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Politico: Speaker Ryan seeks a return to private life after this term

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The news site Politico reported Thursday that Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) plans to retire from Congress at the end of this term.

He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress. This would give Ryan a final legislative year to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority—all with the benefit of averting an ugly internecine power struggle during election season. Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intraparty debates over “micro-tactics,” and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year would allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full time before they begin flying the nest. The best part of this scenario, people close to the speaker emphasize: He wouldn’t have to share the ballot with Trump again in 2020.

Ryan was an improbable choice for speaker, when he stepped up in October 2015 as the establishment’s last-ditch effort to block House conservatives from electing one of their own. At the time, the Wisconsin congressman had just taken over the Ways and Means Committee and was gearing up to overhaul the federal tax code for the first time since 1986.

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In his two years, the speaker’s tenure has been marked by infighting and frustration, despite enjoying the largest Republican House majority in more than 80 years. Barring any unexpected victories, Ryan’s great achievements will have been bringing back the Export-Import Bank, a $350 highway pork bill and engineering a soft landing for the class of Puerto Rican bondholders represented by New York City billionaire Paul Singer, a major contributor to PAC’s associated with the speaker.

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Given the unhappy state of the GOP House Conference, Ryan’s decision could not be described as a surprise. As the above excerpt plainly shows, the speaker and his circle have contempt for the conservatives, who make up the majority of the conference and President Donald J. Trump. Ryan’s wife, Janna, the one who grounds him, is a one-time lobbyist and the scioness of Oklahoma’s liberal Democratic Boren family.

Even in the summer, as Ryan struggled to hold together his 200-day legislative program that was supposed to have seen Obamacare repealed and replaced and tax reform complete by Labor Day, there was talk of Ryan moving on–talk that was disrupted by the June 14 shooting of Minority Whip Stephen J. Scalise (R.-La.).

Uncertainty surrounding Scalise’s recovery froze efforts to force Ryan out, because there was no way to negotiate with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) or to bring in House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark R. Meadows (R.-N.C.) or his predecessor Rep. James D. Jordan (R.-Ohio) or anyone else–when nobody was sure if there would be one opening in the top three or two–and it was beyond rude to bring up the subject as the Louisiana congressman fought for his life.

Among House conservatives, Jordan and Meadows are very popular, but the feeling is that Meadows is a better leader, while Jordan is more ideologically committed.

Ryan’s early announcement gives his moderate allies time to maneuver, but given Scalise’s rising political profile and his success passing the national concealed carry reciprocity bill, it is hard to deny Scalise the promotion to majority leader or even speaker, depending on the ambitions of McCarthy.

McCarthy is widely popular in the conference and he has put behind him the gossip that torpedoed his coronation as speaker in the fall of 2015 and forced Ryan to leave the committee chairmanship he had craved since his days as a young aide to Jack F. Kemp.

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RINO Maria Salazar Challenges Former Trump Advisor Steven Miller on America First Immigration Policy

This freshman is a dangerous RINO.

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Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) has barely been in the federal swamp for a month, and she is already working to undermine former president Donald Trump’s “America First” immigration agenda.

Salazar, who was a journalist with the fake news media before running for Congress, took aim at former Trump advisor Stephen Miller, who was credited as the force behind President Trump’s strongest immigration policies. She slammed Miller on a call with her House colleagues to ingratiate herself with the globalists and secure those fat Chamber of Koch checks.

Politico broke the news about the heated exchange between Salazar and Miller, which apparently continued in private as well:

Salazar is repeating her corporate-sponsored talking points, but President Trump proved her conventional wisdom wrong in 2020. Trump brought in Hispanics to the Republican Party unlike any political figure before him by standing for the rule of law against marauding Black Lives Matter terrorists and other left-wing thugs at war with civilization.

Big League Politics has reported on Hispanics supporting Trump because they understand the crime and degeneracy that illegal immigration brings to America:

The media constantly fear-mongered about president Donald Trump’s immigration policies ever since he declared his run for office and continued to do so well into his presidency.

The conventional wisdom was that these measures would repel Hispanics across the nation and turn them into a monolithic vote for the Democrat Party. 

That did not turn out to be the case in 2020. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner wrote that Trump’s immigration hawk policies “won broad bipartisan and Hispanic support in the election and even turned several border towns red for the first time in years.”

Per two reviews, a majority of Hispanics and Democrats were in favor of the Trump administration’s efforts to limit immigration during the Wuhan virus pandemic. Similarly, voters in southern border counties reacted negatively to the radical Left’s attacks levied against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform conducted a voter exit survey, where it found that 78 percent of those surveyed believe immigration was an “important” issue for them and played a huge role in who they ended up pulling the lever for. 80 percent supported Trump’s border closure to prevent the Wuhan virus from spreading.

Similarly, Zogby Analytics released a survey showing that 60 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of Democrats support Trump’s immigration reductions to protect American jobs. Zogby also found similar views among those surveyed about the cuts being good to “maintain our nation’s population.”

FAIR President Dan Stein believes that the election results serve as a warning to Joe Biden and his desire to open up the borders and pass an amnesty bill for the millions of illegal aliens residing in the U.S.

“The election results clearly do not indicate that President-elect Biden has a mandate to institute radical immigration policies being promoted by his party’s far-left wing that include erasing borders and flooding the country with millions of new legal and illegal immigrants,” Stein declared. The FAIR president cited a 76 percent supermajority of those surveyed who are in favor of immigration restriction.

By standing against immigration patriotism and the MAGA agenda, Salazar has exposed herself as a RINO. She will be promoted by the GOP establishment along other frauds like Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) as they attempt to nullify President Trump’s legacy.

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