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Brian Kilmeade’s Bizarre Anti-Trump Positions & Ill Humor Hurt Fox and Friends

Brian Kilmeade

Kilmeade is a co-host of the highly acclaimed and most watched Fox and Friends with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy.  The format for the show allows the hosts to state their opinion on the current topic and ad lib commentary when they feel appropriate.  It is a combination of hard news, commentary, with real human interest.

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Doocy and Earhardt tend to use this freedom sparingly and keep to reporting news rather than trying to crack jokes about the current topics or interjecting their opinions over and over again on the same topic.  On the other hand, Kilmeade often tries to turn the news into his personal comedic shtick and mostly falls short of being funny!  If the topic has anything to do with President Trump, Brian oftentimes takes the side of his progressive friends like Senator Jeff Flake or Senator Lindsay Graham!  He also name drops that he spoke to them on such and such a date.  Today provided a good example.

Topic:  Claims of President Trump being a Racist; Trump calling specific countries “shit holes”; and the DACA debate

  • Kilmeade apparently gave little or no credibility to Senators Cotton and Purdue (and the President himself), when they stated publicly that they did not hear Trump use the term “shit hole” nor disparage Haiti or other nations.  Kilmeade said over an over that he thought the President HAD TO explain himself to the American public about his “shit hole” comments, that the President himself denies saying.  Obviously Kilmeade believes that he actually knows what was said because he had talked to Lindsay Graham over the weekend!  Really, Kilmeade believes the Trump-hater Graham over the President of the United States?  
  • Kilmeade has been an unending critic of President Trump’s use of Twitter ever since Trump announced his candidacy!  This is especially true if the Trump Tweets are aimed at Kilmeade’s RINO confidants Senator Graham, Flake, and Bob Corker.  Kilmeade constantly rails against Trump “stepping on his own message” and being non-productive in his use of Twitter.  Earth to Kilmeade, “TRUMP RAN FOR PRESIDENT AGAINST 16 REPUBLICANS AND CROOKED HILLARY AND IS NOW THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES”, YOU DIDN’T!  Further, Trump can’t step on his own message that he wants to get out.  By definition, it is HIS message!  Maybe Trump is at least as smart as you are and knows that no matter what he does or says, or doesn’t do or say, the Left, RINOs and Never-Trumpers will never accept the Trump Presidency nor Donald J. Trump policies!  He has proven that he can set the message and or stop the current narrative pretty much at will.
  • Kilmeade also counsels the President to COMPROMISE on DACA in order to not shut down the government and to get a fix to DACA.  We realize that either the vote on DACA or on the CR to keep the government running will require 60 votes in the goofy Senate since McConnell will not undue this undemocratic Senate rule and allow majority rule.  But, your assumption that no compromise on DACA means that the government will be shut down is erroneous.  First of all, the two bills are separate.  if the Democrats and your RINO friends shut down the government, it is on the Democrats and RINOs.  If DACA, coupled with the border wall, border security, end to chain immigration and the visa lottery system as defined by the President is not passed, that is on the Democrats and the RINOs.  Trump has already compromised on the DACA program by even considering permanent status for the DACA enrollees by using the legislative process.  Obama, the Democrats and RINOs loved the unconstitutional move by Obama to create “DACA” in the first place as it got Congress off of the hook!  Maybe you want to try backing the President so we can ensure that the government is not shut down and DACA is once and for all fixed.  RINOs idea of compromise is giving in against principle and the Democrats believe compromise is either getting everything they want or walking away and blame the Republicans.  The Democrats only want to keep DACA alive and unresolved so they have a 2018 issue!  I have no doubt that if the government is shut down and/or DACA is not fixed you will blame the President.

Kilmeade, Insecure or Just Insensitive?

Then there is the issue of Brian’s comments regarding women.  It is hard to discern whether Brian is insecure when it comes to dealing with women as equals or is just plain insensitive.  Brian’s attempt at humor falls way short on this topic and is oftentimes disgusting and demeaning. 

