Saturday, January 13, 2018

op ed review 1/14

The media reaction to President Trump using the word "sh*thole" in a closed door meeting to describe countries some immigrants are fleeing from was swift, harsh, and ... hysterically hyperbolic. In the hours after Reporters and anchors on the major news networks called the president "evil," a "neo-Nazi," a "terrorist sympathizer," a "danger" to non-white Americans, and so, so much more.  To help keep track of it all, we've assembled the following compendium of the most unhinged media reactions to Trump's comments over the last 18 hours. 
CNN Goes Off on a Sh*thole Sh*tstorm: Mentions “Sh*thole” at least 36 Times in One Night.
“Let’s state the obvious. Some countries are sh--holes. To claim that this is racist is racist. They are not sh--holes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture.”
Flashback: Obama once called Libya a ‘s**t show’; it didn’t raise any media concerns.

Over 1 million American workers with over 100 companies are set to receive a bonus, pay hike or retirement increase as a direct result of President Trump’s tax reform package.
In response to the new tax law, Fiat Chrysler will invest more than $1 billion in a Michigan plant, move production of the Ram Heavy Duty truck from Mexico to Michigan,  and give $2,000 bonuses to 60,000 employees.
Economists Credit Trump as Tailwind for U.S. Growth, Hiring and Stocks
EPA set to reduce staff 50% in Trump's first term
President Donald Trump will visit border wall prototypes in San Diego after his State of the Union address on January 30,

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the richest members of Congress, dismissed the bonuses that many companies are giving to their workers due to lower tax rates as “crumbs” and “pathetic.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's former chief of staff is warning Democrats not to cooperate with Republicans and President Trump.

Now confirmed:  Phony Hillary-Funded Russia Dossier Was Used to Obtain Trump FISA Warrant
Fusion GPS Admits They Used John McCain to Pass Anti-Trump Dossier to Obama-Era Intel Agencies.
The DC press corps and prominent Washington journalists knew Hillary Clinton paid for the Trump Russia dossier as early as September of 2016 yet they suppressed the information and acted as if the salacious document was legit intel.

Pew: US media bias ranks worst in the world

NBC encourages players to take a knee at the Super Bowl: announcing that they will definitely show players if they take a knee during the national anthem.

An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund

A recent trend in many states is to outlaw "conversion therapy," where people who are unhappy with homosexual inclinations go through therapy to dispense with those inclinations.  Even though the process is voluntary, liberal states cannot tolerate the idea of someone with same-sex attractions wanting help to get rid of them. Now New Hampshire, by a single vote, has failed to pass a similar bill.

Twittter engineers explain how they “shadow ban” conservatives.

A leaked memo from the left-wing organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, admits that passing an amnesty for the DACA program is “a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.” 

Investors Business Daily
Forget what economic "experts" or pollsters say about the Republican economic agenda; the people are moving to more conservative states that impose fewer taxes and less regulation. The latest bit of evidence comes from North American Moving Services, which annually reports where people are moving to, and from, within the U.S.

Its findings show that between 2011 and 2017, 10 states saw a net influx of people from other states in one or more of those years, while 9 suffered losses. The rest of the states saw no net change in any of those years. South Carolina, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina were net winners in most of those years. New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Michigan were consistent losers.

What do these states have in common? Gainers consistently show up in lists of states with low taxes, less regulation, and a more business friendly economic climate. Losers are consistently high-tax, high regulation, union-friendly states. Seven of the states that gained population, for example, rank in the top 10 on business friendliness, according to CEO Magazine. Of the nine states that lost population, five are the least business-friendly.

Of the states that gained population in one of those years, the average tax burden as a share of state income was 8.8%. The average for losing states: 10.8%.

What's more, as economist Mark Perry notes, the states with net inflows of people are doing better economically than those with net outflows — they had stronger GDP growth, higher employment growth and lower unemployment rates.

The problem is compounded by the fact that as people leave those high-tax states, they take their tax revenues with them. Yet, some people still try to make the case that there's no real economic benefit to cutting taxes and regulations. President Obama during his eight years in office repeatedly stated that cutting taxes and regulations "never worked."

A recent USA Today op-ed tries to make the case  for big-government, but comes up short. The only evidence cited is the fact that high-tech firms are centered in blue states like California, and a dubious WalletHub survey of the most "innovative states" that ranks Washington, D.C., (which isn't a state) No. 1 and Maryland No. 2. Those are thin reeds indeed.

The piece also claims that high-tax states are better places to live because median incomes are higher. "Alaska is the only red state in the top 10," the author notes, pointing to Census data.
But that doesn't take into account the differences in cost of living. A $50,000 income will go a lot farther in Alabama than in Connecticut. Once you account for that, all but four of the top 10 are in red states.

