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After 40 years with a green card

Here’s a story going around about a fellow that was legally brought to this country forty years ago by his parents from Poland when he was three. He had all of his papers, grew up, went to college and became a successful doctor and family man and then was picked up by ICE for possible deportation back to Poland.

What? His wife and children are Americans. He’s here legally working with a green card, he’s in the medical field and is vouched for by his colleagues and friends…., he’s got to be a crook. Right?

Well, according to most news sources, no.

The only blemish on Dr. Niec’s reputation is a record of two juvenile misdemeanor convictions that took place when he was only 17-years-old, one for receiving and concealing stolen property, the other for the destruction of property worth less than $100. Dr. Niec pleaded guilty to these charges more than 25 years ago under a plea deal, the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, that leaves young offenders with a clean criminal record if they keep out of trouble.

Source: Trump’s ICE just deported a doctor living in the U.S. for 40 years

It sounds like just some teenage hijinks that he got caught at and probably went a long way into making him the upstanding citizen that he is today. I can’t see deporting a legal resident over that alone. Might there be more to the story?

You betcha’! While most news outlets aren’t reporting this I heard the following on CBS this morning. Newsmax is the only online source I could find that also contained this bit of information.

Court records also show that Niec pleaded guilty to a 2008 operating impaired by liquor offense for which he completed probation, and the conviction was set aside. He was also charged with domestic violence in 2013 and a jury found him not guilty after a trial.

Source: ICE Detains Michigan Doctor After 40 Years In U.S.

Still all minor stuff but to remain a legal resident you need to keep your nose clean. And there is also the fact that he has been a legal resident for 40 years without becoming a citizen. Why is that? Could there be more? There probably is.

The problem I have with this story is the headline from the first article I quoted, “Trump’s ICE just deported a doctor living in the U.S. for 40 years”. Would we be seeing this headline if DACA wasn’t in the forefront of the news this week?

I hate to think that maybe the news might be using this story to manipulate public opinion.

Trump’s Collapse Gives Johnson an Opening

Have you had enough yet? Do you see now how Donald Trump could never be a successful president but Hillary Clinton is still just too distasteful to turn to? Your answer is right there in front of you, on the ballot in all fifty states he’s your choice. And all you have to do is just vote for him.

When the Trump tape surfaced, Johnson issued a strongly worded condemnation that reminded folks of his former party affiliation: “Millions of Republicans are facing a moment of truth. As a former Republican Governor, I don’t envy them.” In a report from Albuquerque’s KOAT he claimed that “dozens of GOP officials” had contacted his campaign after the tapes surfaced, saying that they wanted to know how to help his effort.

Source: Donald Trump’s Collapse Gives Gary Johnson an Opening – The Daily Beast

Read that again, “Dozens of GOP officials” have contacted his campaign saying they want to know how to help his effort!

Handing Trump The Election

I know a lot of people who are scared to death of a Trump presidency and who think Sanders should bow out of the race before the convention. Many wanted him to bow out before the California primaries. I suspect a few of these people just didn’t want the competition for Clinton or think that Sanders is damaging Clinton’s campaign to the point that Trump will win.

To that last point as long as Bernie isn’t lying about Hillary he’s not the one damaging her campaign. She is.

But there is a very good reason for Sanders to stay in the race until the convention. As T.A. Frank points out in this Vanity Fair article:

Every increase in delegates gives Bernie a stronger claim to being heard and appeased when it comes to what happens at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He has already been granted the privilege of selecting five of the 15 members on the national convention drafting committee (not that it’s mollifying anyone at the moment).

So damaging Clinton or not Sanders needs to stay in until the convention or his “revolution” is still-born. And whether or not Sanders supporters turn their support to Clinton should Sanders lose the nomination isn’t something that is Sanders’ responsibility, it’s Clinton’s. No one is going to support someone they feel is unsupportable and many Sanders supports see Clinton as unsupportable.

Frank continues to point out:

This has created a curious state of play in which more centrist Hillary supporters seem to fear Trump a good deal more than the more leftist Bernie supporters do. Some of them probably feel like Susan Sarandon—that the status quo is so unacceptable that a Trump blowup has its merits. Others just resent having Trump held over the head like a stick, threatening to beat them into pro-Clinton solidarity.

Don’t assume that just because you see Clinton as a far less evil than Trump that Sanders supporters feel the same way. Heck, I don’t feel that way and if those two are the only choice I have no reason to vote because between the two, I don’t care!

Clinton predicted to beat Trump…because of economics

It’s probably right but I don’t think for the reason they think.

The reason a Democrat will win isn’t about polling or personalities, it’s about economics, says Moody’s. The economy is the top issue in just about every election. When the economy is doing well, the party currently in office usually wins again. When the economy is tanking, Americans vote for change.