In late 2012, Brian once quipped when asked by a caller on his radio show when he was interviewing Alisyn Camerota,I don’t know who was the scout that got you guys, but they rock.”   Brian responded;  “It was actually – we go to the Victoria’s Secret catalog and we said, “Can any of these people talk?” And they all could and they all went to college.”  Seriously?  Then how does Fox scout men?  Look for men with calluses on their knuckles from dragging them on the ground!

Again in 2012, Brian ticked off his co-host Gretchen Carlson with another “unfunny” quip following a segment that included Steve Doocy interviewing members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women.  Following the interview, Brian shoved his shoe in his own mouth by saying, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”  Carlson obviously did not see the humor (neither do I) in Brian’s remarks and told Brian, “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,”.  Brian, always having to have the last laugh when he steps in it replied, “All right. Finally.   Leaving an all male crew, she needed a shower.”  Watch the encounter here:    https://youtu.be/vGrgVC7u7DU.

Brian also has a habit of interrupting Ainsley when she is making a point counter to his.  Steve will sometimes intervene but Ainsley now apparently feels comfortable and openly confronts him when he steps on her line, or toes.  

Brian vs Dr. Alveda King Today:

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Today Brian was on his high horse demanding that Trump come out and “Explain” his shit hole comments to the American People.  He kept making this point throughout the show.  Towards the end of the show, they had Dr. Alveda King on to discuss MLK Day, John Lewis’s anti-Trump comments, and the current controversy surrounding the alleged shit hole comments.  Brian tried to solicit Dr. King’s support on his call to have Trump come out and “explain” himself for his mistake.  Dr. King shuts him down at 3:24 on the following video:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/5711712584001 .

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I am sure if Ainsley ever reads this she will defend Brian to the max.  That is just who she is and we love her for it.  But, Brian and Fox News should know that many Fox and Friends viewers oftentimes fast forward through Brian’s comments and his poor attempt at humor.  His bully tactics are not appreciated and detract from the wonderful show.  I can honestly say that we love it when Brian writes a new book as we know there will be substitute guest hosts to take his place.  When Pete Hegseth fills in, we know we are in for a treat along with Ainsley and Steve.  

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tip:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235456/Brian-Kilmeade-jokes-Fox-News-hires-women-flipping-pages-Victorias-Secret-catalog.html#ixzz54IH5aPrT

https://thinkprogress.org/female-fox-anchor-walks-off-set-after-co-hosts-sexist-joke-6b63805a6d3c/

 

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Why Democrats Do Not Want a DACA Solution

Democrats care about the political issue of 
DACA, but not a solution for DACA.

What?  If DACA enrollee issues are solved legislatively, then the Democrats have nothing to “RESIST” and lose one of the few leftist illegal immigration issues the American Public support, to a large degree.  Democrats and the left and MSM need to have issues to use to bash the Republicans and President Trump.  When an issue is solved, then it is off the table to rile up identity politics bigots!

On Thursday, leftists, including Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsay Graham, met with President Trump to discuss their “bi-partisan compromise” for a DACA solution.  In fact, this compromise funded only 10% of the wall, increased chain immigration and did not weaken Visa Lottery program.  Further, it eliminated all of the border security recommendations by DHS!  Finally, it granted amnesty to all of the DACA enrollees and basically regurgitated the “Dreamer Act”.

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When Trump questioned the sanity of the proposal and turned it down, Dick Durbin and Lindsay Graham went to Plan B and “leaked” out false Trump comments regarding “Shit hole Countries” (not Shit Hole People!) and framed the President as a Racists.  For the past 72 hours, this racial branding of the President has been parroted continuously by Left Wing Media, RINOs and leftist.  The goal of Durbin and Graham was to push Trump into a corner so he would have had to soften on the wall, amnesty etc, OR have President Trump walk away from a DACA solution altogether so they could slam him with its defeat in the 2018 mid-terms!  OBVIOUSLY THIS GROUP OF KNUCKLE DRAGGERS STILL DO NOT GET TRUMP!

