Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on Democratic Spending and the 2022 Red Wave

Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on Democratic Spending and the 2022 Red Wave

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss where the irresponsible Democratic spending stands on both infrastructure and tax bills and the upcoming red wave of 2022.

Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by our Washington Correspondent for the Star News Network, Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil.

McCabe: Michael, very good to be with you, sir.

Leahy: Is there anything in the Democratic dictionary when you go look up infrastructure, is there anything that’s not included in that definition?

McCabe: Yes. Highways, roads, and bridges. (Laughter)

Carmichael: Now that’s funny.

Leahy: That is very good.

Carmichael: Very quick. (Laughter)

Leahy: You just made our day here, Neil. (Laughs) So, Neil, let me ask you this.

McCabe: This is why you bring me on board here. I’m good at my job. This is my function. I deliver the mail.

Leahy: So where is that boondoggle? How many trillion dollars is this infrastructure bill that’s basically a bunch of Democratic slush fund monies for liberal groups. Where does that stand now?

McCabe: I think it’s in really big trouble right now because three big reasons. Number one, the Republican moderates, especially those 10 moderate senators who are going to the White House and meeting with the President they have now come forward and say we’re sick of being used. The president uses us as props, and we were embarrassed and we’ve had no input. And we’re tired of being props. And that took two months.

So that didn’t take long for these guys to figure that out. The second problem is that they’re running out of runway on their calendar. Remember, the Biden administration went with the soft opening. They haven’t had a joint address to Congress yet. Now comes word that Nancy Pelosi the Speaker has invited Biden to speak to a joint session of Congress on April 28. We talked a while ago when I said the earliest it was going to be like this week.

So I wasn’t that far off. The problem is after July 4 nothing gets done until people get back from Labor Day. And then you’ve got the budget crisis because it’s the end of the fiscal year. They don’t have the runway to get done what they needed to do. And one of your clues about that is that at the press conference, Biden said that he was going to put forward his gun legislation after he got infrastructure done because he wanted to do everything at the right time.

And he wanted to schedule everything. He said that the part of presidential leadership is doing everything step by step. And then they panicked and then released their gun agenda and infrastructure isn’t in the bank yet. The third thing that’s going to really hurt that infrastructure bill is the fact that people in Washington are now very much aware that there is severe inflation on the horizon. We’re seeing it in home prices.

We’re seeing it in commodity prices. We’re seeing it in gas prices. There is price inflation. A lot of this rise in the stock market is not attributed to increases in productivity, innovation or future earnings it’s just sheer inflation. And one of the problems that you’re going to run into is that the more you spend like crazy, you’re going to continue to feed that inflation with that big COVID bill that they pushed through.

There was an argument that Trump’s government spending was responsible for that inflation. When Biden pushed through that COVID bill and then now talking about this infrastructure bill and his other spending bill, he is going to own the inflation that is going to come from all of this spending.

Carmichael: Neil, add to that their proposed tax bill, which essentially when you get to the fundamental understanding of the way the Democrats are thinking is they want to spend trillions of dollars from Washington, and they want to suck trillions of dollars from the private sector. So they’re essentially becoming for lack of a better term a kind of a fascist of government where Washington is in league with certain industries in the private sector. And I think the tax bill is also in tremendous trouble. And it should be. What do you think about that?

McCabe: What’s going to kill the tax bill is that everyone knows that there’s a red wave coming. Everyone knows that the polls severely undercounted or underrepresented the strength of Trump, especially with the irregular voters. And they’re sort of the unlikely voters who all showed up. So people are very scared of what Trump is going to be able to do.

Leahy: You mean Biden.

McCabe: I mean, Trump is going to be able to deliver.

Leahy: In the 2022 midterm. Thanks.

McCabe: Everyone everyone knows that Trump is out there. He’s not being treated like an ex-President. Believe me, I’m old enough to remember. Nobody was afraid of ex-President Jimmy Carter. No one was afraid of ex-President George H.W. Bush. Nobody was impeaching George H.W. Bush because they were afraid he was going to run again. Okay, that was clear very quickly. He was never running again. But Trump is active and he is there.

And the Democrats know they have one shot at smash and grab. The problem is if they do a smash and grab tax bill, the thing they have to fix is the limit on the deductibility of property taxes in these states, especially in the Northeast, where the property in California, where the property taxes are so high and that’s capped, I think the cap is what $10,000 from the 2017 tax bill? And that is really hurting the Democratic machines in New Jersey and New York and Massachusetts and Connecticut.

