Economy Remains Sluggish – Q1 Growth Rate a Miserable .7%

Posted by Tina

The first quarter of 2017 reflects the inaction of Congress to fulfill their promise to lower tax rates and get our economy moving again. The miserable .7% growth, the weakest in three years, cannot be blamed on conservative policy but will become the Republican legacy if action is not taken and taken soon!

Tax cuts are needed to create stronger economic growth, get Americans back to work, and inspire entrepreneurial creativity and risk taking. Cutting tax rates has worked under Presidents of both parties from Kennedy forward. The longer Congress waits to get vital tax legislation done the longer the middle and lower classes will be forced to endure shared misery.

One significant consideration that is getting in the way is the insistence that the change be “paid for.” This fear is born of misconceptions about the future: 1. That the future is static-that more revenue will not be raised, 2. That cuts in spending, waste, and expensive unnecessary regulation will not be sufficient, 3. That repealing Obamacare is necessary first so that the savings there balances the cuts in rates.

The problem in the eighties, growing the debt, was a result of out of control spending…there was plenty of revenue. During Clinton’s term cuts in the tax rates generated a booming economy, sufficient revenue and thanks to the Newt Gingrich Congress a balanced budget.

If lawmakers want to impress us they need to get to work and get this done.

To understand the way cutting tax rates works to make our economy better watch this video. See the evidence of how this policy worked here, courtesy of CATO. Part III of this series will make you angry…learn about “dynamic scoring.”

It’s time for Congress to commit to something positive for the people…get tax reform done! A tax bill that’s not perfect will be better than doing nothing.

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Schummer “Stumped” in MSNBC Interview

Posted by Tina

Chuck Schummer (Dem NY) found himself in an uncomfortable position in an interview with Kasie Hunt on MSNBC:

Kasie Hunt: “I would like one very short answer to this question. Who in the Democratic party can beat President Trump in 2020?”

Schumer: “Lots of people.”

Hunt: “One name?”

Schumer: “Not gonna pick a name, but if he continues-

Hunt: “Who’s the leader of the Democratic party? You?”

Schumer: “Well we have a bunch of leaders. You know, I certainly am the leader of the Senate and I try to help represent the Democratic party.”

Leaders leaders everywhere and not one that stands out?

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit and Daily Caller

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North Korea: Secretary Tillerson Calls on UN Members to Keep Their Commitments

Posted by Tina

Secretary Rex Tillerson chaired a briefing on North Korea with the UN Security Council today. In yet another demonstration of the administrations work ethic and strong leadership Tillerson called on the members to keep their word:

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday chaired a U.N. Security Council briefing on North Korea, calling on U.N. member states “to fully implement commitments that they made regarding North Korea” in two UN Security Council resolutions and to “suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea.”

“I propose all nations take these three actions beginning today. First, we call on U.N. member states to fully implement commitments that they made regarding North Korea. This includes all measures required in Resolutions 2321 and 2270. Those nations which have not fully enforced these resolutions fully discredit this body. Second, we call on countries to suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea,” Tillerson said.

He also called on UN member states to “increase North Korea’s financial isolation” and levy new sanctions against North Korean “entities and individuals supporting its weapon and missile programs and tighten those that are already in place.”

“The United States also would much prefer countries and people in question to own up to their lapses and correct their behavior themselves, but we will not hesitate to sanction third country entities and individuals supporting the DPRK’s illegal activities. We must bring maximum economic pressure by severing trade relationships that directly fund the DPRK’s nuclear missile program,” Tillerson said, referring to North Korea’s formal name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Tillerson also called on the international community “to suspend the flow of North Korean guest workers and to impose bans on North Korean imports, especially coal.”

He signaled America’s willingness to use military force if necessary but reiterated that we would much prefer ” a negotiated solution to this problem.” He chastised those who would help the North Korean leader on humanitarian grounds: ” (…it) means enabling cruelty and suffering…The regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons does not serve its own national security or the well-being of a people trapped in tyranny.”

Good. America is assuming a critical leadership role and projecting the expectation that member nation’s will keep commitments they set for themselves.

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Humor – Kim Jong-Un

by Jack

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Nuclear Threat Urgent – Full Senate Summoned!

