This story offers a good example of why so many Americans are fed up to the gills with modern day politics. It started with leftist attacks on businesses that carry Ivanka Trump’s merchandise. That inspired White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to stick up for her by responding to a TV interviewer with, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. I’m going to give it a free commercial here. Go buy it today.” She was called on the carpet by the White House for that inappropriate remark, but that wasn’t good enough. The Office of Government Ethics is now calling for an investigation of Conway for allegedly violating the Standards of Conduct Act, followed by disciplinary action. With a little effort, we can turn it into a long, drawn-out sinkhole of time and tax money. Say, maybe we could even appoint an independent counsel who could destroy several people’s reputations and careers before his ever-expanding investigation inevitably destroys his own career.

My question: Does this seriously require an investigation? Does any sentient being not know what happened? Conway was incensed by what she quite understandably saw as unfair political attacks and cowardice on the part of retailers. She’s not a professional politician and is used to speaking her mind, so she did, unaware that in Washington, saying what you’re actually thinking may be illegal. She obviously shouldn’t have said that, and she’s been reprimanded and knows better than to do it again. This is one of the drawbacks to sending people to Washington who haven’t spent their entire lives steeped in political minutiae, but voters thought the advantages vastly outweighed the drawbacks. Still, any hint of political advantage is like blood in a shark tank in DC these days, so we’ll probably be subjected to a never-ending investigation of something about which anyone with a handful of functioning brain cells already knows everything there is to know.

I’m not part of the current government, so I am allowed to make the following free commercial announcement on behalf of common sense: if the ethics office thinks she unknowingly said something actionable on live television, then spare us the kabuki theater of an investigation, slap her with a modest fine, tell her not to do it again, and let’s get on with making America great again. Or has the government already solved the easy stuff like job creation and national security, so it has plenty of time to waste on nonsense like this?

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A lot of people found a photo of Ivanka Trump sitting at the Presidential desk, flanked by her dad and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to be warm and inspiring. Aside from illustrating the pride and trust Donald Trump has in his daughter, it also shows that women have “a place at the table” in his Administration, and offers an aspirational image of a poised and accomplished woman in the Oval Office. So naturally, it infuriated liberals. Click the link to see the photo and read some of the range of reactions to it. One category of negative reaction was especially amusing. These were the leftists who railed that it’s “disgusting” that Ivanka would be allowed to sit in the President’s chair, with one woman sneering, “Nepotism, anyone?”

So to be clear: Hillary Clinton supporters are “disgusted” someone with no official elected title sat in the Oval Office and might be considered a potential first woman President, just because she happens to be related to a man who was President? Some people really need to think a bit harder before they tweet.

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Double Standard

February 8, 2017

The big “double standard” switch having now been flipped in Washington, the term “obstructionism” is out and “resistance” is in. So, Senate Democrats are engaging in heroic resistance by mindlessly and pointlessly wasting the time taxpayers are paying them for. They're deliberately dragging out the confirmation process of Trump appointees who are guaranteed to be confirmed anyway, impeding the lawful transition of power and the ability of government to handle its day-to-day functions, all for the political equivalent of holding their breath until they turn blue because they’re just so maaaaaaad that they lost the election. In 2008, there were very few Republicans who were happy with Obama’s Cabinet picks, but they voted for them anyway because as someone once said, “Elections have consequences.” Apparently, that’s only true when Democrats win.

I hope voters who elected these resisters to reality remember their never-ending hissy fit when a number of them are up for election next year in red and purple states. If they find doing their jobs to be that grating, I bet there'll be someone on the GOP ticket who’d be more than happy to take over and actually get to work making America great again.

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