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Democrats-A Party Without A Cause In 2018

Illegal Immigration Is the “Salvation” for Democrats in 2018/2020, Really!

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There is no doubt that the Democrat Party has locked itself in as an “Identity Party” by polarizing various target groups such as women, LGBT, Blacks, non-Christians, and Hispanics, and anyone else they can turn into victims.  In doing so, the only way to herd their flock into lockstep is to make sure that the economy is mediocre or bad so many of their flock are seemingly disenfranchised, that their flock groups feel threatened by the evil conservatives who are trying to return them to slavery, economic or social bondage.  The toughest task the Democrat herders face is to insure that one or more of their groups are not at odds with other group(s).  

During the Obama years of economic stagnation and the demise of opportunity and economic and social advancement, the Democrat groups pretty much towed the Democrat progressive line and kept their hands out for government subsidies to seemingly make up for their lack of opportunity caused by anyone else but themselves and their wonderful Democrat/Progressive masters. 

But!  Donald Trump stormed onto the scene with a message of economic hope, true socio-economic opportunity, and a clear emphasis on the middle class regardless of sex, sexual orientation, religion, or race.  He even challenged Black voters, “What the Hell do you have to lose?”  Trump cracked the once solid Democrat identity politics herd by introducing the chance for a better life regardless of which herd group you had been corralled into by the Democrats.  Further, Trump’s message of safety, strength, and pride lifted many out of despair that had heretofore not participated in the political process of voting.  Even the once solid Democrat stronghold of Union membership shifted from the Democrat herd to Trump with Trump garnering 42% of the union vote!

But, where does illegal immigration fit into this discussion and specifically to the 2018 mid-terms and the 2020 Presidential race?

The Coastal Democrat/Progressives have tripled down on illegal immigration and illegal immigrants living in the US in the past 18 months.  Sanctuary States and Cities have become the norm for the left and right coasts to the exclusion and detriment of the legal residents of those states.  Those same states have tripled down on socialist, high taxation, and welfare state, policies that have created a degree of homelessness never seen before and the death of their middle class that cannot survive the high taxation, low employment opportunity, and unrealistic housing costs.  They are substituting their once strong citizen middle class with illegal aliens.

California is leading the legal battles against the Trump Administration and are outright defying Federal Laws on immigration and immigration enforcement.  The California Governor and his administration have passed laws in direct conflict with US Immigration law and the US Constitution.  Recently, the Mayor of Oakland, a prior member of the Governor’s staff, warned illegal immigrants that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be arresting illegal immigrants who had committed crimes and were subject to deportation.  This warning allowed over 800 ICE targeted illegal criminal aliens to avoid capture and deportation and to remain in the Bay Area to prey on local, legal and illegal members of the community.

So, by promoting Sanctuary States, Cities, and Counties, the Democrat Party has decided to place the fate of illegal aliens, including criminal illegal aliens, at the forefront of their party to the exclusion of their prior target groups such as women, LGBT, Blacks, non-Christians, legal Hispanics and victims in general.  47% of likely voters in these states oppose their State’s sanctuary designation!  The safety of all women, LGBT, Blacks, non-Christians, and legal Hispanics are put at risk by these policies.  The coastal State’s spending on supporting illegals is robbing their citizens of funds, while being the highest taxes States in the US, to improve their communities while creating a homelessness problem in once beautiful cities is a blight unlike the ghettos in third world countries.

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Impact On Other Democrat Party Identity Groups

Prioritizing and promoting an influx of illegal immigration into a job market drives down wages for legal residents, especially for Blacks and Hispanics.  This policy also increases the burden on local schools and drives down the quality of education and the safety for legal students.  Welfare services are likewise stretched and draw down on the State and local governments resources.  Coddling illegal criminal aliens and preventing them from being deported puts all of the State’s residents at risk and the Democrat target identity groups are not immune from these risks, in fact, the poorer Black and Hispanic families are often the target of these criminals.

Just to be clear on how great a risk criminal illegal aliens are, consider the following.  Illegal aliens, criminal and non-criminal, make up only 3.7% of the total US population But, they have been charged with and/or convicted of 13.6% of the total crimes committed in the entire US;  responsible for 12% of the murders, 20% of kidnappings, 16% of all drug dealing, and thousands who have been convicted of sex crimes and not yet deported.  

So, how are the Democrats going to use Illegal immigration as their flagship issue in 2018/2020 when this element of our population:

  • Drives down wages for Democrat leaning Blacks.
  • Drives down wages for Democrat leaning legal Hispanics.
  • Robs this nation and their constituents of a net $115 Billion dollars per year in government services provided to support the illegal alien community.
  • Detracts from equality issues for women,  Blacks, Hispanics, the LGBT community, Muslims and other Democrat victims.
  • Robs inner cities of valuable funding that is siphoned off to support illegal aliens rather than being allocated to community development and safety.
  •  Diverts law enforcement resources an decreases the safety of its female,  Blacks, Hispanics, the LGBT community, and Muslims. 

I posit that the Democrat strategy to promote the causes for illegal aliens is a big loser for the Democrat/Progressive chances in 2018/2020!

