The Palestinians are the “Mr. Irrelevant” of foreign policy

The last guy picked in the NFL draft is always dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant.” Meet Trey Quinn, wide receiver from SMU. He’ll get a lot of free press, but there’s little chance he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame.

For decades conventional wisdom has assured us that the Palestinians were the key to Mideast peace. Their every whim was reported, analyzed, extrapolated, and most of all respected. Then along came Donald Trump, and as it turns out Jared Kushner, together with a fellow colloquially known as “MBS,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

In a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York on March 27th, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) gave harsh criticism of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), according to an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in New York, as well three sources — Israeli and American — who were briefed about the meeting.

The bottom line of the crown prince’s criticism: Palestinian leadership needs to finally take the proposals it gets from the U.S. or stop complaining.

Wow.

He made clear the Palestinian issue was not a top priority for the Saudi government or Saudi public opinion. MBS said Saudi Arabia “has much more urgent and important issues to deal with” like confronting Iran’s influence in the region.

In other words, the Palestinians are irrelevant. They got a lot of free press. But they’re basically a footnote to history.

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Cory Booker is a partisan hack

Cory Booker: I won’t confirm Mike Pompeo as SoS because of his stance on gay marriage.

Also Cory Booker: I won’t confirm Richard Grenell as ambassador to Germany, even though he’s openly gay.

He’s a Democrat. If they didn’t have double standards they’d have no standards at all.

Feets don’t fail me now! “GOP’s SALT cap may speed exodus from high-tax states, report says”

Do high state and local taxes chase people away?

Is the pope Catholic?

As if you needed more proof, but here’s a report which discovered the obvious.

Over the past decade, about 3.5 million Americans have relocated from high-tax blue states like California and those in the Northeast, to low-tax red states like Texas and Arizona — and the change is likely to accelerate.

So say Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, co-authors of a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, in a Wall Street Journal essay.

Laffer and Moore estimate that both California and New York will lose on net about 800,000 over the next three years, roughly double from the previous three years, while Connecticut, New Jersey and Minnesota combined with lose around 500,000 people in the same period.

Get out while the getting is good!

Hey, did I mention that Phil Murphy is just itching to raise taxes in New Jersey?

Texas or bust!

Ford to cut car lineup to just 2 models. Say goodbye to Fusion, Taurus

The only reason these car lines existed was to meet the ridiculous Obama-era CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. Buyers never wanted them so they languished on dealer lots just to please the eco-warriors. Now that Scott Pruitt has rescinded those regulations there is no reason for Ford (or any other car company) to continue wasting money building them.

Full story here.

Phil Murphy is itching to tax you, me, and the guy behind the tree

The Democrat-controlled NJ state legislature isn’t raising taxes fast enough for Phil Murphy.

With about two months to go until a state budget must be signed, Murphy signaled to top state lawmakers — who hail from his own party — to get on board with his plans to raise taxes because it’s “the right thing to do.”

Now here’s why I needed to get back to this blogging thing. Write this down folks, in case you ever forget. Raising taxes is never, and I mean never!, “the right thing to do.” Honest. You should print it on T shirts. Because anyone who thinks we don’t have enough government is delusional. There’s government as far as the eye can see, and there’s government hiding in every nook and cranny around the corner too. We don’t need higher taxes. We need to cut government spending. Preferably with a chain saw.

Alas the moocher class got their designer shorts in a knot over Chris Christie closing a bridge and they rejected a perfectly reasonable moderate GOP woman in favor of a radical progressive BernieBot. Smurph’s got all kinds of grandiose plans to hand out “free” stuff off the backs of the working class. Free community college. Free day care. Free pre-school. Free everything for illegal aliens. He told you he was gonna pay for it all with magic unicorns; turns out you’re going to be the ones paying for it instead.

Ayup, Chris Christie’s sales tax cut is a goner. C’mon, you didn’t really think the Dems would take that money off the table, did you? And they’re gonna extend the sales tax to all your hipster gig services like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb. That’s what you get when you vote for Democrats. They promise you the moon, then they pick your pocket.

Bend over Jersey. Phil Murphy’s in charge now and you haven’t begun to pay your fair share.

 

WyBlog, The Sequel?

I’m thinking of restarting the blog. Maybe not WyBlog, it’s old and cranky and slow and it ran its course. But Instapundit recently suggested that folks need to get off social media and back to blogging, because face it, Facebook and Twitter and Google hate conservatives. Really hate them. I mean “us.”

So what’s a guy to do? Well, I’ve got this site, languishing from the last blog platform upheaval (anyone remember Posterous?) and it’s either resurrect this, or shudder!, move to Tumblr.

WordPress is still cool. Tumblr, isn’t.

So, here goes. No guarantees. I probably won’t post every day. Or I might post 10 things in a row. Who knows? I do have a cool new phone (Samsung Galaxy S9+) and it’s got a convenient “share to WordPress” button that looks interesting. I could blog on the bus! I could blog during meetings! And maybe while I’m on conference calls! I could blog on the can! (TMI, dude…) I could blog while I eat green eggs and ham! (Uh, no thanks) Or just during lunch.

Yeah, lunch. that’s the ticket. Watch out for mayo stains on your comments. Always remember that objects in mirror are closer than they appear. And the Man From Wy is back on the air.