April 28, 2017

Florida: Bear Hunting Is Essential to Management….Er, Except When Politics Rule

During the deliberation portion of their June 2016 meeting that resulted in the postponement of a bear hunt that year, dissenting FWC Commissioners claimed their wish was to polish the scientific data supporting a hunt which was to be presented this year. They had no desire to “kick the can down the road” or “study the issue to death.”

What did they do at the meeting last Wednesday? They decided to revise the bear management plan to incorporate the new data and hunting as a management tool. This updated plan will be presented to the Commission in two years. To the best of my understanding, 2019 will be the earliest bear hunting is considered again.

Can kicked. Issue studied and dead. For now.<<<Read More>>>

Free-Market Activists Plan to Question Humana Executives About Willingness to Work with Trump, Congress on Health Care Reform

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Humana’s Steadfast Support of ObamaCare Could Lose Company a Seat at the Table in Setting New Health Care Agenda

After Working with Liberal Politicians to Advance Obama-Era Failed Health Care Policies, Humana Owes it to American People to Work with Trump Team and Congressional Conservatives

Louisville, KY / Washington, DC – At this week’s annual meeting of Humana shareholders, the nation’s leading proponent of free-market investor activism plans to offer the insurer’s executives an opportunity to repudiate its long-standing support for failed ObamaCare policies and embrace market-based alternatives advanced by the White House and some members of Congress.

Humana’s shareholder meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.  This will be the third time a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project(FEP) has attended a Humana shareholder meeting.

“This is the third time we will address Humana executives about ObamaCare’s failings, and we hope they will have a more open mind this time,” said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who plans to attend on Thursday and participated in a past Humana shareholder meeting.  “With President Trump determined to set a new course on health care policy and the congressional leadership behind his efforts, Humana risks losing a seat at the table if they continue to provide support for a system they won’t even work with anymore.” 

On April 20, the National Center will post the text of its prepared question for Humana executives prominently on the National Center website after the shareholder meeting starts (which can be accessed here after posting).  Any comments from the Free Enterprise Project after the meeting will be also be available on the site (directly accessible here ) within hours of the conclusion of the meeting.

At previous shareholder meetings, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard refused to cede any ground to National Center representatives who questioned him about the company’s support for ObamaCare.  In 2014, when the National Center’s David Hogberg, Ph.D. asked Broussard if Humana would pledge not to take a bailout from ObamaCare’s “risk adjustment” scheme, Broussard refused and said the money would “ensure that our members have an affordable plan.”  In 2015, Danhof questioned Humana’s support of ObamaCare through an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of King v. Burwelldespite the Humana website noting ObamaCare “falls short in addressing. . . rising costs.”  Danhof brought copies of a dozen free-market ObamaCare alternatives to that meeting and asked Broussard to consider working with conservatives on a free-market alternative.  Broussard would not commit to working with conservatives, but Humana recently announced plans to exit ObamaCare’s health care exchanges in 2018.

“Humana and other large insurance companies worked in lock-step with the Obama Administration and liberal congressmembers to advance, promote and defend ObamaCare.  We repeatedly brought concerns over ObamaCare’s market-distorting schemes to their attention, but our concerns were dismissed. Now that Humana and other insurers are exiting many ObamaCare exchanges and otherwise suffering the ill effects of the law, the timing is optimal for a new path forward,” said Danhof.  “While the most recent congressional effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare has stalled, there will be plenty of opportunities to enact change.  Humana owes it to the American people to work with President Trump and Congress to craft policies that expand access to care and drive down health care costs.”

Earlier this year, another health care provider indicated to the National Center that it would be willing to work on replacing ObamaCare.  Walgreens Boots Alliance Chairman James Skinner told Danhof at the pharmacy giant’s annual shareholder meeting that his company would be willing to work with the Trump Administration in finding a free-market alternative to ObamaCare.

Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project is the nation’s preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, National Center representatives have participated in nearly 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and many other important public policy issues.  The Humana meeting will mark FEP’s fifth shareholder meeting attended so far in 2017.

The National Centers Free Enterprise Project activism has yielded a tremendous return on investment:

  • FEPs highly-publicized questioning of support for the Clinton Foundation by Boeing and General Electric helped trigger an FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundations activities that dominated the 2016 presidential campaign.  
  • FEP inquiries prompted Facebook to address political bias against conservatives in social media.
  •  Company executives acknowledged media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner) in response to FEPs challenges, which helped to bring about more objective reporting and more balanced political representation.
  • FEPs Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.
So far in 2017, media featuring the FEP has included the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, Drudge Report, Business Insider, CNET, National Public Radio, American Family Radio and SiriusXM. In 2016, the FEP was also featured in the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto,” the Financial Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, theSeattle Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune among many others.  The Free Enterprise Project was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassels 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech(Hachette Book Group).

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia.

Cantwell Statement On Trump Administration Climate Executive Order

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) made the following statement on the Trump Administration’s executive order:

“President Trump’s executive order today marks an irresponsible retreat from making polluters pay, promoting energy efficiency, growing our clean energy economy, addressing the threat of climate change and ensuring taxpayers get a fair return for the minerals they own,” Senator Cantwell said. “The Trump Administration is sabotaging the United States’ chances of becoming the world’s clean energy superpower in order to line the pockets of polluters. I will oppose this wrong-headed order with every tool at my disposal.”