Republicans in 2018 can only defeat themselves which is not out of the realm of possibility.  If they would adhere to Trump and his agenda, they could pick up 8 more Senate seats and hold the House.  The Republican majority in the Senate needs to start acting like a party in power by confirming all of Trump’s appointees and paring down to a 51 vote majority rule to pass the House bills that are stuck in the do-nothing Senate!  They have Trump’s regulation and tax reform economy to fill their sails into a victorious Mid-Term!  By November, Trump’s tariff/renegotiated trade agreements will add even more jobs to the economy and entice even more investment in the US.  

If the House and the Senate Republicans do stick by Trump’s guns, they will benefit from a higher percentage of the Black, legal Hispanic, and women’s vote.  Why do I say this?  In 2016, Trump already had chipped away at these normally strong Democrat strongholds.  The following voting blocks are where Trump can help the Republicans who are up for re-election.

  • LGBTTrump took 14% of their vote in 2016.  Since then, with the mass shootings, many in the LGBT community have become gun owners and many have joined the NRA.  Safety is a key issue for this group along with jobs and equal opportunity protections.  Trump is proving to more of this community that he does not represent a threat to their way of life but has proven that he can be good for them by providing economic, political and personal security.
  • Blacks: Trump took 8% of the Black vote in 2016.  Since then, his economic policies have driven Black unemployment down to historic lows.  His outreach through HUD and HHS are improving inner city and rural Black community’s quality of life.  He is restoring life to failed cities like Detroit by bringing back entire industries.  Once he gets Congress to act on a comprehensive Education program via Betsy DeVos, Blacks will finally realize their dream for their children through school choice.  Republicans can campaign on these Black community achievements and garner more of this demographics vote than they could imagine.  In 2020. Trump could get close to 20% of the Black vote for his 2nd term re-election!
  • Legal Hispanics:   Trump took almost 30% of the Hispanic vote in 2016.  Trump’s 4 pillar immigration/DACA proposal and his pushing for a DACA solution has won over many of the legal Hispanic voters.   Trump’s economic message and actions have soared employment levels for Hispanics and his SBA programs have swelled the ranks of new Hispanic small businesses.  Trump’s Christian message also resonates with many in the Hispanic community. Republicans need to campaign on Trump’s successes for the Hispanic community and stay behind Trump until the mid-term elections.  If the Republicans in Congress appear to be fighting Trump on immigration reform and border security or his economic programs, they could risk not getting a high percentage of the Hispanic vote.  I predict that in 2020 Trump will 40-45% of the Hispanic vote.
  • Women:   Trump took 41% of the total female vote, 47% of the married women, and 33% of the non-married women in 2016.  Democrats bet their 2018 chances on the #MeToo movement that is turning out to be a nightmare for themselves and their Hollywood and main stream media lackeys!  They will keep dredging up stories about Trump but the economy will trump #MeToo as it applies to Trump in 2020.  Economic and physical security mean a great deal to women voters.  If Trump can fend off North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russia and stalemate any threat from them, this will add to his side of the ledger.  The Democrats have no real economic, physical security or foreign policy message at all.  Obama/Clinton foreign policy is proving to be even more feckless every day.  Republican campaigners need to stay on the Trump message of strength, economic security, physical safety, and foreign policy security and they will garner a majority of the female vote.  Wouldn’t wait for Jennifer Lawrence nor Ashley Judd but I would question myself if they voted for me!

The Democrats have not learned that you cannot create pockets of identity voters and expect them to vote against their own interests, economic, safety, and quality of life.  You can’t prop non-citizens against citizens and expect your pockets of identity voters to stick with you!  Carvell reminded us that it is the Economy Stupid.  He could have said It Is My Self Interest Stupid!

RD Pierini


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Do You Believe that Obama Deficits were $10 Trillion? Wrong!

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Obama, The Federal Reserve, and Donald Trump

You have been led to believe that the Obama Presidency ran the National Debt to $19.5 Trillion Dollars.  Further, that Obama doubled the amount of US Debt of all of his predecessors combined.  What did you miss?

Remember Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve and his wonderful invention called “Quantitative Easing”?  What?  Well, QE is a shifty way of “increasing” the National Debt without it increasing the National Debt!  Really?  Yep!  What happens is, the Federal Reserve, which is its own government independent of the US Government and can “borrow” money, print money, buy US Treasury notes, Money Backed Securities (remember the crash of 2008 when Freddie and Fannie blew up the real estate markets by allowing the bundling of bad sub-prime loans), and indirectly purchase stocks on the stock market.  Well, Obama and his brilliant team had no idea how to stimulate the economy organically, via tax cuts and investment incentives, so they joined the Federal Reserve and came up with Quantitative Easing.  So, what does this have to do with the National Debt?

Well, the Fed “increased” its securities assets by $4 Trillion dollars over the Obama 8 years.  But, since the Fed and Obama did not want to flood the money supply by printing worthless currency, so they used Quantitative easing to increase the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity!  The end result is the same!  Your dollars are worth $4 Trillion less and the Fed, and you the taxpayer, are on the hook for $4+ Trillion in debt that is not included in the National Debt!  

