Who’s to Blame for Rising Gas Prices?


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted May 24, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Back in 2007, Nancy Pelosi was quick to blame the Bush Administration for rising gas prices. In 2018, Pelosi tweeted, “The price of regular unleaded gas has climbed 20% over the last year (thanks to Republican policies), eating away at working families’ paychecks – but according to @GOPLeader, you’re #BetterOffNow.” The national average for gas was under $3 at the time.

Now that gas prices have reached all-time highs, Pelosi and the Democrats no longer believe that the White House is responsible. “Gas prices will roughly cancel out the 2018 consumption boost from the tax cuts,” Schumer said at an Exxon gas station on Capitol Hill. “That’s right, whatever meager benefit working families may have seen from Trump’s tax scam for the rich has been wiped out by the gas prices that President Trump is responsible for.”

No one ever blamed Obama for rising energy prices after he did everything to end domestic production. Biden canceled the Keystone XL project as soon as he took office and reversed all the Trump-era policies to make America energy independent. However, the other side refuses to blame Biden or their current policies as gas continues to rise. Instead, they are blaming the president of a different country and have made no meaningful progress in curbing energy inflation. If they cannot admit the cause of the problem, they cannot concoct a viable solution.

Arrest Hillary Clinton and All Who Supported the Russian Collusion Hoax


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted May 24, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Hillary Clinton is GUILTY of manipulating the 2016 US Presidential Election. No one believed Donald Trump when he said that the Russian collusion narrative was “fake news.” Top Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified under oath in federal court and confirmed that Hillary Clinton devised the Russia/Alfa Bank rumors. She encouraged her people to promote the hoax to the press in a failed attempt to beat Donald Trump.

Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann first faced trial for the Clintons’ crime. The judge, Christopher Cooper, was an Obama appointee and was given an order to spare “the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee … [of] potential embarrassment.” The truth still came to light.

On July 28, 2016, former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on the plan to lie to the public as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” The sitting president was fully aware of the plan to smear Donald Trump’s name, and agreed to go along with “a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”

Hillary went as far as to involve the FBI in her grand lie. No one could connect Trump to Russia or Alfa Bank, but Clinton and her campaign continued to promote the story. “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” Hillary tweeted shortly after leaking the rumor. On October 31, 2016 (one week before the election), Campaign adviser Jake Sullivan stated: “Computer scientists have uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.” Sullivan added that he could “only assume federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia as part of their existing probe into Russia’s meddling in our elections.”

Scapegoat Sussman is now under investigation for lying to the FBI, but what about the ring leader of this circus? Mook admitted that Hillary gave her stamp of approval for her minions to release the story to mislead voters deliberately. Hillary Clinton lied to the American people for her own self-interest and still lost the election. She did not want the public to investigate her email scandal and involved top intelligence agencies in her intricate rumor that has taken years to debunk. Voters should be outraged that the Democrats, Obama included, supported a narrative they knew was an outright lie.

GOPe and Media Narrative Engineers Set Stage for Tuesday Georgia Election as Referendum on Donald Trump Influence


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 23, 2022 | sundance 

You did not need to be a deep-thinking political follower to have seen the DeceptiCon seeds being dropped throughout Georgia in the past several weeks.  The basic narrative as engineered is that a Brian Kemp victory in the republican primary tomorrow proves the waning influence of MAGA Trump in the republican party.

Factually, albeit many subversively, from Ronna McDaniel to Mike Pence, to Mitch McConnell and every establishment republican who wants to see MAGA crushed in 2020 the same way they crushed the Tea Party in 2012, has been leaning heavily into the Georgia race to support incumbent governor Brian Kemp.  In the background of Georgia politics, the democrat operatives have been doing the same.  There is an alignment of interest.

The 2022 play book is similar to post 2010 era, when President Obama and Eric Holder triggered the IRS targeting of Tea Party conservative groups, and the republican old guard, including Mitch McConnell supported the effort.  One might say the modern UniParty in DC became most visible in the years between 2011 and 2014.  That UniParty alignment later became much more visible when the Tea Party 2.0 became MAGA in 2016 and drove the victory of Donald Trump.  The GOPe worked with Democrats to remove Trump as a result.

Now we see the UniParty, the bipartisan -reach across the aisle- professional political class, align again to use the Georgia primary in 2022 as the anti-MAGA launch point.  Their moves are as predictable as sunrise, and the advanced messaging from media transmits like a triggered flare from a tripwire.