<<<See Trump’s Executive Order>>>

Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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REVOCATION OF FEDERAL CONTRACTING EXECUTIVE ORDERS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Revocation. Executive Order 13673 of July 31, 2014, section 3 of Executive Order 13683 of December 11, 2014, and Executive Order 13738 of August 23, 2016, are revoked.

Sec. 2. Reconsideration of Existing Rules. All executive departments and agencies shall, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with law, consider promptly rescinding any orders, rules, regulations, guidance, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing the revoked Executive Orders and revoked provision listed in section 1 of this order.

Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 27, 2017.

Money Talks and $@!^ Walks

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday will begin targeting four Senate Democrats facing potentially tough reelections with a $1 million TV campaign that urges the confirmation of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action told Secrets Monday that the effort will target Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.<<<Read More>>>

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

For those with interest in actually reading the Executive Order:

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Senators Move To Protect Scientists From Political Interference

*Editor’s Note* – Well, it sounds like something that should be done….HOWEVER…I just can’t stop laughing.

Press Release from the Democratic News of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act, along with more than two dozen Democratic senators, to protect government scientists from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that Trump administration officials had placed gag orders on employees at the EPA.

Science should not be used as a political tool, but rather a search for the truth – the verifiable facts. With truth and fact under siege, now is a particularly dangerous time to be silencing our scientists. This bill will help ensure the public is kept safe and informed, tax dollars are spent most effectively, and our laws and policies are based on accurate, verifiable information,” remarked Sen. Cantwell, a senior member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Politics should not get in the way of sharing factual and independent scientific information, period,” said Sen. Murray. “It is the public’s right to have access to federally funded science and research, and this bill reinforces the critical principle that scientists supporting federal agencies or laboratories should be free from outside influences.”

Among other things, the legislation (S.338) would:

  • Reaffirm the principle of open communication of scientific findings and prevent the suppression of scientific findings;
  • Ensure that scientists are allowed to communicate their findings with the public, press and Congress;
  • Direct federal agencies to develop scientific integrity policies that include whistleblower protections and
  • Require scientific integrity policies to be posted online and given to all new hires.

Since November, more than 5,000 scientists, including many Nobel Prize winners, have signed an open letter urging President Trump and Congress to preserve scientific integrity.

The legislation was led by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and was also joined by Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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Put on Your Pussy Hats You Corrupt Fake Politicians

Cry me a river – or more fitting today would be Crimea River…or something. Over the weekend, Senate Minority criminal Charlene Schumer pored on the tears claiming Trumpet was mean spirited and un-American. Waaaaaaah!

Before that we had Baroness Obama, working as hard as he could to drum up some tears, while at the same time pretending he was wiping away his tears with his middle finger. And on and on it goes.

All of these criminal pond scum are actors. Don’t forget that. We even once had a “professional” actor for a president. But my, oh my how things have changed.

Most of you are too young to remember Senator Ed Muskie from Maine. Muskie was a former Maine Governor and U.S. Senator and served as Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter. He was the democratic nominee for Vice President in 1968 on the ticket with Hubert Humphrey.

During the campaign, certain members of the press decided to attack and smear Muskie’s wife. In defending her, he showed emotion – not necessarily crying and shedding tears, but showed emotion. That act served to perhaps prevent Humphrey and Muskie from winning. At the time it was often stated that such an outward show of emotion revealed a man’s instability. Some even suggested it would ruin his political career.

Aside from the political hacking that has forever taken place, we lived then at a time when it was considered a substantial weakness in a man’s character to show emotion, especially as trivial (as perceived) as standing up for his wife and as a candidate for vice president.

Today? Well that’s a different story from nearly 50 years ago. Today, whether the “tears” are fake or real, evidently it’s cool to do. You see, the line between male and female has been deliberately skewed, to a point that, if we are still around in 8 or so years, chances are pretty good that the United States will have their first ever transgendered queer.

Think not? The Boy Scouts of America just announced that they would allow transgenders to their club, provided the parents put on the person’s application that they persuaded toward male. Uh huh!

Senior-Level State Department Staff Quit

*Editor’s Note* – Bye-Bye! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Trump talked of draining the swamp. Did he have any idea, members of that swamp would up and vacate the swamp? Was the intention to drain it dry? What are we to think? Are we just being further deceived with this political trickery, using smoke and mirrors? This could be a very good thing or a very bad thing. It seems the voters bought into Trump’s campaign rhetoric and wanted to get the “insiders” out of Washington. Is this what that is? Personally, I think this is a good thing. Let’s strip these SOBs of all the power they wield.

But none of it is real. It’s just a distraction, I’m afraid.

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”<<<Read More>>>

Congress Puts the Axe to Taxpayer Funded Abortions – Even Obamacare Abortions

“In Washington today, there was a 238-to-183 vote to forever end taxpayer funding of abortion. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (HR 7)—it permanently solidifies the otherwise-known Hyde Amendment, which has been prone to yearly renewal.”<<<Read More>>>