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Carolina-Canada Connections

December 18, 2018

Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 10, No. 12

Special Christmas & New Year Issue

A monthly outreach to our friends in Canada

In this most holy of seasons, we wish all of you God’s rich blessings,
His peace and grace.
 May your 2019 be marked by joy and gratitude! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here on Team Wilkins!

Wilkins Watch

Godspeed, Mr. President – Wednesday, December 5 was a National Day of Mourning in Washington, DC as VIPs in the US capital city gathered to say goodbye to the 41st President of the United States of America, George H.W. Bush.

Many DC events were cancelled or changed that week to accommodate ceremonies honoring the late president who passed away peacefully at his home in Texas on November 30. 

Team Wilkins was in town that same week to welcome members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and to attend the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Forum. 

Good Luck, Ambassador – David and Susan Wilkins were delighted last week to spend some of their Christmas season with outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and her husband Michael at their home in New York City. 

Christmas is always special.  But Christmas at the UN makes for extra, special memories! 

Ambassador Haley is slated to leave her post as America’s top diplomat to the UN at the end of the year and she and her husband are expected to reside in New York.

Astute Carolina-Canada Connection readers know that she is the former governor of the great state of South Carolina and, like Wilkins, is a Clemson University alum.  Haley was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives the year before Wilkins resigned as speaker of the House to become US ambassador to Canada. 

Special Sons – It’s a full house this Christmas for the Wilkins family in all the best ways.  Earlier this month, Major Robert Wilkins, returned home to South Carolina following a six month deployment to Germany serving with the South Carolina National Guard. 

The whole family turned out to the airport to welcome home Major Robert Wilkins after many months away serving his country!

Soon to be Mr. and Mrs. 

And the news only gets sweeter as next week, James Wilkins, marries the beautiful Hope Meeks and the Wilkins family officially grows bigger and better.

They Said What

  • “This is a tremendous honor. I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!” – OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Twitter after being named incoming acting White House Chief of Staff by President Trump. 
  • “…the individual mandate is unconstitutional…” – Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, who struck down all of Obamacare last Friday on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and because of that, the rest of the law cannot stand. 
  • “The ruling was absurd. Justice Roberts on a conservative court has already ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, unlike what Mr. Miller said. And, in fact, you can have part of it not exist, and you can still have the rest of it protect Americans. And that is exactly where this is headed. And I can say that this is about, first of all, throwing people off of their insurance, no protection with preexisting conditions, kids staying on their parents' insurance until they're 26 years old, a very popular and important protection, Medicaid expanded for millions of Americans,” – Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on CBS discussing the most recent ruling on Obamacare. 
  • “Most of the Bush values can be found on any list of what are called—or used to be called—virtues. It is telling that these same simple virtues are now being praised by a media that has done so much in the past 30 years to undermine them,” – The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger opining about the media coverage of the death of President George H. W. Bush, noting that the same media held Bush in contempt during his presidency and are now rewriting history in order to attack the current occupant of the Oval Office.
  • “As more of the secret evidence used to justify the Russia probe becomes public, an increasingly dark portrait of the FBI’s conduct emerges. The bureau, under a Democratic-controlled Justice Department, sought a warrant to spy on the duly nominated GOP candidate for president in the final weeks of the 2016 election, based on evidence that was generated under a contract paid by his political opponent.  That evidence… And the entire warrant, the FBI’s own document shows, was being rushed to approval by two agents who hated Trump and stated in their own texts that they wanted to “stop” the Republican from becoming president.  If ever there were grounds to investigate the investigators, these facts provide the justification,” – Investigative journalist John Solomon writing in The Hill earlier this month under the headline, “FBI email chain may provide most damning evidence of FISA abuses yet.”

Last Take

Tigers Too Tough! – Wilkins’ favorite team is just killing it.  Really.  No exaggeration.  After vanquishing in-state super foe (ur, we mean, archrival) the University of South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 56-35 to end its regular season play undefeated 12-0, Clemson University’s football team faced the University of Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game December 1 in Charlotte, NC.  

It took 13 seconds for Clemson to jump on the score board with a 75-yard touchdown run on the first offensive play of the game.  Clemson never looked back, crushing Pitt 42-10 for Clemson’s fourth consecutive ACC Championship win.  Props to Coach Dabo Swinney for winning a number of awards including ACC Coach of the Year and to Clemson’s freshman QB phenom Trevor Lawrence for winning ACC Rookie of the Year.  (Editor’s note:  You’ll be hearing a whole lot more about him, we promise.) 

Number 2 Clemson now faces number 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Ball December 29 down in Texas.  (Yes, David’s bags are packed.  He’s outta here the minute James and Hope say their “I dos” don’t you know!)

Anyway, the winner of that contest faces either (sigh) Alabama or Oklahoma – pending the outcome of their slugfest in the Orange Bowl. 

(Editor’s note:  Many prognosticators are musing about another Clemson vs. Bama shootout.  CCC readers, of course, are very well aware that Clemson won that contest for the 2016 National title. Bama might have won one too but enough about them…)

The next National Championship game will be played on January 7, 2019 – but there’s still a whole lotta football yet to be played.  Stay tuned…)

Susan and David Wilkins have a Tiger of a time before the big Clemson-Carolina rivalry game last month.