So, the real Obama National Debt is $24 Trillion!

Why does this matter to you? 

There is no free lunch!

So while the Fed and Obama were able to create a stock market bubble and drive up “preferred” stock prices for preferred companies, and absorb a lot of the residual Freddie and Fannie funny money debt, ($2 Trillion Dollars), they were postponing the need to payback this bubble once the economy got back on track!

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Enter Donald J. Trump and a US Economic Resurgence

So, in November 8th, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected!  Immediately he reversed the Obama business choking regulations and by the end of his first year passed a historic Tax Cut.  The result, the economy immediately responded with new jobs, new business investment, repatriation of corporate money held overseas, and an optimism the country had not seen since Reagan.  Then, last week, the investor community woke up and suddenly remembered the $4+ Trillion dollar debt we have in the Fed Closet! In a few short days, the Dow dropped precipitously to December 2017 highs.

Why did panic set in?  Well, the markets are not necessarily logical and always are driven of EXPECTED future events!  What are the panic drivers?  FEAR of higher interest rates and their impact on the economy and consumer spending, FEAR of inflation as wages increase and more people enter the job market, and FEAR of FEAR!

  Are interest rate hikes and inflation increases fears realistic?  Probably to some degree.  The Janet Yellen Federal Reserve had been slowly increasing interest rates since Trump took office from the Obama zero interest rate era!  Last week, during Yellen’s last Fed meeting, she did not raise interest rates as expected and she should have and irresponsibly stated that the stock market was overvalued!  She was irresponsible because the Price/Earnings ratios of Dow and other markets have not grown unreasonably over the past year in spite of rising stock prices.  Earnings have risen pretty much with stock prices.  The Dow showed the highest gain in 2018 v 2017 with an increase to $25.98 from $20.31, the NASDAQ increased to $26.10 from $24.15 and the S&P 500 actually dropped to $21.71 from $24.18.  

Where will the Market Go and How do we Get Rid of Obama’s Extra $4+ Trillion in Fed Funny Money?

The economic fundamentals are sound.  Companies will continue to repatriate cash into the US, continue to expand manufacturing and other investments in the US, the labor participation rate will continue to add more citizens into the job force, and more jobs will be created.  Would an increase in interest rates kill the economy?  As long as interest rates stay around 5% and inflation stays around 3%, the world as we know it will not end!  Corporate borrowing will be almost nil for global entities due to the piles of cash they have had offshore that they will repatriate. The tax cuts will provide all companies with additional cash flow that will lower the demand for borrowing.  Consumers benefiting from higher wages will stay about where they are in terms of borrowing and interest rate increases will have minimal impact on already high credit card interest.  

If US GDP grows at 4-5%, and President can get his budget through in order to control costs, the Federal Government should generate sufficient tax revenues to start to reverse the National Debt.  As employment numbers continue to rise, payments into Social Security and Medicare will slow than stop the bleeding from these funds. The Federal Reserve has initiated a program whereby it will start to chip away at its $4+ Trillion dollars in quantitative easing debt at the rate of $10 Billion per month.  At this rate of principal reduction, no real impact on the overall economy should occur. 

So, the bad news is that Obama actually topped $24 Trillion in total national debt.  The good news is that Donald J. Trump is the current President of the US now!  If Clinton had been elected, the Obama economy that was based on a ballooning National Debt and a ballooning Federal Reserve debt on its balance sheet would have been perpetuated.  It would have been a matter of time before the US became a rival junk economy to Greece!

It is critical that Republicans hold the House of Representatives and pick up 9+ seats in the Senate during the 2018 mid-term elections.  President Trump will be able to then attack capital gains taxes and complete his revamping of the tax codes.  He will also be able to rebalance Social Security and Medicare funds and put them back on a solvent path.   Welfare reform via work programs will continue the cost reductions for the Federal and State governments.  There are a lot of systemic changes that still need to be made and President Trump needs a Congress that will support his policy changes…

RD Pierini





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P/Es & Yields on Major Indexes

Dow Indexes

Monday, February 05, 2018

2/5/2018 Year ago Estimate^ 2/5/2018 Year ago
Dow Industrial 25.09 20.31 17.70 2.15 2.39
Dow Transportation 13.48 18.35 16.49 1.38 1.32
Dow Utility 26.56 26.71 17.21 3.53 3.47
P/E data based on as-reported earnings; estimate data based on operating earnings.
Sources: Birinyi Associates; WSJ Market Data Group
Other Indexes
Friday, February 02, 2018
2/2/2018 Year ago Estimate^ 2/2/2018 Year ago
Russell 2000 151.45 nil 25.65 1.30 1.42
Nasdaq 100 26.10 24.15 20.85 0.99 1.16
S&P 500 21.71 24.18 18.05 1.81 2.08
P/E data based on as-reported earnings; estimate data based on operating earnings.
Source: Birinyi Associates

Trump’s Immigration Proposal-Chill Out! Understand the Plan First!