Since the release of the DACA SHIT HOLE LIE, Senators Cotton and Purdue, who were also at the meeting, denied hearing the Trump shit hole comments.  Same for other attendees include Trump staffers and THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF!  Who had the most to gain by spreading this false narrative?  Durbin and Graham!  Durbin by protecting the Democrats by setting up Trump as the fall guy for no DACA solution.  Graham, for making himself somewhat relevant and promoting his pro amnesty bias.

If the DACA enrollees have a brain between them, they will push to support President Trump.  If the President’s solutions are not supported in Congress and the nation, then there will be NO DACA SOLUTION!  The Democrats will go into the 2018 Mid-terms blaming the Republicans and “racist” President Trump for a failure to protect the DACA enrollees and the Republicans will lose the house and possibly the Senate over an issue that should be in their wheelhouse, and deservedly so! 

Even during this latest barrage of racist claims against Trump, Paul Ryan FAILED to back Trump or even give him the benefit of the doubt.  You would think that after Trump handed Ryan a huge win on Taxes, Ryan would have some respect for Trump.  Then again, skunks never change their stripes!

PS:  Just a friendly message to DACA enrollees.  Protesting and blaming American Citizens for your issue is not a winning ploy.  Maybe thank the generosity of Americans for trying to come to a solution on YOUR behalf!  In the final analysis, you are merely a pawn for Leftist Democrats who will play you like a cheap fiddle!  If the Democrats cared about you, they could have solved this issue in 2009 and 2010 when they had majorities in both houses plus a Democrat President!  Get It?

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.businessinsider.com/tom-cotton-and-david-purdue-didnt-hear-trumps-shithole-remark-2018-1

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2018/01/12/senators-cotton-purdue-dont-recall-vulgar-comments-in-immigration-meeting-n2433788

https://www.capsweb.org/blog/new-bill-sens-cotton-and-purdue-would-end-chain-migration-diversity-visa-lottery

 

 

The New Wealth Distribution-To Our Middle and Lower Income Levels

What Bonuses and Wage Increases Signal

Nay-Sayers on the Right and Left scoffed at Candidate and President Trump’s insistence and constant promoting of massive tax cuts to individuals and businesses.  Once the tax cuts were ushered through Congress by President Trump, the new mantra was that the tax cuts were for the rich and big business!

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All of these “Henny Penny”, “the sky is falling” idiotic pundits were WRONG, AGAIN ABOUT TRUMP AND HIS POLICIES!

Bonuses VS Wage Increases: (125 companies, 2.3M Employees Impacted Positively)

You may have wondered why many of the early companies who have announced bonuses or wage increases have started with bonuses rather than wage increases.  Simply, bonuses are a one time event where wages carry forward and permanently increase a business ongoing labor expense. 

But, now, with Walmart announcing bonuses and wage increases, companies have finalized their analysis and are seeing short and long-term benefits to their operations.  Their analysis is showing that they will gain not only additional cash flow as a result of lower taxes and regulations but long-term sales and revenue benefits from the economic growth in lower and middle-income wage sectors.  Further, more people will leave government subsistence and join the ranks of the employed where they will have more disposable income.  

The transition from giving one time bonuses to raising wages of entry-level and upper income wage earners is a long-term signal that the Trump tax cuts will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the US economy! Not only are companies “feeling the love” for the tax cuts, voters are feeling that same “love”:

The Hill reported today that:  “Two-thirds of voters polled, 66 percent, said in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday they would characterize the economy as “excellent” or “good.” Quinnipiac noted that figure is the highest rating since it began asking the question in 2001.”

While President Trump’s personal approval numbers remain below 50%, numbers like these point out that people like the Trump economy.  With the mainstream media is skewing its coverage of President Trump with 95% negative coverage versus 5% positive coverage, they are not impacting the perception of voters on the Trump agenda.  

The best part of the Trump Tax Cuts is that the President just reversed the Obama socialist “redistribution of wealth core” by allowing taxpayers, individual and business, to keep their own money and allow the economy to lift up all income groups.  (those in California and New York need to talk to their own governors!)   The reliance on government handouts has already started to recede and will soon be at historic lows.

