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

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