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Trump struck a nerve on the Right and the Left when he had Steven Miller announce his Border Wall/DACA/Immigration Plan yesterday.  Given both wings have slammed this proposal, actually gives this plan more, not less, merit!  Pelosi/Schumer and Ted Cruz all hit the mics to thump their chests and condemn the President’s plan!

But, What are the Facts?

Amnesty Vs Path to Citizenship:

The right is clamoring that this plan is Amnesty for 1.8 million DACA candidates.  Any plan to them is equal to amnesty.  When you press them, they say that rather than amnesty, the DACA candidates should get in line like every other immigration applicant.  OK, I agree, but so does Trump!  An immigration applicant files for immigration then undergoes a medical, criminal, and other forms of background checking.  This takes anywhere from 6 months, if you are married to an American citizen, to 3 years plus. 

TRUMP IS PROPOSING THAT THE DACA CANDIDATES WAIT 10-12 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN DURING WHICH TIME THEY UNDERGO THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A DACA CANDIDATE.  Further, during this period, the candidates can be rejected if they enroll to receive any type of government subsistence; or, if they commit a crime; or if they return to their “home” country without permission.

The right is apoplectic about the 1.8M DACA candidates that were included in the President’s plan.  CHILL!  The 690,000 DACA candidates are those who enrolled in the DACA program.  No one really knows but it is estimated that there are another 1.2M potential DACA enrollees who have not signed up yet.  Before you start screaming, “They had their chance”, there is a small roadblock called the US Constitution and its Equal Protection clause.  If a person otherwise qualifies as a DACA Candidate but did not sign up, the likelihood is extremely high that the Supreme Court would allow those people to enroll in DACA.  You may say that they are not citizens and have no rights.  Sorry but since they are in the US and have been residing here they to inherit constitutional protections.  It may be that rather than there being an additional 1.2M potential DACA enrollees, it may be less, it may be more.  But, the President realistically included actual and potential candidates.  Would you rather have this or have him lie to you and in the end you find out there were really 1.8 applicants!  

Since the President is putting a 10-12 year period restriction on the DACA candidates, I would think they would return to their parent’s home country and apply for citizenship!  It may be faster if this plan is adopted!  Since the President put in a 10-12 year implementation plan, this satisfies the BORDER SECURITY FIRST crowd!

$25 Billion for the Wall and Border Security

President Trump’s plan calls for $25Billion to be set aside, and not subject to future Congressional rescission, to build the wall, add more border agents, provide for additional security enhancements to the Southern and CANADIAN borders, and build border courts.  The President knows that he may or may not continue to have Republican majorities in the House and Senate and wants the funding to be set in stone.  Plus, he knows that he cannot implement all of the needed Wall and security changes in one or two budget years.  He does not want to take a chance on having Congress playing games with this funding.  Republicans or Democrats!

Chain Migration

President Trump included an end to chain migration and will ask that it be replaced with merit based migration requirements.  The only vestige to chain migration will be that an approved immigrant can bring his or her spouse and their children.  This also applies to the DACA candidates.

Visa Lottery Program:

The President is proposed that this program be eliminated totally.  As stated above, visa applicants will be subjected to merit based scrutiny and be required to meet specific criteria that documents that they will be contributory to the US economy.  More later.

Port and Northern Border Security

The President is also proposing measures to beef up port security to eliminate incoming illicit drugs and human trafficking.  These same measures will be put in place along our Canadian borders that span approximately 5,500 miles!  Just think how easy it is to cross the great lakes from Canada and enter the US!  Not hard!

Other Provisions:

Before we finish up with the other provisions, what Trump is actually doing is comprehensive immigration!  If he gets most of what he will finishing outlining next week, there were be few if any real major issues remaining regarding our immigration policy.  But, don’t tell the Left or the Media!

Legal Immigration:

The President will cut back on the numbers eligible to be approved to come into this country.  The President is slowing legal immigration to allow time to assimilate all of the chain, lottery, and refugee immigrants that have come into this country in the past 15 years.  He want to make sure we can ensure that hot pockets of unassimilated immigrants are successfully melded into our society and our economy.  He also wants to make sure that during the growth of our economy, that AMERICANS, not immigrants have priority to receive the newly created jobs!

The President is also proposing to crack down on legal Visa overstays that are the largest contributor to our illegal immigration.  As part of his border security provisions, he will be implementing tacking and apprehension policies to eliminate Visa overstays.

The President will also be proposing to beef up and require the use of E-Verify.  I am not sure if he will not only require private sector employees to use E-Verify, but he should force government welfare agencies, State Food Stamp agencies, and other governmental agencies who approve subsistence or healthcare assistance to use E-Verify.  Once the wall and other security policies are put in place, this will ensure that anyone who sneaks through will be caught by E-Verify and asked to leave or be prosecuted.

There will be other details that will be released next week and as they are I will update this post.  But, take a deep breath and take conservative and liberal media with a grain of salt when they rail against the President’s proposal.  Also, remember, final legislation is up to Congress.  So, when I hear Ted Cruz and other condemn this proposal, I would remind them that the President is trying to get YOU TO DO YOUR JOB AND COME UP WITH A BILL YOURSELVES!  It is easy to run up to a mic and complain. 

