The Rushmore Report: Is Trump Administration the ‘Screwball Presidency’?

Appearing on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, Republican strategist Mike Murphy called President Trump’s Administration America’s first “screwball presidency.” He said, “We don’t know who’s in charge. The internal politics are crazy.” The establishment consultant went on to diminish Trump’s first year in office to rhetorical ashes. But is Murphy – and much of America – missing something? Do the facts of the past year really support this “screwball” claim?

Sure, Mr. Trump is unconventional. And yes, much of what he says – and tweets – is controversial. It’s hard to find anyone who is happy to defend some of the things he says. But for those who are more interested in their bank account than Trump’s twitter account, “screwball” may be a bit off target.

Mr. Murphy might be wise to consider a few actual facts . . .

1. Unemployment rate

More Americans are employed under Trump’s presidency than at any time in history. Last month alone, 261,000 new jobs were added, and the unemployment rate has dipped to 4.1 percent, its lowest rate in 17 years – lower than at any point in the entire Obama eight years.

2. Tax reduction

The average American family will pay $1,200 less in taxes next year, assuming Congress passes the new tax bill. As for the Democratic/media claim that the new tax structure will only benefit the rich (same song, 100th verse), the top one percent of wage earners will pay 40 percent of all taxes – same as before. And about 15 million in the lower to middle class will now pay no taxes – for the first time in history.

3. Stock market

Up 6,000 points since Trump’s election, the stock market has gained $5 trillion in one year – up 18 percent. Because most retirement packages are tied to the market, this helps nearly everyone.

4. ISIS in retreat

Secretary of Defense James Mattis reports that we are defeating ISIS “much more quickly than we anticipated.” He said, “The enemy is collapsing for all the world to see.” Ten months after Trump took office, the U.S. military has taken back Raqqah – the caliphate’s self-appointed capital.

5. Deregulation

President Trump’s deregulation has already saved businesses $378 million with just over a billion dollars in savings expected next year, according to the Washington Examiner. A report from American Action Forum said that next year’s actions will bring “potentially billions in savings.”

6. Judiciary

Trump’s court appointments guarantee conservative gains for the better part of the next 50 years, starting with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

7. Immigration

Though the wall has yet to be built, illegal immigration is down by 50 percent. Deportations are up, and the Supreme Court just upheld Trump’s immigration ban from six countries that import terrorism more than any others.

Mike Murphy – like so many like him – has derided the Trump Administration, calling it the “first screwball presidency.” Tweets matter. Trump’s presidency has been unorthodox, to say the least. But if a “screwball presidency” means lower unemployment, reduced taxes, a record stock market, ISIS in retreat, deregulation, and a conservative judiciary, there will be millions of Americans who will be okay with a “screwball presidency.”

The Rushmore Report: Time’s ‘Man of the Year’ Nominees Include a Monster and Police Hater

It’s not as though Time Magazine has to burnish its leftist credentials any further, but the magazine sure appears as if it wants to. On Monday, Time released the names of their nominees for Person of the Year. Along with President Trump, there was a hashtag, a monster, and an athlete who hates American police.

The hasthtag #MeToo, a reference to the women around the country and the world who claim they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, is not offensive in itself, but it’s hard to claim that a hashtag is the equivalent of a person.

But then things get nastier: Colin Kaepernick has become the emblem of people who feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with America, after he initiated the protests of the national anthem. This is the same guy who wore socks with police depicted as pigs on them.

A further plunge into the abyss: the selection of Kim Jong-un, a real-life monster who has subjugated the North Korean people to one of the most brutal repressions of the last 100 years, and is consistently threatening to throw the world into a nuclear conflagration with his missile launches.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in National Review, “But what I find interesting about the just-released shortlist is that picking anyone else on the list – including Xi Jinping and #MeToo – would amount to, to one extent or another, a troll operation of the president. The most obvious example is Robert Mueller [also on the list]. To date, there is no reason to give him the title, other than for fan service to Trump-hating liberals and others emotionally invested in the Mueller probe. It’s conceivable that next year Mueller would deserve it. But not yet. The Dreamers [on the list], likewise, would be a political shot. Unlike the #MeTooers, the Dreamers themselves haven’t really done anything special in 2017.”

“Man of the Year” apparently has new meaning to the editors at Time. What is not clear, however, is how this aligns with any serious definition of journalism.

About the Author

Hank Berrien writes for the Daily Wire.

