Saturday, September 30, 2017

op ed review 10/1

GDP growth estimates have been revised to show an increase of 3.1% breaking the economic threshold of three percent President Trump established as a growth goal. Economists predicted it would never happen.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said that President Trump´s tax reform proposal can achieve 4 percent growth. "We have a jobs bill in front of us if we keep these rates down, we´ll go to 4 percent growth, that´s what we had under Reagan."
President Trump’s tax proposal gets pushback from some blue state Republicans, fuming over the decision to end deductions for state and local income taxes.
‘Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try.
Republicans should have read the latest ObamaCare polls before deciding to give up on repeal. Public support for the law has dropped sharply, while most like the idea of giving states greater control over health care.

Republican establishment shocked: Roy Moore wins Senate primary race in Alabama.
Schlichter:  “GOP, Can You Hear Us Normals Now?”

“The Dallas Cowboys, together with team owner Jerry Jones, take a collective knee at the start of the Monday Night Football game to display their unity with… well, something probably. Stick a fork in the financial future of the NFL, it’s done; finished.”
NBC guest calls National Anthem ´white supremacist´
NFL says it doesn’t want to block players’ free speech.  But it has previously banned teams from honoring murdered cops and threatened players honoring 9/11.
The NFL’s game operations manual specifically requires both teams to appear on the field for the national anthem, standing at attention and holding their helmets in their left hands while remaining quiet. Failure to comply can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks. Yet, on Sunday entire teams hid in the locker room and face no disciplinary action.

NFL ticket sales dropped 17.9 percent in the last week.
Anheuser-Busch said they will be having a word with the NFL over their anthem-protests.
Then on Thursday night, chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" reverberated around Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears stood to observe the national anthem. Players and coaches from both teams locked arms on their respective sidelines. No one sat and no one kneeled.
Another Poll Shows Americans Aren´t Big Fans of Anthem Protests. Solid majorities oppose anthem kneeling (more than seven-in-ten call it "unpatriotic."
Kaepernick donates $25,000 to group honoring convicted cop-killer
“We are forgetting someone in this NFL vs. fans fight. They are the most important people among us. The ones who sent loved ones off to war never to see them again. These families have had to sit silently watching a bunch of spoiled, mostly incoherent dunces spit on the flag that bears the blood of their loved ones.”

Hannity is now on at 6 now, tops MSNBC’s Maddow in first head to head match.

One third of IBMs workforce is in India.
DOJ files suit against one company for not hiring Americans.

The use of private planes by President Trump’s Cabinet has come under intense media scrutiny in recent days, but officials in the Obama administration also took pricey flights on the government’s dime, including for personal trips.

Hillary unhinged:  Compares Trump to Putin: ‘Hopefully He Hasn’t Ordered the Killing of People and Journalists’

The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the most authoritative report on the issue yet.
Federal rules allow legal immigrants to "sponsor" several more family members from their countries.  On average, legal immigrants have been sponsoring three additional immigrants. And newly arrived Mexicans are sponsoring an additional six family members.

“It didn’t make the biggest headlines, but the most important thing that happened today was the U.S. Supreme Court’s agreeing to review Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. If, as expected, Justice Gorsuch casts the decisive fifth vote in favor of Mark Janus, all public employees in the U.S. will, in effect, be treated as though they were in a right to work state. Those who don’t want to be represented by the union, or support it, won’t have to.”

The U.S. Now Ranks 11th In Economic Freedom, Thanks To Obama

Muslim college in Berkeley buys Lutheran seminary campus

IBD  9/26
Whether you agree with them or not, the NFL players and the executives that run the National Football League have really stepped in it, damaging their brand and alienating millions of fans and potential fans for no real good reason. It was a classic mistake.

Like it or not, and whether it's fair or not, many Americans feel that professional athletes as a whole lead a privileged existence, working only part of the year and earning millions for their efforts. When they're seen leading "protests" by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem — and all the high ideals and sacrifice those symbols represent — it's too much.

Yes, Trump intentionally tweaked the football players on Friday, after his back-and-forth with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors led to the president disinviting them from a White House visit. Trump then turned his attention to the NFL players for "taking a knee" to protest racism.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---h off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!' " Trump said Friday. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it, they'll be the most popular person in this country."

An estimated 200 players knelt during the protests this weekend, some joined by team owners. Others, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, simply didn't come out of their locker rooms for the anthem. (One notable exception: Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a West Point grad and former Army Ranger, who stood alone at attention during the anthem, and was criticized by his coach for it.)

When the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars played over the weekend in London, they protested there too. Yet, as Nate Jackson of the Patriot Post reminds us, "they stood for the U.K.'s anthem, 'God Save the Queen.' God save the one who can't see why that's outrageous."

