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 has  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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Are the Dems about to cave on the wall and move to Wall Street

While we await the State Of The Union on Tuesday as well as Feb. 15th deadline on the House bill for border wall funding, it appears the Democrats are lining up their new target.

Wall Street appears to be in the cross hairs of more than the Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

On Sunday  Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sanders penned an Op-Ed in the NY Times suggesting that corporate stock buybacks need to curtailed as firms have changed to be solely focused on shareholder value at the detriment of workers.

The opinion piece cited this statistic without any attribution.

Between 2008 and 2017, 466 of the S&P 500 companies spent around $4 trillion on stock buybacks, equal to 53 percent of profits. Another 30 percent of corporate profits went to dividends. When more than 80 percent of corporate profits go to buybacks and dividends, there is reason to be concerned.

I believe this is significant that Schumer, who has bankers as his top supporters, comes out against the hands that feed him. It appears the democrats are searching for a new cause that can resonate with American people.

This marks an important change with the liberal left. Of course it has more gravitas than Ocasio-Cortez slamming Wall Street with uninformed rhetoric.

I’m more interested to see if this gets any traction with the Limousine Liberals in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, who have profited from these share buybacks in their portfolios.

So looking into my crystal ball, are the Democrats about to cave on the wall and will move to Wall Street as its next cause?

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.

Chuck & Nancy can’t defend their wall ‘outrage’

President Trump in his Oval Office speech on Tuesday night gave his most presidential appearance of his term.

Trump was passionate and reserved as he pointed out to the American people the dire need for border security. He concisely pointed out the carnage and mayhem being brought upon this country because of illegal aliens.

His best line of the night centered on the morality of building a wall. “People don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, they build walls because they love the people on the inside,” the President said.

Now realizing of course that we are too far down the shutdown road for this, but liberal left politicians spend $5 billion in a cocaine heartbeat on their different agendas.

So if it’s not the amount of money needed for the wall, what is the Democrats rational for not funding the President’s request besides not giving him an important victory now?

Neither Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were able to inform the American people why they were against building the wall.

“It’s not as dangerous” as the President says. Is not an answer for the California police officer’s family and others cite by the President.

I’ll venture a guess as to why the liberals are against effective border security. The same reason the European Union is being overrun by Muslims. The globalists’ open borders agenda has brought out the yellow vests in force throughout France, Belgium and Germany to name a few.

Closing the border effectively would also reduce the Democratic Party’s ability to maintain its viability to recruit new members.

While all the parties will meet Wednesday to discuss further funding for border security,  nothing will come of it. So the ball will be in Trump’s court to declare a national emergency or a limited military action at the border to finish building sections not already funded and being constructed.

Chuck and Nancy chose the hill they wanted to die on, but could not give the American people the real reason for this futile effort.

It’s time for the President to move on to more important matters.