And people, can’t deduct their property taxes anymore. So what you have is what was happening before is the rest of the country was subsidizing the high taxes in the Northeast and these blue states, and they’re desperate to fix that. No Democrat in Colorado or Arizona or New Mexico or Missouri is going to defend cutting the taxes of rich people in New York.

Leahy: Last question for you, Neil from Crom.

Carmichael: I think Neil hit it right on the head on that because that’s called the salt. The state and local taxes. And they’re only about six states that get pounded by state and local taxes. But that’s because the Democrats in those states tax their citizens at such high rates, and especially the rich. And so I’m with you.

They’re not going to be the Democrat senators from the states with relatively low taxes. If they do vote to repeal taxes, give billionaires in high tax states tax breaks then they’ll be facing a rough midterm. Do you know how the Republicans are doing in recruiting candidates for the House and Senate?

McCabe: This is going to be a great recruiting year for Senate races and House races for the Republicans going into these midterms. And remember that with Trump, he wasn’t personally popular, but his policies were. Biden is personally popular, but his program and agenda are not. And if the Republicans focus on the agenda, they will crush the Democrats.

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Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Updates on Woman at the Border Blocking Senators and Kamala’s Awaiting Presidency

Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe Updates on Woman at the Border Blocking Senators and Kamala’s Awaiting Presidency

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss the unmasking and verification of the woman that blocked Senator Ted Cruz’s right to film migrants at the detention facilities on the southern border and a Harris presidency waiting in the wings.

Leahy: In studio with us is state Senator Mark Pody, the original all-star panelist, Crom Carmichael. On the newsmaker line, breaking stories left and right our Washington correspondent Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil.

McCabe: Hey. Good morning, guys. Really good to be with you, Mark and Crom.

Leahy: So I was not in the studio on Wednesday. I just have to give a note of congratulations to you, Neil for breaking that great story about John Kerry, former Secretary of State, of whom we captured a photo of him on a plane not wearing a mask, which is, of course, something that Joe Biden says you can’t do. The regulations say you can’t do it. But we got that photo that was all over the place two weeks ago for about 48 hours. It was the only picture that apparently you could see on Fox News. And it was a Tennessee Star breaking story. Congratulations on that get.

McCabe: Wasn’t that fun, Mike? And it’s always funny when you’re working with you and Christina before a story posts, you think you have something, but you’re not really sure. And it’s like we reached out to American Airlines. They came back to us and they said, what was the flight number? I told them what flight it was, and they passed our deadline. We gave them another 15 minutes. But you just can’t hold that thing forever. And once it took off, it just took off.

Leahy: It really did. It’s been the most-watched or viewed story in the history of The Tennessee Star. It was hundreds and hundreds of thousands of page views. So good job on that. Now we have another story. We are giving the other side an opportunity to respond. They haven’t responded yet, but we’re about to break a story today. Again, you’re breaking another story. We have apparently the identity of the woman who was blocking Senator Ted Cruz from taking videos of the young kids in these, I don’t know what you call them. In very terrible circumstances on the border detention centers.

McCabe: They are detention centers and it’s a horrible situation. I read yesterday that there are now more migrant children in custody under Biden than there ever was during the peak of Trump. And they just keep coming. And this woman was going left when Cruz’s camera went left. She went right when he went right.

And she quite literally was violating the constitution. A senator has a constitutional obligation for oversight. And the idea that somebody in the executive branch would jump in front of somebody’s camera while he’s trying to narrate a video and keeps interrupting him and talking over him. If she is willing to do that to a U.S. Senator, you can imagine what they’ve been doing behind the scenes to reporters.

Leahy: Exactly. And, Neil, we’ve had this story since, I think, Sunday night. And we know the identity. We have given the Department of Homeland Security plenty of time to confirm or deny. And I think we’ve given them until nine o’clock this morning. To borrow the old Howie Carr line, when the phone didn’t ring, we knew it was the Department of Homeland Security calling back to confirm or deny the identity of this person. Crom Carmichael.

Carmichael: What you’re doing is you’re giving the Department of Homeland Security the opportunity to deny that you have correctly identified this person.

Leahy: We are doing that.

Carmichael: You’re not asking for confirmation or they could confirm it? You are at least giving them a chance to say no. I’m sorry. You got the wrong name.

