Never-ending Democratic investigations and fishing through tax returns or business interests for dirt on President Trump gives me the same sour gut feeling as when I hear of a good old boy deputy continuously stopping people who don't look like him, and in his mind must be deplorable.

He will keep looking until he finds a worn tire or broken taillight or some other justification to make trouble for someone because he can. And lets face it, everyone knows Trump is low-hanging fruit when it comes to looking for irregularities.

Al Gore shined for America with his concession speech. He put to bed legal challenges to George W. Bush's presidency, and paved the way for Bush and Ted Kennedy to work on an education bill that wasn't perfect, but was better than our current continual political fighting.

Isn't it about time for congressional investigations of our president to end, for Congress to get back to trying to govern, and let the candidates for the next election sling mud as they wish? 

Rodney Dunklee

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james cussen

Agree, let the voters decide. Old expression "straining at nats and missing the camels" Being retired, have no problems checking my IRA anymore. As said in the debates comments tonight, would you rather have a doctor with a a bad bedside manner and a good success rate, or one with a great bedside manner and poor success rate operate on your mother?

Emile Pope

The voters don't get to decide if someone broke the law. Congress is doing it's constitutional duty. The fact that you may like this criminal doesn't make him innocent or unaccountable. Either you believe in obeying the law or you don't...

Carlos Ponce

"The voters don't get to decide if someone broke the law." Agreed. According to the law if you destroy subpoenaed material, erase subpoenaed e-mails, smash electronic subpoenaed devices with a hammer, use Bleach Bit to remove evidence on computers that is against the law. But "[t]he fact that you may like this criminal doesn't make [her] innocent or unaccountable". Yet the majority of people still voted for her. Thank our Founding Fathers for the Electoral College. "Either you believe in obeying the law or you don't..." Her supporters and voters apparently ....don't.[innocent]

Emile Pope

Whataboutitis again? Stop trying to defend donald's crimes by bringing up the supposed crimes of someone else. And I don't recall that, after all the investigations of Hillary Clinton that she was accused of breaking the law. Mueller said that donald did...

Carlos Ponce

"The voters don't get to decide if someone broke the law." Emile posted SOMEONE. Since Donald Trump has not broken any laws (allegations don't count) Emile must NOT have been writing about the President.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

It's up to the Republicans to pursue Hillary and anything they think she has done. If you want something to happen, call you Republicans Politian's including the AG to urge action. A majority of people still voted for Hillary, which shows even with Hillary being a flawed candidate Trump could not win the majority of the votes.---------------------------------------------------------



Since Hillary has not broken any laws (allegations don't count) Carlos must NOT have been writing about Hillary.-------------

"Either you believe in obeying the law or you don't..." His supporters and voters apparently ....don't.

Carlos Ponce

Patience, Jim, Patience. The report will be out before the end of the year.

Jim Forsythe

Since Hillary has not broken any laws (allegations don't count)

Jim Forsythe

What report will be out before the end of the year? Is it like the other reports that did not result in Hillary going to jail as some said would happen? More important is the president breaking laws now, since what he does makes a difference right now. When Trump leaves office, he may be looking at indictments at that time.

Carlos Ponce

"What report will be out before the end of the year?" There are THREE teams investigating the actions involving the previous administration. The first that should come out in September is from Inspector General Horowitz' office. The second is US Attorney John Huber investigating the FBI's role in the Hillary Clinton coverup. The third is by US Attorney John Durham tasked with investigating and prosecuting potential crimes in the origin of the Russia Hoax. This investigation has gotten so big that they’ve had to rent office space in Washington to have a place to house all the investigators.

Be patient. All will be revealed and be so forthright that even the Liberal Media will acknowledge the wrongdoings done by the previous administration and involving Hillary.

Looking forward to the tribunals.

Gary Miller

Emile> Your law? GOP guilty, DNC innocent? My law? Emile is innocent but always wrong.

