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The Coming Investigation Nation

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The Coming Investigation Nation

The Coming Investigation Nation
November 27
20:10 2018

During the tenure of President Obama, America became justifiably known as the “regulation nation.” It would appear that with the inauguration of the 116th Congress, America will become known as the “investigation nation.”

While Democrats pay lip service to what they call a people’s legislative agenda, there is no real evidence that even with control of the House, Democrats will be able to advance any of their more extreme everything-for-everybody socialist ideas. After all, they do not control the Senate.

GOP has legislative firewall with the Senate

In fact, the GOP advances in the upper chamber mean that no one or two rogue senators will be able to upend Republican legislation. Not only has the GOP improved its numbers, but such occasional apostates as John McCain, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker will not be around to gum up the works. (I would have said “monkey up the works,” but you know how that got twisted.)

Democrats can certainly talk up such things as free education, universal single-payer health care, guaranteed employment and job-killing minimum wages because they know such measure will not get passed the Senate or the veto pen of President Trump. In terms of the issues, Democrats will offer the moon and complain when Republicans refuse to deliver on such nonsense.

They will, however, use the power of House leadership to block and obstruct – creating the kind of legislative gridlock that comes when the control of the two congressional chambers is divided by bitter partisanship.

The power of the subpoena

If ever there was a legislative power on the cusp of abuse, it is the power to subpoena. What was once a device to obtain information will now be weaponized beyond its purpose and intent. One does not need prescient powers to predict a blizzard of subpoenas descending on the Executive Branch in Washington. We know that will be the reality because so many Democrats have already told us so. For them the subpoena has become the Holy Grail of investigative inquiry – or in this case, inquisition.

An agenda of investigations

Not wanting to appear like the pack of ravenous dogs that they are, many Democrats say that investigations and impeachment are not among their top-ranking priorities. In fact, they are THE top-ranking priority. Every time Trump says a word – no matter what – some Democrat responds with “we will have to investigate that.”

Vision of the future

Democrats revealed their hand even before the midterm election. Almost three weeks before the election, CNN Politics ran an online article listing a number of investigations the Democrats would launch if they gained control. The list included a look-see at Trump’s tax returns. (I am betting they will be illegally leaked within six months of the Democrats assuming leadership.)

Other prospective investigations include Trump’s fabled economic ties to Russia, the alleged obstruction of the Mueller investigation, the storming Daniels payment, alleged violations of the emoluments clause, and so forth

The Democrats were even talking about the impeachment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The incoming head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler of New York, feigned faux agony when he said, “It is not something we are eager to do, but the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.” You can bet that “something” is a nasty investigation that they ARE eager to do with the hope of impeaching Kavanaugh.

CNN went on to foretell:

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee for example could look into ways the Department of Health and Human Services is using power at the agency to roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The House’s Education and Workforce Committee might pursue investigations into how Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act or whether any ties to for-profit colleges are influencing the direction of the agency. As a result of Democratic control, Cabinet secretaries may be spending a lot more time testifying before the committees of jurisdiction.”

List of investigations grows

Keep in mind that the aforementioned report from CNN was published BEFORE Democrats won the house in the midterm election. Buoyed by the victory at the polls, their salivating lust for investigations has grown exponentially. The new committee chairmen to be empowered in January are among the most brutal and strident political partisans and they already have a looooooong list of potential investigations.

The new list suggests more than 100 congressional investigations – a partial list of which includes:

Trump family business – including Chinese trademarks, Russian loans, Saudi loans, etc. etc. etc.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin business dealings

Firing of James Comey.

Attorney General Sessions removal

Appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

The firing of a large number of U.S. Attorneys (something all new presidents do)

White House email use.

Cabinet travel and expenses

Obstruction of justice

And the beat goes on.

Not since the Radical Republicans went after President Andrew Johnson after the assassination of President Lincoln has there been a more rabid and partisan group of legislators motivated by nothing more than to unseat the American head-of-state. Even the potential impeachment of President Nixon and the actual impeachment of President Clinton never rose to such a high level of partisan vitriol.

To borrow the iconic claim of the circus ringmaster, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

So, there ’tis.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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4 Comments

  1. Bryce Thompson
    Bryce Thompson November 28, 19:27

    look at the high waste, and pollution our cars are producing, a 200 mpg Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office collecting dust, liquid gas does not burn, Volkswagen has a 264 mpg diesel not coming here, boycott the oil company owned auto company’s, spread the word.
    The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, have this as your debate, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. Do you want your world back? spread the word boycott the auto company’s that are destroying our world. the inventor of the water to hydrogen auto was murdered by our Democrat Government, get mad get real mad of the Democrats. Also audit all the Senator’s and representatives, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them. Do these 2 things, and the Demo rats will be finished, don’t do this and the civil war, will escalate, and the economy will collapse, get this out all over the USA. this is the only thing that will bring the economy around.put this out , and spread the word to boycott the auto company’s don’t buy a new car/ or truck. do this Trump, and we will have our dreams back again.Lets investigate these things the Demon-Rats did

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  2. DAV
    DAV November 28, 21:18

    Anybody that is on President Trump’s team and even Trump himself is expected to be able to “walk on water.” Even if Christ himself showed up and wanted to help Trump, the Lie-beral DEMONocrats would resist and say they have to “investigate” him! Remember, the best defense is to be on the offensive and DEMONocrats are NOT going to investigate themselves!

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  3. Fast & Furious
    Fast & Furious November 28, 23:13

    To be honest, the reality is that a successful Communist revolution has taken place; sheeple can deny this all they want but to retain the iota of freedom that we have left because of the bereft Left then: REVOLUTION will be the necessary SOLUTION – guaranteed! Time has arisen to put your big boy pants on or choose to live a life of misery, squalor and servitude that is your fate!

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  4. Lazarus
    Lazarus November 29, 11:29

    Go fuck ALL. your REPUBLICANS. AND. YOUR DEMOCRATES. YOU ALL. LIE..AND FOR YOURSELVES. AND. NOT. THE. AMERICAN PEOPLE

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