Actual work is hard, that is why it called work!

If the President can get his proposal through Congress, he will once again accomplish something no one has been able to do since before 1966, solve many immigration issues and secure this great nation.


RD Pierini



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Trump’s DACA Meeting Trumped Conservatives and Liberals! Killed “Fire and Fury” Narrative

The Art of the Deal Lives On!

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Yesterday you witnessed a brilliant political move by President Trump when he sequestered Democrats and Republicans in his cabinet room and spent 55 minutes in front of national press cameras allowing both sides to state their positions on DACA, the wall, border security, chain migration and the lottery visa program.  After 10 minutes, it seemed that the participants forgot the cameras were rolling and they started sparing over immigration issues ranging from border security to comprehensive immigration reform that would include amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.  It was pure mastery of the media and a showcase of how to completely change the narrative from the anti-Trump “Fire and Fury” book to how presidential Trump looked in bringing all sides together to discuss a contentious issue.  

Trump used this forum to drive home the following issues:

  1. That Trump will consider a DACA solution ONLY if it INCLUDES the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  2. Any DACA deal will be a separate vote from the budget vote.  
  3. Trump allowed the Democrats to drive home their requirement that DACA NOT include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  4. Trump put the onus of dealing with DACA squarely on the House and Senate and that he would support whatever legislation that is passed.

For those who think that Trump’s statement to sign whatever legislation comes out of the Congressional deliberations was a sell out, remember:

  1. The President spent last weekend with Republican Congressional leadership and hammered out the 2018 legislative agenda. 
  2. This agenda included separating DACA from the upcoming government budget vote;
  3. This agenda included a DACA agreement that would include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.

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So, when the President convened the bi-partisan bicameral meeting yesterday, he already knew that the Republican leadership had committed to the President’s agenda!  Even if the Democrats try to severe the DACA legislation components and exclude the wall, border security, chain migration, and the visa lottery program, the Republican majorities could vote them down.  

Also, remember, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate WILL NOT change the voting rules and allow either of these bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority.  This means that the budget and DACA bills will both require 60 votes to pass. 

It is difficult to imagine that DACA, with the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program, will pass anyway! 

  • This will put the onus of not dealing with the DACA enrollees square on the back of the Democrats. 
  • Also, if the Democrats do not step up and fund the government, the government shut down will be square on the back of the Democrats!

Still think Donald J. Trump does not understand the art of the deal and is not committed to his hard-line on border security!  Think again!

RD Pierini


See also our article published this week regarding DACA and its fiscal and political impacts on America:  “DACA is CACA-690 Thousand vs 325 Million” (link:



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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




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Ryan, Trillion Dollar Stab in Trump’s Supporters Back!

Ryan Risking Future of GOP

Never Turn Your Back on a RINO!

Speaker Ryan seems hell-bent on driving the Republican Party back to its comfortable position of being an opposition party! 

His trillion-dollar plus Continuing Resolution today literally and figuratively ignited Trump’s base that was instrumental in keeping the GOP majority in the House and giving the GOP the majority in the Senate in 2016. 

Trump and GOP congressional voters relied on Ryan being honorable and sticking to the campaign pledges that saved their bacon in 2016.  Instead, Ryan stabbed Trump and his supporters in the back by:

  • Not Defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Not Providing  Any Funding for Trump’s Southern Boarder Wall.
  • Not Adding Language to Take Away Funding for Sanctuary Cities.
  • Not Providing Substantial Additions to Beef Up Our Military!
  • Not Delivering a “Readable” Bill!  Instead this PORKER BILL is over 1,600 Pages Long!  Ryan Is Only Allow Lawmakers 72 Hours to Read this Traitorous Piece of Crap!


Democrats Dumfounded that Ryan and the GOP Congress are So Spineless! 

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Why Win Elections?  The GOP will Surrender Anyway!


While Trump has to work with the GOP RINOs, he may as well admit that they will do everything to defeat him and his agenda.  Ryan and the donor class are showing Trump that “Theirs is bigger than His”!

Trump better mount the Bully Pulpit Image result for Trump's bully pulpitand call out Ryan and this travesty now or he can kiss off successfully Repealing and Replacing Obamacare, building the wall, rebuilding the military, or driving through his tax and budget plans. 

RD Pierini



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US Senate Should Abolish the 60 Vote Cloture/Filibuster Rules

Senate Filibuster and Cloture Vote Rules = Tyranny of the Minority!

The Senate’s use of a filibuster or the cloture vote to stop a filibuster, IS NOT IN THE US CONSTITUTION!  It is simply a Senate “rule” that was created by the Senate itself.  

Most US Citizens believe that a majority vote in the House or Senate should be the standard for passing legislation. 

They believe that


in a democracy should be the guiding principle. 


Did you know that the word “filibuster” comes from a Dutch word meaning PIRATE?