Carlos Ponce

Agreed that Congress should get to work but your contention "Trump is low-hanging fruit when it comes to looking for irregularities" is off the mark. All we get is political rhetoric. Liberal diehards will point out the few indictments and sentences handed to some of Trump's associates but those involve process crimes and charges outside of Trump's domain. Mueller's conclusion was NO COLLUSION. As for Part Two of the Mueller report, clearly not written by Mueller, if you look at the footnotes you will see the majority of allegations of obstruction were based on news articles - NOT testimony. What little testimony there is, ie Don McGahn, omits over thirty hours of exculpatory testimony. Chances are Part Two was written by Andrew Weissmann who is known for not revealing exculpatory evidence. Bottom line - Trump will be re-elected. The hard Left Democrats have proven they cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. Get back to work!

Emile Pope

Simply repeating disproven talking points doesn't make them true.

Carlos Ponce

Emile, please elaborate: WHAT has been disproven?

Emile Pope

Everything you wrote...

Carlos Ponce

No, Emile, everything has been proven.

Emile Pope

Sorry, but saying that it has been proven doesn't count as proof of anything. Except that you have no proof...

Bailey Jones

The Democrat led House has passed quite a bit of legislation since January - only to have it die at the hands of Mitch McConnell. HR1 was passed early on - a sweeping campaign and ethics reform bill. It was never brought to the floor in the senate. Health care bills - HR 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019, HR 987 — Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, HR 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs), HR 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019 (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs). Legislation aimed at capping drug price increases to the rate of inflation, and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices was killed in senate committee. Three civil rights bills - HR 1,5,7. Two universal background check bills, HR 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and HR 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. Military / veterans law - HR 840 — Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, HJ Res. 37 — Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, SJ Res. 7 — To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, HR 31 — Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, The Consumers First Act, the Save the Internet Act of 2019, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 HR 251 — Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act, Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, HR 430 — TANF Extension Act of 2019, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and so on. As well as condemning antisemitism, and various things Trump has done, or has tried to do.



Much of this lies at the thumbs and mouth of the President. The last few weeks have been the perfect example. Every ridiculous tweet storm attacking American legislators, and their districts, and their countries of origin, derails congressional cooperation. (McConnell, who dedicated four years of inaction to "ensuring that Obama was a one term president" is another huge obstruction.) It's not just the fault of the Republicans of course, and it's nothing new. But for someone who claims to be the greatest deal artist in history, Trump sure spends a lot of time throwing wrenches into the legislative process.



I'm sure at this point Trump's sycophants are frantically typing up responses in an attempt to prove that Trump and the Republicans are blameless and this is all the Democrats' fault - which will only make my point for me, better than anything I could say.

Carlos Ponce

Please take time to read the House passed bills, Bailey. Most should never have seen the light of day.

HR1 - the bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls.

Bailey posts, "It was never brought to the floor in the senate." Truth "Senate - Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 39."

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/all-actions?overview=closed#tabs

And there are PROBLEMS with that bill. Number one being that sections violate Constitutional scrutiny. This version should not pass the Senate. Major revisions are needed. The provision to remove names that appear on multi-state voter rolls- currently you cannot remove a name within a time span 90 days prior to an election. They want to change that to SIX MONTHS prior to an election. An invitation for fraud.

Carlos Ponce

Likewise, HR 986: Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 90. What does it do? It just amends the ACA - Affordable Care Act which is under judicial review. Provision: "To provide that certain guidance related to waivers for State innovation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall have no force or effect."

Carlos Ponce

HR 987- Does it actually improve health care and reduce drug costs? Not really. What does it do? "This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct outreach and educational activities regarding federally-facilitated exchanges (i.e., health insurance exchanges that are established and operated within states by HHS). The activities must inform potential enrollees of the availability of coverage and related financial assistance under the exchanges and must be provided in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats." "To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities." Once more - amends the ACA which is under judicial review. Note: the ACA has been ruled un-Constitutional in a Texas court.

Carlos Ponce

How does HR 987 address reducing drug costs? It does not. What does it do? "Study on role of Federal assistance in drug development" and "Pharmacy School Outreach". Check out the provisions at

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/987/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+987%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2#toc-H5FD96429CDA54A768CF5EE3F496805C6

Nice Title (Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act) but does it do ANYTHING to reduce drug costs? No.

Think of this way, you cannot judge a book by its cover. Likewise you cannot judge a House bill by it title.

Bailey Jones

Whether you like the legislation is irrelevant. The point is simply that - as the original letter asks - they are, in fact, "trying to govern".