Leahy: Exactly right.

Carmichael: Neil, is this person an employee of the Department of Homeland Security?

McCabe: Absolutely.

Carmichael: So it wasn’t somebody from the Biden administration sent down there to tag along with the senators and try to disrupt them?

McCabe: Yeah, she’s a political minder. She’s like a commissar who’s been sent alongside the delegation and it’s her job to sort of corral.

Carmichael: So she did travel. She wasn’t somebody who worked there with those children day in, day out. She traveled down. Interesting.

McCabe: No, no, no. If we have ID her correctly, and I believe we have, she’s someone who’s from Texas, but someone who works in a very senior position in the Obama administration in the Customs and Border Protection. And she has returned to a similar position at Customs and Border Protection. So she is working in Washington. Ted Cruz already said at his press conference that she went to another Senator and demanded that he delete the photos that he had taken and threatened that if he did not delete them, she would throw them all out of the facility.

Leahy: Under what legal authority was that, Neil?

McCabe: No idea. (Leahy chuckles) Michael, we asked them what was her role and what rules were they supposed to be following? Now I will say that it is considered a violation of people’s rights if someone is in a refugee or detention or prisoner status, you’re not supposed to exploit them, which is why Cruz made the point that he would blur their faces. But other than blurring the faces of children that are only for propriety.

My view is if I can see and I’m on the sidewalk and I see something, I can take a picture of what I see. It’s not a secret. But we’ll see what happens when this thing launches. I also want to say with Biden coming out with a new tax increase and he’s putting that in front of the infrastructure bill that he’s going to release. And then he’s got behind that a gun confiscation or a big restriction of gun rights bill coming up.

And Biden is really loading some barrels onto that wagon and he doesn’t have the horses to pull it. He’s absolutely running out of time. I’ve said this before. He hasn’t yet addressed Congress. He does not yet have a director of Office and Budget Management confirmed. They haven’t even nominated secretaries of the Army and the Air Force and a slew of other positions. And Nancy Pelosi has a five-seat margin in the House. That is very very high. And as these Democrats look at the polls, and they look at that red wave that’s coming in 2022, they’re not going to go down with the Biden ship.

Leahy: But the good news, of course, is that the legal but not legitimate occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Joe Biden has given an assignment to Vice President Kamala Harris, which is to go down to the border. What’s happened with that assignment?

McCabe: Yeah, she’s pretending she never got that assignment, and it’s a very interesting dynamic. And it happened a lot sooner than I expected is that you are now seeing the Biden and the Harris camps really develop into factions. And now you’re seeing some embarrassing leaks about Harris that she’s supposedly uncomfortable at Blair House. She’s impatient to get into her mansion. And that sort of comes from the Biden people.

And wait for the Harris people to start leaking. And remember, Harris’s sister, Maya Harris is married to Tony West, who is number three in the Obama Justice Department and who was basically in the running to replace or take the place instead of it going to Loretta Lynch. Loretta Lynch got that top job. But Tony West is very much a part of that Obama legal machine. And in Maya Harris was very much running her sister Kamala’s campaign. There is a government waiting that is centered around Kamala Harris. And the Biden people are showing that they don’t want to leave or be pushed out so quickly.

Leahy: Deliver us oh, Lord, from a Kamala Harris administration. That’s my prayer for today. Neil McCabe thank you so much for joining us. We’ll talk to you next week at the same time.

McCabe: Thanks, Michael. Be good.

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Star News Network’s Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on House Anti-Gun Vote and If Biden Will Fall or Fail in Upcoming Press Conference

Star News Network’s Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on House Anti-Gun Vote and If Biden Will Fall or Fail in Upcoming Press Conference

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil W. McCabe to the newsmakers line to weigh in on the potential anti-gun vote in the House and whether or not President Biden will fall and fail at tomorrow’s press conference.

Cunningham: Crom, we’ve got Neil back on the line. Neil thanks so much for calling in again. I know you are overseas. Hopefully, you can hear us ok.

McCabe: Absolutely.

Cuningham: Great.

McCabe: Let me just say that obviously, what’s gripping Washington right now is the shooting in Boulder, Colorado. And President Joe Biden is now coming out of the shadows. He has been hesitant to make a push to restrict gun rights, but he feels the confidence to exploit the crisis and make that push. And he’s going to run into some significant headwinds in the Democratic Party. You were talking before about Joe Manchin.