Why should a minority of Senators be able to thwart the “WILL OF THE PEOPLE”?  When the people elect a majority of Senators from one political party or ideology, the people expect that the elected majority in the Senate should prevail over the minority.  IF you believe that the minority’s rights are greater than the majority’s rights then should the passing of any legislation by the Senate be approved by 100%, 99%, 90%, 75%, 66% of the senators?  In essence, the current Senate Rule 22 requiring 60 votes to close debate puts control of the Senate in the minority, not the elected majority on regular legislation.

Historical Perspective:

The Senate rule allowing for a filibuster was first adopted by the Senate in 1806 but first used later in 1837.   In 1917, the Senate adopted a rule, (Rule 22), that provided that a filibuster could be stopped by a vote of 2/3rds of the Senate.  The 2/3rds vote requirement remained until 1975. 

During this period, the Southern Democrat Senators used the high 2/3rds vote threshold to block the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including anti-lynching legislation,  until cloture was finally invoked after a 60 day filibuster. 

In 1975, the Senate modified its cloture rule allowing for a vote of 3/5ths (60 votes) to stop a filibuster.   In 2013 the Senate changed the cloture vote to a simple majority for non SCOTUS judicial appointments. Then, in 2017, the rules were changed for even SCOTUS appointments.

Voting in the Senate should be the same as in the House of Representatives where the simple majority vote carries the issue.

Hiding Behind Senate Rules:

The other obscenity that is created with the phony 60 vote majority to end debate and pass the legislation is when the party who controls lets say 52 votes puts a bill on the floor knowing full well that the minority will block cloture and force the bill to die without a vote.  Then those in the majority strut about saying well we tried by XYZ minority blocked us. 

In more concrete terms, Obamacare repeal votes took place countless times when the Republicans knew full well that the legislation would be blocked by the Senate or Obama.  House Speaker Paul Ryan also hides behind Senate Rules when he re-crafted the Obamacare Repeal and Replace blaming Senate Rules as the reason he had to water down and stage the replacement. 

Democrat Vs Republican:

Republicans wring their hands when us regular folks tell them to do away with the 60 vote cloture rule and vote up or down on everything based solely on a simple majority.  Leadership says that when Democrats are in power they will use this power against Republican and ram legislation through.  

Obama taught us that these insane legislative rules with their false majorities are inconsequential and should be predicated on a simple majority vote.  When Obama lost the majority in the House and Senate, he merely ignored the legislative and judicial branches and ruled by fiat.   If the Republicans did pass a bill, they knew Obama would veto it! 

So, it did not matter what the Republican majority was in the Senate or the House.  Both parties use these rules to hide behind.  The use of these faux votes to prove to their constituencies that they are fighting for them is ludicrous.  We are not THAT dumb!


Do Away with Senate Rule 22 Requiring 60 Votes to Close a Debate;

Man-up; and Vote and Be Accountable!

We The People are Not Fooled!

RD Pierini




KKK Leader Rule Still Hamstrings American Voters Wishes

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Robert Byrd:  The Byrd Rule was named after former Klansman and US Senator Robert Byrd.  The Byrd Rule basically laid out the rules surrounding what could and could not be included in “budget reconciliation” and where specific inclusions could be subject to the 60 Vote cloture procedure in the Senate.  It was a further move to insure that a 40% minority in the Senate could thwart the will of the people and the majority of the people’s representatives…

The bottom line, any use of the need to have 60 out of 100 Senators vote to stop debate in the Senate is asinine in the modern era.  

A simple majority of Senators, 51, should be sufficient to represent the will of the people.   This 60 vote filibuster requirement is not a part of the Constitution but merely a Senate “Rule” that was created by the Senate and can be changed or eliminated by the Senate.  The irony of the practice of requiring a 60 vote for stopping the use of filibusters to kill legislation was used extensively by Southern Democrats to kill Civil Rights Legislation!

Paul Ryan Using, or Hiding Behind the 60 Vote Rule?: 

Ostensibly, the demise of the repeal of Obamacare and the replacement of Obamacare fell prey to the 60 vote idiocy of the US Senate rules, including the bill killing Byrd Rule.  Ostensibly, the way the repeal/replacement was structured by Paul Ryan was to circumvent the arcane Senate requiring 60 votes to overcome a fake filibuster by using the Budget Reconciliation Rules of the Senate and thus prohibiting a MINORITY of Congress, specifically the Senate, to kill the Obamacare replacement. 

Was Ryan trying to use the Senate Rules to really pass a viable replacement of Obamacare or was he hiding behind the Senate Rules to insure that the RINO goals of keeping big government in charge of health care?  Only the very few members of the Ryan leadership team really know the answer. 

The sad part is that the American People, who supported the Republican take back of the House and Senate and in November of 2016 the election of Donald Trump who ran on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, are the losers.  Once again we counted on our Government to do their job and follow the will of the people.  Instead, Ryan and his cronies cow-towed to the will of big insurance, big pharma, and other interest groups to thwart the American People.