The NFL's official response was pathetically tone-deaf and could have been written by the NFL players union. Heck, maybe it was.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell castigated Trump for his "divisive comments" and "an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL."
Lack of respect for the NFL? What about respect for the nation's flag and its anthem, and for those who died defending them and what they stand for? What about respect for your own fans, many of whom still believe that America, though not perfect, is the greatest country on Earth? It's no wonder that many of the protests were met with a chorus of boos.

Nor is this, as many self-righteously claim, a matter of "free speech." NFL football players have the right to express what they believe, however odious or wrong it may be. But businesses have a right not to employ those who intentionally damage their businesses by reckless behavior and comments. The idea that NFL millionaires have special rights, unlike the rest of us, that let them ruin the very businesses that employ them tells you how out of touch they are with basic civics and responsibility.

We're not in the prediction business, but it's clear that Sunday was not a banner day for the league, at least as far as TV ratings were concerned. And TV is everything to the NFL, which has historically had the highest-rated programs on TV and which gets more than $7 billion a year from televising its games.

"On a day full of criticism from Donald Trump, political protests, linked arms, players taking a knee or not coming on the field at all during the national anthem, and renewed pleas for unity from the league, NBC and the NFL took a ratings hit on Sunday Night Football," reported Deadline Hollywood's TV analyst Dominic Patten. Sunday night's Oakland Raiders-Washington Redskins game was off 8% from last week's game and 10% below the same week's game a year ago, he noted……..

The politicization of sports, one of the last refuges for Americans from the politicization of nearly everything, is an enormous business mistake that the NFL will come to regret. They have angered and insulted millions of fans in order to throw a political temper tantrum. Sure, the players have a right to disrespect the flag and the anthem. As we noted, people have fought and died for those rights. But fans also have a right to be disappointed, offended and angry. Roger Goodell, the team owners and the whole NFL enterprise better wake up before it's too late.


“For the first time in American history, the party in power — complete power, mind you — is being asked to bail out the minority’s signature failed reform. Not just any reform: Democrats unilaterally shoved through the system a wide-ranging national restructuring of a vital part of the economy. It was an effort that blew up dozens of governing norms and was built on a giant lie, a manipulated Congressional Budget Office score and a process that, outside a few Kabuki theater hearings and technical amendments, ignored half the country while coercing every citizen’s participation. In fact, many of the people being asked to bail out Obamacare warned that Obamacare would need bailing out.”
                 -David Harsanyi:

The New York Times has long been known for having a fondness for all things politically left, but the Grey Lady has developed a real soft spot for communist and/or socialist nostalgia this year. The paper has been running a series called Red Century, which doesn´t so much just look at the history of communism as give apologists a very large platform to extol its virtues.

Pelosi mutters 'oh God' during question, suffers brain freeze, stares at reporters...

Climate change alarmists portray a catastrophic rise in sea level as one of the chief dangers of global warming. They draw pictures of the Statue of Liberty up to her chest in water, and so on. I doubt whether many people actually believe these dire predictions, however. If they did, prices for oceanfront property would be collapsing. That isn’t happening, which suggests that a lot of people pay lip service to global warming hysteria who don’t actually think it has any scientific basis. If they don’t believe it, they’re right.

Rush Limbaugh takes on NeverTrumpers and elite conservatives:  “What Happened to the Conservative Movement?”

“To say that the president made things worse (NFL) is to understate how bad things were — i.e., how appalling the fraud behind the kneeling protest has been….Police killings are at historic lows……far more whites than blacks are killed in confrontations with law-enforcement — twice as many in 2015, for example. Police departments are more integrated than they have ever been — often overseen by African-American commissioners and political officials…….Though they make up only six percent of the population, black males account for 42 percent of cop killers; police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than are unarmed black males to be killed by a police officer.
Lowry:  NFL kneelers are cutting against the American cultural grain, besides picking the wrong target on the merits. The American flag isn’t a Confederate monument — indeed the opposite. Our military fights under it. The flag drapes the caskets of the fallen and is folded in a solemn ceremony at military funerals, with practically every movement fraught with religious and patriotic meaning. It is not to be trifled with — unless you intend to insult the country for which it stands.”

Tim Allen comment on Last Man Standing cancellation:. “there’s nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.”

“It Was the Deep State that Colluded with the Russians, not Trump”

John McCain has once again shown he has no loyalty to his party, his friends, or to his voters

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly appeared on “Hannity” Tuesday, addressing the beliefs of the far-left in America. “They’re after–they don’t want capitalism. They don’t want the electoral college. They don’t want white people…generally calling the shots. So they have to mobilize minority Americans to be angry,” O’Reilly told Sean Hannity. O’Reilly also claimed that far-left agents, which he believe to be “evil,” want to “destroy the Constitution” by changing it. “‘Who forged it? Slave owners — Thomas Jefferson, George Washington. We can’t have a Constitution that they made — we have to have a new one!’ That’s the

“Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”
                -James Madison

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