Thankfully, the Republican leadership in Washington is following the model of economically successful states, and not those that are seeing residents flee in search of jobs and opportunities.


“Hillary’s campaign indirectly colluded with the Russians to first defeat Trump and then to destroy his presidency before it could even get started. What makes this so serious is that they were aided and abetted by left-wing ideologues at the highest levels of America’s law enforcement and national security agencies. We should expect our enemies to try to upset our democratic form of government…..What we cannot tolerate are elements within the security apparatus of the United States putting their thumbs on the scale because of their ideology. That is a threat that goes straight to the core of whether we can maintain a constitutional republic and a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
          -Gary Bauer

“Trump should be credited with exercising restraint in his description of those (s---hole) countries.”
          -Mark Alexander

“This is how he speaks. He’s inelegant, yes. He’s unfiltered, yes. But what people like about him so much is that he’s authentic. … I don’t think one Trump supporter jumps to the other side because of this comment.”
           -Joe Concha

“I don’t think we need more gun control; I think we need more idiot control.”
           -Ga. State Sen. John Kennedy
485 Scientific Papers Published in 2017 Undermine Supposed ‘Consensus’ on Climate Change

Jay Inslee wants to be the new Al Gore:  “Washington Governor Claims ‘Just 59 Days’ To Save Children From Global Warming”

The Mayor of New York City apparently doubles as a sleuth in his spare time. He’s been investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy for half a decade now, seeking out the cause of the storm. And now he’s cracked the case, determining that the lethal storm which wrecked large parts of the northeast was caused by a coalition of five energy companies. And by God, he’s suing them over it.

Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

Hope springs eternal for socialists, no matter how many failures.  Some of them are still talking about nationalizing industry and the “radical attenuation of immense inequalities of every kind": “The Dawn of American Socialism”

Conrad Black:    “….in what will surely prove the one civically useful thing Mr. Wolff will have done in his adult life, he has performed almost the final evisceration of the throbbing pustule of deranged Trumpophobia. His book is so overtly and egregiously false, so completely worthless as an account of what is happening in the White House, the respectable elements of Trumpophobia are finally taking to the lifeboats. ….…….To appreciate what has happened, a little perspective is needed: Mr. Trump’s candidacy was a joke; then he was unelectable, then his election could be invalidated, then he could be impeached, and then he could be removed for past harassment of women, or violating the Logan Act, or obstruction of justice, and now mental incapacity. Donald Trump is a strange cat and an acquired taste, but he is one of the most vivid, and one of the most astoundingly successful figures of American history. I predict that a year from now, David Brooks and Bret Stephens (New York Times) will be at least closet supporters, even if they have sociocultural clothespins on their noses.”

Shocking claim made by political insider Roger Stone: the Deep State is so opposed to draining the swamp that it will, if necessary, kill President Trump to prevent it. Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative, has worked for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Senator Bob Dole and Donald Trump.  His proximity to the Deep State is what makes his claim that much more eyebrow-raising. Plan A is the imploding "investigation" into alleged "Russian collusion….If and when that fails, the establishment would move to "Plan B.": trying to get a majority of Trump's [C]abinet to declare him unfit for office….Last but not least, though, if all else fails, Stone warned of "Plan C": [k]illing the president.

Something disturbing has been taking place in recent months which, if unchecked, poses a real danger to our democracy, yet has barely been noted by the mainstream media: The continuing, organized political harassment of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

“What we are seeing here is a lesson in how left and right see the best strategy to help the economy. Liberalism likes to bribe people with their own money, which requires taking it from them first. It helps when you can target the funds to your favored groups, instead of letting the chips fall where they may when you let people keep their own money as tax cuts do. Freedom is like that. Instead of having a lower cost of capital put upward pressure on wages, liberals are only happy when wages rise because of a government mandate. Liberals especially love mandating a higher minimum wage. How’s that working out? We’ve reported about how it is backfiring in Seattle, especially the NBER study (commissioned by Seattle) that found “the second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9 percent, Consequently, total payroll fell for such jobs, implying that the minimum wage ordinance lowered low-wage employees’ earnings by an average of $125 per month in 2016.” Nice going, Seattle.

Pot is dangerous, not funny -- a doctor tells us why

A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA
We are witnessing a treasonous rebellion by leftist judges who are declaring the last election null and void. At the core of these traitors´ arguments is the belief that the people do not have the right to express their views through the electoral process.  Essentially, these courts are declaring that President Trump doesn´t have the same authority as his predecessor and that the powers of the executive branch are constrained by what the judiciary thinks is good policy.

