First here is a quick word about the Tesla electric car company. Breitbart News reports:
Tesla finally confirmed that the company’s “Solar” division will end a partnership with Home Depot and close about 20 percent of its installation centers.
Tesla’s stock price fell by 4 percent on Friday and has fallen almost 11 percent since Monday, as the company has been hit with a week of negative news stories.
The tough week was capped by what Reuters called an “exclusive” employee leak late Thursday evening, claiming that Tesla’s Solar division had targeted closing 13 to 14 installation locations in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Arizona and Delaware.
After the close of Wall Street trading on Friday, Tesla confirmed to the ARS Technica website that the Tesla Solar layoffs are part of a 9 percent staff reduction, or about 3,300 workers, and that the company is terminating its “Solar Renewable Energy System” partnership with Home Depot by year’s end.
… Tesla Solar is the successor to SolarCity, which Tesla acquired for $2.6 billion in 2016, despite SolarCity’s cash outflow rising from $790 million in 2015 to $867 million in the first half of 2016 alone.
This story once again proves the fraud of solar energy and electric cars. The Tesla electric car company has consumed billions in taxpayer subsidies. Solar energy and other forms of ‘green’ energy like windmills have consumed hundreds of billions. Neither can stand on their own in the free market.
Meanwhile oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear energy have powered the world for centuries with no subsidies at all. They have in fact created great wealth.
It is time to end all government subsidies for solar energy, windmills, electric cars and ethanol (alcohol) fuel. They are contributing nothing to our well-being and consuming our wealth at the same time.
Now here is today’s main commentary:
Obama Already is Meddling in Politics Big Time
There is an unwritten “rule” or tradition that says that American presidents are supposed to fade into the background after they finish their tenure in the White House, that they should remain mostly silent, write books, make only occasional public appearances, refrain from commenting on the policies and actions of their predecessors, and let history judge them and their presidencies.
Over the last few decades Republican presidents like Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and George W. Bush all played by the “rule”. But Democrats Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have not.
The question is: Why is there such a difference by party affiliation?
And the answer is that rules and decorum are virtually always ignored by Democrats. They have one goal – political power – and they do whatever they need to do to get it, keep it and keep their party in power, including activist presidents staying in the spotlight after the White House.
Bill Clinton has obviously been the worst offender but has ironically paid a huge political price for it. Clinton is no longer the invincible figure that he once was. Clinton keeps trying to rehabilitate his image which was tarnished by impeachment, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the general cloud of sleaze over him and his wife. But he just keeps getting sucked into the quicksand with controversial statements and brazen politicking, like in 2008 and 2016 for his wife’s candidacy for president. Many Democrats want both of the Clintons to go away.
Jimmy Carter is a close second. Carter has been desperately seeking to rehabilitate his image after it was trashed when he lost to Ronald Reagan in November 1980 after one term in office. Reagan won 44 electoral states, a severe rebuke to Carter’s weak leadership. Carter has repeatedly trashed Trump.
Then we have Barack Obama. He just left office on January 20, 2017 yet already we have heard him repeatedly commenting on Trump policies and interjecting his opinions in public forums and interviews.
A writer named Edward-Isaac Dovere recently posted an article called Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders on the Politico website about a new level of Obama meddling. That article is excerpted here, with a Nikitas3.com comment after each excerpt:
Dovere writes: Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office.
All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.
Nikitas3.com comment: Wow. NINE potential candidates… This is not your garden-variety, part-time meddling. This is full-blown meddling and it is going to get worse as time passes. No wonder Obama wants to keep it quiet.
This is happening because Obama is the most craven political animal in American history. Obama expected Hillary to win in 2016 to back up his legacy but now he needs to meddle extensively in order to seek to right the listing ship of his presidency after Trump policies are virtually extinguishing the existence of Obama’s eight years in the White House.
About Obama’s re-emergence, one Democrat strategist said, “There’s f***ing no one else. Bill Clinton is toxic, (former president Jimmy) Carter is too old, and there’s no one else around for miles.”
Wonderful… wonderful… It’s great to watch the loons tumble into insanity and confusion as their party falls apart precisely as they claim that Trump is destroying the Republicans (which he isn’t. He is saving them).
Dovere writes: The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.
Nikitas3.com comment: Notice that Obama’s office in the same building as the ‘green’ group. Also notice that Obama is called “the reluctant leader of the Democratic party”. This is because he expected Hillary to take over, and Bill too, but Trump ended that, and nobody else has the stature of Obama.
Meanwhile Hillary’s and Bill’s standing in the Democrat party and among Americans is so bad after Hillary’s loss that Obama has found it necessary to get back in the game prominently.
You can imagine how angry Obama is about the Clintons screwing up, particularly after bad blood between the two camps developed in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Dovere writes: But Obama is concerned about how his own party is responding (to Trump), and how it can be best positioned to win in the midterms and in the next presidential cycle to beat back the president and his politics.
Nikitas3.com comment: He should be very concerned. The Democrats are headed for another beating in November and Obama has only himself to blame. He dragged the party over to the far left, where it is getting creamed. The Democrats’ anticipated “blue wave” election rout expected this November has fizzled out.
Dovere writes: (Obama and Bernie Sanders) talked about the future of the party and their different roles in it. They talked about what the party should be focused on, and what would be distractions. Obama discussed his views on the differences between idealism and practicality, and Sanders responded with his.