CNN points out that a Brian Kemp victory means the era of Donald Trump is dead [SEE HERE].  The New York Times triggers a simultaneous flare from the flanking position.

New York Times – […] Thanks to Mr. Trump’s machinations, Georgia’s elections are once again freighted with outsized import, its primaries having become something of a referendum on the health of the Republican Party — and of American democracy.

A Kemp win would be a blow not only to Mr. Trump but also to the election denialism with which he has infected the G.O.P. Just this week, “stop the steal” truthers, determined to prove that Joe Biden cheated his way into the White House, won key primaries in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Another election denier with Mr. Trump’s endorsement, Representative Jody Hice, is running for Georgia secretary of state against the Republican incumbent, Brad Raffensperger.

A strong win by Mr. Kemp would be the most promising signal to date that many Republican voters, at least in Georgia, are ready to move on — not from Mr. Trump per se, but from his toxic fixation on 2020. It could also provide a hopeful model for other results-oriented Republican governors, evidence that they can thrive even without bowing to the former president’s anti-democratic obsessions. And if Mr. Trump plays things wrong, he could wind up damaging his own political fortunes as well. (read more)

The technical issues associated with the 2022 primary in Georgia are the real problem.  In many ways Georgia republican voters do not understand how the party has created the illusion of choice by manipulating the party rules.  I take criticism from those who are angered by my pointing out the obvious, but it’s not complicated really.  If the Republican party of Georgia did not want to manipulate the voting, they would never allow a system where Democrats select their candidate; it really is that simple.

Georgia is filled with battered conservatives who vote as republicans but do not see the UniParty backroom deals that have been made.  It takes a major event before the voters can pry the control levers from the private Club known as the Georgia GOP.

The ‘open primary’ is the tool the UniParty always exploits, and many people will remember Mississippi 2010 when the AME church network, the democrat political network, was paid by various Mitch McConnell allied PAC’s to vote against the insurgency represented by Chris McDaniel.

In Georgia a voter will select either the Republican or the Democrat ballot.  Most voters select the ballot that represents their affiliation.  However, the professional networks have organized operations where specific democrat constituencies go to the polls and take a republican ballot in order to select the weakest candidate in the primary.  Brian Kemp represents the interest of that Machiavellian voting bloc.

The Democrat candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, is running unopposed.  It’s the perfect storm where the AME church, ‘Black Voters Matter’ and other networks like ‘The New Georgia Project’ can go play in the Republican primary again.  But it’s not all bad news though, many of those cross-party voters will have no issue voting for Hershel Walker.

Hopefully, Mike Pence endorsed Brian Kemp can be held under 50% in the primary and that will trigger a runoff.  That’s the best-case scenario for Donald Trump endorsed candidate, David Perdue.

If Kemp exceeds 50% and wins the republican primary tomorrow the screaming narrative on Wednesday morning in every headline will be predictable.  After all, the seeds of this operation were planted long ago….

(Story and LINK)

When Comedy Writes Itself


Armstrong Economics Blog/War Re-Posted May 23, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

George W. Bush attempted to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine but had a Freudian slip and revealed his own war crimes. “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq — I mean of Ukraine,” Bush said. You cannot make this stuff up. Everyone laughs at his slip of the tongue reference about a decision his administration made that caused one of the longest US wars in modern history and claimed thousands of lives.

America invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretense of “weapons of mass destruction.” As we now know, no weapons were found, and the excuse was a plain lie. The assassination of Saddam Hussein crippled Iraq’s government and economy. On the other hand, Putin cited what he claimed to be a valid reason to enter Ukraine. The West only condemns wars that they cannot profit from waging.

Sunday Talks, Kash Patel Gives His Review of Sussmann Trial Revelations


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 22, 2022 | Sundance 

Kash Patel, a well-known figure in the background of ‘Spygate’, is usually a little bit too heavily invested in the rose-colored glass business for my tastes.  However, that said, if you need a shot of hopium to help get you through next week, Kash has the stash.

Appearing with Maria Bartiromo, Kash Patel gives his opinion of the Sussmann trial so far, while selling the trusty planner narrative in the second segment.  {Direct Rumble Link 1} and {Direct Rumble Link 2}  – WATCH:

Part II Below:

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FLASHBACK, Representative Steve Chalbot Questions Robert Mueller About Origin of Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 22, 2022 | Sundance 

In the wake of Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook’s recent court admissions, many people are new to the awakening that Hillary Clinton’s team fabricated the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.   However, for five years CTH has focused beyond the obvious Clinton construct and asked why the Robert Mueller special counsel probe never discovered the origin?

