- The Washington Times
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“The Republican Congress must get its act together now. They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the presidency — and nothing’s happening. The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace,” writes Roger L. Simon founder of PJ Media.

“They can’t get it together to compromise on anything and move forward — no tax reform, no healthcare, no nothing. They are overwhelmed by a combination of overweening ego and rigid ideology, a lethal cocktail. Their behavior is creating an inevitable situation where they lose control of Congress and ultimately the White House to the Democrats, when they had everything handed to them. Evidently, the Republicans can’t stand prosperity. Or maybe they really are the Stupid Party,” Mr. Simon writes.


The Democratic Party, Mr. Simon continues, “is worse than it ever was — an amalgamation of aging Marxist professors, snowflake social justice warriors with an allergy to free speech, thugs in Guy Fawkes masks who smash windows and pick fights with just about anybody for no discernible reason, leftover identity politics — do we seriously want to give control back to them?”

Mr. Simon warns that the GOP risks losing its bedrock voters, and urges Republican lawmakers to tend to such core issues as tax reform, health care and major economic concerns — particularly the moody stock market,

“Stop being selfish, stop being egotistical, stop being excessively affixed to one ideology or another and get back to work!” Mr. Simon proclaims, adding, “Stop wasting President Trump’s and everybody else’s time with what is — believe it or not — the small stuff. Pass the legislation and move on. Your fellow Americans will be grateful.”

THE WOES OF RYAN

“Amid the collapse of the Affordable Care Act repeal in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan’s image is taking a hit — 39 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the House speaker, down nine percentage points from November. Ryan’s unfavorable rating has increased 12 percentage points,” writes Art Swift, a Gallup poll analyst.

Two-thirds of Republicans still stand by Mr. Ryan, a sentiment unchanged since the election. Thirty-nine percent of independent give him the nod, down five percentage points.

“A chief reason favorable ratings have dropped for Ryan is that Democratic support has cratered. While never high, his favorable rating among Democrats has fallen to 14 percent, from 39 percent in November,” Mr. Swift notes. “With tax reform and a budget on the House agenda in the coming months, Ryan will have his hands full contending with a tempestuous majority and a minority with an eye toward the 2018 congressional elections. A key to Ryan’s survival as speaker will be in maintaining GOP support in Congress, something that former House speaker John Boehner was unable to do.”

A CLASSY PARTY

The 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee reveals it raised $106,715,308.29 for the 2017 inauguration, and duly reported this to the Federal Election Commission. The events in January proved to be among “the most accessible and affordable inaugurations for the public in recent history,” the commission says.

Among those events: A free opening concert, free parade tickets, free admission to the Armed Services Inaugural Ball and tickets priced at $50 for the other official galas. The committee also gave broadcasters complete access and coverage to freely air the inaugural balls worldwide.

Now that the hubbub is over, the committee will begin the process of donating “excess monies raised” to charity.

NEXT TIME TRY JOHN OR MARY

A most interesting analysis from the Hollywood Reporter: Power baby names. The industry publication has identified the most popular baby names among the, uh, rich and powerful.

“Elite parents in urban areas lean toward very fashion-forward and sophisticated names. They are attracted to quirky, not so easy to like names that are more difficult to embrace,” says Pamela Redmond Satran — an author of 10 baby name guides who adds that “elite naming” hinges on the unusual.

Except maybe in the nation’s capital perhaps, where the top four baby power names are: Sam, Charlotte, Jack and Lily. In Los Angeles, however, the top four are: Zen, River, Story and James — the last of which is now considered a girl’s name. And finally, in New York City, the quartet of infant power monickers are: Dashiell, Sophie, Matilda and Ophelia.

HAPPY WITH TRUMP’S ‘BUY AND HIRE AMERICAN’

President Trump is winning applause for his executive order to “Buy American and Hire American” executive order which upholds both U.S. workers and investment in domestic products.

“America has always been at its strongest when the middle class prospers. By investing in American manufacturers and their products, those companies can return good jobs to the working men and women of the middle class,” the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents 1.4 million workers, said in a statement Tuesday. “The order also addresses the flaws in the H-1B visa program which is in desperate need of reform as employers continue to exploit this program to undermine good jobs and wages that should go to qualified American candidates.”

Other organizations also offered their support, including United Steel Workers, Federation for American Immigration Reform and Coalition for a Prosperous America.

FOXIFIED

For the 15th week in a row, Fox News is ranked No. 1 across the cable realm, besting such rivals as Nickelodeon and HGTV, according to new Nielsen Media Research numbers. Fox News is also No. 1 in the coveted prime time hours for 12 out of the last 13 weeks. The Fox Business Network continues to grow its audience, and has now beaten rival CNBC for the 14th consecutive week.

POLL DU JOUR

66 percent of Americans have never donated to an environmental charity.

49 percent are concerned that daily activities like commuting or buying groceries will affect the environment; 45 percent are not concerned.

43 percent prefer groceries in plastic bags; 33 percent prefer reusable bags, 21 percent paper bags.

41 percent will not participate in Earth Day, which is Saturday; 21 percent are undecided about it.

15 percent will go on a nature walk, 14 percent to a park, 13 percent will garden, 8 percent will plant a tree, 7 percent volunteer for a community clean-up.

Source: A YouGov poll of 1,064 U.S. adults conducted April 13-14.

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