There are five Democratic senators who are up in 2022 who won with less than 52 percent of the vote. I’ll just read them off for you: Colorado, Mike Bennett, New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan, Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, Arizona, Mark Kelly, and then Georgia, Raphael Warnock. These are five senators in culturally conservative states who do not want to take a gun vote.

And Schumer has been very good about protecting his Democratic senators from having to take bad votes on abortion, immigration and guns. And so it’ll be very tricky to see if the president pushes this thing. It will go through the House and Nancy Pelosi has a tight grip on the House. She will pass whatever she wants to restrict gun rights in the House. But those are five senators right there who do not want to take an anti-gun vote.

Cunningham: Can we depend on the Republicans to stay with us?

McCabe: There’s always going to be Republicans who flake. Of course, the Republican leadership, the staffers, and the consultants they’re all culturally left-wing. They are opposed to gun rights. They think that people who support gun rights are nut jobs. And so they’re personally hostile to it. And there’s a lot of social pressure in Washington, D.C. to sort of go along to get along. But as I’ve said this before, I wouldn’t count on McConnell to advance anything from step one to step two.

Cunningham: Hallelujah.

McCabe: But on defense, there is no equal. And so if McConnell can hold the line long enough so that these Democrats start to flake, that’s where you’re going to have a problem because there’s a razor-sharp margin in the House. And it’s more so in the Senate and they might run into some problems. The other problem you run into is that Biden hasn’t even given a State of Union address.

And so that’s supposed to be the kick-off of his legislative season. The Biden administration is running out of runway. And I’ve written about this in The Tennessee Star, and I’ve talked about it before. But this three trillion-dollar infrastructure bill, there just isn’t enough runway to get it done. And so your program is already getting stalled out.

You’re already running into problems where he’s having trouble getting his people confirmed. He doesn’t even have a confirmed director of Office of Management and Budget. And to throw a gun vote in the middle of all this is just going to create chaos. And that’s sort of been the hallmark of Biden’s career. And it’s the hallmark of his failed presidential campaign, chaos. And that’s what we’re starting to see right now in Washington.

Cunningham: Well, I sure hope you’re right about the gun legislation. I hope we can push that off. By the way, Neil, congratulations on your scoop of the John Kerry Photo on the plane. That was amazing.

McCabe: Was that fun? (Laughs)

Cunningham: It showed for everybody in one clean photo, the hypocrisy of the left, and it was just a beautiful thing. Thank you. As a reader of The Tennessee Star, thank you so much for that scoop. Crom’s got a question, but I just want to ask you real quickly, do you know anything about the press conference tomorrow? Everybody’s got so much anticipation about how it’s going to come off. Are the questions going to be given to him in advance? You got any information about how that’s going to happen? Surely they’re going to try to protect him.

McCabe: It’s we saw that during the debate. He had an iPad with him that was basically feeding him answers live. And so we’ll see if they’re able to feed him the answers that he needs. It’s really going to be interesting because the expectations game is such that if this guy can put one foot in front of the other, everybody says congratulations. I mean, the expectation game is it’s like people are just thrilled that he doesn’t drool and fall (Laughter)

Cunningham: If he remains upright.

McCabe: Yeah, it’s a huge win, huge win.

Cunnigham: Crom, you had a question.

McCabe: What’s your question.

Carmichael: Well, I had two questions. One Neil, when you’re walking into the press room or wherever he’s going to be sure that there’s not a single step that he has to negotiate in order to get into the room. Is it as flat as I think it is?

McCabe: Oh, Yeah. The Oval Office is actually a little higher than the briefing room. So there’s a floor that a bunch of the floors are on. And then he has to come down some stairs. But that’s that’s very much behind the scenes. I haven’t seen if they’re going to have it in the East Room or not. But this thing will be very tightly controlled. Remember the vast majority of the White House press corps are committed leftists and they’re not going to do anything to jeopardize their guy. And it’s just so funny, the same people who are chirping and hollering and interrupting President Trump, they just clap like seals now.

Cunningham: That’s a great phrase. Neil, thanks so much for calling in from overseas. We sure do appreciate you taking the time this morning. I know, it’s got to be a considerable amount of effort to get a call through and we really appreciate you calling. And we’ll look forward to see what happens tomorrow.

McCabe: Take care guys. Be good.

