Morning Call: August 2nd, 2018

NATIONAL 


AM Links

– Treasury Plans to Boost Borrowing as Trillion-Dollar Deficits Loom…https://on.wsj.com/2KkdGRF

– China vows retaliation if Trump slaps 25% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese imports…https://cnb.cx/2KlSz1d 


The Wrestler-In-Chief

Last week the New York Times reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was looking at President Donald Trump’s tweet to find possible proof of collusion…https://nyti.ms/2KhYXXs

For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself.

Those concerns now turn out to be well founded. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter.

President Donald Trump today responded as you would expect by stating on Twitter that Attorney General Sessions should end the investigation…https://wapo.st/2LMOdpo

President Trump on Wednesday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to terminate the investigation into Russian campaign interference “right now,” forcing his lawyers to scramble to clarify that the president was not ordering Sessions to take a specific action.

Democratic lawmakers and even some members of Trump’s own party reacted with alarm to a series of inflammatory morning tweets in which the president called the prosecution of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “a hoax” and escalated his attacks on the investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

President Trump’s communications team spent all day defending his tweets arguing that he was just stating an opinion and there was nothing more to the tweets.  That could be true but the bigger question many have is why did he do it?  He knows that Mueller is looking at past tweets why tweet out something that could resemble anything close to obstruction.  I think Allahpundit at HotAir has the answer…

The vibe of that Acosta video is almost like when a villain comes out to the ring at a WWE match. They hoot, but it’s almost theater – @AllahPundit

AllahPundit was referring to the President’s rally last night in Florida.  The crowd was seen as quite hostile to CNN’s Jim Acosta.  However, as AllahPundit notes, the crowds seem almost identical to a wrestling crowd’s reaction to a villain appearing on stage.  President Trump did a stint on WWE as a foil to WWE owner Vince McMahon.  However, I think Trump may have gotten more out of WWE than it got from him.  His whole campaign and presidency mimic a wrestling character. Whether it’s illegal drug dealing rapist Mexicans sneaking over the border or anti-American rich black football players who have the gall to kneel during our beloved national anthem. Trump has a keen ability to create a caricature of his enemies.  It’s like a wrestling villain. Many people wonder why Trump does the things that he does.  The only answer that seems to ever make sense is ratings and theatrics.  Vince McMahon must be proud.


In Other News

– Apparently concerned he may lose his award for biggest P.O.S. on the planet, Alex Jones is countersuing the parent of a Sandy Hook victim because…well…he’s Alex Jones…http://bit.ly/2M0Wohu

– Rich Lowry says like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism…https://nyp.st/2O2gOUo 


NORTH CAROLINA 


AM LINKS

Subsidies complicate farmers’ plight in growing trade war…http://bit.ly/2O0vAeh 


Show Me The Money

North Carolina school districts are taking the state to court…

In 2008, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered the state to turn over $747.9 million in civil fines that should have been given to public schools over a nine-year period. With only $18 million provided so far, the N.C. School Boards Association and 20 school boards filed a new lawsuit Wednesday to get the state to meet its state constitutional obligation to provide the remaining $730 million.

The state Constitution requires that money from fines go to public schools.  A Supreme Court ruling in 1996 found that this applied to both criminal and civil fines.  A year later the state created a fund to collect the money.  However, they excluded penalties related to not paying taxes, fined paid by overweight trucks and parking tickets at universities.  The schools were not having it…

In 1998, the N.C. School Boards Association and several school boards filed a lawsuit to get the fine money that had been excluded.

In 2005, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school districts and sent the case back to a lower court to determine how much money from 1996 to 2005 was owed.

Manning issued his order in August 2008 and said that the $747.9 million had to be used for technology.

Legislators turned over $18.1 million in 2009.

The Republicans are not at all happy with their Democrat predecessors…

“The judgment was reached against Democrat lawmakers over a decade ago as they were slashing education spending by over $700 million in two years, furloughing teachers and cutting their pay, but since that time Republican leaders in the state General Assembly made schools their top priority by doubling K-12’s share of new state spending and increasing total public education appropriations by nearly $3 billion a year,” Joseph Kyzer, a spokesman for House Speaker Tim Moore, said in a written statement.

“We have not seen the filing yet and will need time to review it,” Bill D’Elia, a spokesman for Berger, said in a written statement. “But we agree that Democrats broke their promises to support public education when they were last in charge of the legislature — including by freezing teacher pay, furloughing teachers and looting public school funds to cover budget deficits created by their failed tax and spend policies — and that’s why voters rejected them in 2010.”

The GOP has been dealt quite the crappy hand.  I guess this is par for the course.  The Democrats depleted almost every fund in the state and borrowed 2 billion dollars from the federal government.  It should not surprise us that they also shortchanged the schools.  Let’s not forget that at this time the Democrats were cutting education spending and furloughing teachers while cutting their pay.  We can’t be too surprised that they shorted the school of funding that they deserved.  Lucky for the current state leaders the schools seem open to options.  Whether it is a lower settlement or a payment plan, I have no doubt that the GOP will get the schools the money they deserve.  Just another example of the GOP cleaning up a mess left by their Democrat predecessors.


In Other News

– In North Carolina, it’s not only students who fail exams apparently teachers do too…http://bit.ly/2ABHDgs

– Cops find pot brownies cooling on the stove during a search of North Carolina home…http://bit.ly/2LLDU4X

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