Many people have fallen back on the Mueller justification as saying, “it wasn’t in my purview.”  However, that obfuscation falls flat once you realize the same 2016 FBI officials who were involved with Michael Sussmann, Rodney Joffe and Fusion GPS, transferred into the Mueller investigation in 2017. {GO DEEP}

Robert Mueller was appointed to look into the Trump-Russia collusion accusations.  How could the fact that Team Clinton created the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, not be part of the investigative purview?   This question is specifically underlined by the fact, the same FBI officials who knew the Alfa-Bank material came from Clinton, were the same FBI officials on Robert Mueller’s team.   Now WATCH:

Here is the originating special counsel SCOPE MEMO:

The scope memo was signed May 17, 2017, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Two days later, May 19, 2017, FBI Agent Peter Strzok tells Lisa Page (DAG McCabe legal counsel) there is “no big there there.”

Peter Strzok would know because he had been investigating the Trump-Russia collusion hoax since early 2016.  The Crossfire Hurricane investigation was triggered July 31, 2016, and by the time Michael Sussmann was selling the Alfa-Bank hoax the FBI was aware all of the material was coming from political opposition research and Fusion GPS.

When Peter Strzok transferred into the Mueller investigation in May 2017, why didn’t Strzok tell Mr. Mueller and Andrew Weissmann there was “no there there,” and the material came from the Clinton campaign operatives?

When you realize the same FBI investigators flowed through 2016 into the Mueller team in 2017, the questions are obvious.  How could the origin of Trump-Russia hoax not be in the purview of the Special Counsel?

Two years later, April 2019, Mueller and Weissman send their report to AG Bill Barr

The FBI investigators knew there was nothing to the allegations back in 2016 and 2017.

The FBI investigators knew the Hillary Clinton campaign constructed the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  Which is now admitted by Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

So why was Robert Mueller ever appointed?

For five years I have researched this aspect and asserted the same position; I repeat it here.

The Clinton campaign activity creating the hoax was bad.   The FBI activity in using the Clinton material they knew to be a hoax was worse.  However, both issues pale in comparison to what the Robert Mueller special counsel team did in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Start digging into the Robert Mueller special counsel activity, to include what they did to interfere in the criminal investigation of Senate Intelligence Committee Security Director James Wolfe, and the Trump-Russia collusion hoax will look like a pebble compared to the mountain of corrupt activity by the Weissman crew.

Never has a catchphrase been more apropos:

….It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up that makes the scale of the crime seem small. 

Sunday Talks, Face the Nation Cannot Spin Away from Their CBS Poll Highlighting Major Disapproval for Biden Policy, 74 Percent Feel Things are Going Badly


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 22, 2022

CBS conducted an extensive YouGov poll [pdf DATA HERE] on wide ranging topics connected to the overall Joe Biden agenda.  The first page of the poll gives a good idea of just how badly the broad spectrum of Americans view the current status:

In addition to the Biden administration being upside down on every issue; the result of doing exactly the wrong thing on every aspect of White House policy; overall, a big indicator within the poll is that 61% of Americans polled describe the Democrat party as “out of touch.”  [DATA HERE]

Keep in mind this is a YouGov poll, which generally skews in favor of DNC policy and doesn’t filter to just registered voters.  So the actual percentages are much higher.

This morning on CBS News Face the Nation, elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto tried to put the best spin on the poll that finds the number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, particularly with the economy, is at the highest rate in decades.  WATCH:

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Apparently, While Investigating Trump-Russia, Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann Never Interviewed Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on

One of the public revelations created by the trial of Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann is that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Hillary Clinton’s lawyers, and Hillary Clinton’s contracted opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, manufactured the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  How did Robert Muller not find this?

The Clinton hoax is the key takeaway within the testimony of Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, during the Sussman trial.  Of course, every intellectually honest person who watched events unfold already knew that.  However, the DC politicians, institutions of the DOJ and FBI, and the entire corporate media world have been pretending not to know the truth for almost six years.  Now they are in a pretending pickle.

Mr. Mook was legally forced to put the truth into the official record, ironically because the Clinton lawyers needed him to in order to save themselves.  A stunned Jonathan Turley writes about the revelation HERE.  Meanwhile the journalists who received Pulitzer Prizes, for pushing the manufactured Clinton lies that Mook now admits, must avoid any mention of the testimony in order to maintain their ‘pretending not to know things‘ position.