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Star News Network’s Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on House Anti-Gun Vote and If Biden Will Fall or Fail in Upcoming Press Conference

Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe on Pelosi’s Iron Grip, the Media Hypocrisy on Biden Silence and Last Day as President

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line who foresees Biden’s coming demise and how and when it will occur.

Leahy: We are joined on the line by the best national reporter in Washington DC for Star News Network Neil McCabe. Good Morning Neil, How you doing today?

McCabe: Very glad to be with you Michael.

Leahy: So Washington going crazy. They’re spending money like drunken sailors. They passed this one point nine trillion dollar coronavirus aid package that only contains nine percent for coronavirus. Nancy Pelosi that has an iron grip upon the brains and other parts of the Democrats in Congress, she says they’re going to spend more on covid relief spending. Ask the virus she says. What do you make of that Neil?

McCabe: Well, let me say this. And it’s pretty clear to me that the wheels are coming off the cart for the Biden administration. They are just saying we’re not even 100 days in we’re approaching the Ides of March. And it’s pretty much over for the Biden administration. I don’t think it’s any kind of victory for Biden that he was somehow able to convince people on Capitol Hill to vote for a two trillion dollars pork package. That seems pretty easy. I think if I was Speaker of the House I could get that. I could convince Congressman to send to spend two billion dollars on pork.

Pelosi’s basically got a lot of things that her progressive caucus wants her to do. She’s not going to get any of them done. And she can spend more money. But if she tries to do anything else she’s going to get into a world of hurt. Right now the calendar has kept against Biden and I just don’t see how he recovers anywhere and getting anything done in 2021. And then 2022 is going to be even worse for him.

Leahy: So he’s not held a press conference yet. How many days are we into this? 45, 46, 47. No press conferences yet. If this were a Republican president how would the mainstream media react to that silence from Joe legal but illegitimate Joe Biden?

McCabe: When you talk about Trump, there is no president in the history of this planet or any other planet in the universe that has given as much access to the press as Donald J. Trump. And reporters never had it so good. How many of these reporters became famous for their snarky questions and their back and forth with the president interrupting him, being so rude, and obnoxious? And now crickets. And, of course, it’s complete hypocrisy.

But what do you do? Joe Biden does not have the mental faculties to be president of the United States. Not only does he not remember the name of his defense secretary but he doesn’t remember both the name of the very large five-sided building that that man works in. He’s got a lot of problems. There was a gaffe the other day about four or five days ago where he’s doing a virtual tour some kind of call with NASA and he mentioned Joe, his vice president is of Indian descent.

His chief speechwriter is of Indian descent. There are more than 50 senior leaders in his administration who are of Indian descent. And Biden says wow, the Indians are taking over. Now forget Republican or Democrat. If anybody made that kind of ethnically charged gaffe, there will be hell to pay. The reason Biden gets a hall pass is that everyone knows he can’t be held responsible for what he says. It’s amazing.

And of course you look at the press coverage. How many articles did you read Mike about how great it is to have dogs in the White House again until one of the dogs attacked the secret service officer? (Leahy laughs) now, we’re being told it was the secret service. So now basically Major and Champ these two German Shepherds have been exiled to the Biden estate in Delaware. Biden was joking when he said the Indians were taking over. But Kamala Harris is going to be president of the United States sooner than he expects. He’ll have plenty of time to play with Major and Champ when he’s in private life back in Delaware.

Leahy: Give us a date. What is the last day Joe Biden serves as president of the United States?

McCabe: I really believe they have to take him out between Thanksgiving and Christmas because it’s all about the calendar. The major push for any kind of legislation on Capitol Hill from the state of the union and straight through Memorial Day. And after Memorial Day is going to be two or three things that you got to get done. And then there’s that final push for specific items to the Fourth of July.

From the Fourth of July to Labor Day nothing is done. Then you have a budget crisis. And the budget crisis then basically you hit all these holiday weekends, right? So you hit Columbus Day. You hit Veterans Day you had Thanksgiving and then you hit Christmas and then the cycle starts over again and it reboots with the state of the union. So they’ve got to take him out probably between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Leahy: And just remove him from the office of President is what you mean by that, right?

McCabe: Well, yes. I mean either it’s the 25th amendment or they sit him down and they say listen…

Leahy: It’s time to resign.

McCabe: (Inaudible talk) Hunter, or whatever we have to say or do to make him go away. And the question is, you know, will Biden’s team around him, this is the interesting dynamic. Because the Biden family in the Biden team obviously loves being in power like anyone else. That’s not a Republican or a Democratic thing.