Nikitas3.com comment: Yes, two extremists talking about the future of the Democrat party. Somehow this is not going to be productive. America suffered under Obama and Vermont has suffered for decades under Sanders-type socialism. The Democrat party needs to distance itself from these two, but it won’t. They now dominate the party. This is why Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020.
Dovere writes: The meeting with (Elizabeth) Warren was Obama’s second since leaving office, according to people who know about both encounters. The first was in the spring of 2017 after Warren said she was “troubled” by the $400,000 Obama was getting to speak at a Wall Street investment firm, describing it as an example of the influence of money that she called “a snake that slithers through Washington.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Warren is an idiot. She can never win. She is far too extreme and tarnished with the ‘Pocahontas’ label. She is literally a joke. Just the sight of her brings out the comedians and she will never be able to shake it. Trump would destroy her in a one-on-one campaign since he is not afraid to play hardball and make fun of her. Ridicule is one of the most powerful tools of a politician.
Dovere writes: Obama and Biden remain personally close and speak by phone, and the former vice president also came by for an in-person meeting in January. He’s waiting until after the midterms to make a decision on 2020, though many people see him as leaning toward it. The 2020 race and what Biden’s going to do haven’t come up in those discussions, though, with Obama waiting on his friend to make a decision, according to people who have been briefed on their conversations.
Nikitas3.com comment: There are videos on YouTube that will end Biden’s candidacy. Type in ‘creepy Joe Biden’ to see them. They show Biden stroking little girls’ hair and kissing them and hugging them and talking to them like a dirty old man. He even puts his hand on two little girls’ breasts. These images show Biden committing crimes.
Dovere writes: (Deval) Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor and personal friend whom Obama and many in his inner circle are eager to see get into the 2020 race — and who has recently been making rumblings that he very well might — has been in to the office too. Patrick, though, is on the board of the Obama Foundation, giving them at least an outward reason for the meeting beyond politics.
“The president was generous with his time and advice, and he was excited to talk about the future,” said one person familiar with one of the meetings.
Nikitas3.com comment: Deval Patrick is a lightweight. Massachusetts did poorly under his governorship (2007 to 2015) just like America did poorly under Obama’s presidency. Obama wore out the ‘first black president’ welcome so Patrick would have a hard time being the “second black president”. Trump would hammer Patrick as a political do-nothing and a weakling.
Dovere writes: Many of the conversations have circled around Obama holding forth about how much Democrats should be heading into the midterms talking about the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election versus focusing on kitchen table issues. Don’t chase the shiny objects, he tells them. Don’t hyperventilate over the flash of any tweet. Think about what’s going to stick in the long term.
Nikitas3.com comment: Trump already has the economy covered after Obama screwed it up. Democrats should forget about 2020; Trump has it in the bag. Obama is the last one who should be pontificating on how to win. His crippled legacy lost big time in 2016.
Dovere writes: This has all happened against the backdrop of Obama’s continuing work on his memoir, which he fell behind schedule on writing and for which he does not yet have a release date. He’s also been doing major fundraising for his foundation, and building out a stronger sense of what sort of programs it should have to fulfill his vision of it as a social organizing engine for creating more good in the world. And he’s continued to make those very well-paid speeches.
Nikitas3.com comment: Obama is getting $60 million for his memoir. That is simply a huge gift from the left-wing publishing industry, money that never will be recouped by book sales. Now he’s starting a foundation and making big bucks from his speeches. He learned from the Clintons how to create an obscene cash cow for himself in classic Democrat style.
Dovere writes: On the road and over the phone, major donors and other panicked Democrats have been pushing him to take on a bigger public role in the fight against Trump. He has demurred on that — for now — keeping to his plan of waiting until the fall to begin making endorsements and campaign appearances.
In private, it’s a different story. He’s urged donors to contribute to the Democratic National Committee. And he’s been eager to bring in many of the people he sees as key players in grappling with the crisis the party is in, as well as leading it to whatever comes next. His staff is building out his plan to start endorsing and hitting the campaign trail in the fall, with an emphasis on down-ballot races.
Nikitas3.com comment: He should definitely concentrate on down-ballot races. The Senate and House are lost causes. Republicans will maintain majority control in both in the November elections, predicts Nikitas3.com.
Dovere writes: Meanwhile, people who have been told about other meetings confirmed that they’re going on with some of the lesser known potential 2020 candidates, too. Mitch Landrieu, the former New Orleans mayor being urged to run for president — including by some Obama alumni — sat with the former president in the fall. Jason Kander, the failed 2016 Missouri Senate candidate who’s looking at making an against-all-odds White House run, stopped by in January. And Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s thinking of a run of his own, was in to see Obama at the end of last year.
Nikitas3.com comment: This is just what the Democrats do not need – a huge field of 20 to 30 candidates, which is being anticipated. This could include 10 or 15 small fish squabbling over the issues including a gay mayor named Buttigieg. As the Democrat primary candidates tear each other up during the Spring of 2020 Trump will be watching it all and making snarky comments from the White House. And loving every minute of it.
Dovere writes: Obama’s also met with Eric Holder to talk about the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, but the chatter that the former attorney general has kept going about how he might actually run for president himself hasn’t been at the forefront of those conversations, said people told about those conversations.
Nikitas3.com comment: President Trump would savage Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal and many other issues. Holder could never beat Trump. Holder is way too far over on the left.
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