What is the Real Lesson?:

The real lesson that the American People have learned in watching this exercise of insanity is that the 60 Vote Cloture rule to end debate and allow a vote on a bill, whether subject to the budget Byrd Rule or not, has to be changed. 

We realize that the 60 vote rule does not make the Senate a great deliberative body but rather a slave to minority rule.  Period!

Same goes for confirmation of Presidential judicial appointments.  a simple 51 vote majority must be implemented or key judicial appointments can be derailed by 40 of the 100 Senators. 

The other use of the 60 vote rule is to try to hide behind a procedure to make themselves look good when they know full well that their vote is a farce.   All of the votes to repeal Obamacare by Republicans have been done with full knowledge that the Senate did not have the votes to stop a filibuster or last year’s when the House and Senate Republicans knew that Obama would veto the repeal vote.  But how many times have you seen Ryan and other puff out their chest and say that they voted to repeal Obamacare but X, Y, or Z stopped it from happening.  GET A MIRROR.  THE HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS, CONSERVATIVE AND RINO, HAVE ALLOWED THIS FARCE TO CONTINUE SO THEY CAN HIDE BEHIND CIRCA MID 1800’S RULES WHEN CAMPAIGNING FOR OFFICE.

Somehow, we need to force McConnell to repeal the Senate Rules to allow for majority rule.  Ryan and all Republican elected officials need to stand behind this change or nothing will ever change.

Some will say that when the Democrats are in power, they will use this Senate Rule change against us.  Where have you been the last 8 years?  The Democrats do not care about Senate Rules or the Constitution. Period!  Obama would issue an executive order and merely bypass Congress or the Constitution.  Ryan and McConnell would throw up their hands and say they don’t have the votes to overcome the Democrats. 

Enough is enough.  Trump’s agenda is OUR last chance to save this country from Progressive Rule and from the Big Donor, Big money interests that control this nation.   Obama put this country at the mercy of our sworn enemies and into the hands of the global progressive movement seats of power.

We need to stand and stand firm, NOW!

RD Pierini



SCOTUS – Replacement for Congress?

Stop Relying on the Supreme Court to Create Law!


Gutless Wonders In Congress Shirk Their Duty to Legislate and Duck their Responsibility and the Possible Ire of their Constituents by Allowing 9 Unelected Judges to Create Law by Fiat!


It is the Job of Congress Alone

U.S. Constitution; Article 1, Section 1

All legislative (having the power to make laws:) Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

The Supreme Court has NO Constitutional Authority to “Legislate”, Period!

U.S. Constitution; Article 3, Section 1.

The judicial Power (1) of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

SCOTUS RESTRICTED ROLE:  The courts below the Supreme Court, inferior courts, are created and maintained solely by Congress.  In 1803, a famous case, Marbury v Madison, formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States (constitutionality) under Article III. This Supreme Court decision helped define the boundary between the constitutionally separate executive and judicial branches.  CONGRESS STILL HAS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE TO LEGISLATE, CREATE NEW LAW OR MODIFY EXISTING LAW. 

The Supreme Court, or any inferior court, can only judge whether a Constitutionally created law, passed by Congress and signed by the President, is in conformance with or does not violate any Constitutional authorities granted to the Congress by the Constitution, amendments thereto, or governing law.  Any law found to be unconstitutional, at the discretion of the Congress, must be modified by the Congress alone and submitted to the President for approval.  The court cannot, and should not, but has, actually modified the original language of a law by interpreting the language in the law to suit the court.  This is not legal right of the court and has been labeled “Judicial Activism” (2). 

Congress Needs to Pass Real Legislation Dealing with:

  • Freedom of Religion Protection under the 1st Amendment Against Government Overreach on Healthcare.

  • Define Life as beginning at Conception.

  • Pass a real school choice law allowing parents to use vouchers to send their children to a school of their choice.

  • Clarification of LGBT rights Vs the Religious Liberty of individuals.

  • Get the Government out of our Rest Rooms, Showers and Changing rooms.

  • Revise Title 7 and 9 that control schools and universities receiving Federal Funds to get the government out of the day-to-day operations of these institution.

  • Individual Employee Rights Vs Unions Rights regarding dues and Union political activism.

  • Disallow Environmentalists’ “standing in court” to bring lawsuits on behalf of the environment.

  • Mandate that all laws passed by Congress cannot exempt Congress or its members from its provisions.

  • Mandate that all laws passed by Congress, and any resulting regulation, that require funds to be expended to implement the law, be fully paid for by the Federal Government.  (Eliminates unfunded mandates)

  • Create a national standard for Voter IDs to ensure that Federal Elections are properly controlled.

  • Clarify 2nd Amendment protections by creating national “carry permits”; eliminate State and Local taxes designed to restrict gun or ammunition ownership; create Federal restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally impaired.

  • Pass common sense political contribution reform and eliminate PACs and Super PACS.  All persons, including individuals, corporations, LLCs, Unions, tax exempt organizations, can only contribute $1,000 per candidate or initiative. 

  • Require that the President submit and the Congress pass an Annual Budget or the executive and legislative elected officials and staff do not get paid until it is passed.

