Sep
28
2015
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#Election2016: #EatTheRich And Defining #TrumpCare Before They Do

If there is ever a chance for conservatives to defeat ‘The Don’ and send him away forever, here it is. ‘The Don’ just outted himself as a “big government” progressive Republican. On his newest populist nonsense pitch, ‘The Don’ wants to eat the rich:

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.

To paraphrase Megan McArdle: An AADHD day trader with a cocaine habit has considerably more consistency than ‘The Don’ here. The man likely doesn’t have “consistency” in his personal vocabulary.

This is nonsense on sticks. ‘The Don’ wants to lower taxes on the middle class and then instead of offering a spending cut to go along with that, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Basically he wants to “Eat The Rich” to push a tax cut on the middle class. That is populism and you know how much I hate populism.

Bill Whittle made a video on how bad of it of an idea “Eat The Rich” was and still is:

Amity Shlaes wrote in Bloomberg in 2013 about effective rates:

Official rates matter, but so do effective rates, the percent of income that people actually pay in tax. The Internal Revenue Service reckoned that the effective rate of tax in 1954 for top earners was actually 70 percent.

Or lower. Marc Linder, a law professor at the University of Iowa, has shown that a more comprehensive interpretation of income that includes capital gains suggests the real effective tax rate for millionaires was 49 percent in 1953. The effective rate dropped throughout the decade, reaching 31 percent by 1960. That 31 percent is just slightly higher than the 29 percent level a Congressional Budget Office report figures the average effective tax for the top quintile will be in 2014. And that number for 2014 doesn’t include taxes in Obama’s health-care law.

A second fantasy about the 1950s is that government soaked the rich. Joseph Thorndike and Martin Sullivan in Tax Notes magazine took a look at the tax distribution of the decade. They found that those earning more than $100,000 paid less than 5 percent of the taxes collected in the U.S., a far smaller share than the wealthiest shoulder today.

We really don’t have to tax the rich more or less. What we need to do is get out of big and small business’s way to create jobs. Deregulation is the key, not higher or even lower government!

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Speaking of ObamaCare, ‘The Don’ wants to relabel ObamaCare and wants to start his own TrumpCare. I am not joking. Here is Gabriel Malor ripping TrumpCare apart:

According to Trump, uninsured people are going to get coverage because he’s going to “make a deal with existing hospitals” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” There’s a word for this exact proposal: Medicaid. Trump probably doesn’t know this, but Medicaid expansion was a huge part of ObamaCare. The “deal with existing hospitals” is so unfavorable for doctors and hospitals that many of them do not accept Medicaid patients because it would put them out of business. Does Trump know this? Meh, he doesn’t care.

But that’s just the uninsured. Trump goes on to say that “for the most part,” his plan will be “a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition.” If this idea also sounds strangely familiar, it is because this too is already part of our healthcare framework. Trump described the ObamaCare exchanges just like Obama did, as increasing competition in the private insurance markets by providing lots of options.

So TrumpCare is just ObamaCare rebranded. We must now define TrumpCare before he or his batshit crazy supporters (ie: Ann Coulter and Breitbart.com) define it. It is everything we have been fighting against. It is big government and it is a further intrusion.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Sep
16
2015
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#Election2016: What Ugly #Populism Looks Like

People scoff at me when I tell them that “The Don” is a populist and will betray us once elected. His opinions will change like the fucking color changing chameleon that he is:

Donald Trump said he believes Republicans should shut down the government rather than fund Planned Parenthood, the health services group that is facing scrutiny after undercover videos of its officials emerged.

Chameleon Blue:

Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to back off his demands to defund Planned Parenthood.

After saying last week it’s worth having Congress shut down the federal government unless Planned Parenthood is stripped of its $528 million in government funding, the Republican presidential candidate changed his tune.

Chameleon Red:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “I would vote to defund” Planned Parenthood on Tuesday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News.

…[Trump] answered, “Yes, I’ve seen it, and I think you know my stance on it. I’ve said it before, but… I’ve seen the videos. I think it’s a disgrace, and the answer is I would vote to defund, yes.”

That is an outright lie! We all have documented proof! Does he think we are idiots (well, maybe)?!

It is one thing to have a come to Jesus moment, but this is outright insanity. In the space of about 42 days, or just over a month, this man has held THREE different positions on if Planned Parenthood should be defunded or not. And just in time for a GOP Debate he comes out in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, can you imagine that?

His supporters will lap it up and try to spin this somehow. I am glad he has come around, but I fear this will not last long. I will guess that anywhere between the minute “The Don” wins the nomination and the minute after that, he will change his position on defunding Planned Parenthood.

