Why so little coverage of the Yellow Vest protests?

Busy weekend on the drops with the overarching theme being what is being offered by the media — and what is not — to affect the narrative presented to citizens.

First case in point is the ongoing demonstrations in France with the Yellow Vests. Little coverage in the US of the thousands of people injured over the last month by police while the numbers of protestors grows. There have also been many protester deaths as a result of clashes with the police.

Cars burning near the Eiffel Tower as tens of thousands of French citizens demand changes to the socialist government policies. Why are we not seeing media coverage? Because the French protestors are asking for a halt to open border immigration and other EU initiatives, which are being pushed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and elsewhere.

We can hardly have the narrative playing out in the US that people globally abhor open borders while the Democrats push not fund a border wall.

Second case is the funding bill being worked on to keep the government open. The President wants roughly $6B for construction. The Democrats are hard-pressed to provide.

This really is a symbolic fight since the White House already hasĀ  the funding through last year’s military spending bill. No this fight is about optics and how far the liberals will take this fight. Will they close the government again over this issue?

Trump took responsibility for the first shutdown last month, however this one will be on the Senate and House liberal Democrats.

Will this lead to a split within their ranks? Perhaps as more centralist House Democrats — fearing a tough election coming up — challenge the far left with digging in their heels on this issue.

Last case is the continuing negative coverage of Q-Anon phenomenon being publicized in the media. The question posed is enlightening. If it is just a conspiracy theory, then why do hundreds of negative stories come up on a Google News search from major news outlets?

Why bother publicizing a fake moment? Why bother telling people not to look at it, if as many articles say, it is a fringe radical movement with a small following?

It falls under the line from “Hamlet” ““The lady [press] doth protest too much, methinks.”

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President Trump’s game-changing SOTU speech

President Trump delivered an inspired speech last night that even brought the white-clad suffragettes to their feet to applaud his reaching across the aisle.

This speech was a game changer from the partisan politics parlay that has been the present condition in Washington.

Yes he tweaked them on “America will never be a socialist country,” but he celebrated their ability to serve in Congress as showing how great America is.

He spoke of the wall in humanitarian terms. He personalized the horrors that invade our countries across the southern border. Trump told Americans that children were enduring unspeakable hardship through sex trafficking.A topic most Americans probably know little about, but he put a face to the heroes that combat this on a daily basis.

Trump clearly laid out the national emergency on the southern border without using the explosive term. On Feb. 15 he can now make the case for a declaration far more convincingly than prior.

He spoke for many Americans when he said it’s not OK for babies to be aborted hours before birth like New York and Virginia approved recently.

The president laid out his economic successes over the last two years, such as the job booms where more Black, Hispanic, Women and Disabled Americans are working now than ever before. How tax cuts put more money in the hands of the people and not in Washington’s pockets.

Of course this speech will not move the needle in New York, California or Illinois, but it certainly had to make the fence-sitters and marginal RINOs take notice that this State Of The Union was a powerful message that America is Great Again and we should not stop moving forward in that greatness.

NFL stalls the wall for Super Bowl

I write this with only slightly tongue in cheek, but who is the biggest winner of President Trump and Speaker Pelosi agreeing to stall the wall for three weeks?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The unofficial national holiday of the Super Bowl is scheduled to kick off next Sunday evening in Atlanta and nobody wanted to hear how bad the traveling was to get there.

I kid you not. It was more important to get the TSA back to full force at Hartsfield Airport than fight further over the shutdown.

The travel nightmare was mentioned during last week’s game briefly just to grease the wheels of the NFL lobbyist, who were certainly working the phones and shoe leather with Congressional leadership and the White House all this week.

In three weeks time, we still do not have a spending resolution with border wall funding, then I believe this theory will be confirmed.

That’s how powerful the NFL is.

Mr. President leadership is needed right now

President Trump needs to lead right now.

He needs to declare a national emergency or whatever other mechanism at his disposal to build the border wall and move on.

This duel he is having with the democrats is not making the president look strong. He appears ineffectual and bowing to the demands of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

His next move needs to allocate the needed funds to build the wall, which will move the country past this to get the shutdown over.

The time is now to show he is a leader and move past the shutdown. Most Americans are unaffected by the shutdown, but they hear about it every day and it has an effect on eroding his leadership.

Leadership is perceived. The perception is he is being held hostage by the democrats over the wall. Nothing is further from the truth. However he is being made to look weak for the 2020 election.

President Trump needs to end this wall stalemate now with a bold move in order to put the onus back on the democrats to open the government and get back to his agenda.

Get the money needed for the wall from whatever source possible and get back to the agenda that you promised to lead. That’s what the country needs right now.

Is Wall St. behind the border wall stonewalling?

Let’s look at an alternative view of why the Democrats are fighting so hard to not fund the Mexican border wall.

As I have written before $5-$6 billion in funding is equivalent to running an aircraft carrierĀ  group for a week, so it’s not about the money.

Let’s look at the principals behind this stonewalling (pun intended). Sen. Chuck Schumer is the voice of Wall Street banking in the Senate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has Silicon Valley just to her south. In this matter it’s the newer financial products, which allow digital transfers, that have a vested interest in cross-border payments.

What would a wall do to the money flows over the border? How would the wall change cash inflows to the US banking system?

President Trump in his Oval Office address last week said: “The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year. Vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress.”

Well all that cash winds up in the US banking system eventually.

So between legal and illegal trading profits moving over the border and US banking firms counting on that additional liquidity to fund other revenue streams, you could make a case that larger forces are at play over the funding of the wall to keep the status quo.

This explanation makes more sense from the point of view of the protracted stalemate going on right now.

What’s that old expression? Follow the money.