  The taller Trump becomes, the more diminished Obama becomes!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/01/11/list-companies-paid-bonuses-boosted-pay-since-tax-bill-passed/1023848001/

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/economy/368350-poll-voters-perception-of-economy-at-record-high

 

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

@RDPierini

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:  https://wp.me/pY51c-18E)

 

 

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Steve Bannon-Nuts or Just Plain Crazy

Bannon’s behavior since joining the Trump Campaign has often been bizarre at best.  When he entered the White House in January of 2017, his behavior has been schizophrenic with bi-polar extremes.  Schizophrenic as he obviously delusional believing things that are not true, and is having cognitive issues that are seriously impairing his thought processes.  Bi-polar extremes in his seemingly hi-low emotional swings and attacks on others out of the blue.  Add in a dose of narcissism and you have a full-blown ticking time-bomb!

Attack’s on Trump’s Family:

I have been arguing for months that Bannon is nuts for attacking Trump’s kids and their spouses, either directly or indirectly via Breitbart commentary.  No one in their right mind would go after the children of someone they claim to support whole-heartedly and not expect repercussions.  Bannon would have to think the President sees the flaws his own kids and Bannon’s brilliance for pointing out their failures!  To the President’s credit, he has not lashed out publicly at Bannon for these attacks over the past year in spite Bannon’s numerous derogatory remarks about Ivanka, Jerod, and Don Jr..  Bannon had to be delusional to think that participating in this trash book and reiterating his attacks on the Trump would go unchallenged by Trump himself.  Did Bannon really think he was more important, more enlightened, and more powerful than President Trump?  Probably! 

Bannon’s Leaking and White House Departure:

As soon as the election was over and the transition began, Bannon began leaking against others on the transition team to demean them and seemingly to enhance his own position.  This continued until after the inauguration and came to a head in August of 2017 when the President had enough and fired Bannon.  (He would have fired Bannon earlier in April but the leaking by then chief of staff Reince Priebus complimented this action.)  President Trump allowed Bannon to resign without any disparagement from Trump, this was probably a mistake.  But, the only reason Bannon came to be the Campaign Manager and then a senior advisor was that the Mercer family made his inclusion a prerequisite for their support for Trump.  The Mercer’s and others have withdrawn their support for Bannon in favor of Trump.

Why would Bannon leak which obviously hurt the Trump agenda?  Remember, over the first 5 months, there were an average of one Major leak per day from the Trump administration.  Come to find out, it was not only the deep state, but a deranged Bannon who leaked damaging information against the Trump Administration.  Bannon must have been one, delusional in thinking that everyone else was out to stop Trump, and by extension Bannon’s, agenda.  Two, on Bannon, the narcissist, wanted to demean everyone else around Trump so Bannon  would be the only “brains” behind Trump! As stated above, Bannon’s hyper neurosis was so extreme that he even extended this Trump threat to Trump’s own children!  

The final straw was Bannon’s sponsorship of Michael Wolff in the White House allowing this author to interact with many members of the Trump Administration and gather bits and pieces of information that he turned into a salacious and widely discredited piece of trash book.  This is the ultimate leak by Bannon and the ultimate act of betrayal for not only the Trump Administration, but for the President himself.  I really do not believe Bannon was stupid, I really think he is mentally not well.  No one in their right mind would help to fabricate this salacious book against someone they purport to support.

Bannon’s 180 Today

To drive home my point, today, Steve Bannon recanted and apologized to the President and his family and reiterated his “Unwavering support” for President Trump and his agenda!  After describing Don Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump tower as treasonous, he now states, “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”  

Bannon is finished as a political consultant/advisor in this country.  He may also lose his position with Breitbart as their board is considering his removal.  But, the real losers, are the hard-working men and women of this country, our military, and those in dire economic straits, who are relying on the President and his agenda to improve their working, combat and economic conditions.

