winners,” Cruz says in the video.

And by all measures, that dynamic will not change in the next two years for Palin is often a one-woman clearinghouse for conservative and Tea Party candidates.

The video, which the group PassCodeCreative made, features Palin at Tea Party rallies in places like Nevada and at the Iowa State Fair in 2011, where she impressed Iowans, liberals and the mainstream media by answering nearly every question asked of her and engaging comfortably with nearly everyone who approached her for nearly six hours.

In the video, footage of Palin’s 2013 CPAC speech is shown where Palin says, “Don’t let the the big consultants, the big money men and the big bad media scare you off” from running for office.

She urges Republicans to focus more on “rebuilding the middle class” than rebranding the party and says “it is time to furlough the consultants.”

Palin also speaks about her signature issue of dismantling the permanent political class and fighting crony capitalism. She urges Republicans look for candidates from Main Street communities, PTA meetings, small businesses and Tea Party rallies.

“SarahPAC supporters – the 2014 elections are just twenty months away. We appreciate your support, together we have elected many great commonsense conservatives over the past four years,” SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford says in a statement posted with the video. “Together, we will keep fighting to support these bold candidates.”

Reporters in the video note only “Sarah Palin will hold Congress to account,” that Palin “plays by her own rules,” and Palin “doesn’t care about old dogs” in the GOP. These are the qualities that make Tea Partiers, conservatives, and independents trust Palin.

“The next election is twenty months away, the last thing we need is Washington D.C. vetting our candidates,” Palin says in the video.

The video notes that there are 35 Senate and 36 Governors races in 2014 and ends with a clip of Ted Cruz saying at CPAC, “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Gov. Sarah Palin.”

The words “We Haven’t Yet Begun to Fight” splash across the screen as SarahPAC’s signature bear roars at the end of the video.

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