In a rocky race so far for Florida Governor, Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum suggested to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that we needed a “confederacy of states” in order to get Universal Healthcare. Gillum’s confederacy would ironically be a southern confederacy. Gillum also charged DeSantis with using a “bullhorn” which is a common racist dog whistle for Gillum’s base, bringing up connotations of ignorant segregationists. See? Two can play at that game.
But Gillum’s point about a southern confederacy is even more ridiculous than the gaffe itself. Gillum’s point was actually valid. If Florida doubled their state taxes in order to pay for government controlled healthcare, the state would empty out. People would move to surrounding states to get away from his Universal Healthcare boondoggle. Universal Healthcare requires shared misery to work. That’s why Obamacare had a mandate. Gillum realizes he can’t destroy Florida’s healthcare system unless their neighbors join him so people have nowhere to go.
Sounds like a winner.
Trump is expected to announce a new type of retirement plan in a rally in North Carolina. The pooled 401k would allow small businesses to pool their resources and put together retirement plans while sharing the cost. Trump also took action to reduce government spending by cancelling raises for Federal workers. At the same time, he scored a major victory with the NAFTA redo with Mexico. Canada has until today to decide if they are going to join.
Administration moves towards allowing pooled retirement plans
Many are speculating Mueller will make moves today. Mueller has until September 6th to take any major action before we get into the election season. Media outlets have recklessly speculated, without evidence, that Mueller will indict Don Jr and Jared Kushner, that he will subpoena Trump to testify, or that he will grant Michael Cohen a cooperation plea deal to get dirt on Trump. So far, it’s been eerily quiet.
Currently no one is speculating that Mueller will step up efforts against Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, or any of the other co-conspirators who solicited dirt from foreign agents to set up the Russian investigation in the first place.
Mueller could move today
CNN isn’t backing off their claim that Michael Cohen can prove Trump complicity with the Trump Tower meeting. This is despite the fact that Lanny Davis has recanted and backed off of the claim. We reported earlier after Davis’s under-reported interview with Anderson Cooper that he basically went back on every claim he had previously made.
Davis reiterated to the Washington Post that his own claims were bogus. But CNN is persisting in reporting that Cohen is ready to dish dirt on Trump. CNN seems to be going the Dan Rather route of “It’s not proven, but we believe it in our hearts”. Possible things Cohen might know about? There’s the Trump Tower meeting and potential interference through the DNC server hack, although Lanny Davis has now denied both. There’s also an old report from the UK Daily Mail back in May that Cohen demanded money from Qatar for Trump. But so far this seems to be tabloid gossip.
Lanny Davis says Cohen dirt oversold. CNN still buying it.
Democrats know impeachment is out of grasp and have stopped running on it. The economy is too good, and their evidence is too bad to actually think they could get 75 Senators to vote for impeachment. But Democrats are promising endless probes and investigations if they take control of the House. According to Bloomberg, Democrats have a long laundry list of taxpayer funded probes to hit Trump with in order to obstruct his agenda. Still, Trump has weathered investigations through the first two years of his Presidency while still accomplishing major agenda items. Voters will need to decide in November whether they want massive obstruction in the House or continued progress on the economy.
Democrats abandon impeachment, go for obstruction instead
Speaking of Trump accomplishments, stocks are through the roof again as the US and Mexico get closer to closing a new NAFTA deal. Trump blew up the old NAFTA deal in an effort to secure something better for the United States. He has accomplished this and North American trade is back on. The Mexico NAFTA agreement should also bring Canada back into the mix. This is a big victory for Trump’s foreign trade policy.
NAFTA 2.0 with Mexico coming back online