Bannon not only betrayed the President and his family, but your family as well.  President Trump will ultimately prevail but his agenda has suffered a setback I  terms of momentum.  Trump understands that momentum is crucial and that “status quo” is not a dynamic condition.  He will fight back against Bannon and Wolff and come out ahead on the back side.  In the Interim, he will have to expend valuable energy that could have been used productively!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Paul Ryan Wrong to Prioritize “Entitlements” in 2018!

Ryan Is Ignorant of Sound Fiscal Concepts & A Phased Limited Approach Methodology!

Apparently Ryan and McConnell are bickering over Ryan’s desire to push for “Entitlement” reform in 2018, a mid-term election year!  There are a couple of issues with this picture.  One, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States, and he, not Ryan, will set the priorities!  Two, Ryan thinks that Social Security and Medicare are part of his definition of “entitlements” that also include Medicaid, Welfare, Food Stamps etc..  Third, to take on “entitlements” during a mid-term election year shows Ryan’s tone deafness when it comes to hanging onto the third rail of politics (entitlements) while trying to hold onto majorities in the House and Senate!  But, none of these three issues are not really the major issue!

The Major Issue is that President Trump has just passed, with some help from Ryan and McConnell, the largest tax cuts and tax reforms in decades.  The economy needs time to react to these fiscal policy changes so we can determine its impact on the economy and on the so-called ‘ENTITLEMENTS’.  

Change Management Principle:  Engineers know the basic principle of Change Management is that you implement one change at a time and assess its impact before moving onto the next change.  If not, it may be impossible to know which change is really responsible for the desired or undesired results and what the impact of multiple changes are on each other!  The tax policy changes and cuts will begin to be melded into the US economy during 2018 and beyond.  Trying to change a major cost driver in our economy while a major revenue driver is being rolled out is idiotic and fiscally unsound!

Tax Cuts and Tax Reform Will Change the Dynamics and Fiscal Make-up of “Entitlements”:  Tax cuts will allow the GDP to swell to 4%+ adding at least $5 Trillion to our annual GDP over the Obama years.  Tax cuts will increase the demand for goods and services from private sectors corporations and businesses by putting more money in the pockets of 80% of our taxpayers.  Tax cuts for corporations and small business will incentivize them to add facilities, increase production to meet the new demand, and ADD MORE EMPLOYEES.  The more people that are employed, the lower the demand for Entitlements such as welfare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc…  

Since the Tax Cuts and Tax Reform will dramatically change “entitlements”, Ryan will be trying to hit a moving target in terms of the demand for services by the unemployed and under-employed!  As more people leave welfare, more people will no longer need Medicaid.  As more people are gainfully employed, the less demand there will be for Food Stamps.  The Obama era swelled the Food Stamp participation to 47.6 million people and the Trump economic recovery has dropped the usage to 42.6 million people.  President Trump will tweak these entitlements over the next two years as the economy and employment continue to improve.

Social Security and Medicare:  Until the Trump Tax Cuts and Tax Reform impact matures in 2019, it is idiotic to propose any changes to these programs.  The higher the level of employment, the more people will be paying into both Social Security and Medicare.  The Obama normal of a low labor force participation rate, reduced the number of people paying into Social Security and Medicare.  

Also, since disability is a part of the Social Security funds, more able bodies people will be dropping disability!  During the Obama 8 year depression, people who no longer qualified for unemployment benefits applied for and were granted disability payments.  The Trump economy will reverse this trend.

Tweak-Eliminate Public Sector Retirement Systems:  The one tweak President Trump and Ryan can propose is to eliminate the carve out for public sector employees to be exempted from Social Security and Medicare.  It is typical that government treats itself better than it does its citizen tax payers!  Allowing government employees to contribute to a separate Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) is discriminatory and weakens the Social Security system.

Earth to Ryan:

  1. You are not the President, you are two levels below the President.
  2. President Trump is President, you are not!
  3. President Trump received the mandate in the last National Presidential Election, you did not.
  4. Let the Tax Cuts and Tax Reform kick in and jump start this economy.
  5. Follow Trump’s lead, it is a better view than the one you would see from your home in Wisconsin if you lose the 2018 mid-terms.  The President created an $11 Billion dollar empire, you won an election in a small district in Wisconsin and really have never had a real job.