The true ugly face of populism is mistrust. He’ll say one thing to liberal audiences at CNN and another to conservative audiences at Fox News.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Sep
10
2015
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The Swamp #39

We. Will. Be. Heard! (As Well As The Don…)

The Swamp #39: #Tribalism, #Trumpism, #SciFiGate, @LincolnFarish Guest!

Worst Podcast Ever” Loser (winning?) starts out today’s podcast starts off talking about Tribalism and how it is effecting the 2016. Then we talk about Trumpisms and wonder how The Don is defying political gravity. Kat has some good theories. I like Kat, she helps me fill up my “Reads” section!

Then I have on Lincoln Farish talk Sad Puppies and the end of the Hugo Awards. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

Donald Trump and the War on the Brains of the Right by Robert Tracinski

No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative by Jonah Goldberg

Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight by Charles C. W. Cooke

Your next president, Donald Trump, basically tweets like a 12-year old by Amber Phillips

Donald Trump: I Wasn’t Talking About Carly Fiorina’s Face by CNN

Donald Trump Calls Michelle Malkin A’Dummy,’ Malkin Fires Back By Calling Him A Fake Conservative by Josh Feldman (2012)

(Auto Video) Fans boo Trump’s US Open arrival by ESPN

Well, see ya’ later!
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Sep
09
2015
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#Election2016: Hey @Tracinski And @JonahNRO, The #Idiocracy Is Now

Hey guys. Having nightmares yet? No? Can I help you out? Have you heard of or seen Idiocracy?

The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

Still not waking in cold sweats yet? Let me assure you then that the Idiocracy is not happening in 500 years, but it is happening NOW!

For those who do not quite follow, check out their articles (not going to quote them in any meaningful way, because you do not chop-up works of art) here:

Donald Trump and the War on the Brains of the Right by Robert Tracinski

No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative by Jonah Goldberg

Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight by Charles C. W. Cooke

Well, see ya’ later!
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Aug
07
2015
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#Election2016: We’re About To Usher The #Idiocracy Forward

We Are Standing On The Threshold Of The Idiocracy, And The 2016 Election Cycle Is Going To Usher It Forward.

The GOP frontrunner is a thuggish reality show clown and the Democrat’s frontrunner is a thuggish liar who is now under FBI investigation (not criminally, of course). I am without words. I take that back. I have a few:

We are standing on the threshold of the Idiocracy, and the 2016 Election Cycle is going to usher it forward. What is an Idiocracy?

The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

This is not a joke people. The current GOP frontrunner defines advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism. The current Democrat frontrunner is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

In Duck Soup, wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists that grossly incompetent and thin-skin Rufus T. Firefly be put in charge of a small nation. The thin-skin Firefly is goaded into going to war by the movie’s bad guy. We can laugh at the movie, because no really died. However if the thin-skin GOP frontrunner gets insulted (real or imagine), will he use the power of the government to go after them or send people off to die in a war?

In “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Zaphod Beeblebrox is President of the Galaxy, a role that involves no power whatsoever. However it requires the incumbent to attract attention from who’s really in charge. Beeblebrox has been rather successful, since he has spent two of his ten-year term in jail. After shortly being sworn into office, will the FBI handcuff the Democrat’s frontrunner?

A real life example would be the Roman Republic. You know what happen. I don’t have to repeat it to you. They were all about the Rule Of Law. Then the games and corruption set in. They wanted their entertainment and entitlements. Then came decline, tyranny, and then vanishment. Moral decay, subjection, and then disappearance.

In the TV show, Roar, a traveling merchant tries to sell “atmos”, a primitive form of gunpowder. The bad guys get their hands on the stuff and make a cannon. The good guys don’t understand and ask the traveling merchant what is that cannon. Knowing what it is and knowing the horrific nature of what he has unleash, the traveling merchant stands before his creation and names his doom: The Future

Does no one else see what the future holds with these two? Does no one else see what both the current GOP and Democrat frontrunner represent? They are the living embodiment of the beginning of the end. They are the ushers of our doom. They are the Idiocracy’s dream realized.

Everywhere I go, everyone says “the people” are not the problem. The talking-head class says that the people are being FORCED to support the GOP and Democrat frontrunner because each party has left them little choice. That’s a load of bullshit! No one is forcing anyone to do anything! Just because we “made them” or whatever, they can be outright ignored! They are a wilfully buying into GOP and Democrat frontrunner charlatans, because they both tickle the people’s entertainment quota and entitlements! Then will come decline, tyranny, and then vanishment. Moral decay, subjection, and then disappearance.

As for the GOP Debate, repeat after me: Life. Isn’t. Fair. So Megyn Kelly was mean to some mega rich guy, who was a raging liberal just a few short years ago and has ultra thin-skin. Cry me a damn river.