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”
           -Thomas Jefferson, 1808

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.”
            -James Madison, 1789

Saturday, January 6, 2018

op ed review 1/7

Companies add 250,000 new jobs in December.
Job cut announcements are at lowest level since 1990.
Trump triggers half billion dollars in bonuses for employees.
Trump poised to take action on Medicaid work requirements.
For most of the Obama era, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pushed the legal envelope on every front in order to promote the interests of labor unions.  No longer.
The Trump administration announced the United States will deny Pakistan military aid amounting to $255 million pressuring Islamabad to take more decisive action “against terrorists and militants on its soil”.
President Trump threatens to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to talk peace."
Trump pulls brakes on $13B Obama-backed rail-tunnel plan.
Washington Post watches with dismay as Trump disassembles the federal bureaucracy.

Another Obama policy reversal:  Trump Admin Working to Incubate Nascent Iranian Revolution
NY Times sides with Iranian regime over murdered protesters

VDH:  We’ve gone from hard left, under Obama, to hard right, under Trump. Judge the ideologies by their results.   “…there have rarely been back-to-back complete reversals in presidential agendas……..We have been given a great gift in seeing two ideologically opposed solutions back to back, and both may end up adjudicating rhetoric through deeds.”

A poll of likely 2018 voters shows two-to-one support for President Donald Trump’s pro-American immigration policies, and a lopsided four-to-one opposition against the cheap-labor, mass-immigration, economic policy pushed by bipartisan establishment-backed D.C. interest-groups.

The swamp fights back:  Establishment media outlets including CNN and MSNBC have helped mainstream a conspiracy theory claiming President Donald Trump is “mentally ill.”

This information puts a whole new spin on the now infamous Trump “bigger button” tweet:  “When a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City”
Bill Clinton once lost the nuclear codes for months, but a 'comedy of errors' kept anyone from finding out

Planned Parenthood brags: We Did 321,384 Abortions; Got $543.7 Million in Tax Dollars
Planned Parenthood now offers pro-abortion license plates
What’s this got to do with planning parenthood?   “As dozens of its clinics closed amid a dwindling U.S. abortion rate, Planned Parenthood has moved to diversify its business model by getting into transgender hormone therapy.”

Trends in gender confusion:  A recent study of adolescents in the state of California by researchers at UCLA found that 27% of youths now identify as "nongender conforming."  Take a look at popular culture for a moment. People see transgender everywhere they look, and they're really trying to find it. Whereas the proverbial tomboy was once a mainstay of American life, now parents of girls who enjoy sports and like to climb trees must fend off questions as to whether their little girl is trans. Acceptance has morphed into transphilia: the culture is pushing it as cool or trendy.

2017: Chicago Homicides Outnumber U.S. Military Casualties 18 to 1

A bombshell report released on Thursday reveals that former FBI Director James Comey´s memo on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there was "evidence to support a conclusion" that she committed a felony before subordinates removed multiple references of incriminating terms and deleted mentions of evidence that supported felony and misdemeanor criminal acts.
Mueller grand jury room 'looks like a Bernie Sanders rally' claims Russia probe witness who says two jurors wore 'peace t-shirts'

Medical scientists have known for decades that smoking pot can trigger lifelong psychosis in vulnerable teenage boys… Just in time for Governor Jerry Brown's California pot legalization, we get a huge study from UCSF showing that chronic potheads have marked loss of "blood perfusion" in the right horn of the hippocampus. To learn any new information, you need your hippocampus….
Iran's protests are powerful and real. Why are mainstream media outlets so hesitant to report on them? (Because this might be credited to Trump)

Anonymous Street artists add messages to the “Welcome to California” highway signs. “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE, Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need the Votes!”

Invertor’s Business Daily
The economy, in case you hadn't noticed, is surging right now as we enter 2018. It's not an accident. Nor is it a delayed reaction to Obamanomics, as some misguided pundits would have it. It's Trumponomics in action, and it works.

As so many others, we thought that it might take a while for President Trump's policies to kick in. After all, there's usually a lag time between the action (the policy) and the reaction (economic growth). But the fact is, the previous administration's policies — trillion-dollar "stimulus," ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, a disastrous regulatory expansion — were so growth-damaging that even the possibility that they would be reversed has brought about a welcome burst of growth.

President Trump, working fast, changed many of those economy-slowing policies by deregulating, weakening Dodd-Frank, getting rid of ObamaCare's mandate, and cutting taxes sharply for all Americans and businesses alike, among many other things. We see it now in literally dozens of economic indicators, both large and small:

The Dow Jones industrial average has hit record after record and just burst through 25,000 for the first time. Based on the total return on the Wilshire 5000 Total Stock Index, the stock market has created $7.1 trillion in new wealth since Trump was elected.

