Issue #5: Secure our national borders


ISSUE #5: SECURING OUR BORDERS
Do you lock your doors at night? Why?  Because it’s your home and you want to protect your home and your family from those who would do you harm or steal your property.  Are you being racist or anti-social?   Of course not.  Donald Trump is not being Anti-Mexican, he is calling for securing our border in the same way that you would lock your house at night or when you leave, because you want to keep people out that shouldn’t be in there.  The left media wants to twist this into a racist argument. Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  Of course Mexico is not sending rapists and murderers here, but unless we have a process for entering the country legally and people are following that process, there is a danger of criminals entering.  It took only NINETEEN people to bring down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The left media wants to twist this into a racist argument. Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  We need to enforce our border security, the law doesn’t say that illegal immigration is okay just because you feel good about it.  The law is the law.  Just because you want something, even if that is a genuinely good thing, does not automatically make it a right.
People like Donald Trump who want to seal the border are racist.
This is the biggest falsehood placed upon people who feel that our illegal immigration system has gotten under control.  When someone says that we need to stop illegal immigration, there is something in the leftist brain that conveniently omits the word “illegal.”  This is called a straw man argument.  Leftists cannot seem to draw that distinction.  Legal immigration SHOULD be easier, but that is not the same thing as having open borders.
Now Presidential candidate Donald Trump is called a racist because of the following quote*:
You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.  When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
Note I’m not defending Trump here, but what he’s saying about immigration is correct.  He did say “not just saying Mexicans” What he’s saying is that if we just open the borders and not vet who’s entering our country, we do run the risks of people sneaking in who ARE criminals, who are rapists, who are terrorists, and who are smuggling illegal drugs.  Trump’s wording in these speeches is poor, but his ideas are correct.  Mexico has no such policy.  If a foreigner breaks into Mexico they get instantly deported or jailed.  Terrorists posing as refugees are going to take advantage of our generosity and political correctness and are putting our lives and safety at risk!
*NOTE: If you’re going to rag on someone for saying something you don’t like, then at least stop being lazy and actually look up the quote before getting your news from late night TV.
“But they’re already here”
So?  That’s how it works?  A 9-month pregnant woman comes across the river, drops off her baby and now POOF, that child is now the responsibility of the American taxpayer?  If someone commits a murder, then is the fact that they haven’t been arrested an excuse not to arrest them.  You cannot sneak in under the shadows, then after 5 years when you finally get caught, claim that you’ve been here for 5 years we now HAVE to accept you.  
What about DACA?  I mean after all it’s not the children’s fault.
If I rob a bank because you’re short of money, and then I give the money to you, is it then yours to keep?  You don’t get to keep the proceeds of a crime.  You don’t get to benefit from the criminal actions of others.  
But we can’t just deport 11 million people
For what crime do we simply give up trying to catch suspects just because we can’t catch everyone?  Murders happen every day.  Do you hear the police say, “Well we can’t catch them all, so we may as well not try to find this guy.” No!  Just because you can’t deport 11 million people immediately, does not mean we just give up on getting any of them.
Tearing families apart
Some of the leftist open border types try to play the pity card and accuse us of “breaking families apart.” Let’s go back to the bank robber example.  An out-of-work man robs a bank to get money for his family and people are seriously hurt.  Does the fact that he “did it for his family” make it ok?  Are you going to take this man away from his family just because he broke the law?  Hell yes!  If you cared about your family so much, then why didn’t you think about that before you broke the law?  It’s not our responsibility to excuse your actions just because you have a sick orphaned 7 year old with no arms.
They just want a better life.  We are a compassionate country.
Americans are a compassionate people.  That does not mean that the entire country has an obligation to accept everyone from every country just because they want to be here?
If you break into the country illegally, you are breaking the law.  You don’t deserve protection, amnesty, or a “level playing field.”  You deserve a one-way plane ticket back to where you came from.  I’m all for legal immigration. But you can’t come in here against the law and then blame US for putting you in the shadows.  I’m sick of this “feel-good, play on the heartstrings” policy, declaring someone racist because they want to defend their own border.  If someone comes into our country under false pretense then you are by definition a criminal and need to leave.  To all the people saying, “oh but those poor people they just want to make a better life.” So if someone broke into your home and stole your food because they’re out of money, does that make it okay for them to stay in your house, share a bed with your children because they have unilaterally declared sanctuary in your house?  No?  We do not have a history of open borders, and foreigners are not entitled to simply break in and stay here just because they want to.
We are selling the security of our nation away out of political correctness.  I’m sick and tired of Democrats playing the pity card, that it’s our business to take in everyone from a foreign country who comes here looking for handouts.  Democrats make arguments based on emotion and feelings, whereas Conservatives make policy based on facts, logic, and what’s truly best for the nation.  Mitt Romney lost in 2012 because he told us what we needed to hear, and Obama told us what we wanted to hear. 

Issue #4: Stop spending so much


ISSUE 4#: GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL

If you listen to the Democrats, our financial problems are the fault of Republicans, Fox News, the Koch Brothers, George W. Bush and the Tea Party.  They make the argument that health care and education and health care is a right, hat the taxpayers have to pay for it, and all this can be solved if the rich “just pay a little more.”  For some reason, they feel that simply because some people have more money and wealth than others, that the have-nots have some right or entitlement to the money of the “super rich” simply because they have it. 

I. Morally: It’s wrong to assume that we’re simply entitled to other people’s money. Except for a rare exception of a large inheritance or powerball win, the millionaires and billionaires have earned that money because they have an in-demand or highly valued skill.  Who do Democrats think they think they are to decide who is allowed to keep their hard earned money and who isn’t?  Further, why do they think that they can simply dictate what “fair” is?  By global standards, most Americans are in the “global 1 percent.”  Do you have a TV with cable?  Do you have high speed Internet?  A computer?  A phone or two?  Suppose some government official came into your house one day, declared you “rich” and said that you had to give up your possessions for people in third world countries because “you don’t need those things.”  “Oh but that’s different, the super-rich don’t need all that money.”  $400,000 is roughly the 1% threshold and if you’re living in certain areas of the country, have 3 kids, 2 in college, and student loans, those expenses pile up pretty quick.  In addition, the rich don’t just “sit on” their money.  They put it to work, investing and creating more wealth (yes some of it for themselves, that’s not a crime), creating jobs, putting money in circulation.  Even if a person buys 2 more houses and a yacht, someone has to build these things, maintain them, repair them, clean them, if they buy a new limo someone has to maintain and drive it.  This is called job creation

II. Logistically: The notion that soaking the one percent will pay for our programs is a myth.  The far left apparently thinks that the wealthiest Americans have some money hoard somewhere and are just “greedy.” They use the “pity” card, making arguments based on pure emotion and completely devoid of logic.  You can’t just “attack the 1%” without having a snowball effect.  If you tax the corporations the more, regulate them more, jack up the minimum wage, they have less money to spend on expanding the business and hiring workers. 


 
BUDGET

This next section is boring but very important!   It’s easy to talk about spreading the wealth when it’s someone else’s wealth.  It’s easy to throw around terms like “rich” “fair share” and “one percent” but I want you to really have an understanding about how our budget really works, and why even if it was morally right to soak the rich, it just isn’t feasible or effective. 
Let’s start with a look at our annual budget: 2015 actual and estimates from 2016, 2017:

FY2017                                   FY15 act    FY16 est    FY17 est
TOTAL SPENDING             $3688        $3951        $4147
TOTAL REVENUE              $3249        $3335        $3643
Fed Deficit                              $-439        $-616         $-503

As we can see the Federal government over the past few years has spent roughly just under $4 trillion per year.  So we are overspending by roughly a half trillion per year.  Of course this dds up over time…  In FY2015 the United States had an accumulated debt of $18.1 trillion: $18,100,000,000,000.  Let that sink in for a moment.  That comes to $60,000 per citizen and $162,000 each for every single taxpayer.  Due to reckless government spending that number is estimated to be $19.4 trillion at the end of 2016.  Don’t take my word for it, you can find all this data at www.usdebtclock.org.