The Rushmore Report: David Jeremiah – ‘I Feel Safer with Trump’

Megachurch pastor David Jeremiah, who leads the Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, says that now that Donald Trump is president, he feels a “greater sense of security” as an American citizen. “I’ll be honest with you, I feel safer as a citizen because he’s my president,” Jeremiah told CBN last Thursday.

“I feel like there’s a greater sense of security in our country even though people don’t want to talk about it,” said Jeremiah, who also founded Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries.

While he doesn’t like some of the things Trump “says and the way he says them,” Jeremiah doesn’t appear too concerned since, he said, the New York City billionaire “is not my pastor.”

Jeremiah also pointed to a few more positive outcomes of Trump’s presidency so far, such as the improving economy.

“Right now, we are in the best economic situation I can ever remember in terms of the stock market being $5 trillion more than it was in November,” he said

“Many of the experts say we’re in the process of getting prepared for a big downturn, but nobody knows that, and I don’t know that,” Jeremiah added. “I just know that ultimately if we don’t deal with our debt, then there’s not a lot of good news long-term.”

“Obviously, he’s making a difference in many areas. He’s making a difference economically; nobody wants to talk about it, but I just mentioned what’s happened to the stock market since he’s been in office.”

 

The Rushmore Report: Justin Timberlake and Stephen Colbert Talk about God

Justin Timberlake got his start singing in church and now the entertainer is explaining why it’s the best place to begin a music career. “You know that church is the best place to sing because you can go up there and completely botch anything and then at the end everyone says, ‘Amen,’” Timberlake said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The pair joked about God in a light-hearted satirical segment called “Big Questions with Bigger Stars,” where Colbert got to ask Timberlake, “If the universe is so infinite, then what’s beyond?”

The singer responded, “Everything other than bed and bath.”

Timberlake asked the comedian and late night talk show host, “Hey Steve, if God made the universe, then who made God?”

Colbert responded, “Like most stuff, I think probably a factory in China.”

Despite the jokes, Colbert has been vocal about his Catholic faith in the past. He previously spoke about the fusion of his faith and comedy on the Witness program in 2015.

“Faith ultimately can’t be argued, faith has to be felt. And hopefully you can still feel your faith fully, and let your mind have a logical life of its own, and they do not defy each other, but complement each other, because logic itself, I don’t think, for me, and you know – logic itself will not lead me to God,” Colbert previously said. “So hopefully, I can use my mind to make my jokes, and not deny my love for God at the same time.”

Colbert said his mother heavily influenced his faith, but he also has told Rolling Stone that he was moved by the words of Christ.

“I saw how my mother’s faith was very valuable to her and valuable to my brothers and sisters, and I’m moved by the words of Christ, and I’ll leave it at that,” he added.

About the Author

Christine Thomasos writes for The Christian Post.

The Rushmore Report: The Top 5 Reasons Couples Fight

I love to talk about love – even some of the darker parts of coupledom like arguments, fights, and problems. After all, without the dark we wouldn’t have the light! Most of us don’t realize there are patterns to how we fight. Your arguments might be more common than you think. There are really just five reasons most couples fight.

Here are the five most common issues over which couples fight:

  1. Free time
  2. Money
  3. Housework
  4. Physical intimacy
  5. Extended family

More important than the issues over which we fight is the way to turn fights into positives. Here are six ways you can use the science of couples to help your relationship:

1. Adopt a new mindset.

How to fight better: I want us to shift the focus to fighting better as opposed to fighting less. Why? Fighting better is about having discussions, not arguments. It is about respectfully hearing one another.

2. Identify the issues.

One of the most interesting discussions I have ever had with my husband was identifying our “perpetual issues.” We sat down and thought about the problems and topics and looked at the patterns. The main issues keep coming up – they need to be identified.

3. Localize, don’t globalize.

One reason that little arguments can erupt so quickly is that a small disagreement can be tagged into one of your larger arguments and immediately explode into the big fight. Avoid saying things like, “You always . . .” or “You never . . .” Don’t focus on the big picture nor the past. Focus on the local issues.

4. Start with agreement.

If a gridlocked issue comes up on a daily basis and you need to approach it, start with agreement. Successful couples master gentleness. They start with their common purpose, what they want to achieve as a family.

5. Look beyond the argument.

This is the hardest one to do. It is also the most important. Sometimes there are underlying issues beneath the gridlock. Think about what is happening behind the argument. This will help you to turn the situation to an exploratory discussion, rather than antagonistic.