There are real Americans out here with real problems. The IRS just robbed my grandmother of some $800, so excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for the mega rich GOP frontrunner or the gullible masses who think he is getting a raw deal.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jul
07
2015
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#SanctuaryCity Policies Need To End

There is a big hoopla going on right now with Donald Trump’s comments. I am not going to link them or comment much on them, other than to say it was just populist nonsense. And you know how I fucking hate populism. Populism is just red meat talking points that feed emotions with no real policy behind them. Now if Trump had come out with a policy, something that I can get behind, like “Let’s End Sanctuary Cities” for example…

The shit, as they say, has hit the fan:

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.

San Francisco is one of dozens of cities and counties across the country that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The city goes so far as to promote itself as a “sanctuary” for people in the country illegally.

In a jailhouse interview with a TV station, Francisco Sanchez, the 45-year-old repeat drug offender arrested in the shooting Wednesday of Kathryn Steinle, appeared to confirm that he came to the city because of its status as a sanctuary.

What is a “Sanctuary City” anyway? A “Sanctuary City” is a term given to a city in the United States or Canada that follows certain practices that protect Illegal immigration. These practices can be by law (de jure) or they can be by habit (de facto).

Of course, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not happy about any of this:

“We’re not asking local law enforcement to do our job,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said in the statement. “All we’re asking is that they notify us when a serious foreign national criminal offender is being released to the street so we can arrange to take custody.”

…Christensen said the bottom line is that if San Francisco authorities “had merely NOTIFIED ICE that they were about to release this individual into the community, ICE could have taken custody of him and had him removed from the country — thus preventing this terrible tragedy.”

The city did not notify ICE, she said, and, “As a result, an individual with a lengthy criminal history, who is now the suspect in a tragic murder case, was released onto the street rather than being turned over to ICE for deportation.”

I hate to use poor Kathryn Steinle’s death to push policy, but we need a national conversation on this subject and what better time than now. Right? RIGHT?!

The thing we need to talk about is that if Federal Law trumps State/Local Laws with regard to immigration, then why are we not challenging Sanctuary City laws/policy based off that “Arizona v. United States”/”Obergefell_v._Hodges” ruling? Please tell me where I am going wrong here. The first GOP candidate who wants to challenge Sanctuary Cities based off those rulings, will then have to put Democrats on the spot to support or denounce those court cases. If Liberals and Progressives are going to go after local laws and make a federal case out of them, then we should do the same. Sanctuary City policies are just a basic form of amnesty and if we are serious about the rule of law, then we need to meet them head on.

It is also one thing to let people mind their own business and another to just let a known deported illegal immigrant and violent multiple felon back onto American streets. It is RECKLESS and Kathryn Steinle paid for it with her life! San Francisco is in the wrong here and I hope Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has nightmares about Francisco Sanchez MURDERING Kathryn Steinle for the rest of his natural life!

Well, see ya’ later!
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May
30
2015
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#Walker2016: #Immigration Difference Between @RickSantorum And @ScottWalker Is Clear

If you know anything about me, is that I hate populism with a white hot passion. It is cheap one-liners to move people’s emotions and it doesn’t advance a policy whatsoever. This is populism in it’s most ugly form, fearmongering:

Speaking at a manufacturing firm in Cabot, Pennsylvania, (Rick) Santorum described the economic troubles his home state has experienced for decades. “In the late 70s, like many of you, we saw the economic devastation here in southwestern Pennsylvania and across this country, particularly in the area of manufacturing, as a result of the excesses and indifference of big labor, big government, and yes, big business,” Santorum said. “We lost 100,000 jobs in what seemed to be overnight. That has to, and did, leave a mark on all of us.”

Part of the problem, Santorum said, has been the arrival of millions of unskilled immigrants – legal and illegal – in the United States. “American workers deserve a shot at [good] jobs,” Santorum said. “Over the last 20 years, we have brought into this country, legally and illegally, 35 million mostly unskilled workers. And the result, over that same period of time, workers’ wages and family incomes have flatlined.”

Then Byron York notes Gov. Scott Walker’s immigration comment:

Several weeks ago, a (Rick) Santorum rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, stirred controversy when he said the next president and Congress “need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.” Even the suggestion of limiting legal immigration beneath its present level – Walker didn’t actually say he would – was enough to cause significant arguments in Republican circles.

There is a clear stark difference here between Scott Walker and Rick Santorum being played out. One is outlining an immigration policy and the other fearmongering for votes. I’ll give you one good guess who is going the fearmongering.

Scott Walker wants to take the American worker/wages into account to set immigration. Walker wasn’t attacking current immigrants (legal or illegal), for one, nor was he saying he would necessarily limit legal immigration (which Byron York rightly notes). Walker just wants to put Americans first when setting immigration levels. He was setting up part of a policy that would guide how President Walker would deal with immigration. There is nothing wrong with that.

