John Lewis Didn’t Attend George W. Bush’s Inauguration Either

While Lewis’ comments have drawn heat from both the right and the left, this isn’t the first time the Georgia congressman has called a president illegitimate. As a matter of fact, Lewis made similar comments about the last Republican president, George W. Bush.

In 2001, The Washington Post reported:

Some members of the Black Caucus decided to boycott Inauguration Day; John Lewis, for instance, spent the day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.

The Washington Post’s reporting contradicts Congressman Lewis’ statement that this would be the first inauguration that he’s ever missed.

Full article: SURPRISE! John Lewis Didn’t Attend George W. Bush’s Inauguration Either | The Sean Hannity Show

So while everyone is talking about him being a hero and how much meaning his boycott has, what it really is is that he’s intolerant of those who don’t have a D after their names and he’s a sore loser. Got it.

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

Full article: Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan – The Washington Post

I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, and I am going to hope for the best here, but I am always suspicious of government involvement in things I think should be a private matter. I have no issues with things like medicaid and medicare, but I don’t like the idea of paying a fine for not being able to afford the insurance (I’m currently out of work and can’t afford Obamacare… so I’ve got a hefty fine that’s going to hit me in the taxes when I file for the contract jobs I took this year; it’s most likely going to be more than I made at those contract jobs, and possibly more than I have to my name).

But I also hope he isn’t going to lean toward single payer, either. That is way more government intervention than any of us want. And if he goes that way, he’ll be a one term president.

22 Democrats Now Boycotting Inauguration (full list)

1) Georgia Rep. John Lewis

2) California Rep. Mark Takano

3) New York Rep. Yvette Clarke

4) California Rep. Ted Lieu

5) Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva

6) Michigan Rep. John Conyers

7) California Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

8) New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez

9) Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader

10) Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay

11) California Rep. Barbara Lee

12) New York Rep. Jose Serrano

13) California Rep. Judy Chu

14) Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez

15) California Rep. Jared Huffman

16) Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark

17) Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer

18) New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat

19) Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal

20) Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan

21) Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge

22) California Rep. Maxine Waters

Full article: 22 Democrats Now Boycotting Inauguration (full list)

Once one does it, more always follow. It’s the group think issue. But at least they get cool points from their whiny little constituents.

Sorry folks, it doesn’t change anything. He’s still going to be the president. For at least four years.

Grow up.

Jerry Brown Braces California for a $1.6 Billion Deficit as the State Considers Legal Defense Fund for Illegal Aliens

California is a fiscal hole again. A deep fiscal hole, like $1.6 billion deep, warns Gov. Jerry Brown as introduced the state budget. That means more cuts in services, benefits, infrastructure repairs, education budgets, and general bad news for Californians.

But one group of California residents seems likely to be spared the pain of the state’s fiscal crisis: The ones who earned their special place in the hearts of California lawmakers by violating U.S. immigration laws. Even with a $1.6 billion deficit looming (and politicians often lowball bad budget numbers), two of the first bills likely to be taken up by the Legislature are Senate Bill 6 and Assembly Bill 3.

Full article: Jerry Brown Braces California for a $1.6 Billion Deficit as the State Considers Legal Defense Fund for Illegal Aliens

TSA to stop accepting driver’s licenses from 9 states in 2018

But residents of nine states will be forced to use alternative identification, such as passport, military ID or permanent-resident card, if they want to fly anywhere in the US next year.

Those nine states? Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington.

The issue is with the Department of Homeland Security’s Real ID act, which was passed by congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005. It requires states to adopt better security measures for driver’s licenses to help prevent terrorism.

Ohio already adopted those measures, but the nine states listed above still don’t have IDs that comply with federal regulations. Those regulations require driver’s licenses to contain anti-counterfeit technology and require states to thoroughly verify an applicant’s identity.

“ID requirements are changing,” signs going up at airports state. “Starting January 22, 2018, you will need a driver’s license or ID from a state compliant with the Real ID Act.”

Full article: TSA to stop accepting driver’s licenses from 9 states in 2018 | WATE 6 On Your Side

Clinton Global Initiative Is Being Shut Down…

This is a notice, required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), about pending layoffs.

Clinton Global Initiative will be closing, that is the reason given for laying off 22 employees on 4/15/2017.

74 employees were previously let go at the end of December, according to other WARN filings.

What foreign government would want to donate now to someone who will not be President, who will have no power?

There have been questions raised about whether everything in the Clinton Foundation was actually in compliance with the charity laws in the state of New York.

Full article: BREAKING: It’s Over! Clinton Global Initiative Is Being Shut Down…

The final 22 employees of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York have been given notice and will receive their walking papers in less than three months. Once numbering more than 200, the staff had already been reduced a couple of times, but the curtain will finally come down entirely this spring. In what may prove to be more than a little ironic, their final exit will take place on tax day. (Daily Caller)

The Clinton Foundation announced it’s laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative, keeping with a plan to deal with the negative spotlight put on the organization during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

Full Article: The Clinton Global Initiative is Closing Its Doors for Good

Massive security preparations under way for inauguration, amid protest threats to ‘paralyze’ DC

Several protest groups planning large-scale demonstrations have permits in place and have already held organizational meetings, among them the collaborative DisruptJ20.

“We’re planning a series of massive, direct actions that will shut down the inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations,” the group says. “We’re also planning to paralyze the city.”

Organizers say they are targeting everything from the parade to the balls and plan to use blockades and protesters to stop traffic, public transit and parties.

The group RefuseFacism.org is planning a small-scale protest Saturday in the city’s McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House, that organizers hope will grow into larger inauguration-weekend protests.

The group burned U.S. flags this summer at the Democratic and Republican national conventions and this week tried to disrupt the Senate confirmation hearing for Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions to become Trump’s attorney general.

“I wouldn’t want to meet with [Trump], but I would say to him, ‘You’re a fascist. Your regime is illegitimate.’ And it must not be allowed to take power,” the group’s Carl Dix told Fox on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Dix acknowledged the group doesn’t have a federal or city permit to protest but still intends to “stop the regime.”

The two major groups with permits are a pro-Trump organization and the ANSWER Coalition, which turned out the largest anti-war protests during the Bush years and next weekend has a permit for a mass protest at Freedom Plaza, near the parade route.

The other group is Bikers for Trump, a familiar presence on last year’s campaign trail and visitors to both 2016 major-party conventions. The group’s permit shows members at John Marshall Park, near the Canadian Embassy and close to the parade route.

The biggest protest is expected to take place the following day — the Women’s March on Washington. Organizers have finally received a permit and estimate 200,000 attendees, with celebrities such as Amy Schumer and Scarlett Johansson reportedly among them.

Full article: Massive security preparations under way for inauguration, amid protest threats to ‘paralyze’ DC | Fox News

Notice, no one wants to meet up with Trump or air their grievances with him directly. They just want to be disruptive and cry and scream. Nothing productive.

By the way, his election is not illegitimate. It is Constitutional. But you wouldn’t know anything about that, would you?