That’s just people. So are they just going to how are they going to push back as Harris and Obama and that crowd basically try to push crazy Uncle Joe out the door. An interesting dynamic may develop where the Republicans actually sort of reach out to sort of keeping Joe in so that Kamala doesn’t become president of the United States. Let me ask you this Mike. When is the president’s State of the Union? When is he making his address?

Leahy: Supposedly he’s making an address this month sometime right? But is it a state of the union? I don’t know.

McCabe: No. He’s not going to do it. If you don’t know then join the club. Because no one knows. If Easter is April 4, it’s not going to be before Easter. You can’t do it in holy week. Then you have Greek Easter which pushes you to the 11th. The earliest he could do it is probably the week of April 18. So if I just said the hardest push for the legislation from a president of the United States is between (Inaudible talk) or Memorial Day. (Chuckling)

If he’s kicking off his administration on April 18th Well, well, how do you do sir? We have like three weeks. I think I think there are house votes scheduled for seven days in March. Eight days in April. Eight days in May. I think they’re in for 12 days of votes in June. On July 30th the House goes on recess from July 30th to September 20. So basically nothing’s getting done from August and then more than half of September.

Typically a president comes in and he does what’s called a skinny budget where you basically give the new president the chance to make his own personal amendments in the fiscal year budget that’s ongoing. They call it the skinny budget. How do you do a skinny budget when you don’t even have a director of the Office of Management and Budget? They dragged that out with Neera Tanden.

Leahy: And she’s gone right?

McCabe: (Inaudible talk) An Indian American by the way. And she pulls her nomination in March. She dragged that thing out. How do you go into March where you do not have an acting director? It’s not good for the Biden administration.

Leahy: Neil McCabe, you are on the record. March 10th, 2021. Come January first, 2022, Joe Biden will not be president of the United States. Neil, thanks for joining us today.

McCabe: Be good guys. Take care.

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Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on Democratic Spending and the 2022 Red Wave

Washington Correspondent Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on His Latest Exclusive and Outlines the Dangers of Biden’s Foreign Policy

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line weigh on his recent exclusive at The Tennessee Star and the different stylings on foreign policy between the Biden and Trump.

Leahy: We are joined by our good friend our longtime colleague the Washington correspondent for the Star News Network, which is The Tennessee Star, and five other state-based news sites. Neil McCabe with another breaking exclusive story on American foreign policy with the founder of the Gold Institute, Eli Gold. Neil, how do you keep getting breaking these exclusives? And what did Eli Gold tell you about Biden’s foreign policy?

McCabe: Eli Gold is an amazing guy who started the Gold Institute because after spending about 10 years in the sort of Washington think tank community he decided that nowhere was anybody actually doing things. They were creating a lot of policy, but nobody was ever getting anything done. And he wanted to create a place where there are practitioners, who are actually advising the decision-makers. And I guess I’ll let the cat out of the bag Mike. I am a media fellow at the Gold Institute. And so I just called Eli and I talked to him.

Leahy: Well, of course, that’s how you get these things. It is up now on The Tennessee Star. Exclusive: Gold Institute Founder Says Biden’s Foreign Policy Rejects Trump’s Successful Style, Substance. Tell us more about that Neil.

McCabe: Mike, if you look at it, I just made a quick list of 12 countries. Mexico, England, China, India, Japan, Canada, Russia, North Korea, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan. And in every single instance, the Trump foreign policy was better than what was going on before Trump. And that’s not just Obama but Bush and everyone else that actually our posture towards those countries or with those countries was better under Trump.

And so what Eli was saying is that there are two things at play with the buying foreign policy vis-à-vis Trump. number one. He is bringing back sort of the left-wing establishment way of doing business. So the policies are going to be different. But almost more importantly the second thing is that Biden operates in a different way than Trump. Trump was revolutionary. Trump broke the mold.

And what he means by that is that is the Washington National Security foreign policy establishment believes or acts as if the rest of the world acts like they do in Washington. so the way you get things done in Washington is the way you get things done with the world. And so you talk to foreign leaders just like there are groups of congressmen trying to help you get through a farm bill. And it just doesn’t work.

And it never worked. and so what Trump did is Trump brought a personal one-on-one type of diplomacy. One that he honed as a New York City developer. He developed personal relationships. He got personally involved and he figured out how to get things done. And the key example for that in the article is what’s called mesa which was it was proposed as the Middle East Strategic Alliance.