Of course it gets worse: We have estimated unfunded liabilities, in other words bills for social programs like Medicare and Social Security that we have absolutely no plan on how to pay back.  It’s like getting bills in the mail and not even bothering to set aside money to pay them.  FY2015 estimate is about $104 Trillion: $104,000,000,000,000.  To pay this off, every taxpayer would have to pony up $861,579, almost a million dollars… EACH! By 2027, when your grandchildren and great-grandchildren are born, this number could balloon to $127 TRILLION! (https://goo.gl/ZndTqF) 

I know that national debt and deficit and budget are considered boring terms and these are numbers we can’t conceive of, so let’s break down the 2015 budget numbers and express them pro-rated per U.S. Citizen (based on 2015 data):

Annual spending (i.e. household budget)         $-11,525
Annual revenue (i.e. annual income)                $10,153
Annual deficit  (i.e. over budget)                     $-1,372
Cumulative debt (e.g. credit card balance)       $-56,553
Unfunded liabilities (e.g. unpaid bills)             $-325,000

Can you imagine having an income of $10,153 per year, spending $1372 per year beyond your means and still have debt of almost $400,000?  Do you think any banker in their right mind would loan you more?  Yet Hillary Clinton wants to take out MORE loans and rack up MORE debt while continuing to spend like there’s no tomorrow.  I don’t care how worthy the cause – nothing is free.  Nothing.  Everything has a price. 


 SOAK THE RICH?

The Democrats would have you believe that the wealthy are not paying their “fair share” (whatever the heck “fair” means).  In actuality, the 1% as a group pay a bigger share of income taxes than their share of adjusted gross income (http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/04/pf/taxes/top-1-taxes/) As a group, the top 1% earned nearly 19% of all adjusted gross income reported in 2011 and paid 35% of all federal income taxes. Below is IRS data from 2013.  It shows the taxable income vs. tax paid for all income brackets.
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/13in12ms.xls

 Income bracket
Taxable income
Tax
paid
Effective
Rate
All returns, total
$1,562,956,295
$279,024,625
18%
$100,000 under $200,000
$243,010,087
$50,518,267
21%
$200,000 under $500,000
$118,451,146
$30,764,293
26%
$500,000 under $1,000,000
$44,422,264
$13,226,602
30%
$1,000,000 under $1,500,000
$19,389,608
$6,171,341
32%
$1,500,000 under $2,000,000
$11,240,669
$3,689,407
33%
$2,000,000 under $5,000,000
$28,645,134
$9,523,249
33%
$5,000,000 under $10,000,000
$16,606,647
$5,459,253
33%
$10,000,000 or more
$38,489,302
$12,080,894
31%



Income ($M)
% of income
% of tax
Under $100K
$1,042
67%
53%
$100K-$500K
$361
23%
29%
$500K-$1M
$44
3%
5%
$1M-$10M
$76
5%
9%
$10M+
$39
2%
4%
TOTAL
$1,562



So surely you can see that in the higher tax brackets the effective rate goes up.  We can also see that households above $100K earn 33% of the income yet pay 47% of the tax! 

The total net worth of all billionaires in 2015 was $2.2 trillion.* Even if you took every cent of all billionaires in excess of $250,000, it would (A) not cover the $3.9 trillion U.S. budget for one year, but (B) once you’ve done that, you’ve now sucked a substantial amount of capital from the entire U.S. economy, meaning there’s no one left to run the corporations, invest in American jobs, or pay those taxes you love to stiff them on.  According to money.cnn.com, the 1% as a group pay a bigger share of income taxes than their share of adjusted gross income. As a group, the top 1% earned nearly 19% of all adjusted gross income reported in 2011 and paid 35% of all federal income taxes.**  SOURCE


So let’s just completely liquidate all the evil Fortune 500 companies that the Occupy movement likes to pick on.  The total 2015 profits from the top 100 Fortune 500 companies is $682 Billion and the total adjusted gross income of every single taxpayer in excess of $250,000 is a “paltry” $1.464 Trillion. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/13in11si.xls

So even if you bankrupted all the billionaires and corporations you would end up with $2.146 Trillion, or about 55% of one year’s budget.  Of course now you’ve just put millions out of work, emptied the banks, and obliterated the tax base.  And that doesn’t even touch the unfunded liabilities mentioned earlier.  Gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period.  For the United States in 2016, the GDP is estimated to be about $16.8 trillion.  So we have more accumulated debt than the entire economic output of our entire country in 2016! 

The Committee for a Responsible Budget, using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data, put together a price tag for Clinton’s campaign promises.  $1.6-$1.8 trillion more over the next 10 years (and have you ever known a government project to come in under budget?), so there’s still a shortfall, and even that is covered by… of course, more taxes.  The CRB also states on their web page, that Clinton’s plan “would  keep debt at post-war record-high and rapidly growing levels. Under Secretary Clinton’s proposals, debt held by the public would climb from 74 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of last year to 86 percent of GDP by 2026.”  SOURCE: http://www.crfb.org/papers/adding-secretary-clintons-campaign-proposals-so-far

CONSEQUENCES

Democrat politicians throw billions around like we throw dollar bills, they are mortgaging our future and sending our country into unpayable debt, to add bloated social programs that they have no business providing in the first place.  And yet they want to expand Social Security, expand Medicare, expand Obamacare, give more students “free” college, as if the bills will never come due.  It will someday and when that happens there’s not enough money in the entire world to pay it off.  Think about that please next time you shrug your shoulders at a new social program and say, “Sure, why not.”

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was known for saying, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”  Democratic Socialism has been tried most recently in Venezuela.  Oil prices are plummeting, the currency is practically worthless, store shelves are empty, there are long lines for food, the government is imposing rolling blackouts and forcing citizens to work rural farms just so that the country has enough to eat.  Then the ultimate embarrassment:  They can’t print any more money because they can’t afford the paper and ink to do so!  As Joshua Yasmeh points out in “The Daily Wire” 6/29/16*: “Oil exports were the only thing keeping the country’s economy afloat as the government shut down all traces of successful private enterprise… Income inequality, the singular obsession of every socialist and democratic-socialist the world over, has become profoundly exacerbated as an unintended consequence of government economic engineering. The class hierarchy in Venezuela now mirrors that of a medieval feudal society.
Why did this happen?  Because of a government takeover of the economy: raising taxes, nationalizing industries (much like Obamacare is trying to do).  Most stores in the U.S. run an inventory system, keeping track of products, knowing how much is sold and when, and they use this information to know how much of a product to order and when.  When the government starts taking control of the economy, there is no way that one group can possibly determine what interest rate to charge, how much of a product should be available where, which industries to prop up and which to tamper down.  As a result, you have out of control inflation and people standing in long lines for basic goods. 
*SOURCE: http://www.dailywire.com/news/7066/socialist-paradise-venezuela-attacks-supermarkets-joshua-yasmeh

“Oh but that’s a third world country, it can never happen here!”  I’ll bet a lot of people were saying that on October 28, 1929 as well.  We are so sheltered having spent our entire lives in a first-world country.  Our nation is not somehow privileged.  Those are famous last words.  What they’re doing in Venezuela is exactly what the Socialist left is trying to do here.

Issue #3: Social Justice Warriors and the Culture of Political Correctness


ISSUE #3: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
SOURCES:
Social justice is difficult to define (especially for the social justice warriors), mainly because it has exactly the meaning that progressives want it to have.  When we feel that there’s an inequity in society (fairly or unfairly), the government can force agendas that meet that narrative by ….
If I had to sum up in one sentence why Barack Obama was able to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012, my answer would be: “Romney told us what we needed to hear.  Obama told us what we wanted to hear.”
Liberals care nothing about science, logical, legal, nor economic arguments.  They make policy arguments based on emotion, and what they feel “should be.”  Conservatives, while certainly taking personal decency into account, realize that we cannot escape the facts.  Emotion is important but it does not take the place of fact.  Democrats are only interested in the so-called “appeal to pity.”  Civil rights movements in the 19th and 20th centuries (which by the way were supported way more by Republicans than Democrats) have ended slavery & segregation, given blacks and women the opportunity to vote, and have evened the playing field in that anyone from any race, gender, or background has the equal opportunity to succeed, provided they are willing to achieve the education, experience, or hard work necessary to achieve it.  Groups like Black Lives Matter would have you falsely believe that systematic racism still exists, and that if one experiences inequalities in income and success, it has to be due to some ethereal “privilege”, rather than our own choices, culture, and actions. 