Go to Camp David with the President and Mitch and listen to the President.  Remember this phrase;

YES MR. PRESIDENT!

 

If YOU are talking, YOU are not learning!

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/ryan-mcconnell-entitlement-reform/2017/12/27/id/833921/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/20/food-stamp-use-falls-lowest-level-seven-years/

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

Kate Steinle Verdict-Armageddon for Progressive Immigration Policies

The Face Of Progressive-Left Illegal Immigration Policies

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Jose Ines Garcia Zarate

Zarete, an illegal immigrant who had been deported 5 times with 7 prior felonies, was found not guilty of being culpable in the death of Kate Steinle.  The verdict was handed down in the sanctuary city and county of San Francisco, in the sanctuary state of California.  Zarete was only convicted on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The Progressive-Left framed this case as a do-or-die case to defend the rights of illegal immigrants living illegally in the US AND, to showcase the Federal Government’s inability to stand against Sanctuary Cities and States!

What the Progressive-Left Open Borders crowd did not count on was the level of backlash among the American People when the Not Guilty verdict came down on the murder and manslaughter charges for Zarete. 

Kate represents the innocents of this country and Zarete represents the decay and corruption of the Progressive-Left Anti-America immigration agenda and its devastating impact on the families of the lives that have been lost, the billions that have been spent to support illegals in this country, and the killing of higher wages for our working class. 

This case will have a devastating impact on the DACA resolution, The Wall, the Federal punitive measures against Sanctuary Cities and States, and Immigration Reform.  Those who oppose taking a hard-line on these issues will face serious voter backlash in 2018 and 2020.

Focus On the Squishy Senate

Most of the RINOs in Congress reside in the US Senate and voters will be watching and demanding true conservative, law and order solutions to border security including the wall, DACA, immigration reform and an absolute end to Sanctuary Cities and States.  The Senate better pass the House approved “Steinle Law” before Christmas or the voters will set aside a lump of coal for them to use later!  McConnell will have to corral McCain, Graham, Flake, and Corker and get them in-line with a conservative approach to immigration and an elimination of illegal immigration.

Comment on California

It is frustrating to try to describe the depth of Progressive-Left maggot infested rot that is pervasive in California.  The frustration is that California was once a leader of this nation in terms of innovation, opportunity, equality, and law and order, and a source of pride for its residents.  Today, following 42 years of Progressive-Left slime crawling over every institution in this once great State, California is a State with total disregard for morality, lawfulness, and respect for the foundations of the State and this great country.  Jerry Brown is the face of this slime and his policies have created a fiscally and morally bankrupt State with little or no prospects for its redemption.  The fact that the Steinle case acquittal took place in California is not in the least bit surprising.  California has become the laughing stock of this nation and deservedly so. 

Kate’s Legacy

Kate Steinle put a real face on the true peril of Sanctuary Cities and States, illegal immigration, and a lack of border enforcement. 

Kate’s fate and her image are hard to dismiss as well as her final words to her father as he held her in her final moments;

“Help Me Dad”

The Face of Innocence and Death at the Hands of Sanctuary Cities

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/30/kate-steinle-s-accused-killer-found-not-guilty-murder.html

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/30/jose-garcia-zarate-not-guilty-homicide-charges-kat/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/14/parents-of-kate-steinle-n2025110

Why Alabama Must Vote for Roy Moore!

Donald Trump’s Continued Presidency May Depend On Whether Roy Moore is Elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Step One:  If Roy Moore is defeated in Alabama on December 12th, his Democrat opponent Doug Jones Could be seated on December 23rd or within a week or so of that date.  If the 2017 Tax Cuts have not been approved yet, the Senate would be split 51-49.  The chances of the bill still passing is slim to none.  You have Collins, Flake, Corker, McCain and others itching to kill the Trump Tax Cuts.