6. Choose acceptance.

Knowing that your issues and where you stand can help you avoid having the same argument over and over again. Agreeing to disagree and naming the issue can prevent arguments in the future. Acceptance means placing a higher value on the person than the position.

About the Author

Vanessa Van Edwards is a marriage expert and the author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.

The Rushmore Report: New Poll – Dems’ Top Choice for 2020

Rasmussen Reports has just released a fresh survey of 1,000 likely Democratic voters to see who they like for president in the 2020 election. The Democratic youth movement continues. Whereas the top five Democratic leaders in Congress are age 75, on average, the leading choice for the White House would be 78 upon his inauguration.

Democrats’ leading man is former Vice President Joe Biden, garnering the support of 41 percent of those surveyed. The next three candidates are all about the same age: Bernie Sanders (20 percent), Elizabeth Warren (11 percent), and Hillary Clinton (nine percent).

Party leaders who are touting their “strong bench” have no answer for the simple facts. A full 82 percent of the preferred candidates have been around since the days when a CD was a banking term, Blackberry was something you ate, Gunsmoke was a radio show, and Al Gore had yet to invent the Internet.

Waiting in the wings, should Democrats decide to nominate a candidate not yet on Medicare, are the following: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (five percent) and outgoing Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (two percent). Let us know if you can pick either out of a lineup.

To summarize, 82 percent of Democrats want someone close to 80, seven percent want someone in his 50s, and the other 11 percent don’t know what they want.

For his part, Biden is traveling the country to promote his new book. He has not ruled out a run in 2020. He says he is “not considering a run at this time,” and “there are plenty of other good candidates out there.” Both statements are code for “I’m running.”

What’s interesting – but not surprising – is that the media has not said a thing about his age. I’m talking about the same media who said Ronald Reagan was too old to run in 1980. Never mind, Biden would be older on his inauguration than Reagan was when he left office – after eight years in the White House.

The 41 percent who support Biden is up 15 points since February. Self-proclaimed moderates prefer Biden (34 percent), to Sanders (15 percent).

There are four take-aways from the new Rasmussen poll.

  1. Democrats have no new candidates.
  2. Democrats love Joe Biden.
  3. Joe Biden is running in 2020.
  4. The election is too far out for any of this to mean much right now.

The Rushmore Report: Republican Establishment Agrees to ‘Let Voters Decide’ on Moore Election

The most controversial United States Senate election in recent memory is just five days away. As maligned Judge Roy Moore – accused of sexual misconduct by nine different women – prepares to run against a Democrat no one can name, the Republican Establishment has reversed course. What they have just said is shocking in that it needed to be said.

The Republican Establishment – represented by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – has decided that “the voters of Alabama should decide” who their next senator should be. Appearing on ABC’s This Week Sunday, McConnell said, “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”

Last month, when Moore was down 12 points in the polls, McConnell said, “Roy Moore should step aside; the women who’ve come forward are entirely credible. He’s obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we’ve looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening.”

Now, with Moore suddenly up six points in the latest polls, the Establishment has reversed course, adopting the White House position. While President Trump has called the accusations against Moore “very troubling,” he has also said “the people of Alabama should make a decision on who their next senator should be.” Trump has not wavered from that position.

So, in a matter of a few days, the Republican Establishment has shifted from “We’ve looked at all the options to prevent” Moore’s election to “the voters of Alabama should decide” and “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.”

I’m sure the 4.3 million Americans who call Alabama home will be glad to hear the Senate Majority Leader has acquiesced his role naming their Senator for them to “letting” them go ahead with the vote.

At best, Sen. McConnell stated his position clumsily. At worst, he revealed the cancer of Washington – and it is not limited to one political party. For the leader of the Republican Establishment to even feel the need to say he would “let the voters decide” the Alabama Senate race themselves says all we need to know about the dangers of a centralized government that founders Washington and Jefferson fought so hard to deny.

 

The Rushmore Report: What God Would Say to Matt Lauer

For twenty years, Matt Lauer was perhaps the most popular and trusted news host in America, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to NBC every year, from advertising on the Today Show. More than that, he was a champion of women’s rights, beloved by feminists since the 1990s. But this week, that all came crashing down, with the revelation of a far-reaching sex scandal and Lauer’s resulting firing by NBC. You can read the sordid details on other outlets. But only here will you read what matters most. We answer the question, in light of recent events, What would God say to Matt Lauer?