On top of this, they talk a lot about rights.  By definition, rights cannot be given or taken away by any person or government.  If the government, a person, or company can give you something or give you permission to do something, then that’s called a privilege. If you want to keep what you earn, that is defined as “greed,” as if other people have the right to your stuff just because they associate it with “social justice” and declare it a “right
Most of us not going to go and insult people or call a black person the n-word.  Why?  First, I like to think that most Americans are decent and polite people, the last thing they want to do is offend someone unnecessarily.  How about instead of trying to “educate” people on intercultural communication and diversity, we just simply be good to others and simply obey the golden rule, that would be all we need.  Anyway, the second reason is that I understand that while we have freedom of speech, that doesn’t mean we can say anything without regard to the consequences.  If I insult you or say something that you find offensive or insensitive, you can choose how to react to it.  You could yell at me, end a friendship or relationship.  What you cannot do, however, is prevent me from speaking, or trying to outlaw speech simply because you find it offensive.  Case in point:  The Washington Redskins.  Now I happen to find the name greatly offensive.  I might suggest the Maryland Redskins might be more appropriate.  This came up in a discussion I had many years ago when I had replied that these are only words and that the people arguing against it (who weren’t even Native Americans themselves) were being too sensitive.  The reply was, “You’re Jewish, how would you feel if an NFL team was named the Brooklyn Rabbis?” I admit I used to think this was a semi-decent argument even though I would never say so.  Here’s how I should have approached this back then: “Well I don’t really know, I suppose I’d find it weird, I don’t think I’d be insulted.  But even if I was, then it’s my choice not to support or follow that team.”  I have a message for people who label anything they feel uncomfortable with has hate speech:  Tough! Guess what, it’s a rough world out there, and sometimes you are going to hear things that offend you.  That’s life! More and more people in our culture operate under the assumption that they have the right to not be offended. If I’m offended by something you say, do or wear, then that’s my right but we do not have the right to shut down and label others’ speech as “hate speech” just because you don’t like it.  If you feel triggered, that’s something YOU have to deal with, not the rest of us.  It’s not up to us to indulge your fairy-tale safe space puppy dog and unicorn version of reality. The fact that you feel “triggered” by anything and everything speaks to your own lack of self-worth and thin skin that you need anti-free-speech laws because you can’t come out your safe space long enough to face the real world.  When you graduate college, you will find that the world is a rough place.  While I take care not to hurt someone on purpose or unnecessarily and I don’t set out to offend anyone, I will not walk on eggshells so that you can put yourself in bubble wrap and prevent yourself from ever hearing anything that might make you even the least bit uncomfortable.  Life’s tough.  Deal with it.

Issue #2 Return Rule of Law to our Government

ISSUE #2: RESTORE RULE OF LAW
 
The next thing that needs to be addressed is the fact that many of our problems come down to a departure from, and disrespect for the rule of law and decency in the U.S.  I list just a couple of examples here:
1. Hillary Clinton getting away with Benghazi & email scandal.
http://www.thelibertarianeducator.com/?p=48
We have a candidate for President who sells access to her office for donations to her foundation, stores classified information on a private email server, lies about it, gets caught, and then the FBI fails to prosecute.  FBI head James Comey: “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
Translation:  If an “ordinary citizen” does this they would face consequences, but yet in Hillary’s case “no reasonable” prosecutor would charge her?
Comey: “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.Ok, even if you believe that Mrs. Clinton did nothing criminal and does not deserve prison time, ask yourself this: Given that above statement, can we trust anyone who has done this with access to sensitive information as POTUS?  18 US Code 793 clearly states that someone who through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody” can be convicted of a crime resulting in up to 10 years prison time.  She did not HAVE to intent the transfer of information, ad no information actually HAS to be transferred for her to be guilty. 
I have said this several times, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump.  That being said, we have a candidate who has been exposed by the FBI for being reckless with national security data, lying about it, has had emails exposed revealing selling access to the Dept. of State for campaign contributions… and Trump is the one too dangerous to trust?  That makes no sense.
2. Obama administration ignoring immigration laws, releasing dangerous criminals.
We have a President who is the first person to attack police officers and shame Americans for so-called systemic racism when black people get shot, yet when a Muslim terrorist praises Allah before shooting up a nightclub, we’re not sure of his motives. Barack Obama has decided that he and he alone can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to not follow.  We have immigration rules that he refuses to enforce.  Although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, Barack Obama can dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back.  We have evidence that illegal immigrants who were convicted of felonies have been released in our country.  We are guilt-tripped into believing that we have an obligation to solve the world’s problems while our own veterans suffer.  The needs of illegal immigrants are more important than our own citizens and veterans, and if you don’t believe that, then you’re a racist alt-right bigot.
“We have seen tragedies like this too many times.  The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge, and the governor of Minnesota has called for an investigation there as well… these are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system…”
Our President, instead of solving the problems by trying to find a few racist cops and punish them, does a blanket attack on all cops as if racism was a “fact of life”, which not a shred of evidence supports.  The first act is to ignore the evidence, jump the gun and have a civil rights investigation, as if that’s the highest possibility, without a shred of proof.
“But America, we know that bias remains. We know it, whether you are black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or native American, or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point… No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments. We know this.” Note that he made these remarks at a funeral service for the police officers in Dallas!
Obama’s fanatics refuse to believe that tolerance of hate groups is only fueling the fire.  The only way we’re ever going to heal this problem is by going after those responsible, stop blaming the police, and not giving in to thug groups whose only message is hate and violence. 
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What do these examples have in common?  When Richard Nixon ran for President in 1968, the Vietnam War was accelerating, Lyndon Johnon’s “Great Society” was wreaking havoc on our economic system, we were seeing racial unrest, protests and violence that we hadn’t seen in a long time.  Nixon ran on a campaign of law & order (much like Donald Trump is now) and that there was a silent majority of Americans who craved a return to peace and justice.  I believe that the Black Lives Matter movement and other extreme left groups make up a very vocal, but small minority.  The overwhelming majority of citizens, including millennials, are decent hardworking people who believe that a person’s merit, education, experience, and work ethic should be a better predictor of privilege than having ancestors who were treated badly by groups of Americans who are long dead. The fact is that rule of law is no longer respected, at least at the top levels of government.  Well-connected Democrat politicians skate free while Republican hopefuls get dragged through the mud for far less.  Illegal immigrants who break our laws are given free passes, yet the veterans who fought for the freedom that immigrants come here for are pushed to the back of the line.  Merit, hard work, and moral character has taken a back seat to political correctness and lawlessness.  I believe our best days are in front of us.  Like him or not, Trump’s emergence, along with the rise of the Libertarian Party, are signs that Americans are starting to wake up to the fact that America is on the wrong track, and that the people promising us a better life (establishment politicians, frankly in BOTH major parties) are the very ones who are responsible for its ruin in the first place.  We are getting tired of the blame and excuses. Once we get past the political correctness, the next step is to stabilize our society, where respecting the law and the Constitution, and putting merit above of victimhood, is the next important step.
“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.  The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers… We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”
– Bill Clinton, 1995 State of the Union address

Issue #1 Educate the public

ISSUE #1: EDUCATING AND INFORMING OURSELVES

I’m not going to get into a full-on critique of our education system at a state and local level, but as a professional in this field, I have to weigh in on the role of the Federal government in education: which is none at all.  We can talk about No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, or other programs that pretend they can improve our education system simply by more Federal regulation and throwing money at the problem.  The fact is that the Federal Department of Education is itself unconstitutional by its very existence.  If you’re going to label something unconstitutional, you’d better be able to back that up:

Amendment X: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Simply put, the Tenth Amendment, in layman’s terms, states that if not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, an authority automatically falls to the states.  Since public education is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution or any of its twenty-seven amendments, it is officially a state issue, and only a state issue.
Yet although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, we have had several violations by the Federal Government.  They take tax money to the DOE, give pennies on the dollar back to the states where it came from, and to even get that, you need to follow the Federal government’s rules:  No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core are unconstitutional on their very face.  Common Core is by the way NOT state-led as we’ve been led to believe.  It is designed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats hired by corporations that have a vested financial interest in over-testing our students.  The Federal government also uses DOE as a strong-arm tactic to impose their will on sovereign districts and states.  Evidently Barack Obama can dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back. 

Education entails more than what happens inside the brick-and-mortar of a classroom, or online in the course’s Blackboard page.  It’s our duty as Americans to do the following every day:

  • Watch and listen to the news.  You’re not going to get the truth by ANY major media outlet.  Most mainstream media has a liberal bias, and even Fox News is not the reliable source it used to be.  We need to get the ideas from right, left, and middle.  Listen to Liberal (Young Turks, Huffington Post), Conservative (Conservative Review, Daily Wire, Daily Signal), AND Libertarian sources (PJTV, John Stossel) to get ALL the information.
  • Take a course or read a book to educate themselves on the Constitutional history of the United States and the Federalist Papers written by our Founding Fathers
  • Once and a while at least, make sure you write your President, Senators, Congressmen and State Legislators to voice your opinion if you differ with them on an issue, or want to express your support for upcoming legislation.

Although the Federal Government Constitutionally has no business interfering in state education, Barack Obama can apparently dictate to state school boards that they must give in to invented social constructs regarding gender identity, or be labeled as discriminatory and not get their own tax money back.The Federal Government uses their power to force-feed leftist policies like letting people use whatever bathroom they want, instituting anti-white racism in the form of social justice and white privilege. 

I believe the main problem, the reason that government is not listening to us is because they believe we’re not paying attention to them.  Therefore a politician feels free to  say and promise anything on the campaign trail in the hope that we won’t call them out on it.  In the current election, polls show that despite the fact that more Americans take Trump’s side of most issues, they still favor Clinton.  Although the vote is, not, and should not be denied to anyone, along with rights come responsibilities to educate ourselves about our history, Constitution, basic supply-side Economics, and make sure you do your research into candidates to go beyond the soundbites.  Elected officials are put into office by us, and they work for us.  So it’s our duty to give them reviews, scrutinize their work, and fire them when they don’t do their job.

I believe that most establishment politicians (both sides of the aisle) count on ignorance.  If we are unaware of the fact that taxing the wealthiest Americans even at 100% could not cover our national budget for one year (source: http://goo.gl/XBV3Ib), then we are more likely to buy into Bernie Sanders’ argument for free college and health care, because we believe him when he says that will work.  No matter who occupies the White House or Congress, a truly educated and well-informed public is our best “inoculation” against oppressive government, because if they know that we will hold their feet to the fire, one would be surprised how much they start looking out for our interests.  Getting the money out of politics?  A nice idea, but not practical in the short term.  But not even the wealthiest campaign contributor can undo a strong, well-informed public who knows not only who to pull the lever for, but why.  News and politics are not the “in” thing, and many people avoid it because it’s a potentially controversial topic.  But if we pay more attention to who’s winning “Survivor” than who’s winning the primaries, we can not make informed decisions about who to trust with our national interest, and also in a self-feeding loop, only makes us more vulnerable to political rhetoric, making us hate politics more, and pay less attention…  So the best way to get Congress and the President to do what we want, is the threat of losing what they really want – the vote.

Here’s my “homework assignment” to you all.  Please educate yourself.  Watch the news, not just Fox News or MSNBC but an eclectic spectrum of political thought. Read a book on the Constitution, our Founding Fathers, the basic laws of Economics and History.  Below are some places to start.  In this blog in the coming weeks and months, I will pass along more sources that I have found useful.  Read them and decide for yourself.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:

  • Hillsdale College is a college in Michigan that takes no Federal funds, and have a variety of FREE courses on Constitution, government, history and economics.  Do yourself a favor and sign up, I think it will open your eyes.
  • Politifact and Factcheck, just like Joe Friday, looks at “just the facts, ma’am” and sorts the truth from the lies of all nationally prominent politicians.  Does your President or Senator make a claim or statement that seems wrong to you?  Here’s a place to get an unbiased analysis of their statements.
  • Article V Convention of States seeks to call a convention to help take our states back from government overreach.  Even if you decide not to participate, there are many good reading resources on this page.

I can’t understand why _____________s vote Democrat.


I have to really question why certain segments of our population, who should be very much in favor of Republican/Libertarian or against Democrats.  We’ve become so programmed to believe that the Democrats are the party of the people, I want to bring up a few issues.  I wonder why would…

(A) …blacks vote Democrat?

Most of the poorest inner cities right now, with high black populations have been run by Democrat mayors for the better part of the century.  What have they done for the African American community?  Why all the shootings?  Black on black violence?  Why are the unemployment rates for African-Americans so high?  The only thing Democrats have done for the black community are to quash job creations, keeping them on welfare, and keeping them dependent on the Democratic machine.  This is on top of the fact that it was the Democrat party that was pro-slavery, established Jim Crow laws, and opposed the Civil Rights Acts.  The first Republican president, a racist bigot named Abraham Lincoln (sarcasm noted) was anti-slave, and the KKK was formed as a reaction to Republican post-bellum occupation of the South and Reconstruction.

(B)…millennials vote Democrat?  Credit: “Wilkow Majority” at 0h42min on 8/11/16
Millennials are of course very varied in their personality and political affiliation, and are tough to peg down to ideology, but it’s no question that a vast majority would favor Democrats, especially Bernie Sanders.  But one thing I’ve noticed is that they are more anti-establishment and for innovation.  They’d rather stay at a youth hostel or Air B&B instead of a traditional hotel, or take Uber or Lyft rather than a standard taxi – in other words innovation over establishment.  They challenge the establishment and related economy, and favor free choice.  We have a media and education system which is highly liberal biased, but underneath it all, I think today’s college age people are more conservative than previous generations were at that age.  They want change, which the Democrat establishment wants to quash.  Uber is illegal in Philadelphia but the restriction was lifted for several days during the Democratic Convention.  They want to heavily tax and regulate cab companies to keep newcomers out and the cronies in.  Lyft and Uber are bucking that trend.  Sooner or later though increased tax and regulations, these startups will either be run out of business, or so regulated that they are exactly the same as established corporations anyway.
Another reason is jobs.  The minimum wage was never intended to be a full-time income to raise a family on.  Most minimum wage employees work for small employers, and a great many are high school and college kids just trying to get their first job, get some experience and earn some pocket money.  They are really eager to get work experience and better themselves.  But the minimum wage hike prices them out of these positions and costs them jobs.  Further, the massive illegal immigration due to our open borders floods the market with unskilled labor, so those teens lucky enough to get jobs will receive a lower wage not because of greedy businessmen, but they are literally being undercut and priced out by groups (ILLEGAL immigrants) who shouldn’t be here in the first place.  Democrats quash the free choices that innovative millennials want, support policies that cost millennial jobs, and yet they still are confident they’ll get that 18-30 vote.

(C)…the poor vote Democrat? 
As I have said above, illegal immigrants take low wage jobs (not JUST minimum wage) that the lower classes need in order to make ends meet.  Contrary to popular belief, immigrants do NOT simply take the jobs that Americans don’t want.  This hogwash.  The Center for Immigration Studies reports that “Thus, there really are no jobs that Americans won’t do…Many jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly immigrant (legal and illegal) are in fact majority native-born”

·        Maids and housekeepers: 51 percent native-born
·        Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 58 percent native-born
·        Butchers and meat processors: 63 percent native-born
·        Grounds maintenance workers: 64 percent native-born
·        Construction laborers: 66 percent native-born
·        Porters, bellhops, and concierges: 72 percent native-born
·        Janitors: 73 percent native-born
SOURCE: Steven A. Camarota & Karen Zeigler, Center for Immigration Studies, Math 2013
(D) …Jews vote Democrat?

The Obama administration seems to be an apologist for Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Right now Judeo-Christian values are under attack Promotion of Islam, ignoring Israel’s needs while defending and protecting Islam at every turn.

(E) …the gay community vote Democrat?

After the tragic Orlando night club shooting, a killing that was clearly an anti-gay, ISIS-related crime, the first word out of Democrats mouths were not a pledge to go after ISIS, but to scold the American people saying that this was a gun control issue.  They are making excuse after excuse for ISIS and radical Islam.  The LGBT community consistently gets on the side of tolerance and inclusion, including the Muslim community.  These are people that think homosexuality is a sin and should be punished by death, and LGBT would be the first people that Islamist extremist groups will go after in a Shahira Laws situation. 

 

HIllary’s Economic Speech Part 2


CLICK HERE FOR PART 1

Then there’s the Estate Tax, which Trump wants to eliminate altogether. If you believe that he’s as wealthy as he says, that alone would save the Trump family $4 billion. It would do nothing for 99.8 percent of Americans. So they’d get a $4 billion tax cut, and 99.8 percent of Americans get nothing.
I see what you’re doing here.  It’s the old, “tie the issue to Trump” tactic.  First the estate tax was not designed for, and run by, Donald Trump.  The estate tax is an abomination and absolutely should be repealed.  The deceased estate refers to money and property they had when they died, so it’s already been through income tax and capital gains tax.  The estate tax prevents people from taking money that they’ve already earned and paid taxes on, from passing on inheritance to their children take their money for yourself because they’re rich and they shouldn’t have it.  That is beyond sick!  And your “reasoning” for this is that so Donald Trump and the other “super rich” have a lower tax break, because you have somehow decided that the government has more claim to a person’s estate than their children.  For a person who truly claims to stand with children and the middle class, you’re sure not acting like it.  By the way, if estate tax is so good, why are you sheltering your own estate from it, can you answer that?  
And that brings us to the third question: Which candidate can you actually count on to go to bat for workers and working families?  That’s why I’ve set out a bold vision to make quality, affordable childcare available to all Americans and limit the costs to 10 percent of family income.
I’m sorry to say this but the truth must come out.  Just because something is good does not give you the go-ahead to declare it a “right” and make others pay for it.  Health care is NOT a right.  There, I said it.  If it were then you could demand health care at any time from any person free of charge.  I know some people will feel I’m being cold.  The truth will set you free but it will piss you off first.  You cannot arbitrarily define things as “rights” just because you want to do it in order to pander to the “lower class” for votes.  If you want lower-cost childcare then stop with the endless taxes and regulations.  More private agencies will open up, and the resulting competition will lower costs because unlike yourself, parents of children actually do care about the quality of their child’s care, and are smart enough to pay attention to make sure needs are being met.  The government cannot possibly accomplish this.
For example, guaranteeing equal pay won’t just increase paychecks for women – it will boost family budgets and get incomes rising across the board.  Raising the federal minimum wage won’t just put more money in the pockets of low-income families – it also means they will spend more at the businesses in their neighborhoods. 
First, the gender wage gap is a myth.  The numbers are true only if you ignore small technicalities, like men working different jobs, more hours, taking less time off, in more dangerous occupations than women.  You’re simply comparing ALL men with ALL women.  Raising the minimum wage is another one of those policies that sounds good.  Sure, more money, why not?  But Democrats are playing on pity.  If you don’t want to fix prices and labor costs, then you’re a hateful person who wants poor people to starve.  Yes I want everyone to live comfortably, but that’s up to them.  That doesn’t mean that any type of wage is a “right” and that the government can enforce it by law.  As soon as you sit down and think about this logically, and play out the scenario, you begin to see that fixing the so-called wage gap through price fixing (and what is a wage but a price paid for labor) is simply a utopian fantasy.  The government is not responsible for your wage.  If a job doesn’t pay you enough, get another one.  If you can’t, then maybe your skills need upgrading.  So go out and either return to college or gain experience, better yourself somehow and you’ll get what you’re worth. Nobody is owed $15 an hour just because they say so.  If you’re trying to raise a family on $8 per hour, then why did you have the family to begin with if you don’t have the requisite skills to earn more?  At what point do we start to take responsibility for our own actions and lifestyles?  To use the analogy again, simply jacking up wages is the cast on a broken hand, but if you really want to understand the cause of this problem, then you have to take a wider view. The cold hard reality is that no thing or no person’s labor is worth any more than the market demands.  A wage is money paid by employers in exchange for labor.  When you tell an employer that they are not “allowed” to hire someone for less than $15, then employers who would earn less than that will be priced out of jobs, and those lucky enough to get it will soon be out of work because the business can’t afford them anymore.  What this will do is put small companies out of businesses because the international giants can afford the new wage while these small businesses that you gush about so much go belly up.  The increased minimum wage has already proven disastrous in Seattle and in California.  Companies are not going to go simply eat the cost.  They’ll fire workers, reduce hours, start automating, and raising prices.  This policy sounds good and plays the pity card, but forcing anyone to pay above market value for any good or service will only hurt in the long run. 
All our lives we’ve been taught to believe that private businesses should not be running schools, and that people can’t earn a living without a government-enforced minimum wage.  The time has come to start asking ourselves why this is true!  We need to start asking tough questions. Does anyone out there believe that the government can run a business better than a private business?  Think about that one the next time you’re standing in line at the DMV or at the Post Office, or waiting for treatment at the Veterans Administration.
This is something that even the original automakers understood, way back at the beginning of the 20th century, when they decided to pay the unbelievable sum of $5 a day to autoworkers. 
And I applaud people like Henry Ford for doing so.  But what you’re forgetting is that this was a VOLUNTARY move.  Ford recognized that if he paid workers more, he’d attract a better quality employee (and thus a better product), and one that would be able to afford what he made.  It was a win-win – a smart business decision that gave Ford a competitive advantage while improving the lives of his employees.  That is NOT what you’re proposing.  You would force ALL auto manufacturers to pay employees $5 a day whether their skills and experience were worth it or not.  That would have had the opposite effect – employees would have no incentive to improve their skills or productivity, and that would have forced an increase in price or decrease in work hours (probably both), which would have made the car LESS affordable, this time not only to the Ford employees, but middle-class people everywhere.  The economy is like a Jenga tower – you pull one piece out, you meddle with one piece of it, the whole thing can collapse.
We already have millions of people working in the economy and paying $12 billion a year to Social Security even though they are undocumented.  We will level the playing field so that American workers can’t be taken advantage of because undocumented workers can be exploited by employers, which is one of the reasons we have this disconnect.
If you break into the country illegally, you are breaking the law.  You don’t deserve protection, amnesty, or a “level playing field.”  You deserve a one-way plane ticket back to where you came from.  I’m all for legal immigration. But you can’t come in here against the law and then blame US for putting you in the shadows.  I’m sick of this “feel-good, play on the heartstrings” policy, declaring someone racist because they want to defend their own border.  If someone comes into our country under false pretense then you are by definition a criminal and need to leave.  To all the people saying, “oh but those poor people they just want to make a better life.” So if someone broke into your home and stole your food because they’re out of money, does that make it okay for them to stay in your house, share a bed with your children because they have unilaterally declared sanctuary in your house?  No?  We do not have a history of open borders, and foreigners are not entitled to simply break in and stay here just because they want to.
I think there are a lot of great ideas out in America, and I want you to have a say in your government. And that means we have to get unaccountable money out of our politics, overturn Citizens United, and expand voting rights, not restrict them.
Ok finally something I can at least in theory agree with.  I’m all for removing money from politics and opening chances for third-party candidates.  However you are the definition of hypocrite on this one.  Why are you taking money from Goldman Sachs and Apple (who by the way make their phones overseas, did you know?), getting six-figure lecture fees for speeches you won’t disclose, and living in two multi-million dollar homes.  Well who said that selling government secrets to hostile nations doesn’t pay off?
 
Nothing for communities of color in our cities to overcome the barriers of systemic racism. Nothing to create new opportunities for young people.  
Oh stop it!  I am so sick and tired of hearing that every racial inequality has nothing to do with poor lifestyle choices, single-parent households, bad neighborhoods, and underperforming public schools.  Yes there are some bad policies (mostly in cities that have been under Democrat control for the better part of a century), but you cannot look at every discrepancy and assume that it MUST be due to some “systemic” racism or ethereal “white privilege.”  That is an old and tired argument.  Everyone has equal opportunity and while individual acts of racism will always be an unfortunate fact of life, by using the word “systemic” you’re assuming system-wide – public laws and policies that have discrimination as their intended purpose.  Those have been extinct for over fifty years!  Yes we have a terrible history in the United States when it comes to blacks, women, and Native Americans.  But the key word is “history.”  Just because your ancestors were slaves 200 years ago (at no fault of me or my ancestors) does not mean you’re owed special treatment or get to cry racism as the default reason for every single problem you face.  We get it, without the black vote you stand no chance of election.  But you’ve fed off your race baiting and their dependence long enough.  The Republicans ended slavery and opposed Jim Crow laws despite the Democrats and their offshoots (i.e. the KKK) attempts to continue them.  I realize you haven’t told anything resembling truth in the last 24 years, but don’t assume that Americans are as stupid as you’d like to believe.   
I’m going to repeat a line that Regan used after another failed economic administration. Are you better off now than you were 8 years ago?  Are you more secure financially?  Are race relations better?  Is there less violence in the streets and more rule of law?  Regardless of what you think of any other candidate, when you get in that booth in November, ask yourself has Obama done a great job?  Because what you’re going to get is four more years of Obama – or worse.

HIllary’s Economic Speech Part 1


Hillary Clinton is just the gift that keeps on giving.  I had a little fun with her DNC acceptance speech, and now I will tear apart her economic speech piece by piece.  I want to note that there are charts, graphs, and hyperlinks in this essay.  That’s because I do not want you to take my word for these things.  I believe in backing up my claims, and I want you to know the truth.  If you take my word for everything (which you shouldn’t), then don’t bother clicking on the links.  But unlike a certain Democrat presidential candidate, I believe that facts and backing up statements are good ideas.  
I realize that this is long, but please take the time to read it.  Click the links if you want but please read it, ask questions, and do your own homework.
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So starting on Day One, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. 
Ok I’m glad we started with this because whenever a Democrat uses the word “invest”, I would strongly suggest holding on tight to your wallet. When politicians say it, what they really mean is “spend more money,” which means “raising taxes.”  And don’t be foolish enough to believe that this will only affect the so-called “one percent.”  Democrats have the pattern of using the “pity” card, making arguments based only on emotion without logic, ignoring reality, and not thinking things through.  There’s nothing wrong with being happy, wanting a good job, a good home, great health coverage and low cost education.  But instead of taking logical steps to fix the problem, they prey on our emotion to patch over real issues and just fix equity of outcome.  Here’s an analogy I will use throughout this presentation: If a person comes to the doctor with a broken bone, the doctor sets it and casts it.  If that same person comes in again and again with one broken bone after another, at some point you have to take a deeper look at WHY that person has so many broken bones.  Illness?  Abuse?  And ignoring the underlying problem will only make it worse.  If we have “too much” income inequality, then we need to ask ourselves why our economic policies aren’t creating jobs, rather than simply trying to fix the results by raising the minimum wage, which is only counterproductive to the real issue.  That’s the Democrat line.  Just keep giving us more and more money and everything will be fine. No, we’re really doing well.  We just need the rich to give a little more, just ask the “super rich” for just a little bit more.  Where does it end?  We hear that again four years later, and four years after that.  Didn’t we already “invest” in roads and bridges after Obama’s stimulus plan?  Where did that money go?  The American taxpayers are not an endless money pit that you can dig into to fix your own broken promises.
 
We will also help cities like Detroit and Flint connect underserved neighborhoods to opportunity, expanding affordable housing, and we will repair schools and failing water systems as well. You know, I happen to think we should be ambitious: while we’re at it, let’s connect every household in America to broadband by the year 2020.  And let’s build a cleaner, more resilient power grid with enough renewable energy to power every home in our country as well.

Businesses don’t exist for the sole purpose of creating jobs, they are there to build a product or service, and yes, make money doing it.  Government isn’t in the business of creating jobs, and they don’t even produce anything. 
Detroit has been under Democrat control for over half a century.  You’ve had your chance to “serve” those neighborhoods and where has it gone?  While these goals are admirable, they can be handled by free enterprise.  Detroit has been under Democrat control for over half a century.  Chicago has had a Democrat mayor since 1933, and for all but 12 years since the year 1893! Has it done any good? Even inner city blacks are waking up to this truth. Yes we need new power grids, and roads, and infrastructure, and wi-fi Internet, more affordable housing, all good ideas.  But this is a fallacy that liberals keep bringing up.  Just because something is a “good idea” does not mean that you can simply declare it a “right”, start some more unelected and unaccountable government agencies, then send the bill to the taxpayers.  Especially since when they do, there are always strings attached .  Parents out there, do you feel that you and your child’s teachers make better decisions than the Federal government?  When did we get the idea that every single problem can and should be solved by out-of-touch federal government bureaucrats who know nothing about these communities?  If you want to help the inner cities deal with poverty, then LEAVE THEM THE HECK ALONE!  For all the complaints I hear about politics as usual, the IRS, high taxes, is there anyone reading this who seriously WANTS a stronger, more intrusive government?  
And we’re going to invest $10 billion in what we’re calling “Make it in America” partnerships to support American manufacturing and recommit to scientific research that can create entire new industries.
Ah there’s that “invest” word again.  When a Democrat says “invest”, that’s when the BS meter goes off.  Answer this: Why do we need the government to take our money to tell us how to create new industries?  The light bulb, the telephone, the movie camera, and the resulting power companies – these were created by small-time inventors and entrepreneurs.  If you want American companies to invest in more jobs and research, here’s a clue – stop taxing them so much and pretending like every problem we have is solvable only by big government.  
The people taking care of our children and our parents, they deserve a good wage, good benefits, and a secure retirement.
Yes they do.  But again it’s not for the Federal Government to solve every problem and right every wrong.  Any profession that’s that important is going to be well taken care of because the free market will demand it.  Believe it or not parents DO want good education for their kids and comfortable care for their elderly parents.  Why can’t we let the free market decide?  If a private school fails, the parent pulls their kids out. If a government school fails, then you suddenly complain that they’re not funded enough.  The way to a secure retirement is to encourage private investment and allow people to invest in methods of their choice, not that the government would dictate to them.  Again, parents, don’t you think that you can make better choices for your children than the government?  Isn’t it your tax money  Don’t YOU get to decide?  Why should the government take your tax money, then gives you 50 cents on the dollar and even then, only if you follow their rules and tell you how to educate your kids?  This has nothing to do with a good wage or benefits.  The private market will take care of that.  This has to do with pandering to unions in exchange for votes.
And, it’s crucial that every American have access to the education and skills they need to get the jobs of the future.  So we will fight to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for everyone.  We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt by making it easier to refinance and repay what you owe as a portion of your income so you don’t have to pay more than you can afford.
So if education is truly an investment, isn’t it our investment to make?  Again, playing to the heartstrings.  You’re saying that “education is good, therefore it is a right, and therefore the taxpayers should pay for it.” If you believe a college education is right for you, then you should do it.  But like any investment, the responsibility is yours.  If you truly can’t afford college, we already have Federal grant programs in place.  Otherwise it’s not the government’s cross to bear.  If you want to buy a house, does the bank charge you the price of the house or “what you can afford?”  I hate to sound cold, but again the government is not our parents and it is not there to solve our problems for us.
So here’s what we’re going to do. We will support high-quality union training programs. We will propose new tax credits to encourage more companies to offer paid apprenticeships that let you earn while you learn. We will do more, including a national campaign, to dignify skills training across the board. I think we’ve got to reverse what has become a kind of commonplace view, which is everybody needs to go to college.
So only the government and union organizations are capable of training people and growing jobs?  I got a message for you, if a company offers a paid apprenticeship, they get low-cost labor in return for field experience.  It’s a win-win.  Don’t even try to imply that we can’t train people and offer apprenticeships without your help.  We’d do much better without you and your constant departments, agencies, and regulations.  If you want to help small businesses, then leave them the hell alone!
It is also true that China and other countries have gamed the system for too long. Enforcement – particularly during the Bush administration – has been too lax.
China has gamed the system?  With yours and Bill’s help of course.  You sell secrets and favors to foreign countries in exchange for campaign contributions, and BUSH is the one being too lax?  How stupid do you think we are?
So as President, I will stand up to China and anyone else who tries to take advantage of American workers and companies. And I’m going to ramp up enforcement by appointing, for the first time, a chief trade prosecutor, I will triple the number of enforcement officers, and when countries break the rules, we won’t hesitate to impose targeted tariffs.
The same way you did during Chinagate?  I’m sorry, but after the carelessness and incompetence you displayed in Benghazi, your email scandal, and with the Russia nuclear deal, not to mention the dozens of other scandals, to even think that you’d be the least bit competent in foreign policy is beyond laughable.
Right now, thousands of Michigan companies are exporting billions of dollars of products around the world. We want them to sell even more, and create more jobs here at home. But corporations should not abandon profitable operations here in the United States to move abroad, just to give shareholders a quicker return, CEOs a bigger bonus, and unions a weaker hand to play.
As I explained above, companies are leaving for overseas because of liberal policies that think the answer to economic growth is taxes and regulations.  You tax companies into oblivion, which causes them to leave, and when they do, they’re the greedy ones?  And it’s not about bonuses to CEOs.  Their bottom line affects their stock price, and their stock price affects the millions of people (like me) who have investment in their companies through stocks and IRAs, and who are depending on that money for retirement – you know, we “common folks” who don’t have $18 million estates called “White Haven.”  The economy is a delicate balance, and you cannot just “attack one per-centers” and have no effect on all of us. Do CEOs make too much?  That’s not mine, nor anyone else’s call to make.  No product or employee’s labor is worth any more or less than the market demands.  If we really thought the Microsoft CEO was not worth his salary, then the investors and those holding interest & stock in the company would vote them out.  Executives, sports stars, and movie stars (note how you never hear complaints about the last two) make that much for the simple reason than we’re willing to pay it.  If we stopped buying their products or stopped attending their games, the market would correct itself.  What you’re proposing is a government controlled market.  I think they tried that in Russia about 100 years ago.   “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill
He’s made Trump ties in China and Trump suits in Mexico instead of here in Michigan.  He keeps saying it’s not possible to make these things in America anymore, and that’s just wrong.
What’s wrong is you and your big federal government politics.  Do you know why things are tough to make in America? You force companies overseas with your high taxes and regulations, then when they can’t operate profitably in the U.S. you call them greedy?  That’s insane logic:  Companies aren’t hiring enough workers, so we’ll fix the problem by taking more money from them.  How is increasing taxes actually going to create jobs?
By the way speaking of evil corporations run by greedy billionaires, Tim Cook of Apple is hosting a fundraiser for you. Where do they make their phones by the way?  If your best attack against Donald Trump comes down to where he makes his ties, then you give new meaning to the word “hypocrite”. 
We need to grow the economy and we need to make it fairer. I believe that every employee, from the CEO suite to the factory floor, contributes to a business’ success, so everybody should share in the rewards – especially those putting in long hours for little pay.  So I’m proposing a new tax credit to encourage more companies to share profits with workers. More broadly, we will fight for a more progressive, more patriotic tax code that puts American jobs first.
The problem with the word “fair” is that it’s subjective.  How do you determine what’s “fair” and what’s not?  Does the government get to make that decision?  When you really say a “more progressive tax code” what you’re really saying is “make the rich pay higher rates” (even though they already pay the most in taxes) for no other reason than that you have sat in your ivory tower and decreed that certain people are allowed to keep what they earn and others aren’t.  If you want a truly fair tax code, how about a flat tax rate for everyone?  If you truly put American jobs first, you wouldn’t be trying to figure out ways to tax corporations out of existence.  That is why Carrier moved to Mexico.  Because they couldn’t put up with the tangled web of ever-increasing taxes and regulations.  Your “logic” seems to be that since companies aren’t hiring enough American workers, we will “solve” the problem by taxing them more.  That’s like trying to fix a leak in a boat by pumping more water in.  I don’t care how rich they are, you are not entitled to other people’s money for no other reason than “they have it.”  They’ve earned it, now go out and earn it yourself.

For those that move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, they’re going to have to pay a new exit tax.  We should also add a new tax on multi-millionaires, crack down on tax gaming by corporations and close the carried interest loophole
As I said above, they moved overseas because you keep piling on regulation after tax after regulation.  So how are you going to fix this?  Tax them more?  That will make them leave even faster!  You cannot regulate private enterprise where it’s “allowed” to do business.  I think these jobs should come home too but the harder you press down, the MORE jobs will go overseas, not less. 
And then there is Trump’s tax plan. He would give trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, and Wall Street money managers. That would explode our national debt and eventually lead to massive cuts in priorities like education, healthcare, and environmental protection.
Take a look at the graph above from the Pew Research center using actual IRS data.  Do you still think the rich “aren’t paying enough?”  I put together the below tables using data from the IRS.  It’s right there for anyone to find.  What I ask voters to do is to please look up the facts, don’t take ANYONE’S word for it.  Look up the facts, educate yourself on reality.  And realize that if something smells bad, there’s probably a reason for it.
 Income bracket
Taxable income
Tax
paid
Effective
Rate
All returns, total
$1,562,956,295
$279,024,625
18%
$100,000 under $200,000
$243,010,087
$50,518,267
21%
$200,000 under $500,000
$118,451,146
$30,764,293
26%
$500,000 under $1,000,000
$44,422,264
$13,226,602
30%
$1,000,000 under $1,500,000
$19,389,608
$6,171,341
32%
$1,500,000 under $2,000,000
$11,240,669
$3,689,407
33%
$2,000,000 under $5,000,000
$28,645,134
$9,523,249
33%
$5,000,000 under $10,000,000
$16,606,647
$5,459,253
33%
$10,000,000 or more
$38,489,302
$12,080,894
31%
Income range
Total
Income ($M)
% of all taxable income
% of tax paid
Under $100K
$1,042
67%
53%
$100K-$500K
$361
23%
29%
$500K-$1M
$44
3%
5%
$1M-$10M
$76
5%
9%
$10M+
$39
2%
4%
TOTAL
$1,562

As you can see, the effective rate (and this is just from income tax) INCREASES as the income bracket goes up.  The rich already pay a higher amount, but you would have the top incomes pay a higher rate just because you’ve somehow decided that they’re “too rich, and need to give back until you’ve decreed that the distribution is ‘fair.

PART TWO HERE…

Confession Time

Part of being a blogger and commentator is admitting when you’re wrong.  The fact that this mistake was made 12 years ago makes no difference.  You see, I was once a Democrat.  But so was Ronald Reagan.  And I feel the same way that he must have felt when he said that “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party – The Democratic Party left me.”  For a long time I felt a deep hatred toward Reagan, I cheered the day GHW Bush was voted out of office, got angry at Florida for allegedly costing Al Gore the White House, blamed GW Bush for causing 911 and voted for Barack Obama.  Now I have Reagan ranked #4 on my best Presidents of all time (up to you to guess #1-3). I feel that while GW Bush was not a great President and he had is flaws, he is not nearly the monster or idiot that Michael Moore painted him as.  He was a simple-spoken person but a patriot who would not put up with the bullshit that ISIS presents us with.  I believe that Al Gore is a hypocrite, preaching to us about global warming while living in a large house with a huge electric bill and flying around in his private jet.  This would be an awful place if he had won in 2000, and like it or not, GW Bush did win fair and square.  I distanced myself from Barack Obama and voted against him in 2012.   Somewhere along the line during Obama’s first term, I finally saw the light.  Now that I’ve confessed my sins, I must reflect on why I committed them in the first place.

As I type this, I’m watching a documentary called “Farenhype 911” a response to Michael Moore’s 2004 “documentary” Fahrenheit 911.  I watched that movie in the theaters, even applauded at the end.  As the years went on I realized how much of a fraud Mr. Moore, and most of the Democrat establishment, is.  I am now making fun of a movie that just 12 years ago I was giving rave reviews on. 

So what happened?  Why the sudden change?
That’s a bit more complicated.  I’m the same person I always was.  My political turnaround is due to two factors.  Some of my beliefs have changed as I learned that what I thought was the truth wasn’t really so.  In other cases the beliefs themselves were re-labeled; things I believed all along but realized that these are not Democrat principles to begin with. But I was a Democrat because I had fallen under the spell that they were the “party of the people.”  So I haven’t changed in that I’m still “for the people” but I realize that the solutions I was presented with were either based on lies, or not well-thought through.  The Democrats have always been liberal but these days they’ve gone off the deep end.  Giving money and aid to Iran is more important than better VA Hospitals for our nation’s heroes.  Christian organizations have come under attack while we won’t attack terrorists out of fear of hurting the feelings of Muslim Americans.  Feelings and artificial social constructs have taken the place of logic, facts, and science.  If I could sum up very quickly why Mitt Romney lost in 2012, it would be this:  Romney told us what we needed to hear, Obama told us what we wanted to hear.

There was no moment but the turning point was in 2009 when I was watching the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.  Glenn Beck was a guest that night.  Obama had just come into office.  I made myself listen to the interview and a strange thing happened:  I started to think, “Hey, you know this guy actually is saying some of the things I’ve been thinking.  This makes sense.”  I had that moment that Columbus’s detractors must have felt when they found out that the earth was, indeed, round after all.
The door that had been ajar for a few years had now opened wide.  I started to accept that I’ve been taught a very narrow range of viewpoints.  Seen the world only from a limited view.  Assumed that Democrats were for the good guys and Republicans were just for greedy rich people, because that was what I was told growing up.  I start to realize, that’s wrong.  I made my decisions based on either false or misconstrued evidence, but although there were Conservatives around me in school, I wrote them off as cold, heartless, and party-poopers.  I had no reason to feel this way.  I had no evidence, because I just assumed the liberal news media and my teachers were right I blindly followed Dukakis, then Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama.  Then as Obama’s first term went by I realized, hey he’s not doing what he promised.  He’s promised “hope and change” but things are getting worse, not better.  I trusted this guy and what has he done for us?

Why do I do this blog?  Because if a dyed-in-the-wool liberal like I was 8 years ago could make this level of transformation then I believe anyone else can if presented with actual information and research.  I want to help others do the same thing. Stay informed, follow the stories, ask questions.  I want to enlighten others as I’ve been enlightened.  I don’t think that Democrats are stupid (well the ones in power are).  Most Americans are good honest people who just want to have a good life, raise their families, work hard at an honest job and keep food on the table.  They hear Democrats talk about economic equality and free college and say, “Yep, sounds good.”  Then they hear Republicans talk about Federal deficit and terrorist groups 10,000 miles away and it doesn’t resonate.  Why does this work? How can Clinton get into office despite holding on to failed policies, and a 24 year history of lies, scandals, and criminal activity?  Because at the end of the day people look at her and look at Trump and figure, “She’s the sane one.”  They don’t look at ideology at the end of the day.  I understand this feeling.  I suffered from it myself for almost 30 years.  But when I actually started digging in and looking for the truth, and actually learned about what was happening, listened to intelligent well-informed people instead of NBC News and CNN, I began to see that I had been a conservative all along.  I think that’s what America needs.  Nobody should ever vote or not vote for a person strictly on the say-so of anyone.  Not me, not the media, certainly not celebrities, not even media that you trust.  We have to look at the candidates, find who best represents us, and vote for that person.  Don’t worry about “wasted” votes, or “he/she can’t win.”  Go out there and choose your conscience.  I’m not trying to convert anyone’s political views here, I’m merely pointing out that we all owe it to ourselves to not just form our opinions from 140-character sound bytes.  I’m trying to give people the information and get people interested in researching for themselves.  The liberal news media can put up their Hillary posters all they want, but we are Americans with two eyes, two ears and a brain.  I am confident that when ordinary Americans are presented with the truth, we will choose freedom, and thus Libertarianism, or at least Conservatism as a backup.  They can see that we’ve been lied to, that Liberty is the best way forward.  And if they don’t and vote for Hillary Clinton anyway, then while I disagree with their decision, at least it will be an informed one.

So  watch the news, do the research, find the facts, ask ourselves who’s giving these opinions and who’s biased for what reason?  If someone claims a law is unconstitutional, then take out a Constitution and read it.  See for yourself.  Constitution is not a dirty word, it’s the document that this nation was founded on.  It’s the law of the land, yet politicians these days are perfectly fine ignoring the Constitution out of political correctness or expedience.  If someone proposes a law that looks good “raising the minimum wage”, “expand Obamacare”, don’t just take the headline for its word.  Ask yourself where the money comes from.  Don’t you think your taxes are high enough?  The only things that count here are facts, logic, truth, and what’s truly good for you and this country.  I’ve laid out the reasons many times why I believe that Hillary Clinton is not only the wrong person ideologically, but is an evil and dangerous person who can’t be trusted.  Bottom line – When Donald Trump makes a mistake, some people get offended.  When Hillary Clinton makes a mistake, people get killed (sometimes unintentionally).  While I will not vote for either one of them, I will say that despite Donald Trump’s personality flaws, that he truly loves America.  I honestly cannot say that about Hillary Clinton. This my opinion and mine alone.  Now go and form yours.

I find it difficult to believe that I’m lampooning a movie I thought was gospel not 12 years ago.  It was a long process, but once I learned to look for the truth, I could not go back.  I hope that by writing this blog I can encourage others to seek the truth as well.  The truth will set us free, though it will royally piss us off first.

Are Conservatives like the Koch Bros. buying elections?

I’m all for getting the $ out of politics (I think Hillary Clinton and her foundation should take a note from that), but her objection to Citizens United is, I feel, an attempt not to get money out of politics (Pot meet kettle, Kettle meet pot), but to get conservative money out of politics, that evil conservatives like the Koch Brothers (who are more Libertarian than Conservative anyway) are accused of trying to buy out our election process.  But are we throwing stones from glass houses here? 

If Hillary is so against big money corporations and buying influence in politics?  Let’s find out:
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1. She doesn’t seem to be able to, or even want to, explain why she is giving speeches to Wall Street financial institutions at $225,000 a speech, and refuses to release the transcripts. 

2. She talks about overturning Citizens United and get the money out of politics, yet she has received
$133 million in large individual contributions, $281,801 from Morgan & Morgan,$222,177 from Morgan Stanley,$180,461 from JP Morgan & Chase, and $151,281 from Bank of America

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I did some research a while ago to find out just where these political donations are coming from.  My source for most of this data can be found here.

The first myth is that Republican or Conservative contributors are evil and trying to “buy” elections.

(AMOUNTS IN THOUSANDS)

RANK
ORG
LEAN
DEM/LIB
REP/CONS
TOTAL
1
Service Employees Int’l
LEFT
$224,274
$1,294
$225,568
2
AFSCME
LEFT
$94,709
$672
$95,381
3
National Education Assoc
LEFT
$93,656
$3,192
$96,848
4
Fahr LLC
LEFT
$80,410
$0
$80,410
5
American Federation of Teachers
LEFT
$70,769
$348
$71,117
6
Las Vegas Sands
RIGHT
$70,417
$70,379
$140,796
7
Carpenters & Joiners
LEFT
$70,069
$4,682
$74,751
8
National Assoc. of Realtors
CENTER
$69,557
$26,678
$96,235
9
Int’l Brotherhood of Elec. Workers
LEFT
$66,273
$997
$67,270
10
United Food & Commercial Workers
LEFT
$64,073
$307
$64,380
11
AT&T Inc.
CENTER
$62,395
$36,179
$98,574
12
Laborers Union
LEFT
$58,351
$3,480
$61,831
13
Perry Homes
RIGHT
$55,513
$55,221
$110,734
14
Goldman Sachs
CENTER
$54,454
$25,922
$80,376
15
Americdan Assn for Justice
LEFT
$49,343
$3,452
$52,795
16
AFL-CIO
LEFT
$46,920
$1,136
$48,056
17
Soros Fund Management
LEFT
$46,645
$1,090
$47,735
18
Contran Corp
RIGHT
$46,091
$45,333
$91,424
19
Plumbers/Pipefitters
LEFT
$45,314
$1,518
$46,832
20
United Auto Workers
LEFT
$44,541
$233
$44,774
21
Communication Wokers of America
LEFT
$43,851
$238
$44,089
22
Teamsters Union
LEFT
$43,284
$2,122
$45,406
23
Adelson Drug Clinic
RIGHT
$43,006
$42,994
$86,000
24
Newsweb Corp
LEFT
$40,351
$251
$40,602
25
Emily’s List
LEFT
$38,960
$5
$38,965
48
Koch Brothers
RIGHT
$29,519
$1,717
$31,236
TOTAL
$1,652,745
$329,440
$1,982,185
PERCENT
83.38%
16.62%

The Koch Brothers were FORTY-EIGHTH in political contributions from 2002-2014.  18 of the top 25 donors were liberal organizations, including major unions.

In the 2014 election cycle, the Koch brothers combined (yes they are two separate people) are NINETEENTH in the top spenders

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Finally, are you so upset about millionaires who dare contribute their own money as they see fit that you want to boycott Koch Industries?  Good luck!  I’ll bet most of you use at least some of the following products:
  •  Angel Soft
  • Angel Soft Ultra
  • Brawny paper towels
  • Dixie products
  • Insulair cups
  • Mardis Gras napkins
  • Perfect Touch cups, paper products
  • Quilted Northern
  • Sparkle paper towels
  • Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
  • Zee Napkins
  • Georgia-Pacific Office products
  • Spectrum paper
If you want to take true common sense steps to make sure politicians are not bought and sold then fine, but that has to apply to both parties, and we need true election reform, such as abolishing political parties and going to an Approval Voting / Instant Elimination system.  Democrats are actually more likely to be funded by wealthy donors than the evil conservative voters they rail so much against.