And that was going to be sort of an Arab NATO and that came out of the Riyadh Summit which was you  Trump’s first trip to Saudi Arabia. Trump signed off on it. He talked about it at the Riyadh Summit. They got things going and then the state department just sort of muddled through it. And the state department basically was just telling these countries to sign on to this thing and then we’ll figure out later what it is.

And countries were saying no, we’re not going to sign something and then find out later what it is. Like Nancy Pelosi saying you have to pass Obamacare to figure out what it is. And Trump got personally involved. He saw what was good, what was bad, what was working and not working. And out of what was supposed to be the Middle East Strategic Alliance Trump’s personal involvement led to what’s called the Abraham Accords.

And that’s where you know he was able to get Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to sign agreements recognizing Israel and sure of dropping that sort of War posture that these Arab countries have had with Israel. And in the second term, obviously, the big enchilada was going to be Saudi Arabia joining the Abraham Accords.

But this is sort of a result of Trump’s personal involvement. Whereas Biden is not personally involved. Biden wants to run everything by a committee. He wants to go back to the old ways and that’s why you’re seeing a sort of muddle through foreign policy. I think people can feel it where we are 40 days into a Biden administration and there just isn’t the speed and the action that we were used to in a Trump administration Mike.

Leahy: Well Neil, here’s my take on it. Just looking at it from afar. You are the expert on this. You deal with all these Washington foreign policy people. It strikes me that what we have now with the current occupant of the Oval Office the legal but not legitimate president of the United States Joe Biden. It looks to me like we have Neville Chamberlain with early-onset dementia surrounded by a bunch of third-rate lefty propagandists. Tell me where I’m wrong about that Neil.

McCabe: No. You’re absolutely right to the extent that I think you’re being a little unkind to Neville Chamberlain. (Leahy chuckles) I think he would stack up a little better next to Biden. But you know, this is one of the problems with a monarchy, right? Because the reason why is kind of like the son succeeds the father kind of monarchy because a civil war every time the King dies is not worth it.

And so sometimes you get a great king and sometimes you get a stooge but it’s better than a civil war and then maybe the next son will do alright. And we sort of watch this in England. But one of the problems is what if you have somebody who is not mentally functioning properly. And we saw that the other day maybe it was yesterday the day before yesterday Biden is doing this live stream with House Democrats and somebody says hey Mr. President will you take questions?

And he says, sure I’ll take questions. And as soon as he offered to take questions the White House shut the feed off. They just shut it off. Who knows what it’ll be like if you ever had to take a real press conference. We saw President Trump speak for 90 minutes with 150 international reporters from the U.S. And when he was in Europe, he would take all comers and he would keep taking questions until the reporters were tired.

And I’ve been in situations where Trump just keeps talking and talking and talking. Whatever questions are coming up he’ll take it. Even when someone’s nasty he’ll take the questions. Biden doesn’t take questions. It’s almost like those game shows where he’s in the soundproof booth. The president has to be protected from himself Mike

Leahy: Neil McCabe our Washington correspondent for the Star News Network. A big final question for you. How much damage will this somnambulant Biden administration’s foreign policy do to Americans’ interest? And will we survive it after the next three-plus years of the Biden/Harris administration?

McCabe: Yeah, Mike, I think that some severe damage can be done. If you look at the way President Biden’s administration is trying to reboot what was really becoming an American Iranian Alliance in the Middle East. You’ll see what he’s trying to do with China. Who knows what’ll happen the NAFTA. You have the negotiations for free trade with England. There’s a lot of things on the table. You have Germany, which is supposed to be like the heart of Europe is really absent without leave from NATO.

And Trump was pressuring Germany to step up and pay more for its defense. In the meantime, Germany got rid of its draft. Germany is giving billions of dollars to Russia, the country wearing NATO to defend Germany against. And these are the kinds of things that Biden is going to roll with. And if you go down that list of 12 countries, he’s every single one of them is postured to get worse. The Americans are going to lose out and it’s not good Mike. I’m not optimistic Mike.

Leahy: Neil McCabe the best investigative journalist in Washington, D.C. He’s our Washington correspondent for the Star News Network. We look forward to talking with you again next week on The Tennessee Star Report. Always look forward to your exclusive stories Neil. Thank you so much for joining us.

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