Posted by Tina

Freebeacon reports:

The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as “an urgent national security threat” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

The hour-long secret session for all senators was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, and included a brief appearance from President Trump who made short, introductory remarks.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also took part in the session. His presence is an indication that military options for dealing with North Korea likely were discussed.

New steps by the administration will include the imposition of additional economic sanctions.

“The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Director of Intelligence Dan Coats said in a joint statement after the briefing.

Trump’s approach seeks to pressure North Korea into dismantling nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs through imposing tighter economic sanctions and diplomatic measures, the three leaders said.

The senior officials noted that past efforts to halt the North Korean illicit arms programs had failed. (continues)

I guess the “war monger” president is a bit more vigilant and prudent than his detractors thought. A bit more competent too…coordinating with advisors and notifying and relying on Congress when America is threatened.

Fingers crossed, prayers appreciated.

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Trump’s Income Tax Proposal

Posted by Tina

Citizens in high tax states like California, New York and New Jersey will take a hit if Congress includes one portion of Trumps tax plan in their final law. Trumps tax plan eliminated the state and local tax deduction (another reason to leave this state). But there are significant rate cuts that should work well to bring our economy’s growth to at least 3%.

Instead of seven brackets the new tax law would have only three (four if you include those who pay zero) The top rate for individual taxes would be lowered to 35% from the current 39.6% rate. The rates for the remaining two brackets would be 25% and 10%. The standard deduction for all individuals would doubl and, with the exception of mortgage interest and charitable contributions, all other deductions would be eliminated.

The corporate tax rate would fall from the current punishing rate of 35% to 15%. Business income from so called mom and pop businesses would also be taxed at the 15% rate.

The estate tax and the alternative minimum tax would be repealed.

The border tax that was on the table was left out of this proposal. Several other important possible changes were also left out of Trump’s plan:

whether companies could immediately write off capital expenses; what happens to personal exemptions; where to set the one-time tax rate on U.S. companies’ stockpiled foreign earnings; how a break for child care would be structured; and where the tax brackets for individuals would be set.

Wrangling room for negotiations in the Congress no doubt. All in all its a decent place to start. It would certainly bring a lot of relief to the good citizens of our nation. Some would find more money in their pockets, others would finally have room to expand their businesses, and other would finally get a chance to move out of Dad’s basement and see what it’s like to be a taxpaying working stiff.

America needs this tax cut. We also need cuts in government spending. The Trump administration is working on that too.

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“Showboating” Judge Suspends Trump’s Funding Ban on Sanctuary Cities

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The radical left’s attack on Trump continues in a ruling by Judge William H. Orrick III of San Francisco against Trumps Executive Order authorizing enforcement of existing immigration law. The ruling is nothing more than a farce. Andrew McCarthy of National Review explains:

The ruling distorts the E.O. beyond recognition, accusing the president of usurping legislative authority despite the order’s express adherence to “existing law.” Moreover, undeterred by the inconvenience that the order has not been enforced, the activist court — better to say, the fantasist court — dreams up harms that might befall San Francisco and Santa Clara, the sanctuary jurisdictions behind the suit, if it were enforced. The court thus flouts the standing doctrine, which limits judicial authority to actual controversies involving concrete, non-speculative harms. Although he vents for 49 pages, Judge William H. Orrick III gives away the game early, on page 4. There, the Obama appointee explains that his ruling is about . . . nothing. That is, Orrick acknowledges that he is adopting the construction of the E.O. urged by the Trump Justice Department, which maintains that the order does nothing more than call for the enforcement of already existing law. Although that construction is completely consistent with the E.O. as written, Judge Orrick implausibly describes it as “implausible.”

The remedy will be more court cases, wasting taxpayer dollars that stack up as free publicity for the Democrat Party.

McCarthy educates and illuminates even further:

The proper purpose of an executive order is to direct the operations of the executive branch within the proper bounds of the law. There is, therefore, nothing untoward about an E.O. that directs the president’s subordinates to take enforcement action within the confines of congressional statutes. In fact, it is welcome.

It is the president’s burden to set federal law-enforcement priorities. After years of Obama’s lax enforcement of immigration law and apathy regarding sanctuary jurisdictions, an E.O. openly manifesting an intent to execute the laws vigorously can have a salutary effect. And indeed, indications are that the cumulative effect of Trump’s more zealous approach to enforcement, of which the sanctuary-city E.O. is just one component, has been a significant reduction in the number of aliens seeking to enter the U.S. illegally.

I’ve read illegal crossings have been reduced by about 90%.

The radical loser left is creating a toxic atmosphere. The judge in question is an Obama appointee and an Obama campaign bundler. I expect now that the O man has completed his vacation (wasn’t he supposed to be writing a book?) that this kind of activity will ratchet up.

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California Nurses Rally in Sacramento for Single Payer

Posted by Tina

Single Payer healthcare, which would eliminate all healthcare insurance companies in California, is being considered in Sacramento. An AP story, posted at Barchart reports that hundred of nurses rallied in support of the idea today in the state capitol. The nurses were reportedly “clad in red.” That suggest the SEIU to me but I could be wrong. What do nurses imagine will come from such a stupid idea? Have they been brain dead during the last eight years of higher taxes and the punishing cost of regulation? The cost for just a partial takeover of healthcare for our nation was a blunted economy, a lousy job market and shuttered businesses. I have no doubt that our citizens will plead and shout for free healthcare…that’s just how stupid we’ve become as a state. But rotsa ruck making it work. The proposal would require substantial tax increases…as if the people of California aren’t taxed enough…as if the state were not already heavily burdened with debt…as if we didn’t have other higher priorities. Fixing our broken and failing infrastructure for one.

Progressives never learn. They imagine free healthcare for all forgetting the fact that it will be paid by people who are struggling to provide for their own families. The cost for such a venture is enormous. How much, beyond the price of healthcare, will the state have to collect to pay for a new bureaucracy to administer this care? I’d say a good deal more than most of our working class can afford.

This is a bad idea. It’s tyrannical…but something tells me the radical left Democrats in power can’t wait to adopt it.

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You Should Know . . .

by Jack

The President won the election with less than 40% of the popular vote but had the majority of electoral votes. The Republican Party had put forth a candidate to win several crucial states that could swing the electoral college. The election was a bitter one with the Democratic Party fractured between two candidates.

The incoming President received so many death threats that he chose to arrive in Washington in secrecy. The security for the inauguration was the tightest ever with troops stationed on buildings throughout the day. This was an unprecedented amount of protection for any President-elect. Many members of Congress chose not to attend the ceremony.Despite all this……. Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our 16th president on March 4, 1861.

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Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

(Thanks for the reminder RHT) Posted by Jack

This is the infamous 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which many in Turkey deny even took place, yet it was Turkish people who were instrumental in its completion. This national denial ranks right up there with holocaust deniers. it’s sick and repugnant to think people could behave this way in the 1900’s.

What exactly was the Armenian genocide? The Armenian Genocide occurred between 1915 and 1917 and it was the Ottoman (Muslim) government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Christian citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey.

The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.[15][16][17]

In summer 1915, during the massacres of the Armenian population in Mush, the city was set on fire by the Turkish army: thousands of Armenians were burnt alive in their houses. According to the note left by Bodil Biørn on the back of the photo, the teacher Margaret and her children were also burnt alive. A witness of the Turkish crimes, Sister Biørn suffered intense anguish losing all the children of her orphanage in one day, to whom she had gave her maternal love and care over years. The screams and calls of help of the helpless children were embedded in the memory of Bodil Biørn. – See more at: http://www.genocide-museum.am/eng/15.04.2015-100photos.php#sthash.40BSbGIK.dpuf

Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.[18][19] Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.

It was not enough they had to engage in ethnic cleansing, these barbaric Muslims fanatics seemed to take great pleasure in raping and torturing their helpless victims. I know, I have viewed the pictures and have read the accounts. It was every bit as brutal and in some cases worse, than what the Nazi’s did to the Jews. Turkey now trivializes what happened and to this day there has been little accountability. Would today’s Muslim fanatics behave any better? By all accounts, the answer is no. This is why I never want to see another Muslim theocracy, the human rights abuses go hand in hand with Muslim governments.

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