An analysis by IBD's Jed Graham shows that, based on recent tax revenue data, hourly wages are growing faster than the tepid 2.5% pace now expected. Total job openings of 6 million remains near the record high set last year. Some 2.1 million jobs were created in 2017. The 4.1% civilian unemployment rate is the lowest since 2000. The employment-to-population ratio, the broadest measure of labor demand, now stands at 60.1%, the highest level since President Obama's first month in office. African-American unemployment for those 16 years and over fell to 7.5%, its lowest level since December 2000; meanwhile, Hispanic unemployment dropped to 4.7%, an all-time low, in 2017. New claims for unemployment insurance stood at a four-week average of 241,750 in December, close to the 44-year-low set earlier in 2017 and well below 2016's average of 253,750. ADP's monthly job report says 250,000 new jobs were created in December, based on payroll data the firm collects. The total number of food stamp recipients fell by 2 million last year. Federal spending, as a share of GDP, fell from 21.1% in 2016 to an estimated 20.5% currently. U.S. manufacturing grew in December at the fastest rate in three months, capping "the strongest year for factories since 2004," according to the Institute for Supply Management. Some 90 companies have already granted or promised bonuses based on Trump's policies, in particular the December tax cuts, the nonpartisan Americans For Tax Reform reported. "Thanks to tax cuts, growing list of companies announcing bonuses, wage hikes, and charitable donations," the group said. Rising stock, home and other asset prices have helped push U.S. household wealth to a record $96.2 trillion, up from just under $55 trillion in 2009.

The total number of pages in the Federal Registry, the government's regulatory bible, totaled 61,950 pages, the lowest in a quarter century and a sign that Trump's deregulation of the U.S. economy is having a major impact.

Had enough? We could go on. The fact is, these are the most bullish economic conditions in America since the early 1980s. We know, because that's when this newspaper first began. That was the Reagan Boom, a period that followed a near-decade of stagflation, high interest rates, job frustration and, perhaps worst of all, disco.

We could easily add dozens other items to our list of economic data and other things that have "suddenly" or "unexpectedly," as the media like to say, gotten much better during just one year of President Trump. The list would be a long one.

No, we're not Pollyannas. We know, of course, that markets sometimes go down; that the economy sometimes shrinks; and that people sometimes lose jobs. A policy mistake here, a foreign policy scare there, one rate-hike too many by the Fed — any of these things could take down soaring markets and the economy. So could an unforeseen financial disaster somewhere. Bitcoin? Shaky European banks? A state pension-fund bankruptcy? Who knows. It's part of the eternal ebb and flow of a market economy.

But right now, growth-enhancing policies are in place in the U.S., and the economy looks set to grow by more than 3% for a third straight quarter and into 2018, a welcome relief from the subpar 1.5% GDP growth of the Obama years. After having their bridles reined in for nearly a decade by Big Government and high taxes, the economy's horses are free to run. In case you missed it, don't wait for the starting gun — the horses have already left the gate.


“This is the crux of the matter: Bannon thinks he created Trump, and Trump thinks he created Bannon. They had a fundamental disagreement about who was using whom, and in any such conflict, the president of the United States is going to win. … Trump’s base is Trump’s. No one ever voted for Steve Bannon, and now he is on the wrong side of the president in whose name he has presumed to speak.”
             -Rich Lowry
What evidence is there that extreme weather "is becoming more frequent and dangerous." In the U.S., there isn't any. If you don't believe that, then look at the series of charts below, which are taken from government sites, that depict trends in hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and wildfires — all of which should be, according to environmentalists, on the uptrend. What do you see in these charts. There is no trend in any of them.

NASAs changing temperature records.

Global warming films flop at the box office in 2017.

Al Gore: bitter cold is exactly what we should expect from global warming.

Clinton donors offering cash awards for dirt on Trump

Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Keith Ellison endorsed Antifa on Wednesday, tweeting a picture of himself smiling with an Antifa handbook.

Democratic activist David Brock has been exposed as one of the key sources of money behind efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign to entice women to accuse Donald Trump of past sexual misconduct

Long and complicated, but informative:  “This outline is the story of how the FBI Counterintelligence Division and DOJ National Security Division were weaponized. This outline is the full story of what House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is currently working to expose. This outline exposes the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. This outline is also the story of how one man’s action likely saved our constitutional republic.”

What’s going on in Iran:  “Will the Persian Renaissance Return Now That Obama's Gone?”

New year’s resolution gays should make but won’t

The death of academic rigor

Illegal Immigration And Crime:  The stunning numbers the Left cannot refute.

New details of the Great Escape POW camp.

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.”
                  -John Adams (1775)