I think that if God were to sit down with Matt Lauer, he would say six things.

1. I love you as much today as I did before the scandal broke.

God would go even further. He’d tell Mr. Lauer, “I love you just as much today as before the scandal broke, and just as much as I did before you committed your first indiscretion.” We don’t know when it all began for Lauer, though that will likely be exposed soon. To God it has no bearing on his love for Matt Lauer. God’s love for him today is just as complete as it was on the day before his first sin. I think God would say it like this – “There is nothing you can ever do that will make me love you more, and  there is nothing you can ever do that will make me love you less.” Upon learning the news, Lauer’s co-host, Cathy Lee Gifford, texted him, “I adore you.” She said, “No person is perfect. No one is sinless. We need God’s mercy.” God’ love for Matt Lauer – and for you – is not diminished by the magnitude of any sin.

2. What you do in secret will always be exposed.

The accusations against Mr. Lauer are growing by the day. Like so many before him, his actions of sexual misconduct have been repetitive. Lauer’s activities seem to have crossed the line into addiction. And as with all addictions, secrecy is the incubator of the compulsive lifestyle. It’s not that men like Lauer, Weinstein, Conyers, and Franken want to battle such ferocious demons. It’s just too hard to overcome in secret.  Sins of darkness cannot be solved in darkness. Jesus said, “There is nothing done in darkness that will not be revealed in the light” (Luke 8:17). For the perpetrator, his exposure is both his worst fear and his very best friend. The reason our sins “find us out” (Numbers 32:23) is not one of judgment, but mercy. God knows that we can only get well in the light. Patrick Carnes, perhaps the foremost expert on sex addiction, says it like this: “The addictive system uses secrecy as a shield. Addiction thrives on secrecy.” God would tell Matt Lauer, “What you have done behind closed doors, I will expose in the light of day – not so you can lose your reputation – but so you can find it.” If he opens himself to God’s grace, Lauer will look back one day and see the day of his exposure as the best day of his life.

3. What you took a lifetime to build can be lost in a moment.

Will Rogers famously said, “It takes a lifetime to build your reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.” Case #1 – David (adultery with Bathsheba). Case #2 – Noah (drunk and naked before his children). Case #3 – Peter (denied Christ three times). Case #4 – Matt Lauer. What is built for 30-40 years can be lost in a moment. But God would tell Lauer – and you and me – that this is not all bad. He would tell Lauer, “You no longer have the ability to write the start of your personal story, but you can still write the ending.”

4. Pride precedes fall.

God would tell Matt Lauer what he has already said in his Word. “Pride comes before fall” (Proverbs 11:2). One of the things all the men who have recently been disgraced in the nightly news have shared in common is power. Matt Lauer is – or was – a powerful man. His mere presence on The Today Show made NBC hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And in turn, they made him the highest paid newsman on television. But power is more often our enemy than our friend. What Abraham Lincoln said over 150 years ago still resonates today: “Nearly all men can stand adversity; but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” NBC gave Matt Lauer power – lots of power. But the higher the pedestal, the greater the fall.

5. The Mike Pence Rule is a good idea.

When Vice President Mike Pence shared the boundary he has erected to protect his integrity, the media scoffed. His rule is simple – never be alone with a woman other than your wife and never be in a room where alcohol is served without your wife there also. Billy Graham lived by this standard, and so did his entire team. It was called the Modesto Manifesto. And now in his 100th year, Graham has never had a hint of personal sexual scandal. Graham once said, “It’s not that I don’t trust the women; I don’t trust myself.” If Matt Lauer, John Conyers, and the rest had followed the “Pence Rule,” their stories would have played out much differently. The same is true of each of us.

6. Get help!

God would tell Matt Lauer it is never too late to seek help. The Bible says, “They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of distress” (Psalm 107:28). The First Step of recovery is to admit one’s powerlessness over his struggles. Yes, Matt Lauer crossed some clear lines. Yes, he has lost his job and his reputation. And yes, of all the paths he may take in the future, the road of recovery will be the road less traveled. There are too many bumps along the road, not to mention exit ramps, for the road to be easy. But there is hope for Matt Lauer if he wants it. But he must really want it. Since their sexual indiscretions were made public, rumors have resurfaced that suggest Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods have not taken their recovery seriously. It is hard to begin the journey, still harder to stay on it. Matt Lauer has apologized. He has admitted personal failings and faults. But will he really seek help for his problems? Will he make amends? Will he put his recovery before anything else? We will know soon. God would say to Matt Lauer, “Seeking help is a good thing, not a bad thing.” To quote Les Brown, “We ask for help, not because we are weak, but because we are strong.” Whether or not Matt Lauer is strong enough to know he is weak, smart enough to know he is not so smart, and helpless enough to know he needs help – will determine how his story ends.