Step Two:  The Trump voters are extremely upset with the Republican Congress failure to pass tax cuts and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare and rebels in the 2018 Mid-Terms and gives the House back to the Democrats and maybe even the Senate. If the Democrats Take Back the House in 2018, the Next Two Years Would Be Spent Impeaching President Trump and Killing His (Our) Agenda!

Impacts of Not Electing Judge Roy Moore:

  • 2017 Tax Reform and Tax Cuts would be killed permanently
  • Obamacare Repeal and Replace would be killed permanently
  • The Border Wall and increased border would be killed permanently
  • President Trump’s 70 immigration reforms would be killed permanently
  • DACA Amnesty would be adopted.
  • Abortion limits would be killed permanently
  • US security would be damaged due to the weakening of President’s Trump legitimacy in the world capitals.
  • Further improvements to the VA system would be killed permanently
  • Trump’s ability to appoint conservative judges, including to the Supreme Court, would be severely limited and force a compromise to more liberal judges
  • Many more negative impacts…

Make no mistake, Judge Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones is a died in the wool hard-line progressive leftist.  At a minimum, he supports:

  • Partial Birth Abortion
  • Limits to the 2nd Amendment
  • A No Vote for Trump’s Tax Plan
  • Obamacare Expansion
  • Not Funding the Southern Border Wall
  • Supports full Amnesty for DACA Recipients
  • Many more Progressive-Left Views.

Even if you believe Moore’s accusers, Jones is more of a threat to this nation than Moore.  If Moore is elected, he will probably be investigated by the weak Senate “Ethics” Committee.  If he is sanctioned or expelled, at least the Republican Governor could appoint another Republican replacement if need be.  Once Jones is elected, GAME OVER!

DO NOT VOTE FOR DOUG JONES!  PERIOD

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Mueller and “The Fruit From the Poisonous Tree”!

Clinton Campaign, DNC, Obama Funding for Fusion GPS & the “Trump Dossier”!

Only a staunch Democrat, Dennis Kucinich on Fox and Friends Weekend, tied the fake “Trump Dossier” to the Obama Administration’s surveillance and “wiretapping” of candidate Trump and his campaign. 

Why does this matter?

If the Obama Administration and its FBI and Intelligence agencies used the “Trump Dossier” as the basis to obtain warrants, including FISA surveillance warrants, and based their “unmasking” requests on the same fake dossier, then any “evidence” uncovered as a result of these ILLEGAL warrants and unmasking requests would be part of the Tree of Poisonous Fruit.  Since the “Trump Dossier” is a fake and contrived document, it cannot be used as “probable cause” to support a lawful warrant.

Why is this important?

Take Michael Flynn’s accusations.  If the basis of Mueller’s “evidence” against Flynn is based on phone or other communications surveillance obtained via using the dossier as the basis for the warrant and unmasking of Flynn, then any evidence following cannot be used unless independently obtained.  Even if it is independently obtained, Flynn’s team will argue that if it were not for the illegal surveillance, Mueller would not even know to “independently” look for other sources!

The same would be true for President Trump or any of his campaign staff if Mueller tries to use “intelligence” sources that are based on the discredited dossier.  

If this is still unclear, let’s say that you were arrested for robbery based on the police breaking into your home, without a search warrant, and finding stolen articles after illegally searching your home.  This evidence is not admissible since it was illegally obtained by the police.  Now, to make this worse, the police not only broke into your home, searched it without a warrant, then PLANTED the stolen articles, and claimed they found it in your home!  So, this is a double hit.  First the search was illegal, then the evidence was planted!  The dossier evidence was actually “PLANTED” by the left using the Obama intelligence community, the DNC and the Clinton campaign, by hiring Fusion GPS to make up the fraudulent “Trump Dossier”.  

If it is found that any FISA warrants, or other search warrants, were justified using the “Trump Dossier”, then defense attorneys will have a field day crying foul based on evidenced gained as a result of a poisonous tree. 

Something to think about…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini