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Goerge Will: Trump May Have Caused the El Paso Shooting

Veteran conservative columnist George Will agrees with Democrats who say President Trump might have prompted the El Paso shooter to kill 22 people and wound many others.

From his latest column in the Washington Post:

It is not implausible to believe that Trump’s years of sulfurous rhetoric — never mind his Monday-morning reading, seemingly for the first time, of words the teleprompter told him to recite — can provoke behaviors from susceptible individuals, such as the alleged El Paso shooter. If so, those who marked ballots for Trump — we have had quite enough exculpatory sociology about the material deprivations and status anxieties of the white working class — should have second or perhaps first thoughts. His Republican groupies, meanwhile, are complicit.

Enough about the working class! Now back to tea in my library.

Is Trump worse than socialism, or the approximation of it? Was Jeb Bush going to stop the evisceration of the culture — through unsustainable illegal immigration, globalization, and political correctness — that the Founding Founders whom Will supposedly reveres gave us?

Forget Jeb, would Will want to be complicit in the potential destruction of this country through the election of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?

These are the hard questions conservatives so disgusted with Trump that they’d rather have Elizabeth Warren never seem to grapple with.

George Will Compares IRS Scandal to Watergate, Iran Contra

George Will, hardly an intemperate man, compared the IRS scandal Monday to Watergate and Iran Contra.

Will, who appeared on Fox News Special Report, was discussing President Obama’s assertion Sunday that the scandal didn’t have a ‘Smidgeon” of corruption to it, thereby undermining an ongoing Justice Department investigation seeking to discover just such a smidgeon, or worse.

Will said:

We’ve had three major scandals in the last 40 years. Scandals are a dime a dozen in this town — sexual, financial, and all the rest — three big ones involving the distortion and abuse of institutions: Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the IRS.

The first two were ravenously covered by the media, they were Republican presidents’ problems. his is not being pursued and the president knows that hence his sense of weariness and boredom as he discussed this with Bill O’Reilly.

Let’s go to the videotape.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stonewalled Monday under tough questioning from ABC’s tough questioner, Jonathan Karl, about whether Obama was undermining the DOJ probe by declaring the result before it’s concluded.

Q    Jay, in the President’s interview with Bill O’Reilly last night, he said that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption,” regarding the IRS targeting conservative groups.  Did the President misspeak?

MR. CARNEY:  No, he didn’t.  But I can cite — I think have about 20 different news organizations that cite the variety of ways that that was established, including by the independent IG, who testified in May and, as his report said, that he found no evidence that anyone outside of the IRS had any involvement in the inappropriate targeting of conservative — or progressive, for that matter — groups in their applications for tax-exempt status.  So, again, I think that this is something —

Q    Jay, isn’t there an active Justice Department investigation into this matter?

MR. CARNEY:  I would refer you to the Justice Department, but I think that every look at this, every investigation into this, and everything we’ve learned about this is that this is not something that in any way reached outside of the IRS.  There’s been a concerted attempted —

Q    But, Jay, what the President said is there isn’t even a “smidgen of corruption.”  He didn’t give a qualifier outside the IRS —

MR. CARNEY:  Right.

Q    — and there’s an active Justice Department investigation — unless it has been concluded without anybody telling the news media, I mean, there’s an active Justice Department investigation.  Doesn’t the President prejudge that investigation when he tells Bill O’Reilly there’s not a smidgen of corruption —

MR. CARNEY:  — learned through the independent Inspector General and through the testimony that we’ve seen completely backs up what the President said.  And a lot of that has been well reported on by you and your colleagues and your news organizations over the course of the last several months.  Some people must have missed those reports.

Q    So the Justice Department should pull the plug —

MR. CARNEY:  That’s not -– obviously, we do not interfere with Justice Department investigations.

This is classic spin laden with a heap of unintended farce as Carney does everything he can to avoid addressing Obama’s clear interference in a DOJ probe.

First, Carney answers questions about a current IRS investigation by opining on the results of previous investigations.

And finally, using a line that could have come directly out of Catch-22 or Dr. Strangelove, he dodges the clear implication that Obama thinks there’s no use for the Justice probe by asserting, without apparent irony, “Obviously, we do not interfere with Justice Department investigations.”


The Joy of Income Inequality

President Obama has promised to spend the rest of his term addressing the putatively grave problem of income inequality.

IN  A WORLD . . .  where politicians indulge their private obsessions and political agendas, this makes sense. But what if, just, what if, instead of worrying about income inequality, Obama merely worried about INCOME.

Because that’s what those still out of work aren’t getting. They’re not part of the income inequality problem, because THEY DON’T HAVE ANY INCOME AT ALL. And there are still lots of them, despite the supposedly declining unemployment rate.

George Will put it nicely last night:

The recession began in December 2007. Since then, we’ve added 13 million more Americans are in the country and have 1.3 million fewer jobs.

We’ve lowered the unemployment rate largely — not entirely, but largely — because the workforce participation rate has gone down as more and more workers have been discouraged and are no longer counted anymore cause they’re not looking for work.

If the workforce participation rate were as high as it was when the recession began the unemployment rate would be 11.3 percent. We wouldn’t be calling it a poor recovery, because we wouldn’t be calling it a recovery at all.

Let’s go to the videotape.

But what fun is creating jobs? That’s hard work. How much more satisfying to bash rich people and parade around as the champion of the proletariat. Now that’s something a Socialist can really sink his teeth into.

Will: Hillary “May be Past Her Sell Date”

George Will seems to think if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets in the race against Hillary she has a serious chance.

What’s more fun, to have William Jennings Bryan a female Bryan, from the Harvard Yard out there railing against capitalism and all its evil works, or someone like Hillary Clinton, whose been on the national scene by 2016 for 25 years – she may be past her sell date . . . I’m not sure Hillary Clinton, at age 69 two weeks before the election, looks like the next new thing.

I think Will may be right, and I’ve written that Hillary is overrated and possibly headed for a fall.

H/T Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.