Special Prosecutor John Durham found the truth behind the creation of the Trump-Russia hoax, and through the trial of Sussmann is now diligently passing out the bitter pill ‘I toldyaso’s’ to the small group of rebellious researchers who found this exact trail of evidence years ago.

The Clinton campaign lying is politics.  The Clinton campaign selling lies to the media is slimy, but nonetheless politics.  The media pushing those lies only showcases how corrupt they are in supporting their political allies.  However, the Clinton campaign selling those lies to the FBI is a bit more problematic; thus, the trial of Sussmann.

Having said all that; while also accepting this grand game of pretense; there’s an 800lb gorilla in the room that no one seems bothered by.

How did Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann spend 2 years investigating Trump-Russia; with a team of 19 lawyers, $40 million in resources, 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants and 500 witnesses; and not find out that Hillary Clinton created the hoax they were investigating?

(Source)

The question is, of course, infuriatingly rhetorical.  The 2017, 2018 and 2019 special counsel probe, led by the nameplate of Robert Mueller, was a DC cover-up operation for FBI and DOJ misconduct.  The best defense is a good offense, so they attacked President Trump by maintaining the hoax.

Media people often forget, or perhaps -again- need to pretend not to know; however, the exact same group of FBI and DOJ staff level investigative officials that originated the Trump investigation in 2016, transferred into the Robert Mueller investigation in May 2017.   It was the same people, doing the same investigation, under a different title.

The Mueller team originally consisted of the same FBI officials who received the Alfa-Bank hoax material from Michael Sussmann.

Andrew Weissmann and a group of 19 lawyers joined the effort and pulled in more resources. Yet if we are to believe the current narrative, you would have to believe those same investigators never talked to any Clinton campaign people, or Fusion GPS, or Rodney Joffe, or Marc Elias, or Michael Sussmann?… but wait, I mean, they did.. talk to Sussmann… because….. that’s what this trial is about….

…..Right?

Federal Court Mail-in Ballot Ruling in Unrelated Election May Impact Tight PA Primary Senate Race


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 21, 2022 | Sundance

A recent appeals court ruling, unrelated to the current year ballot counting, may have an impact within the close Pennsylvania senate primary race between David McCormick and Mehmet Oz.  Currently Mehmet Oz is ahead by around 1,000 votes [NYT LINK]

The court ruled that mail-in ballots without a date on the envelope may be counted in the prior election.

“The three-judge panel’s judgment said the state election law’s requirement of a date next to the voter’s signature on the outside of return envelopes was “immaterial.” They said they found no reason to refuse counting the ballots that were set aside in the Nov. 2, 2021, election for common pleas judge in Lehigh County.

This ruling happens as the current mail-in ballots in PA are being counted.  McCormick is slightly winning the mail-in ballot count, so his team quickly sent the ruling out to all Pennsylvania voting districts.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal court ruled Friday that mail-in ballots without a required date on the return envelope must be allowed in a 2021 Pennsylvania county judge race, a decision that could complicate the ongoing process of vote counting in the state’s neck-and-neck U.S. Senate Republican primary.

Elections officials, lawyers and candidates are scrambling to understand and respond to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which was issued late in the day without a written opinion laying out its rationale.

It had an immediate effect in Pennsylvania’s too-close-to-call Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate, where counties are still adding up votes in the race between celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund executive David McCormick.

McCormick has been doing better than Oz among mail-in ballots and McCormick’s campaign quickly wrote to the state’s 67 counties to advise them of the decision and request a hearing if they won’t count the ballots in question. (read more)

Devin Nunes Reacts to Court Testimony that Hillary Clinton Approved Pushing Trump-Russia Collusion Fraud to Media


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 21, 2022 | Sundance

At least in the DC sphere, Devin Nunes was one of the first politicians to point out that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was behind a coordinated effort to manufacture the Trump-Russia collusion story as an election strategy.

Yesterday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, testifying in the Sussmann trial, admitted that part of the effort involved creating and pushing the false Alfa-Bank story, where data servers in Trump Tower were communicating with Russia and the Trump campaign.  Mook admitted to having discussions with the campaign leadership about pushing the fraudulent story, and Hillary Clinton approving the strategy.

While none of the statements/admissions by Robby Mook was new information for readers here, Devin Nunes reacts to the first public admission by the Clinton campaign manager. {Direct Rumble LinkWATCH: