Category Archives: 2016 Election

Family Separation at the Border Vs Abortion, A Fallacious Comparison

The Left’s new mantra is to demonize President Trump for separating families at the border while ignoring the law, and the fact that this practice has been ongoing since Clinton in 1997, then Bush, then their regal standard-bearer, Obama!  They ignore that 10,000 of the 12,000 separated minors came across the border ILLEGALLY WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS!  They ignore the fact that in the past week when they were “so” outraged at the family separations, 17, 811 babies were ripped from their mother’s womb and killed!  Abortion is the Ultimate Family Separation Tragedy!

Make no mistake, this faux outrage by the left has nothing to do with protecting children.  It is a political strategy to justify OPEN BORDERS in the 2018 Mid-Term and the 2020 Presidential elections.  The Left is seeing that President has succeeded in convincing the American People that his immigration policies of building a wall, eliminating the Visa Lottery, Chain Migration, and tightening the border security and enforcement is the only sensible path to border security and homeland safety. 

President Trump Will NOT Back Down!

What the Left is finally understanding is that this President will not stand idly by and allow them to dominate the narrative!  What the Left is finally understanding is that this President sees Border Security and the Protection of the Homeland as a principle, and not some sound bite!  What the Left is finally understanding is that this President sees the elimination of Open Borders as a principled means to ensure prosperity for American citizens and especially critical to uplifting economically disadvantaged minorities.  

ICE, the Phony Straw Man:

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As a side note, the Left is clamoring for the elimination of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  ICE does not detain and separate illegals crossing the border.  This is done by the Border Patrol (CBP, Customs and Border Protection) who then MUST turn over unaccompanied minors or minors whose parents are being prosecuted to the Health and Human Services agency!  Never try to confuse a liberal with FACTS!  Even Fox News has not recognized this factual error in the Left mantra to “Eliminate Ice”.  

ICE is responsible for deporting criminal illegal aliens, prosecuting smugglers and human traffickers and interdicting terrorists threats at the border.  In 2017, the ICE ERO division (Enforcement, Removal Operations), arrested over 143,000 people and convicted over 92% of those arrested.  In 2016, the ICE HSI unit in charge of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking, initiated 1,029 investigations with a link to human trafficking and recorded 1,952 arrests, 1,176 indictments, and 631 convictions; 435 victims were identified and assisted.  ICE also is responsible for border counter terrorism and the illegal movement of goods, drugs and currency.  So, who does the Left see as the heir apparent to this very effective agency?  NO one!  They merely use ICE erroneously, probably because their wacky membership can remember the word ICE, in order to gin up support for Open Borders!

Losing Battle for the Left

The Left’s protests on this issue will fizzle as did the women’s march and other similar contrived “outrages” ginned up by the Left.  The real issue is that Donald J. Trump is living up to his promises and literally wiping out decades of Left Wing Socialist re-engineering of the United States of America and its foundation, the US Constitution.  This President has annihilated Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of this nation, PERIOD!  

But, be prepared, when this issue backfires on the Left, and it is already starting, they will slither onto another OUTRAGE.  But, this President, will continue to OUTWORK them and their media lackeys and ultimately triumph over their destruction of our Constitutional Republic…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama DOJ/FBI/Intel Agencies-Treason And Sedition Against the United States

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”

The seditious and treasonous nature of the Obama Administration’s activities will go down as the most serious Constitutional threat to our Republic in the history of our nation…

When Lord Acton opined his view on political power in the mid 1800’s, he could not have imagined the seditious and treasonous actions that have been perpetrated on the American voter in the 2016 election and the ensuing Donald J. Trump Administration.  The sedition was borne out of the Obama Administration when its leader, his closest advisors who oversaw all of the key intel agencies, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secretary of State who became the Democrat Presidential candidate, conspired to ensure that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump would not  become the President of the United States, and then continued with its insurrection following Trump’s successful election.   Their actions quickly morphed into treason when their underlying goal was to overthrow a duly elected President and his lawful administration.

Did anyone who loves this country ever think that the FBI, CIA, and NSA would be used to rig a Presidential Election and then to undermine the duly elected President! 

The Obama administration weaponized the intel agencies and the chief US law enforcement agencies of the most powerful nation on earth to stop the Trump candidacy and later to undermine and overthrow his administration.  They even solicited the assistance of the British intel agencies to create a phony dossier against Trump and to abet a spy the FBI put inside of the Trump Campaign! This FBI would make the perverted J. Edgar Hoover Blush with envy!  

 How did we get to this point?

Acquiescent Congress: 

Republicans in Congress would do anything to make sure they weren’t accused of playing partisan politics including abrogating their Constitutional responsibilities.  When was the last time you actually believed that a Republican oversight committee would actually hold the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA etc. accountable for wrongdoing?  Remember the IRS/Lois Lerner Scandal?  Remember the Benghazi tragedy?  Remember Fast and Furious gun running?  Remember when Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress but then the Congress did not hold him accountable.  Remember when Obama “legislated: from the oval office on DACA; recess appointments when Congress was not in recess; the regime-change war on Libya without Congressional approval; Obama forcing Chrysler SECURED creditors into accepting 30 cents on a dollar; Obama continually changed the implementation dates for Obamacare based on political considerations even though the law was explicit on its implementation schedule; and many other unconstitutional executive usurpation of legislative powers by Obama.  Throughout all of the unlawful Obama years, the Republican led Congresses stood idly by and did not challenge Obama in court for his “theft” of their legislative powers.

9-11 and Electronic Surveillance Free-For-All:

During the Clinton presidency, we witnessed this president’s use of FBI files on individuals to target those who opposed his administration.  A bit of a throwback to J. Edgar!  Then, after the 9-11 attack on the US, Congress and the Bush administration threw the doors open on foreign and DOMESTIC spying via electronic surveillance of phone calls, emails, text messaging etc..  They put the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Act on steroids! 

What a perfect political tool to use against one’s political opponents!  Better than the Clinton’s use of the paper FBI files!

We lowly taxpayers and citizens were assured, by Obama’s James Clapper (DNI) and John Brennan (CIA), that there were check and balances and that mere citizen-mortals could not be surveilled nor was there data being saved on US Citizens.  And, that Congress had oversight responsibility to make sure that citizens were protected from an out of control Intelligent Service (IS).  Just to make sure, Congress had demanded that the IS get a “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Warrant” from a FISA Court that was made of up 6 or so rotating judges in order to surveil foreign sources or US Citizens.  BUT, these “judges” have literally rubber stamped and approved 99.96% of the applications!  Yes, 99.96%!  Feel safe now?  Further, there is no oversight over the FISA courts other than the Chief Justice of the US who could really care less!  There is no statutory independent review of the FISA Court actions.  

I thought American citizens could not be surveilled?  NOPE!  They can get caught up with the surveillance of a foreign person and they can even get a tap based on a fake dossier created by a political operative, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign and aided and abetted by our own DOJ, FBI, CIA, and NSA under Obama!  So, both US citizens and foreign nationals can be electronically surveilled by our intelligent services including the FBI domestically!  

In the 2016 Presidential election and before, the Obama Administration unleashed the full power of our intelligence services, and their access to electronic surveillance, as well as other federal positions including the Ambassador to the UN against a POLITICAL OPPONENT in order to fix the outcome of our Presidential Election.  Let that sink in!

  The DOJ, FBI, CIA, DNI and others spied on the Trump Campaign and following the election on the Trump Administration itself.  Obama used the spies to plant info into the Trump Campaign that would later be used as “evidence” that the campaign was conspiring with Russia against poor little Hillary and the Democrats.  They then used the so-called  “Trump Dossier” and other phony information that they created out of thin air to directly surveil the campaign and its principals including the President himself.  They then used the Comey firing to justify a “special counsel” to launch an open-ended, public investigation into the Trump Campaign, the Trump Administration and its principals.

Solutions!

Our founding fathers knew that unlawful people in power could in practice tear up the constitutional checks and balances they built-in to protect we the people.  Well, both Republican and Democrat administration and Congresses have demonstrated unlawful behavior and have created an unchecked Federal government capable of violating everyone’s constitutional rights, including the President of the United States!  I in no way believe that these solutions will be better than those envisioned by our founding fathers and that given enough incentive and moral depravity, there are those who will someday believe that they know better than our founders and will take extra-constitution, i.e. illegal, measures to thwart the system for their own purposes.  Remember the title of Director Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty”.  There should be no higher loyalty than to our constitution and our rule of law.

  • Foreign and Domestic Surveillance:  

    • The “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” (FISA) must be restructured when it comes to granting the surveillance of a US Citizen.
      • The FISA court can not be a sub-set of the Supreme Court as some of the actions of the FISA courts may be appealed to and adjudicated  by the Supreme Court.
      • The FISA court should be changed to a 12 judge rotating group, but rather than a single judge reviewing warrant applications, a 3 judge panel would review the applications. This would mitigate the possibility of a single judge being prejudiced in favor of the IS and therefore more likely to grant the warrant.  The 12 judges would be spread out over various federal districts rather than rely only on the DC district court judges.
      • All FISA warrants to surveil a US Citizen must be approved by the Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, and the National Security Advisor to the President.  If a US citizen is to be surveilled, then the approval must include the highest national security advisor to the President him or herself.
      • The House and Senate Intelligence Committee must have direct access to all FISA warrants issued on US Citizens or US Citizens with dual citizenship.
      • No FISA warrants can be issued to surveil a candidate for the Presidency, the House, or the Senate, or the sitting President, a sitting member of the House, Senate or the Supreme Court, without the approval by the President of the United States with notification to the Congressional Intelligence Committees.
      • This review and approval process must also be followed if the name of a US Citizen is requested to be “unmasked” during the surveillance of a foreign national.
  • The FBI:

    • The FBI would be disbanded as it is structured today.
    • The criminal division would be moved under the US Marshals Service and remain under the Attorney General.
    • The counter intelligence division would be moved under the Department of Homeland Security and report to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
    • If a foreign threat is detected in or to the homeland, the investigation would be coordinated with the FBI criminal division as a task force operation.  This will eliminate the DOJ from being able to hide behind counter intelligence classified investigations for domestic investigations!
  • Department of Justice:

    • The Department of Justice would be reorganized with the key divisions reporting directly to the AG rather than all major divisions reporting THROUGH the Deputy Attorney General.  All of the investigative divisions, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Naturalization, the Federal Marshal’s Service, and other such investigative divisions would report directly to the AG along with other cross executive branch functions.
    • The Department of Justice must comply with Congressional oversight subpoenas as per requested content and timing.  If the DOJ cannot comply with a subpoena as requested, the DOJ must notify the President and the requesting Congressional oversight committee immediately.
    • Any redactions to requested documents would be made available for unredacted viewing to the committee members with proper security clearances. 

In the final analysis, we hope to elect officials that will appoint honest men and women to serve our country.  But, what is at stake in terms of money and power, we must remember that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”!

RD Pierini

Hat Tips:

https://acton.org/research/lord-acton-quote-archive

 

 

IF Ryan Doesn’t Step Down, Republicans Will Lose the 2018 Mid-Terms!

Face of Failure & Anti-Trump Agenda

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So Ryan announces to the world that he will NOT seek re-election and thus step down as Speaker of the House of Representatives, IN JANUARY OF 2019!

The Pro-Trump forces were ecstatic about the first part but want Ryan to step down as Speaker, NOW!  Ryan has proven that he is not a strong supporter of President Trump nor his AMERICA-FIRST agenda!  Ryan is an entrenched “Boehnerite“, elitist, insider, globalist political hack.

Assuming Ryan hangs on until January of 2019, he will have presided over spending that added $5.7 Trillion to our national debt and set the record for the most debt added by any Speaker in History.  John Boehner, Ryan’s predecessor as Speaker, drove up the national debt during his tenure from 2011 to 2015 some $4.2 Trillion.  Both gave in to President Obama time after time and outspent almost all of their predecessors combined!  Then, when Ryan has a budget conscience President Trump in the White House, Ryan shoved a $1.3 Trillion “Omnibus” spending bill  down his throat and added another $1 Trillion to our deficit!  And these clowns describe themselves as DEFICIT HAWKS!  What an insult to hawks and to our President!

Ryan Stays, Republican Lose in the 2018 Mid-Terms

Trump Supporters will not embrace a Paul Ryan’s slate of RINO candidates for the House this fall.  (McConnell will energize the base even less).  Trump Supporters are tired of the RINO’s in Congress not fully embracing Trump and they know full well that Trump has been fighting an uphill battle getting much of his agenda passed!  This includes Repeal and Replace of Obamacare, BUILDING THE SOUTHERN WALL, getting rid of sanctuary States/Cities, getting rid of chain migration, getting rid of the Visa Lottery, strengthening border security and increasing border enforcement personnel, and much more.  Yes, some of this lies at the feet of the Senate but Trump Supporters know that RINOs in the House will pass bills that they know will die in the Senate, like Obamacare repeal, and are tired of this game.

If Ryan stays and keeps pushing the House Republicans to embrace a luke-warm version of America First and a less than full-throated endorsement of President Trump and stand against the barrage of attacks on Trump by the left, the media and Robert Mueller, the Republicans will lose the House.  This will ensure that a Democrat controlled House will certainly impeach this President!  If we lose the Senate as well, Trump may face a conviction of the impeachment charges and possible removal from office.  NICE LEGACY FOR RYAN AND ONE THAT HE WOULD EMBRACE!  

Ryan Needs to Stand Down and the House Needs to Pick a Pro-Trump “America First” Speaker, NOW

The only chance Republicans have to keep their majority in the House and add to their majority in the Senate is for,

  • (1) Ryan to step down,
  • (2) the House immediately select a totally Pro-Trump Speaker, and
  • (3) for all of the Republican Candidates to whole-heartedly support President Trump’s agenda. 

This is the only chance for Republicans to maintain and/or grow their majorities in the House and Senate. 

The House and Senate Republican Leadership and their rank and file must close ranks around Trump now and go forward with a consistent theme of:

  • An improved economy for all races and genders, a rebirth of America by providing all of its citizens with the opportunity to succeed,
  • Securing our southern border and reforming our flawed immigration policies,
  • Making the world safer by dealing effectively with North Korea, Iran, Russia and China,
  • Removing regulatory barriers to business growth, and by truly making America Great Again! 
  • All they need to do is ask the voters, “ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WERE BEFORE NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016”.  

Ryan and McConnell are the real albatross around the “neck” of our holding the House and the Senate and avoiding Democrat Impeachment of President Trump.  The Democrats have NO agenda of their own except “Trump is Bad”.  The irony is that Ryan and McConnell can actually help their party win in the 2018 mid-terms but their disdain for Trump and his America-First agenda will keep them from creating a winning narrative and a successful re-election strategy! 

Trump will do his part by trying to win in spite of the RINO Elitist sandbagging but he will need our help.  Bombard Ryan and the Republican leadership with a “DROP RYAN NOW” message on social media and by calling your congressman or woman.  Trump has much more to accomplish for YOU and he needs your support now.

We need to have a real Trump supporter as Speaker such as Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan or Steve Scalise.  Kevin McCarthy has been too squishy in his “support” of President Trump.  Plus, he has been a part of the RINO leadership since 2011.  He earned his “bones” during the Boehner and Ryan leadership regimes.  

What will you do to get Ryan out of his position as Speaker and replace him with a Pro-Trumper that will help us win the 2018 mid-terms.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://www.politico.com/magazine/tory/2018/04/11/paul-ryan-legacy-record-budget-red-ink

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/paul-ryans-sad-legacy/557774/

 

 

Idaho The Leader In the Demise of Obamacare!

The Great State of Idaho is now not only the most beautiful State in the Union but now it is the BRIGHTEST!  Not only are we a “liberty first” State, we are now the State leading the way for other States to join with us in Repealing and Replacing Obamacare by IGNORING IT!  By allowing for free markets and free citizens and families to chose the type of healthcare insurance they want, not what an overreaching Central Government thinks we NEED!

Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed an Executive Order in January of 2018.  The EO directs the Idaho Department of Insurance to allow insurers to create insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare rules but serve the needs of Idaho citizens!  Novel Concept!

In defending this EO, the Governor stated:

“Congress and President Trump have eliminated the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy Obamacare plans or face financial penalties.  That means we will no longer be penalized for buying coverage that doesn’t meet all the Obamacare rules.”

“We have been waiting patiently while Congress has been unable to find a solution and Idaho families have been forced to buy products that are too expensive and loaded with benefits they don’t want or need.  Now the door is open for states to pursue our own reasonable solutions.”

Enter the Legal Beagles.  A law professor at Washington and Lee University, Tim Jost,  questioned the constitutionality of the Otter EO.  “States can’t say we’ve decided we’re not going to follow the federal law anymore.  We tried that in the 1860s and it didn’t work.”  Mr. Jost’s drawing an equivalency between slavery and Obamacare mandates is actually somewhat true, but in the negative!  It would be like the Federal Government MANDATING Slavery rather than abolishing slavery!  Also, just to be clear, the 1860 issue was over the States right to severe its membership in the Union.  In this instance, it is over the States rights to govern its citizens concerning matters not specifically attributed to the Federal Government by the US Constitution!  Keep in mind, less than a 3.6 percent of the American Citizens are actually enrolled in Obamacare!  Obama himself had kept Obamacare from being universally implemented by annually granting exemptions to private employers, labor unions and many others.  Obamacare is not the “law of the land” as it has not been implemented by its namesake!

Being a recent escapee from the Communist Socialist Republic of California, the Idaho EO is a breath of fresh air.  Leaving the lawlessness of California behind, and its self-described Sanctuary State designation that pits illegal immigrants against its own citizens, and its flagrant flouting of the Federal laws against Marijuana and others, Idaho standing up for the rights of its citizens to seek and buy, or not, healthcare insurance that suits their needs, is the epitome of Constitutional Protections under the Tenth Amendment.  

Whether the legislatively prone Chief Justice John Roberts will concur with Otter’s EO or not, may be known in the next session of the Supreme Court beginning in October of 2018.  But, Roberts had no problem taking rights away from US Citizens in his idiotic justification for the Obamacare “Tax” and “Mandates”, that Obama said was not a tax, so maybe he will “right” his wrong and vote to uphold the rights of US citizens…

Regardless, as a recent immigrant to Idaho, I am proud of my new State, its people, its government, and our new domicile in Coeur d’Alene.  Hopefully, other states will see that standing by their citizens and their rights is worth taking on the courts and perhaps the Federal Government.  I doubt that the Trump Administration would join in a lawsuit against Idaho for trying to kill Obamacare!  Governor Otter may even receive a medal from President Trump!

RD Pierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/367672-idaho-governor-signs-order-seeking-to-roll-back-obamacare-rules

https://www.healthinsurance.org/idaho-state-health-insurance-exchange/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-obamacare-enrollment-numbers-20180207-story.html

DACA Isn’t the Real Issue-LEGAL Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Is

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“Legal Immigration”, meaning the granting of permanent residency, adds about 1.2 Million immigrants per year.  But, when you add the immigrants that will be granted residency via chain immigration, this number swells to 5.5 Million new immigrants per year!  (This does not include those granted “temporary” VISAS that allow them to work or attend school in the US.)  In short, through legal immigration, we are adding 15,000 future citizens every day!

Conversation Today:

Are you confused about all of the non-stop rhetoric coming from the Main Stream Media, pundits and your elected officials?  Do you know what a Green Card is?  Do you know what DACA, Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery, Catch and Release and other such immigration terms actually mean?

Today’s rhetoric is focused on the debate surrounding how to deal with the DACA people who were brought into the US as minors by their parents and others.  It is estimated that 1.8 Million people in the US may qualify as DACA applicants if they meet certain conditions.  Of these 1.8 million, only 690,000 have actually signed up as a DACA applicant/candidate.  There is a myriad of reasons why the other 1.1 million potentially eligible DACA people have not signed up.  It is said that DACA eligible people were brought to the US by their parents or others and have not known any other country as home.  This is probably true in some cases while others have actually applied for and traveled back and forth to their parent’s home country which is by definition their home country.  In addition to the 1.8 million DACA eligible applicants, if the current chain migration law is not changed, this could swell immigration by 6.21 million rather than 1.8 million.  This is using a chain migration factor of 3.45 which is the recent trend. (3.45 x 1.8M = 6.21M)  DACA is not the real issue, DACA plus the Current Chain Migration policy is!

If we do not deal with DACA and their related Chain Migration, we will be adding thousands of new potential DACA candidates every year.  Doing nothing leaves the DACA candidates here while their ranks continue to grow!

President Trump and DACA

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President Trump recently unveiled his 4 point criteria for allowing DACA applicant to eventually gain citizenship.  The President actually put forth all 1.8 million potential DACA eligible people on the table to be eligible for citizenship after 10-12 years.  But, they have to apply; have to qualify for the program; cannot be on government assistance during their probationary period; and cannot commit crimes as specified.  The DACA recipients would only be able to “chain migrate” their spouse and their children.

Again, if we do not deal with DACA and their related Chain Migration, we will be adding thousands of new potential DACA candidates every year.  Doing nothing leaves the DACA candidates here while their ranks continue to grow!

The other three legs of Trump’s DACA plan include modifications to Chain Migration; the elimination of the Visa Lottery; and a $25 Billion dollar funding of the wall, additional ICE agents, and major modifications to the current immigration law including the end to the “catch and release” law.  Why did the President add these three components to his DACA proposal?  Let’s look at Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery and the need to tighten border security via legislation.

Catch and Release and Other Policies:

Catch and Release is an idiotic law that allows any illegal alien who crosses our border to stay in the country until he or she has a hearing to determine if they can be deported.  Sounds great but it really means that if you made it across the border you are home free. The overwhelming majority of these illegal aliens never show up to their court hearing and disperse throughout the US.  Minors who cross and are detained at the border receive even more concessions and benefits.  Plus, if illegal alien parents bring their minor children across the border illegally, those children are now potentially DACA eligible kids.  So, without killing catch and release, you are just encouraging illegal immigration and perpetuating DACA.

The law needs to allow immediate deportation when illegals are detained at the border.  The President is asking for additional judges and court to be set up on the border to quickly adjudicate any detainee issues and expedite deportation.  If not, the border becomes a game of “tag” where an illegal alien wins when they illegally cross the border before an agent can stop them!

The use of E-Verify must be mandated for employers prior to hiring and for governmental agencies before social benefits are approved.  This database has to be updated and all VISA recipients must be added as a tracking mechanism.  VISA overstays is a major contributor to our current illegal alien population! 

Chain Migration:

Above is an example of a “Green Card” that is used today.  Please note, this is a card to identify a PERMANENT RESIDENT.

Today, immigrants who receive “green cards”, were allowed to bring in spouses, children, parents and other relatives who qualify for their “chain”.   Following a cursory vetting, those related to the initiating immigrant are granted a “green card” and were eligible to become citizens!  Today, the ratio between new “green card” holders and those they “chain migrate” is 3.45:1.  For each legal immigrant, they are sponsoring an average of 3.45 people.  Those 3.45, can eventually sponsor other immigrants.  Today, Chain Immigrants comprise over 60% of all immigration!  Between 1981 and 2016, out of 33 million immigrants, 20 million were chain immigrants!

Chain immigration of older parents can dramatically impact social security funds and add a burden to our healthcare system.  The average age of “parental” chain immigrants is 50 years of age.  This is only 12 years prior to attaining the age where they would be eligible for social security.  

Chain migration should be eliminated altogether; or, made a criteria within a merit based system; or at the very least restricted to a spouse and minor children.  Without controls on chain migration, no real migration policy reform is possible.  Chain rolls will continue to swell the immigration numbers.  

Visa-Lottery

Ending the Visa-Lottery is an absolute need.  It is an idiotic practice that has no benefit to the US as a nation.  It is a crap shoot as to who will get in and if they will be a net benefit or cost to the taxpayers.  Plus, beneficiaries of the lottery also have the right to chain migrate their families!  The US must take control of its immigration policy and ensure that new immigrants have the immediate potential to benefit this nation, its economy and culture.

Doing Nothing is Not An Option

Immigration is not one of those issues that do not have an impact if you do nothing to correct its issues.  If immigration is not addressed, each year we will add hundreds of thousand more illegal immigrants; allow more illegal aliens into this country; and continue to spend a net $115,000,000,000 (billion) each year to support the illegal alien population.  Plus, the DACA problem will continue to grow as more minor children are dropped at our borders.  Without ending Catch and Release, the problem is impossible to mitigate.  Granting DACA recipients a path to citizenship without fixing our immigration system and border security, is a fool’s errand.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Federal Definition of a Green Card recipient:

“A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. . .You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself…Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing the in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder.”

 

Hat Tips:

https://cis.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/vaughan-chain-migration_1.pdf

https://cis.org/Legal-Immigration

https://cis.org/Report/18-Million-Immigrants-Likely-Arrived-2016-Matching-Highest-Level-US-History

 

How Trump Will Save Social Security and Lower the Deficit

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Where Does President Trump Find the Money?

Will Congress Cooperate?

President Donald Trump has been speaking about creating a balanced budget economy for years.  He totally “gets” the numbers, the contributors to the deficit, and the drivers of achieving a balanced budget.  Contrary to most “Never Trumpers” and RINO elites, the President’s economic plan is absolutely Fiscally CONSERVATIVE and achievable. 

The President’s plan is based on growing and sustaining the growth of the US Economy, Period.

Trump has laid out his overall economic plan via his speeches, Tweets, and past interviews.  Below are the key elements of the Trump “America First” Economic Plan:

  • Massive Reduction in Regulations
  • Unfettered US Energy Expansion
  • Tax Cuts and Tax Reform
  • Education Reform
  • Repeal & Replace Obamacare
  • Infrastructure Upgrade
  • Welfare Reform
  • Immigration Reform
  • Budget Cuts

Saving Social Security, Medicare and the reduction in the national debt will be discussed at the end of the plan.  This is due to the need to re-establish our economy, re-educate our citizens, and make many systemic changes to existing programs and budgets.  The results of the Trump America First Economic Plan will be the saving of Social Security, Medicare and a reduction in the national debt and the establishment of ongoing balanced budgets!

Massive Reduction in Regulations and Unfettered US Energy Expansion:

President Trump has long-held that in order for the US economy to grow, you must remove the boot of the government regulators from the throat of business entities.  Secondly, low-cost energy is the key to driving business expansion and reducing the costs of goods and services as well as lower direct energy costs to consumers.  To date, in 11 months, President Trump has rolled back over 1,000 business killing regulations and instituted a 2:1 regulation reduction where any new regulation must be met with the elimination of two existing regulations.  Further, he has opened up more inland and off-shore drilling areas and is working with Congress to open up the vast Alaska reserves in ANWAR.  President has laid the regulatory and energy foundation to support a strong America First economy.  Trump’s regulation rollbacks and pro-energy policies have propelled the DOW to a gain of 6,000 points since his election and have added trillions to the stock value of US companies.

Tax Cuts & Tax Reform:

President Trump is a pure Reagan/Kennedy hawk when it comes to the use of tax cuts to drive increases in tax revenues and the need to keep the tax code as simple as possible.  He believes that tax cuts stimulate the economy in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s belief that bigger government and higher taxes drive the economy.  President Trump laid out his tax and reform principles and the House and Senate have both passed their version of the Trump Tax cuts.  Now, it is up to the combined House and Senate conference committees to unify the chambers and pass a compromise tax bill that adheres to the Trump guidelines.

The impact of the tax cuts should be dramatic based on past tax cuts.  When Reagan cut taxes in the 1980’s, he created 15 million new jobs and DOUBLED the tax revenues!  Current projections are that federal tax revenues for 2018 (ending October, 2018) will be 3.654 (half are from income taxes)  without the tax cuts.  Since the tax cuts will only be effect for 10 months, assuming passage in the next few days, the tax revenues may not increase significantly in 2018.  But, by the end of 2020. tax revenues should increase by at least 1.5 Trillion dollars.  That would raise the total revenues to about 5.2 Trillion with at least 10 million+ new jobs added.  Similar increases in revenue will be seen for Social Security and Medicare.

Education Reform:

Trump’s education plan is an integral part of America First and is vital to providing literate and educated Americans to fill the anticipated new jobs created through regulation and tax reform.  Education reform is also integral to Trump’s plan to raise those trapped in poverty in our inner-cities into the American mainstream.

Trump’s plan includes decentralizing education from the Federal Government to the States and local school boards.  Further, that School Choice be at the forefront of the education reform, especially for inner-city children who are trapped in Progressive-Left public schools.  The Secretary of Education is a School Choice proponent who has spent her entire career, and invested personally, in charter and other forms of alternative educational providers.  Ms. DeVos will also seek to return the curriculum to the basics reduce illiteracy rates, and re-emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses.  

Without improving our educational systems and graduating capable students, the economic outlook for the US is bleak and pressure politicians to supplement our workforce with foreign nationals.  This would be ridiculous as our citizens are more than capable of being educated and lead this nation to new heights of US predominance.

Repeal & Replace Obamacare:

This is a sore subject but the reason the repeal and replace is that it is vital to increasing revenues, decreasing taxes and regulations on 1/6th of the economy!  There are billions in hidden costs that Obamacare added to the cost of healthcare in the form of taxes on pharmaceuticals, medial devices and private citizens via mandates.  Further, Obamacare diverts trillions of dollars over a decade from consumer pockets to support a failed healthcare environment.  Also, the 860 Billion dollars that was diverted from Medicare to Obamacare has to be returned to Medicare to keep it solvent over the long haul.

Think of Obamacare as a drag on every sector in our economy as it raises healthcare costs on individuals, small businesses, and large corporations while adding nothing to the quality of medicine.

Infrastructure Upgrade:

The President departs from some conservatives when he touts his proposed $1 Trillion dollar infrastructure plan.  But, conservatives should look a little deeper and see that the President envisions a public-private partnership, read cost sharing, arrangement to pour private sector dollars into the plan.  Further, he believes that if enacted as he proposed, his tax plan should bring back into the US about $3.5 Trillion dollars in parked offshore corporation profits that should yield about $350 Billion in taxes that would otherwise not have been collected.  The President sees these dollars as the public sector’s ante to improve US infrastructure without blowing a hole in the budget and adding significantly to the deficit.  Before jumping off of the fiscal bridge, remember that this program will not be completed in one or even two years. The infrastructure project will consume all of Trump’s first term and maybe more.

Keep in mind that President Trump is a builder.  He is used to the concept that when he was trying to build a building, he had to foot the costs for sidewalks, road improvement, water, sewage etc.  He will certainly negotiate with the private sector to invest in our infrastructure with every expansion project and new business development.  

Welfare Reform: (Does not include Social Security and Medicare which are not welfare programs)

President Trump surprised those who have not been with him from the beginning of his candidacy, with an announcement that he will be pursuing welfare reform with Congress in 2018!  There are approximately 68 million Americans receiving some form of Government assistance today (including those drawing unemployment)!  67% of those receiving welfare benefits stay on welfare for at least 1 year while 20% ( of million people) of those have been on welfare for more than 5 years. 

Trump’s corporate and small business tax cuts are key to welfare reform and his “Welfare to Work” plans.  Welfare reform cannot be fully effective until there are jobs to absorb those leaving welfare and entering the workplace.  

Trump’s education reforms are also key to welfare reform as our economy is dependent on a literate and educated workforce.  While improvements in education for the minority inner-cities will take time, it is critical to begin the education reform as soon as possible.  Secretary of Education DeVos is currently making as many regulatory changes as possible to make education choice more available to inner-city minorities.  It will take Congressional action to expand school choice and move rapidly away from a centralized educational system to a State centric educational system.

Welfare reform is also a key to Trump’s raising the opportunity potential for minorities as Blacks, who represent 12% of the US population make up 39.6% of the welfare recipients.  Trump’s plan to improve the lives of minorities is only possible through welfare reform and providing substantive employment for minorities trapped in poverty.  

If President Trump can cut welfare spending by 20%, which should be attainable, he can reduce the welfare costs by $14 Billion per year!  Those returning to work, will also become tax payers and pay payroll taxes in support of social security and Medicare and possibly even income taxes.

Immigration Reform:

Immigration reform is vital to the US for several reasons:  One, to keep illegal immigration from directly lowering wages for US citizens; Two, to only allow immigrants into the US who can add value to our economy; Three, to not allow criminal aliens or terrorists into our country via an open border and who endanger the lives of US citizens; Four, to stop drug and human trafficking; Five,  To substantially reduce the roughly $115 Billion in costs to support illegal immigrants living in the US, less the amount of taxes collected from illegal aliens. .  This includes $45.9 Billion in Federal spending and $89 Billion in State and local spending.

Budget Cuts: 

Trump is proposing a Trillion Dollar reduction, $1,000,000,000,000, in the Federal Budget over 10 years.  A 3 Trillion dollar budget was the norm until Bush and Obama came along!  This equates to a $100 Billion budget reduction per year.  Trump is proposing a significant reduction in the federal bureaucracy in all functions of government and a significant rollback in welfare and discretionary spending via head count reductions.  If the Trump tax plan generates the economic growth that is expected, there should be no need to cut Social Security and Medicare due to increased contributions from  the 16-20+ million new jobs that will have been created.

The president will add to his cuts the savings from the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, immigration reform, welfare reform, and other program realignments and deregulation.  It is interesting to note that the conservative host of the Ingraham Angle on Fox news, Laura Ingraham, tweeted that Trump should hurry to fill the Whitehouse open staff positions so he can be more efficient.  Trump Tweeted back that he had no intention of filling many of the federal positions in order to reduce costs and streamline the federal bureaucracy including his own staff!  That is how you get federal spending inline!

It is a game changer with a business man in the Whitehouse!

Conclusion:  Saving Social Security, Medicare and Reducing the Debt!

For some odd reason, our elected officials have not figured out that if you have a retirement plan, or a healthcare plan, like social security and Medicare, it is good to have as many people paying into the plan as possible.  DUH!  Therefore, any effort you can exert to increase the number of participants, also known as private sector employees, should be accomplished every single day.  If tax cuts stimulate employment, and creates more employees paying payroll taxes, then you should implement deep cuts as soon as possible!

For some odd reason, our elected officials have not figured out that if you owe a lot of money, you should do everything you can to increase your revenue and decrease your spending!  Stop the interest expense bleeding!  So, if you owe a lot of money, and tax cuts can increase your revenue, then you cut taxes.  If you are spending more than you are taking in, then you cut spending!  There, we are done, we can go home and fire Congress!

Social Security today has a SURPLUS of $2.8 Trillion dollars that is earning a paltry 2.3% per year.  Social Security payments to retirees exceed the amount of Social Security contributions by about $90 Billion per year.  The shortfall includes both social security retirement payments as well as disability payments that have ballooned during the Obama years. 

If Trump’s America First Economic Plan kicks in as expected, we should add a minimum of 16-20 million new workers in the next 3-4 years.  Assuming that 10 million of these workers earn $50,000 per year and 6 million earn $100,000 per year, the Social Security fund would add $600 billion over the next 10 years even at a paltry 4% interest return.  By the end of 2024, with continued employment gains, the Social Security fund would be virtually self-sustaining.

The Federal debt today is 20.6 Trillion dollars!  President Trump understands that his economic plan is not an instant fix and will take 2+ years to totally kick in.  This also assumes that Congress does not raise taxes later nor spends wildly like under Reagan.  President Trump constantly reminds everyone that the US GDP is increasing and should exceed 3.5% in the fourth quarter.  Why is this important?  For every percent rise in GDP, $2.5 Trillion dollars are added to the GDP.  During the Obama years, GDP growth only averaged 1.075%.  (Bush was only slightly better)  In the last 20 years of the 20th century, GDP growth averaged 3.4%!  If President Trump can merely match the last 20 years of the 20th century, he will add $5.8 Trillion to our GDP!  Tax revenues will also increase proportionally and provide funding for NON ENTITLEMENT programs such as Social Security and Medicare!

Couple of final thoughts.  Social Security and Medicare funds are required to be invested in only government securities that have terrible yields, 2% in 2016.  If The Social Security and Medicare funds were invested in a safe S&P 500 fund, it would have averaged 9.9% over the past 40 years.  If the phoneys in Congress try to say that this would be too risky, it is an admission that they can not responsibly manage this country and its economy.  If they are really scared, they could put an automatic trigger in place that if the S&P yield fell below 2%, the funds would be invested again in Government Securities, or, any shortfalls would be reimbursed out of general funds during the shortfall periods.  Slim chance!

Secondly, why are public employees EXEMPTED from paying into social security?  This takes a large pool of social security contributions out of the fund and for what reason?  Congress should change this immediately and make the government and its employees subject to the same retirement systems!

Consider this:  If you are receiving around $2,300/month from Social Security today, you would be receiving $12,000/month if the funds had been invested in S&P 500 funds.  And Congress thinks that we the people are not smart enough to do the math?  Entitlement reform should not include Social Security and Medicare.  These two programs were paid for by taxpaying employees and their employers and it is not their fault that our government is a poor money manager.

Merry Christmas and Thank You President Trump for pushing through the passage of our Tax Cuts!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/index.html

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ProgData/newIssueRates.html

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/Downloads/TR2017.pdf

http://www.heritage.org/social-security/report/social-securitys-20-trillion-shortfall-why-reform-needed

https://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

https://www.thebalance.com/current-u-s-federal-government-tax-revenue-3305762

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/sick_and_tired_of_schumer_and_others_continually_lying_about_tax_cuts_and_debt.html

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/27/the-cost-of-illegal-immigration-is-at-a-record-high-here-are-the-numbers-you-need-to-know

President Trump-“Tweet” Power

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Many Trump supporters are a little timid when defending President Trump’s myriad of Tweets and shrink back from defending him to those less committed to Trump. 

When seeking to defend the President, keep in mind that the President said he is a fighter and he will always fight for himself, his policies, his people, and YOU.  Keep in mind that the President treats men and women who attack him the same.  He sees both as adversaries subject to equal levels of retaliation even if it gets personal.  

I hope that the following will help the “Timid Trumpsters” to not be intimidated by the left, RINOs and elitist and wholeheartedly stand up for our President!  Many claim that his “personal” Tweets are especially distasteful and disconcerting.  Others claim his “boisterous” Tweets are equally distasteful.  

Key Things to Remember:

  1. Libs, Never-Trumpers, and Elites will NEVER accept Trump and his actions no matter what he does or does not do!  They fear that he is returning the US back to its founding principles and reversing left-wing, secular humanist, globalist, and open-border wins that have left this country devoid of morality, jobs, and a future.  Don’t worry about his Tweets, he is communicating to you, not to his enemies.
  2. Elite Media and Hollywood types hate that one of their own, Actor Trump as the head of the Apprentice, is in power and his beliefs and policies are the antithesis of what they believe in!  The President takes on the “Fake Media” and talking heads directly, especially those who used to “suck up” to citizen Trump due to his financial and NY social status.  To be in Trump’s inner circle, was an invitation to be at Mar-A-Lago and Trump’s gala events.  He returns fire towards these hypocrites in the same manner they attack him.  If they play hardball, he plays hardball with even more gusto!     Trump’s attacks on Joe and Mika of “Morning Joe” were harsh, direct, and a call out of their hypocrisy for once being his “friend” and now being personally insulting and questioning his mental capacity.  Trump tweeted back:  “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”  Trump was merely pointing out that Joe and Mika (her dad was the Security Advisor to President Carter!)  were not well-informed and constantly wanted to socialize with the President-elect as they had in the past!  That Mika would even attend a New Year’s event while recovering from surgery just to be with the “in-crowd”.  The left, the media, and the elites go nuts!
  3. President Trump Creates International Policy changes through his Tweets!  When the President took on NATO and the member’s failure to live up with their financial commitments, the President Tweeted, “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”  Did Merkel get upset?  Yes.  Are the NATO nations upping their commitments to defense?  Yes!  If he had said, “It would be nice if NATO members would increase their financial commitments to defense.”  Do you think anything would have changed in NATO?  Nope.  Ask Obama, Bush and Clinton.  All prior Presidents said that NATO member needed to spend more on defense and were ignored.  The President also pressured the European Open Borders nations by Tweeting a condemnation of the Fake News Media’s coverage of Sweden’s disaster that has resulted from their open borders policy.  The President Tweeted; “Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large-scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”  The President continues to Tweet about the atrocities that are occurring as a result of the EU Open Borders fiasco.  The President doubled down when he condemned the London Mayor’s comments following another attack on that city;  “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!””   The President’s direct language forces the leaders of nations to at least look at themselves and certainly arms their citizens with another view of the impacts of their leader’s failed policies!  The left, the media, and the elites go nuts!
  4. #FakeNews:  Elite Media will Never Treat President Trump with Respect and Honesty.  At the core of the President’s use of social media is this Tweet he put out on June 6th, 2017; “The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.”  The mainstream media’s reporting on the President and his administration is running 95%+ negative since his election.  There is no way the President can drive his agenda or communicate his priorities other than through social media.  CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and the print media actually make up stories against the President while ignoring the booming economy or the positive foreign policy advancements that have been made under this President.  Many of you want him to “temper” his Tweets with nicer language.  If he did, the MSM would not report on those Tweets.  They never retweet or report on the Tweets he makes regarding the economy or his policy advancements.  The MSM skews polls  against the President and his policies every single week.  Even Fox pools presuppose a larger base of liberal voters and over sample independents as well.  The left, the media, and the elites go nuts!
  5.   The President’s Tweets may be harsh, but are predictive of future events.  Never doubt the President when he predicts future events or outcomes.  Sometimes it becomes true in a few days, sometimes it takes longer.  One of the more esoteric predictions the President Tweeted; “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!   Later, following leaks and hearing info the President Tweeted;  “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”   When the President comes out with the initial prophesy, the left, the MSM and the elites go nuts.  Then Trump is proven correct!

Don’t Argue with a Liberal, MSM, or an Elite!

When you read a Trump Tweet and your first reaction is to recoil, reread the Tweet and look at the context.  Then ask yourself; “What is the President trying to accomplish”; “What is the future impact of his Tweet”;  “Who is he targeting and why”;  “Is his Tweet in response to an attack on him, his family, or his administration?”.   Also remember that the President is privy to information and intelligence that we don’t.  The President’s Tweets will require that you keep up with what he is being subjected to, what he is trying to promote, and current events.

When accosted by a Liberal, a member of the MSM, or an Elite (can be a republican or democrat), don’t argue the Tweet.  Defend the point or policy of the Tweet.  But, you will have to be informed!  

Without social media, the President would never have won the election.  His access to millions of followers get his side out and keeps his base informed and loyal.  the President has learned how to “weaponized” social media and stay ahead of the left, the media and the elites.  

Also remember, it is a waste of time to argue with a Liberal or an elite.  You will never change their minds.  Remember some famous quotes regarding arguing with those of flawed or low levels of intellect:

Mark Twain:  “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”   

Another quote that you should keep in mind is:  “Sometimes when you’re arguing with a fool, he’s doing the same thing.”

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://news.sky.com/story/president-donald-trumps-most-memorable-tweets-10934825

 

 

 

Leverage with China-One China Policy VS One Korea Policy!

John Bolton Wants a One Korea Solution

How About Using the One China Policy Rescission as Leverage?

Taiwan. Physical features map. Includes locator.

Shortly after the end of WWII, World powers created “Lose-Lose” relationships and sovereign status agreements concerning both Taiwan and Mainland China, and North and South Korea.  From a US perspective, Taiwan and Mainland China should have remained as individual nations and North and South Korea should have remained as a single nation.  The resulting outcome was to destabilize both sets of nations and set up a semi-permanent state of either or both diplomatic or military conflict that remains today.  Keep in mind, Mainland China is at the epicenter of both of these potential powder kegs.

Background:  (highly condensed) 

Most people born after 1950 are somewhat clueless when it comes to Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), and believe that it is an always has been part of Mainland China known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).   In fact, Taiwan is still a sovereign nation and only due to concessions to the PRC has most of the West recognized Taiwan and Mainland China as “One China”.

The US policy of adhering to a “One China Policy” was first formalized in 1972 when Nixon signed off on the Shanghai Communique in order to establish “normalized” trade and military relations with mainland China.  While the US maintained close relations with the Taiwan government, it did agree to reduce our military installations and support.  This was in return for both the US and mainland China to agree not to seek to dominate the Asia-Pacific Region.  (How is that working out for us!  NOT)  Not surprising, it was Jimmy Carter in 1979 who actually BROKE OFF RELATIONS WITH TAIWAN recognizing on mainland China (PRC) as the real China!  Unfortunately even President Reagan did not reverse this policy and Taiwan has remained a step-child since 1972 with the US still adhering to the One China Policy. 

Enter President Trump:

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Remember right after President Trump was elected and he received a call from the Taiwanese President Tsai Lng-wen.  Following that call, President-Elect Trump said that the US was not necessarily “bound” to the One China Policy!  President Trump later agreed to “honor” the One China Policy after meeting with President Xi Jinping at Mar-A-Lago in February of 2017.  

So, How Committed is President Trump to the One China Policy?

It is becoming increasingly obvious that China’s President Xi Jinping is not going to put the screws to North Korea and force “Kim Jong-un” to give up his nuclear arms and/or leave office.  China views having an adversary of the US and Japan on the Korean Peninsula as being in China’s strategic interest.  China does not have to lift a finger and the US and Japan can be held hostage by a country the size of the State of Pennsylvania!

Will Trump Dump the One China Policy and Arm Taiwan & Japan to the Teeth?

President Trump has Leverage in the Asia-Pacific Region on Three Fronts:

  1. Arm (or threaten to arm) South Korea with a strategic Missile Defense System and tactical nuclear weapons.  Seoul, South Korea is only 120 miles from Pyongyang, North Korea.  
  2. Arm (or threaten to arm) Japan with Nuclear Weapons.
  3. Recognize (or threaten to recognize) the sovereignty of Taiwan Vs adhere to the One China Policy and re-arm Taiwan to the hilt, including tactical nuclear weapons; plus establish a pro-Taiwan trade policy to strengthen their economy.  Taiwan is only 80 miles from the coast of Mainland China)
  • China will threaten the US with everything it has if we take these steps.  But we will probably end up doing #2 and #3 anyway just to halt the Chinese expansion in the Asia-Pacific region even though they agreed not to seek hegemony over this region in the 1972 Shanghai Communique!  (Clearly the building of man-made islands for military purposes negates the Shanghai Communique)
  • The Pro-China interests in the US, includes big business, US Chamber of Commerce, Neocons, Never Trumpers, probably most of Congress (led by McCain and Jeff Flake), Henry Kissinger and Jimmy Carter and their ilk who crafted the One China Policy, and Jennifer Lawrence even though she couldn’t find Taiwan on a map.  (Couldn’t resist the J-Law reference)

China’s False Negotiation Strength:  Contrary to the talking heads on the MSM and political hacks on Capital Hill, China only holds $1.3 Trillion or 7% of our PUBLIC National Debt.  (Social Security Trust Fund holds almost double this amount!) The balance of trade deficit between Chain and the US is roughly $350 billion in China’s favor.  Both of these factors put China, not the US, at a negotiation disadvantage.  If China attempts to dump our bonds, the price will go down lowering Chinese cash out.  IF China threatens trade sanctions, they would only hurt themselves as we buy a lot more from them then we do from them.  Yes, some US countries would suffer and some of the items from China sold in the US would go up in price.  But, is that better than having a nut job in North Korea lob a nuke at San Francisco or Los Angeles?  I would not mind paying more for a broom from China just so I could not have to take Ambien at night to sleep!

Would China take Aggressive Military Action?:  China has too much to lose to take military action against the US.  Losing $350,000,000,000 per year in a net trade advantage and possible see a loss in the bond yield for the US debt they hold would equal economic suicide for China whose economy is slowing anyway. 

It would take a lot of guts to put all of our chips in on this move but we will probably have to force this issue, and, the build up of Chinese military assets in the Asia-Pacific Region, and, balance our trade.

It is nice to “HOPE” for a China that would assist the US in dealing with North Korea but it is NOT in their best interest to do so, from their perspective.  

If anyone has the guts to pull this trigger, it is President Trump.  It is an extreme version of playing chicken but I would bet 10 egg rolls that it would work!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

https://www.britannica.com/place/Taiwan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-China_policy

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tw.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_of_the_United_States

Hurricane Harvey-“The Lesson”

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  • Our Nation has turned its back on God and His Word.
  • Our Nation has succumbed to secular humanism rather than rely on God’s wisdom and grace. 
  • Our Nation has adopted a culture of death in the killing of the unborn, and the discarding of life we deem to be “expendable”. 
  • Our Nation seeks to heal its own wounds caused by its own lack of Godly wisdom. 
  • Our Nation turns its citizens against one another based on race, religion, origin, history, rather than unite its citizens based on God’s promises. 
  • Our Nation faces many threats from abroad, many of our own making from not seeking God’s wisdom, before embarking on policies that served to injure others without regard for the sanctity of life or God’s will for our Nation and those we seek to harm.

Hurricane Harvey, as it traveled across Texas and Louisiana, covered an area with water the size of one of our Great Lakes.  52″ of rainfall poured down on Southeast Texas flooding and devastating hundreds of square miles of homes and businesses.  What arose from this devastation was a call to prayer by the people who were impacted and by our President of the United States.  Many of those who lost practically everything, clung to the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength”.  The people of SE Texas and Louisiana banded together to save one another while invoking God’s name in supplication for strength, guidance, and peace.

 

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Those people came from all over bringing boats, supplies, food, clothing and prayer!  Hurricane Harvey will go down as probably the most devastating natural disaster to impact this Nation but will also go down as the time the people of the US turned to God for support.  While I am sure that those impacted directly by Harvey questioned why God would allow this tragedy, many turned to Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

We may never understand why these events occur but this disaster has taught us several lessons:

  • God can heal all suffering.
  • God is the Source of our strength.
  • God can soothe our spirit even in the midst of adversity.
  • God can silence the naysayers who seek to use tragedy to diminish the Word of God.
  • God will provide wisdom to our officials who seek His wisdom and who are in charge of helping victims in dire times.
  • God will make even this tragic event work to the good of all who love Him!

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Our President has designated today, September 3rd, as a National Day of Prayer to pray for the victims of this terrible natural disaster.  Let’s keep the prayers going until every family and survivor of this tragedy is whole once again… Then give thanks to God for his great mercy.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Charlottesville Tragedy-Failures and Phony Outrage

The birth of a perfect storm of violence, death, and political pandering in Charlottesville, VA,

August 11 & 12, 2017.

The Main Stream Media, Left-Wing Progressives, and Republican Elites are out in force laying the tragedy of Charlottesville at the feet of President Trump.  Regardless of what he says, how he says it, he comes up deficient in the eyes of these Trump Haters. 

None of the Trump Haters bother to look at the facts or at the actual words of the President.  In order to understand what happened, it is critical to understand what led up to the myriad of tragedies that included the sad death of Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA. 

Below is a timeline of the events so the reader can have actual facts when assessing the true events of the final two days of this blight on the American psyche.  This story will start way back on May 30, 2017.

5/30/2017:  Jason Kessler (resident of Charlottesville, VA), the founder of “Unite the Right” applied for a rally permit for his organization.  The permit requested that Kessler’s group conduct a demonstration in Emancipation Park in the City of Charlottesville, VA.  Kessler objected to the renaming of Lee Park to Emancipation Park as well as the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee as he objected to the removal of Confederate statues and the renaming of parks to eliminate Confederate references.  

6/5/2017:  The Lee Park was renamed Emancipation Park and the Jackson Park was renamed Justice Park by the City of Charlottesville, VA.  

6/13/2017:  US District Judge Glenn Conrad ruled that the City of Charlottesville had to grant the permit to Kessler and his Unite the Right group.  The rally would take place on August 12, 2017, at Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park).  The city issued the permit on 6/13.

7/8/2017:  50 North Carolina KKK members held a rally at Justice Park (formerly Jackson Park).  1,000 counter-protesters met the 50 KKK members at the park.  The counter-protesters carried signs with “Black Lives Matter” and “Smash White Supremacy“.  22 of the counter-protesters and KKK were arrested.  

The KKK entered Justice Park in the afternoon and after being confronted by 100 police officers, some in full riot gear, and 1,000 counter-protesters, left some 40 minutes after the rally began.  The counter-protesters followed the KKK out of the park to their cars but the police prevented any direct confrontation with the KKK.  The event ended without any major incident other than the arrests.

7/17/2017:  Judge Conrad acknowledged that counter-protesters had submitted applications for assembly permits on the same day as the Kessler Unite the Right rally on August 12Local news organizations reported that Walt Heinecke has applied for counter-protest rally permits on August 12th,  for both McGuffey and Justice Parks.  At this point, the Kessler rally was permitted for a different park even though they were close in proximity.  The Heinecke permits had not yet been approved by the city.

8/7/2017: (Monday)  The city notified Kessler that his Unite the Right rally permit had been revoked.  The city also told Kessler that the city was modifying the permit to move his rally to McIntire Park, a mile away from Emancipation Park (Lee Park).  But, the city did not take any action to modify or revoke the pending permit for Heinecke’s counter-protest.

8/9/2017: (Wednesday) The city granted the 2 permits by Heinecke for his counter-protest against the Unite the Right rally.  The permit was granted to “Peoples Action for Racial Justice” and the organizer Heinecke.  

8/10/2017:  (Thursday Evening):  Kessler filed an “Instant Action” request to Judge Conrad to contest the City’s revocation of his permit.  The ACLU of Virginia represented Kessler and his Unite the Right rally group.

8/11/2017:  (Friday Morning):  Kessler and the ACLU filed an instant motion for preliminary injunctive relief against the City’s revocation.  Written briefs and oral arguments were presented to Judge Conrad.  (This was the day before the rally was to take place)

8/11/2017:  (Afternoon):  Judge Conrad ruled against the City and granted Kessler injunctive relief against the City’s revocation of his permit.  The Kessler rally was cleared to take place on 8/12/2017 at Emancipation Park (Lee Park), not McIntire Park.  The Judge basically agreed with Kessler that the City’s argument were merely against his “views” which violated his 1st Amendment rights.  The Judge also ruled that moving the Kessler rally would not dissuade Heinecke’s counter-protesters from following the Kessler no matter where it would be held in the City.  The Judge also stated:  “Thus, a change in the location of the demonstration would not eliminate the need for members of the City’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel to appear at Emancipation Park. Instead, it would necessitate having personnel present at two locations in the City.”    THE JUDGE WARNED THE CITY OF ITS DUTY TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR CITIZENS AND PARTICIPANTS.  

Day of the Rally and Protest

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 9:39am):  Violence broke out at Justice Park that was permitted for use to Heinecke and his Peoples Action for Racial Justice.  The ACLU confirmed that there was violence on both sides and that there was no police presence at the time of the altercation, State or City.

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 10:55AM):  Matthew Heimbach, a self-described Fascist and head of the Traditional Worker’s Party stated that he and others were willing to die for his cause and for self-protection.  He was supported by a group of White-Supremacists affiliates.  When the White-Supremacists met up with the Counter-Protesters in the downtown area, they began beating each other with improvised weapons, fists, feet and pepper sprays.  The police did little or nothing to break up the melee.  Riot gear clad Virginia State Militia were a little more engaged in breaking up the fights.

8/12/2017: (Saturday, 11:06 AM):  The Albemarle County and Charlottesville City declared a LOCAL State of Emergency that would begin at 11:06AM.  The declaration allowed local, NOT STATE, to request additional resources as needed to ensure the safety surrounding the Rally and Counter-Protest.  

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 11;28AM):  Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a State of Emergency for Charlottesville, VA.  McAuliffe stated that State Police Virginia National Guard, and Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management are ON THE GROUND IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.  The declaration was missing a time stamp and the signature of the governor nor the Secretary of the Commonwealth which is a bit odd.  

8/12/2017:  (Saturday, 11:35AM):  The Charlottesville Police posted on Facebook that the “Unlawful assembly has been declared for rally at Emancipation Park” (the Kessler permitted rally/protest).  It was not clear nor confirmed whether the Chief of Police or another official approved the declaration.  Facebook postings are not official notifications.  The police on scene at Emancipation Park notified those in the area that the assembly had been designated as “Unlawful” at 11:40AM and that everyone was order to vacate the area.  The City nor the State officials state the basis of the revocation of the permit and the rally; neither entity stated which official had the power and actually deemed the permit to be invalid; did the city council authorized the Chief of Police to designate the rally as unlawful or to declare the permit invalid.  The police officer on site invoked the authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia versus the City of Charlottesville.   If the rally at Emancipation Park was deemed unlawful, why wasn’t the rally at McIntire Park deemed unlawful and all participants ordered to leave the areas?

August 12, 2017: (11:40AM): The University of Virginia’s The Cavalier Daily reported: “Law enforcement officers in full riot gear then began forming a line at the rear of Emancipation Park, slowly moving forward to push people out of the park and toward the counter-protesters, many of whom were acting aggressively. Police warned anyone who remained in the park, on the street or in the sidewalk that they would be arrested.” (Italics added for emphasis)  The police further exacerbated the co-mingling of rally and counter-protest participants:  “Following the declaration of an unlawful assembly, many of the protesters began moving to McIntire Park, with others dispersing entirely and some staying to protest on the Downtown Mall opposite both police and counter-protesters.
Peaceful counter-protests were set up in McGuffey Park and Justice Park near downtown to provide the community with a quiet respite, offering a place to rest, first aid, water and food to those who needed it.” 

8/12/2017:  (11:40 – 1:42PM):  Sporadic violence continued throughout the late morning and early after noon with both sides being forced into close proximity.  Then, at 1:42PM, Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA was struck down by a car driven intentionally into the crowd of peaceful counter-protesters at the intersection of 4th Street, SE and East Water Street, downtown Charlottesville.  James A. Fields, Jr., White Supremacists, 20, of Maumee, Ohio, has been charged in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The perfect storm of co-mingling White Supremacists with Black Lives Matter and Peoples Action for Racial Justice in a relatively small area of a relative small town (Pop. 46,000); add in the emotionally charged topic of removing Confederate statues and renaming parks that were named after Confederate leaders and soldiers; and top it off with flawed assembly permit planning and poor law enforcement execution by State and Local officials, and you have the Charlottesville tragedy and the death of two police officers and a peaceful protestor, Heather Heyer.  

It is idiotic to divert attention from this tragedy and instead play sick politics by trying to blame the President of the United States for not condemning White Supremacists enough or for condemning the White Supremacists and the Counter-Protesters for inciting the violence.  Is there a moral equivalence when both parties are inciting violence, YES. 

Is there a moral equivalence between White Supremacists and BLM or Antifa?  The question is not what they purport stand for, but rather their actions!  IF both commit murders, destroy private property, or assault others, then both are criminals and their cause or what they say they stand for is irrelevant.

White Supremacy as a concept is abhorrent and should be universally condemned.   Thankfully their numbers are small (see Players and Definitions below).  Antifa’s assault on the Freedom of Speech and unlawful destruction of private and public property and the BLM follower’s who assaulted or murdered police officers, should also be universally condemned.  

RD Pierini

Players and Definitions:

Jason Kessler: 

Permit applicant and holder on behalf of the nonprofit “Unite the Right” (UR).  UR’s protest in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12 turned into the Charlottesville tragedy, leaving 3 dead and many injured.  Kessler’s political leanings are mixed to say the least.  He has been reported to support everything from left-wing Occupy Wall Street to White Supremacists.  Kessler was represented by the ACLU defending his rights to assembly right up to the day of the riots.  This left-wing legal organization also blamed BOTH SIDES for inciting violence…

Ku Klux Klan:

This organization was founded by members of the Democrat party just after the Civil War in 1865.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Left-Wing organization, describes the Klan’s participation today as:  “Today, the Center (Southern Poverty Law Center) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.”  As described by the SPLC, the group pretty much hates everything:  “Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”  This is at its core a hate group no matter how you define it.

Neo-Nazis/American Nazi Party:

These people borrow elements from Nazi doctrine, including ultra-nationalism, racism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, antiziganism, anti-Semitism, and initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler.  Other than that, they sound like a swell group! (sarcasm)  This is also a hate group at its core.  The SPLC estimate that they have less than 1,000 members across the US.

White Supremacists: 

This is not a single organization or group but is an aggregate of groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis.  The SPLC lumps almost organization they perceive to be a hate group made up of Caucasian individuals.  The SPLC estimate that there are about 1,000 “organizations” in this category.  But, given the population of the KKK and New-Nazi groups, the total affiliates probably number less than 25,000 people.  This represents less than 1/100th of a percent of the US population!  Even if you assume that the WS = 250,000, this would still only equal 1/10th of a percent the US population.  These people are not only fringe and a hate group, they are irrelevant and on the outer fringe of society.

Virginia State and Charlottesville, VA Government and Law Enforcement Hierarchy:

Hat Tips:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/jason-kessler

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/ku-klux-klan

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/07/curry-prof-walt-heinecke-submits-applications-for-aug-12-counter-rallies

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/15/report-splc-charlottesville-racist-former-occupy-activist-obama-supporter-jason-kessler/