  • Require that the annual budget be prepared and approved using zero based budgeting and eliminate automatic increases.

  • Require all regulations that have been created undergo a cost-benefit analysis, and then be reviewed by Congress before it is put into effect. 

  • Etcetera!  You get the point.

Otherwise, Our Nation and Our Culture will be Dictated by 9 Unelected People! 

The point being is that Congress needs to step up and do its job as the Founding Fathers intended.  Since Obama was elected, Congress has shirked its duties and stopped passing budgets, allowed SCOTUS to modify legislation that the Congress should have done through the legislative process, and have allowed the President to create legislation via executive fiat.  Congress has the power of the purse and impeachment to use against an out-of-control Executive Branch and they must step up and exercise their duties as prescribed by the Constitution or we all lose. 

We cannot be dictated to by a President, or 9 unelected individuals on the Supreme Court. 

We need to get back to the basics and start acting like a real country again!


RD Pierini



((1)Judicial Power is defined as Authority, both constitutional and legal, given to the courts and its judges (1) to preside over and render judgment on court-worthy cases; (2) to enforce or void statutes and laws when scope or constitutionality are questioned (3) to interpret statutes and laws when disputes arise.)

(2) Case in point was when SCOTUS ruled that the individual mandate to purchase a Obamacare policy was in fact a TAX which is lawful for the Congress to levy rather than an individual mandated payment which is a violation of the Congressional authority under the Constitution.  Chief Justice rewrote Obamacare regarding the mandates when he concluded that: “Part III-B that the individual mandate must be construed as imposing a tax on those who do not have health insurance, if such a construction is reasonable.”  It is not reasonable! This all the while the Obama Administration, who helped create the bill, maintained that the individual mandate was NOT A TAX, because it did not meet the Constitution’s definition of what taxes could be levied by the Congress.  Roberts must have “divined” that Obama had a mental lapse and didn’t mean what he said!


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Jeff Session’s Litmus Test for Republican Candidates-Should be the Next Debate

Time to ask each Candidate:  Where’s the Beef!

Senator Jeff Sessions laid out 5 questions that each candidate for the Republican nomination for president should answer.  In Fact, the entire debate on Saturday, 2/6, should be these question rather than the sophomoric “gotcha” questions asked by Fox and other moderators.  Who cares about whether X thank Y lied or whether Y didn’t show up to an event.

To channel Donald J. Trump.  This country is in Deep Sh*%!  We need some serious answers to serious questions.

Below are the questions Senator Sessions posed and my comments below each of the questions:

Question 1: How would you vote (or how did you vote) on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?

Senator Cruz and Rubio both voted to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP.  Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states: “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur….”  The TPP must be viewed first and foremost as a treaty, and also be defeated.  The TPP transfers our sovereignty to a to be formed international commission that will have BINDING authority on future US trade policy.  This should be unconstitutional on its face.  While Cruz and Rubio voted to fast-track the agreement, Trump is squarely against it.  Where is the National Review on this one?

Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?

All candidates should pledge to vote no on the legislation without reservation.

Question 3: Upon entering office, will you promptly and unconditionally terminate and rescind all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?

All candidates should pledge to immediately revoke all of Obama’s illegal executive orders without reservation.

Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?

All candidates should pledge to, at a minimum, reduce current immigration levels.  Even better, they should pledge to stop allowing refugees, from anywhere, including Cuba, until we have established a comprehensive vetting process; further, the H-1B and H1-A visa programs should be stopped until we can accurately assess our US labor pool and stop using these visa programs to compete against US workers; Also, all immigration limits should be indexed against the U-6 unemployment rate.  If the U-6 is <5%, then we would allow immigrants in.  If the U-6 is >5%, then there would be a graduated scale of the number of allowable TOTAL immigrants under all programs to be allowed in.

Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?

All candidates should say they do not support Obama’s numbers for the sake of numbers bastardization of our penal system just to reduce the number of people in prison.

Obviously there is a need to provide better and more intelligent support to all law enforcement levels throughout the US including maintaining the military style equipment program for local law enforcement.  Reducing prison populations for the sake of just reducing the number is idiotic. 

We have sufficient info to help create a drug-use prevention program and to structure an enforcement scheme that will help reduce the drug related crime and incarceration rates.  But, so far, there is just too much money in the drug businesses that I fear makes its way into Federal, State and Local elections! 

As a former Mayor, I can tell you that Federal money with specified usage for law enforcement is not effective.  Federal law enforcement block grants are more effective as no 2 police or sheriff’s departments have the same needs.  Further, if equipment is provided, the training on its use must also be provided.


I’ll bet each of you who have read these 5 questions have probably come up with your own solutions and wonder why the President and the Republican Congress have not made inroads into solving each of these 5 issues.  You may also be surprised at the answers your candidate may give in response to these 5 questions.

The current debates are designed to drive ratings and to allow one candidate to look better than another.  We the People need to demand that the RNC and DNC work with the people to structure the debates so we can get the answers we need to intelligently vote.

Wow, an intelligent vote, the RNC and DNC would be scared to death of that!!!

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