According to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/statistics , 7400 bills and resolutions have been introduced into congress this session - on track to match the 13K introduced last session (yes, I know it's mostly fluff). But only 34 laws have been enacted so far (compared to 443 last session). That speaks more to conflict between the house and senate than between the house and Trump, IMHO.



Just last week the house passed a debt ceiling and appropriations bill - "The Democratic-held chamber approved the measure in a 284-149 vote. Democrats voted 219-16 in favor of the bill. Republicans opposed it by a 132-65 margin, even after President Donald Trump urged the House GOP to support it earlier Thursday.... The House vote sends the measure to the Senate, which is expected to pass it in the coming days and send it to Trump’s desk. The president is expected to sign it." https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/25/house-passes-debt-ceiling-and-budget-bill-sending-it-to-the-senate.html


Carlos Ponce

HR 1520 - Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

What does it do? "the Secretary shall publish and make available to

the public in a searchable, electronic format--``(I) a list in alphabetical order of

the nonproprietary or proper name of each biological product for which a

biologics license under subsection (a) or this subsection is in effect, or that has been deemed to be licensed under this section pursuant to section 7002(e)(4) of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009, as of such date of enactment". Now, does this bill lower the cost of prescription drugs?

Carlos Ponce

HR 1503 - Does it lower the cost of prescription drugs? Find it for me:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1503/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+1503%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2

It just publishes an "orange book" which shows the how the drug was tested, composition of the drug, etc. Costs are never addressed.

Emile Pope

Garbage... tell how many got a vote after the Democrats took over the House of Representatives...

Carlos Ponce

When the bill is WORTHLESS, what do you expect?

Carlos Ponce

Bottom line: Mitch knows what to do with these bills. If useful they will pass committee. If amendments are needed, they will be amended. Some need no action because they don't do anything to improve the American way of life. Placed in File 13.

In the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019), 13,556 bills were introduced. 867 or 6% got a vote. Only 443 or 3% became law.




Gary Miller

Our Government says it has the right to tell employers how much they must pay employees. A minimum wage? Why can’t our government tell drug makers the maximum they can charge for prescription drugs? The drug companies charge US citizens twice or more as much as they charge in other countries. Our government should put limits on prescription drug prices. A good start would be no more than the average of what they charge in other countries. If prices in other countries earn profits a US price limited to the same average as in other countries should earn as much.

Emile Pope

Ask your republican congressmen...

Bailey Jones

They can, Gary. Republicans simply choose not to. Just last week - https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/senate-drug-pricing-legislation-passes-committee-unscathed?

Michael Jozwiak

When there's dirt in the house, you sweep it out. The White House is full of dirt and corruption. It's time get the dirt out, and if it takes the House multiple investigations to finally hit the mother-lode, fine. Trump, his family, his cronies, and all the traitors and money grabbers have to be swept out of the larger swamp they created and perpetuated.

Carlos Ponce

Unsubstantiated claims, Jozwiak. There's dirt in the HOUSE, ie House of Representatives.

Jim Forsythe

Who are the ones you claim in the House that are dirty?

One can make a list of the ones in Trumps group that have been convicted .

Since (fill in the blank) has not broken any laws (allegations don't count)

Carlos Ponce

"Who are the ones you claim in the House that are dirty?" [beam]

It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out, Jim. I bet even you can figure it out.[cool]

Jim Forsythe

"Who are the ones you claim in the House that are dirty?" Carlos, go ahead and share your list!

Remember, allegations don't count.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, did I give you too much credit? You know the answer.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, go ahead and share your list!

Carlos Ponce

Jim, did I give you too much credit? You know the answer.

Jim Forsythe

Yes, I know the answer, you have no list.

Carlos Ponce

I have a list. Hint: It includes some Committee chairmen.

Jim Forsythe

Unless you share it, you have no list.

Carlos Ponce

If Jim uses his brain, he will figure it out.

Jim Forsythe

Unless you share the list I will never know what you are thinking. Please release the list because I can not read your mind.

If you do not want to give the list, no one will know what you are thinking. This is your habit of deflection.

Carlos Ponce

One hint: On the list is a person some call "Shiftless".

Jim Forsythe

Since Jul 31, 1:31pm 2019 you claim that "There's dirt in the HOUSE" and you have produced no names. Unless you share your list , you have been blowing nothing but hot air. You are the one that said there's dirt in the House, so give up the list or you have nothing. I do not need hints, as it's up to you to put up or shut up!