Yes, God has something to say to Matt Lauer. But is he ready to listen? He needs help – help he probably would have never sought until God gave him the gift of exposing his sins. I pray he gets help. He suddenly has a three-hour hole in his daily schedule, Monday through Friday. If he uses his time to get well, he may never return to the fame he once enjoyed. But what God has before him is so much better than what lies behind him. What would God say to Matt Lauer? “Matt, the rest of your life can be the best of your life. But you’ve got to want it – more than you’ve ever wanted anything before.”

The Rushmore Report: MSNBC – Funniest Fake News Ever!

For the past year, President Donald Trump has railed against what he calls “fake news.” And he has made no secret of who these fake news sources are: The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Whether or not his claims have been valid has been a topic of debate. But what they just did at MSNBC removes all doubt. MSNBC just committed fake news in as clear – and hilarious – a way imaginable.

It seems the folks over at “Morning Joe” thought it would be good to be the only major television news outlet to broadcast a live show with their normal anchors – the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is a holiday. Viewership is always down. So while other networks ran out their “B” teams – consisting of lesser known anchors – viewers who tuned into “Morning Joe” were surprisingly treated to their top anchors: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Mika led with “Day after Thanksgiving! Hoo! I’m stuffed. I always cook the turkey with the guts in it!”

Co-host Willie Geist chimed in, “Joe didn’t notice. He ate the bag.” [Joe is married to Mika, which explains Willie’s comment.]

For his part, Joe even commented on how he enjoyed the Thanksgiving football games. Turning to guest Rick Tyler, he asked, “So how was your Thanksgiving?”

“Very successful,” said Tyler.

There was just one problem. The entire show was taped earlier in the week. MSNBC would have successfully carried off the charade – if not for a viewer. (Yes, they still have a viewer.)

An anonymous viewer noticed that this “live” show on Friday had no news coverage of any events of the past two days – most notably the terrorist attack on the Egyptian mosque. The viewer contacted the Washington Post, who reluctantly admitted the scheme by their related network.

An MSNBC executive confirmed the show wasn’t live. But, he said, “There was no intention to trick viewers. Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer? Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”

Actually, what’s not typically done is for an organization masquerading as a news network to openly and intentionally deceive its viewers into believing a recorded news program is actually live.

To quote columnist Timothy Meads, “You have to wonder, if MSNBC is willing to be dishonest about something as trivial as a post-Thanksgiving morning show, what else are they hiding?”

The Rushmore Report: The 20 Richest Americans

2017 has been another good year for the wealthiest people in America, as the price of admission to the country’s most exclusive club jumped by nearly 18 percent. The minimum net worth to make The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans is now a record $2 billion, up from $1.7 billion a year ago. The group’s total net worth climbed to $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion, and the average worth rose to $6.7 billion.

Here is the list of the 20 wealthiest Americans, along with how they made their money. Try not to be jealous!

  1. Bill Gates – $89 billion (Microsoft)
  2. Jeff Bezos – $81.5 billion (Amazon)
  3. Warren Buffet – $78 billion (Berkshire Hathaway)
  4. Mark Zuckerberg – $71 billion (Facebook)
  5. Larry Ellison – $59 billion (Oracle)
  6. Charles Koch – $48.5 billion (diversified)
  7. David Koch – $48.5 billion (diversified)
  8. Michael Bloomberg – $46.8 billion (Bloomberg LP)
  9. Larry Page – $44.6 billion (Google)
  10. Sergey Brin – $43.4 billion (Google)
  11. Jim Walton – $38.4 billion (Walmart)
  12. Robson Walton – $38.3 billion (Walmart)
  13. Alice Walton – $38.2 billion (Walmart)
  14. Sheldon Adelson – $35.4 billion (Las Vegas Sands)
  15. Steve Ballmer – $33.6 billion (Microsoft)
  16. Jacqueline Mars – $25.5 billion (candy, pet food)
  17. John Mars – $25.5 billion (candy, pet food)
  18. Phil Knight – $25.2 billion (Nike)
  19. Michael Dell – $23.2 billion (Dell Computer)
  20. George Soros – $23 billion (hedge funds)