However former Sen. Rick Santorum plays, what I like to call, the “other” fearmongering card. This is where someone else (the “other”), and not you, is the problem. Santorum just says out-loud that all immigrants are the problem. To solidified his own ignorance, Santorum lays the “unskilled” card on as well. There are plenty of “unskilled” Americans too, so Sen. Santorum better fucking check himself and soon.

My grandmother is an immigrant from Canada and a naturalized American. Scott Walker would be looking after her if she was still working as well as millions more. So of course I found what Rick Santorum said highly distasteful, thinking my grandmother is the problem. Santorum’s brand of fearmongering populism should be denounced using the strongest possible terms.

Well, see ya’ later!
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May
10
2015
1

#Harvard And #Dartmouth Sound The #SocialSecurity Alarm

Better late than never. Welcome to the party pal* (via Hot Air):

New studies from Harvard and Dartmouth researchers find that the SSA’s actuarial forecasts have been consistently overstating the financial health of the program’s trust funds since 2000.

“These biases are getting bigger and they are substantial,” said Gary King, co-author of the studies and director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. “[Social Security] is going to be insolvent before everyone thinks.” …

Researchers examined forecasts published in the annual trustees’ reports from 1978, when the reports began to consistently disclose projected financial indicators, until 2013. Then, they compared the forecasts the agency made on such variables as mortality and labor force participation rates to the actual observed data. Forecasts from trustees reports from 1978 to 2000 were roughly unbiased, researchers found. In that time, the administration made overestimates and underestimates, but the forecast errors appeared to be random in their direction.

“After 2000, forecast errors became increasingly biased, and in the same direction. Trustees Reports after 2000 all overestimated the assets in the program and overestimated solvency of the Trust Funds,” wrote the researchers, who include Dartmouth professor Samir Soneji and Harvard doctoral candidate Konstantin Kashin.

There are two schools of thought here on Social Security reform: “Means Testing” and “Partial Privatization”

“Means Testing” will just turn Social Security into a welfare program. Politicians on both sides will pander to the poor and turn out more populism. They will claim to want to raise the ‘Social Security Tax’ on the rich and businesses so that you can get a bigger piece of the Social Security, because it will be “fair” or something.

Privatization or “Partial Privatization” would keep politician’s dirty hands off your money. Right now, that money is being used a slush fund and some don’t want lose it. Putting YOUR money in private accounts will put you in control. Some think you shouldn’t have any control over your lives, but I disagree. It has also worked so well in Chile, why can’t it work well here?

I am sure the left-wing pundit class is already writing up how Harvard and Dartmouth are a bunch of “right-wing hacks” or something. “Hacks” is a maybe, a good case can be made on that point. However Harvard and Dartmouth are not “Right-Wing” of any sort. If both these schools say that there is a problem with Social Security, we all need to sit up and listen. The progressive “reality-based community” needs to wake up to the facts of the present and future, instead of living completely in the past.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Apr
26
2015
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#Walker2016: @ScottWalker On #Immigration Is Making A Lot Of Sense

I normally don’t like populism talk. It is generally way to simple for a politician to attach slogans that the masses will eat up. “Tax The Rich” is the most mindless one that I can think of right off the bat. This is not populism talk:

When we talk about what should be the policy on legal immigration, it should be driven by the economic impact. And number one on the list of priorities should be: What is the impact on American workers and American wages?” (Wisconsin Governor Scott) Walker said.

“If unemployment is high and labor participation is low, why would we want to open the door and flood the market with more workers at a time when our own people here are looking for work?”

Oh sure it might look like populism, but it is really the start of principal immigration policy disguised as populism. It is brilliant and, for lack of a better word, perfect*.

Before we get deep into the weeds here, I want it noted that I have said over and over again on my podcast that I am not against legal immigration. My grandmother is from Canada and if it wasn’t for legal immigration, I would not be here on this earth writing this now. My grandmother shares my view on legal immigration vs. illegal immigration.

Governor Scott Walker’s comment here works for me on a couple of levels. The first is that Walker notes this is the “number one on the list of priorities” in his immigration policy. This just means that there are other priorities or he still is forming a list, which implies more priorities and a complex vetting process. The second point, is that Scott Walker wants to put American workers first. The President Of The United States may be the leader of the free world, but he/she should honestly be OUR leader and put us first.

So, Governor Scott Walker is making a lot of sense to me. He’s not saying that we should limit immigration, but all Walker is saying is that his immigration policy will take into account the American worker. While I am still looking, I have lost hope finding a “job” in any sense of the word. There are too many people, looking for the same work right now. Count yourself lucky if you have a job right now. And people of both parties are talking about adding more people to the job market (it is enough to drive you mad). I am glad someone is finally wanting to take us into account.

Well, see ya’ later!
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