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  • The True Meaning of That Green New Deal

    02/18/2019 12:11:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    It would be easy to dismiss the Green New Deal as an impossible progressive dream, but that would be a mistake. The Green New Deal is not the bucket list of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow travelers, but a blueprint to turn America into a socialist state. It is the culmination of a 90-year campaign, begun with FDR and the first New Deal. “The first obligation of government is the protection of the welfare and well-being, indeed the very existence, of its citizens,” presidential nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt said at the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt said that in...
  • Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump (gag alert)

    02/18/2019 2:27:37 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 97 replies
    wraltv-AP ^ | 2/18/2019 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the interview with "60 Minutes" that the FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia, and therefore a possible national security threat, following the May 2017 firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.
  • Rubio’s Misguided Buyback Tax

    02/18/2019 5:10:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | February 18, 2019 | Jon Hartley
    Senator Marco Rubio’s plan to tax stock buybacks in the hopes of spurring investment (based at least partially on a 1969 Yale Law Journal article) is heavily flawed for multiple reasons. Respectfully, the senator seems to be operating under the incorrect belief that buybacks are tax-advantaged, when in fact buybacks are already taxed in the form of capital-gains taxes. Since 2003, when the dividend-tax rate was lowered to remove the tax advantage then afforded buybacks, the tax rates on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains have been the same. In theory, buybacks are only tax-advantaged over dividends under today’s tax...
  • New Yorkers fleeing to Florida need to leave their terrible blue state policies behind as well

    02/17/2019 4:54:53 PM PST · by Magnatron · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 17 February 2019 | Ed Pozzuoli
    Back in the day, my native New York State feasted on the iconic I♡NY ad campaign, enticing Americans to drop in and spend their dollars in the Big Apple. But now, we’re being treated to the spectacle of the state’s governor selling… not New York, but Florida! In a recent press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed a $2.3 billion budget deficit in New York on the compounding effect of federal tax reform on the state’s sky-high taxes. And according to the Wall Street Journal, “(Cuomo) specifically mentioned Florida as an attractive option for New Yorkers who are unhappy...
  • Why didn't DoJ prosecute FL election official for destroying ballots in 2016?

    02/17/2019 3:41:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/10/19 | Rick Moran
    Broward County, FL election head Brenda Snipes is back in the news, as a former candidate who ran against Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2016 Democratic primary wondered aloud in a tweet why the Department of Justice never prosecuted her for illegally destroying paper ballots from the race. Tim Canova got only 43% of the vote in that primary, but he challenged the results in court. While the case was being decided, Canova requested that Broward County hand over the thousands of paper ballots that had been cast. When Brenda Snipes' office refused, he sued - only to find out...
  • How the Democrats Went Nuts in Three Months (Will Pelosi lose the House - again?)

    02/17/2019 11:26:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    National Review via Yahoo ^ | 2/15/19 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Democrats swept to power in Congress by campaigning in a way that has been successful for Democrats for generations. “Republicans will take away your health care,” they said, after having focus-grouped it. Now we are preparing for a 2020 campaign in which Donald Trump and Republicans can as easily advertise to the public: “Democrats will take away cows, and your car.” What happened to Democrats? Back in November, it looked like Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House caucus had found the perfect plan for their party in the era of Trump: Avoid talking about impeachment and stick to simple...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is destroying opportunity for fellow Democrats

    02/17/2019 10:36:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/16/19 | Kyle Smith
    Congratulations, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! You just killed 25,000 jobs for urban Democrats in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse areas in the entire world! Congresswoman AOC, the thought leader of the Democratic party, was the loudest and feistiest political opponent when Amazon announced it would build (half of) its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, promising to create 25,000 jobs and generate some $27.5 billion in tax revenue over the next 25 years. Amazon employs a range of people from unskilled workers to tech geniuses and would have pumped large amounts of money into the city economy. It...
  • Move over, Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal's got some competition. (more socialism)

    02/17/2019 10:26:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/17/19 | Benjy Sarlin
    **SNIP** Even among backers of the nonbinding resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., its broad strokes could sow disputes about what the Green New Deal means in practice. Ocasio-Cortez herself described the resolution as a "request for proposals" designed to elicit legislation from multiple lawmakers. "This is the first chapter of the book," said Elizabeth Gore, senior vice president of political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. "Where you start out on these proposals is not where you end up." POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICT One area where the Green New Deal...
  • Sorry, Bernie and AOC: Socialism has very few fans among voters, according to new poll

    02/17/2019 9:43:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/16/19 | Jennifer Harper
    Socialism may be the chic belief among some progressive Democrats and independents. American voters, however, give a very tepid review of socialism according to new Fox News poll. It found that only a quarter of registered U.S. voters them gave thumbs up to socialism — the economic ideology praised by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat. “Capitalism buries socialism,” said Fox News polling director Dana Blanton. “Despite the prominence of socialistic ideas and policy proposals in recent weeks, Americans are favorable toward the merits of the capitalistic system. And they’re bullish on the...
  • Why Trump will win the wall fight

    02/17/2019 3:24:51 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 16, 2019 | JONATHAN TURLEY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
    ... Democrats have indicated they will rely on the ruling in House of Representatives versus Sylvia Burwell, in which the court declared the House of Representatives had standing to sue over executive overreach and that Obama violated the Constitution in ordering the payment of billions to insurance companies without authorization from Congress. I was lead counsel for the House of Representatives in that case. Ironically, Pelosi vehemently opposed the litigation as a frivolous and unfounded challenge to presidential authority. We won the case. Superficially, it may look like the wall controversy. Obama sought funds from Congress and, when unsuccessful, acted...
  • As the national debt hits $22 trillion, these are the only people trying to cut spending

    02/16/2019 9:02:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 15, 2019 | Jack Hunter
    The national debt hit $22 trillion this week. You won’t find many in either major party who think this is a healthy development. But isn’t part of the reason people vote Republican because that party presents itself as fiscally responsible compared to Democrats? For as long as the debt has grown, Republicans have been promising to stop it. Yet, in 1981 the national debt topped $1 trillion after former President Ronald Reagan’s first year. When former President George H.W. Bush left office in 1993, it was more than $4 trillion. His son, former President George W. Bush, would push it...
  • Who's responsible when America chooses death?

    02/16/2019 7:56:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WND ^ | February 15, 2019 | Craige McMillan
    Many of us like to blame God for our difficulties. The reason is that it absolves us of responsibility for our bad choices. It also ensures we won’t recover. Nations are groups of individuals clumped together, primarily by geography. In a democratic nation, if a majority of the voting population chooses wisely, the entire nation will benefit from those choices (even those who oppose the choices). In a democratic republic, such as the United States, we are one step removed from our responsibility. We don’t choose the policy directly; we choose the people who in turn choose the policies and...
  • The environmental footprint of your pet is bigger than you think (Fido & Fluffy gotta go - first)

    02/16/2019 6:21:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies
    The Verge ^ | 8/04/17 | Alessandra Potenza
    Bad news for environmentally conscious pet owners: cats’ and dogs’ eating habits are responsible for dumping as many as 64 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year — roughly the equivalent of driving over 13 million cars. That’s due to all the meat our furry friends gobble down, according to new research. There are more than 163 million dogs and cats in the US, and they just love to eat. In fact, cats and dogs in the US consume about 19 percent as many calories as people do in the US, or about as much as 62...
  • Time to Panic

    02/16/2019 1:51:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    Time to Panic The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us. By David Wallace-Wells Mr. Wallace-Wells is the author of the forthcoming “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.” Feb. 16, 2019 The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape the flames. Pacific hurricanes forced...
  • Trump forced to declare emergency because of congressional apathy, negligence and incompetence

    02/16/2019 8:51:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2019 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Democrats are calling President Trump every name in the book and threatening multiple lawsuits to overturn his Friday declaration of a national emergency on our southern border. The president is using the declaration to enable him to shift funds already in the federal budget to border security. The shifting of money from one set of priorities to the more urgent priority of border security will allow the president to spend over $8.1 billion to build barriers along part of our border with Mexico and fund other border security measures. But listen to the angry denunciations of the president by outraged...
  • Wall Analysis: The Path Ahead (from Zen Master)

    02/16/2019 5:45:24 AM PST · by LS · 128 replies
    self | 2/16/2019 | LS (via Zen Master)
    My source on all things courts and legal, Zen Master, has weighed in with some excellent information on the path ahead for the Declaration of Emergency. 1. For a case to be heard, it must meet at least these three conditions: standing, ripeness, and aggrieved party. First, standing: the DoE only affects four states: TX, NM, AZ, and CA. Only a party in one of those four can bring a suit in the Ninth (CA/AZ), Tenth (NM), or Fifth (TX) Circuit Courts. But even before you can do that, you must be an aggrieved party, meaning you must show direct...
  • Kamala Harris’s Blackness Isn’t Up for Debate

    02/16/2019 4:21:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 152 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/16/19 | JEMELE HILL
    **SNIP** In a nod to the racist birther conspiracy that enveloped President Barack Obama, a tweet claiming Harris wasn’t eligible to run for president because of her immigrant parents went viral. It has been repeated as fact so often that Harris is now forced to explain her ethnic background. Was nothing learned from Obama’s run for president? He also faced the same inane, pointless questions about his mixed-race identity as Harris. Just like Obama, Harris has exposed narrow-minded views of blackness with her presidential run. Harris is a multi-racial woman who was born in Oakland, went to high school in...
  • Stop Worrying About What Democrats Might Do Someday

    02/15/2019 1:30:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2-15-2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here’s Richard in St. Louis. It’s great to have you, sir. You’re up first. Hi. CALLER: Thanks for taking my call, Mr. Limbaugh. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: Question is, with signing the bill and going forward, could this possibly be a slippery slope when the Dems do — or when and if they reclaim power back? Could this be a, you know, crisis for — gee, I don’t know — global warming or guns or, you know, could this be some type of other grab for them using this tactic going forward? RUSH: Well, let’s take a look at...
  • THE DEMOCRATS’ DANGEROUS GONG SHOW: The dire risks of absurdity in politics.

    02/14/2019 9:15:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | February 13, 2019 | Bruce Thornton
    Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Democratically elected people’s assemblies historically have been known for their mediocrity, and the U.S. has been no different. The great champion of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, in 1835 observed, “I was surprised to find so much distinguished talent among the citizens and so little among the heads of the government. It is a constant fact that at the present day the ablest men in the United States are rarely placed at the head of affairs,” a condition that worsens the more democratic the government becomes. But...
  • New York Times Editorial Board mocks De Blasio, blasts Democratic leaders over Amazon debacle

    02/15/2019 8:24:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2019 | Brian Flood
    The typically liberal New York Times Editorial Board blasted Democratic leaders in a scathing piece on Thursday about Amazon backing out of plans to bring 25,000 jobs to the Big Apple – which the paper calls an “embarrassment to the city.” Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the news that Amazon backed out by declaring,” “You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” which is a statement the Times didn’t appreciate. “What a strange thing for the mayor to take pride in. It’s certainly true that you have to be tough these days. But that’s because...