Carlos Ponce

" I do not need hints, as it's up to you to put up or shut up!"

"Shut up!" - Really Jim. I've given you enough hints. The HINTS are enough to figure out but I suppose I overestimated your knowledge. I have another list called "Clueless". You need not wonder who's at the top of that one. [innocent]

Jim Forsythe

Just say the persons names. Quit playing games. Your hints suck, as it could be anyone that is on your mind. I have no idea who, and what you think they have done that is illegal and would be considered dirt. STOP WITH THE HINTS AND SAY THE NAMES AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. This is what you always do, when you have no facts to back you up.

Carlos Ponce

"Your hints suck..." They are VERY CLEAR! DUH! Let me give you a way to do it. I told you one was a House Committee Chairman. Not too hard hard to find the list. Now I told you one is called "Shiftless": that's a CLEAR give away.

Jim Forsythe

Just say the name, as it is not clear as who you are talking about. If it is so clear, it would not be hard for you to say the names, just say the names. Are you the only one calling a House member a name such as "Shiftless", or are there other Republicans doing so. Using a juvenile name, does not look good on you. How would you like it if people called the president names that are below the office of the President.

Carlos Ponce

"Just say the name". Okay THE NAME. You have one thing going for you, Jim. Your sons are smart.

Jim Forsythe

You have just proved again when you have noting you try and deflect from the issues. I take it you have no list of "There's dirt in the HOUSE, ie House of Representatives." because all you had was your way of making a big deal out of a non issue..

Carlos Ponce

I feel sorry for the clueless.

Jim Forsythe

You have just proved again when you have noting ,again.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I gave you great clues. Did you look up the list of House Committee Chairmen? All you have to do is go down the list and see which sounds like "shiftless". Couldn't be that hard. I asked several friends an relatives and they all got it. And some were TCHS graduates!

Jim Forsythe

Again with the juvenile insults. Again with the cryptic messages . If I had a point about Trump, I would say his name and not insult the office of the President with some juvenile insults. You keep insulting whoever is the House Committee Chairmen,and the office they hold. Is this the way all Republicans act, or is it just you?

If you have a list, post it. What does TCHS have to do with your posting of a list? You are the one that made the statement "There's dirt in the HOUSE, ie House of Representatives." but can not back it up with facts on what the dirt is and who it is about.

Carlos Ponce

Use your mind, Jim, use your mind. [innocent]

Jim Forsythe

You have just proved again when you have noting ,again.

Carlos Ponce

You post I have "noting". Is it contagious?[cool]

Jim Forsythe

If you do not want to give the list, no one will know what you are thinking. This is your habit of deflection.

Carlos Ponce

The clues are obvious giveaways.

domenico nuckols

Trump will be in jail!!!!

Carlos Ponce

It will never happen, Domenico.

Charles Douglas

When will that happen? I want to clear my calendar! I would not want to miss it for the world. Wishing is worldly, and hoping won't work here. So I'm going to take it that you have inside info, and know what your are talking about!

Charles Douglas

I watched the Democratic Debates TONIGHT! They want:

1 to shutdown our economy by getting rid of all fossil fuel jobs..

2 to give back to China all that President Trump has taken from them.

3 to take my guns.

4 to take my Ford Ranger Pick-up.

5 to take my fortune 500 company healthcare insurance.

6 to take my lawnmower and weed eater.

7 to take my plastic straws that I sip my diet coke with.

8 probably will ask for my bar b que grill.

They want to give me:

1 A thousand dollars a month for nothing.

2 the old 40 acres and that Old mule.

3 reparations for my people who was members of the Massai Tribe who were taken as slaves over 100 years ago. Some of my Irish ancestors were held too, but I guess they don't count!

4 I will demand DOUBLE for Frederick Douglass payments. Yall Dems got the money to pay.....then pay Me!!!! Lolo.

Emile Pope

Simply a bunch of falsehoods...

Carlos Ponce

Each can be attributed to one or more Democratic presidential candidates, Emile.

Emile Pope

Start...

Carlos Ponce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ6MrDO0kgY

Gary Miller

Domenico> Do you really think he will visit HRC after her conviction?

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