Source: Clinton predicted to beat Trump…because of economics | Q13 FOX News

The economy is doing very well but the American middle class isn’t. It doesn’t matter how well our economy is doing in reality when the people can be convinced that it is awful.

Trump The Moderate?

This article asks a great question:

If Trump continues tacking towards the economic center, how will Clinton react to distinguish herself? Especially if she’s trying to please both her party’s urban professional vote, while trying to woo anti-Trump Republican voters at the same time?

Source: Why Clinton vs. Trump could bring out Democrats’ worst instincts on economics

Trump has been all over the place with his positions in the primaries and hasn’t been afraid to contradict himself. If he beats Clinton back to the center where does she go to differentiate her policy from his?

Of course she could just forget all of that and run on the “I’m not Trump” platform.

Clinton Clear on Trump: ‘We Were Not Friends’ – Oh, Really?

So now Hillary Clinton is saying that she and Donald Trump were never friends. While Chelsea jumps on the bandwagon and denies any friendship with Donald Trump but affirms her friendship with his daughter, Ivanka.

In ‘People’ interview, Democratic presidential candidate denies billionaire’s previous claims of friendship and denounces ‘mean-spiritedness’ in campaign

Source: Clinton Clear on Trump: ‘We Were Not Friends’

Okay, so if that’s the case why was Bill Clinton taking an hour long phone call with the Donald and encouraging him by pointing out he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right?

Personally? I think she is protesting too much.

 

It may not be Sanders who defeats Clinton

Sanders supporters see the announcement of Mike Bloomberg putting in an Independent bid for the presidency should Sec. Clinton not become the Democratic nominee a sign that people fear the Sanders campaign juggernaut.

With Sanders now leading some polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire I can understand the enthusiasm in the Sanders camp but their might be another reason Mike Bloomberg is considering throwing his hat in the ring.

Another explanation is that he sees trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton. Because of his close relationship with former NYC police Chief Ray Kelly and others in the law enforcement community, he might have the inside track on the FBI investigation into the former Secretary of State’s handling of classified documents and questionable foundation-related activities. Democrats have done a fine job of completely dismissing the FBI inquiry, but the possibility that Clinton could face serious legal hurdles may be encouraging Bloomberg’s ambitions.

Source: Does Mike Bloomberg Know Something We Don’t About the Clinton FBI Probe? | The Fiscal Times

I still see his announced consideration to run as being a threat to help Sec. Clinton but Sec. Clinton being indicted is not beyond the realm of possibilities.

It’s all a part of the charade

I’ve been telling people and they won’t believe me, Trump is in Cahoots with Clinton to see that Clinton wins the White House. The biggest implication of this is in the phone call Trump had with Clinton shortly before announcing his bid.

“The tone of the call was informal, and Clinton never urged Trump to run, the four people said,” Robert Costa and Anne Gearan reported, summarizing the comments of “four Trump allies.” “Rather, they said, Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.”

Source: Is Donald Trump Really in Cahoots With Hillary Clinton to Hand Her the White House? — Charisma News

Read that part again,

“Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.”

It sure makes it sound to me like she is encouraging, at the very least, him to run. And I can’t make sense out of him calling her about his running since she would be his opponent should he make it out of the primary.

See, I don’t think he meant to make it out of the primary. I think he thought he’d make an outrageous statement anytime any bad press for Ms Clinton was airing its head in the media so as to take attention away from Ms Clinton’s problems. I also think his objective was to take the air out of the room for all other Republicans running for the nomination and keeping them off message.

I think that he originally figured his poll numbers would be so low at this point that he could bow out of the running and I think he has been trying to put off voters with all he’s said and done but instead of going down in the polls he just continues to rise.

Finally he’s realized what is happening, though, and speaks about it last week.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” Trump remarked at a campaign stop at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. “It’s, like, incredible.”

Source: Donald Trump: ‘I Could … Shoot Somebody, And I Wouldn’t Lose Any Voters’ : The Two-Way : NPR

So he’s got a new strategy for pulling out. He’s going to stop campaigning. He pulls out of the last debate before the Iowa caucus giving the excuse that Megan Kelley is not fair to him and since Fox won’t pull her from the debate he’s not showing up. And also:

“Why should the networks continue to get rich on the debates?” Trump told reporters at a news conference in Marshalltown. “Why do I have to make Fox rich?”

Source: Trump says he won’t participate in GOP debate on Fox News – The Washington Post

Mark my word, Trump will be out of the race before the South Carolina primaries. He’s been looking for an out for a couple of months now.

But then we have other intrigue involving another billionaire running.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Bloomberg is uncomfortable with the rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s principal Democratic challenger, and of the prospect of real-estate mogul Donald Trump being the Republican nominee. The 73-year-old billionaire has asked advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign, the newspaper reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

Source: Clinton Confident There’ll Be No Need for Bloomberg to Run – Bloomberg Politics

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