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S&P 500 Closes at Record High, Passes Pre-Pandemic Top for First Time


Reported by JOHN CARNEY | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/08/18/sp-500-rises-to-record-high/

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is pictures on May 26, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. – Wall Street stocks surged early Tuesday on optimism about coronavirus vaccines as the New York Stock Exchange resumed physical floor trading for the first time since late March. About 30 … Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

The broad index of large public U.S. companies has been hovering just below that record high for over a week. On Tuesday morning, it rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 3,395.06, about 0.045 above the February 19 intraday record of 3,393.52.

The new record high was not maintained for long. Shortly after, the index slipped below that level and into negative territory for the day.

But the market turned around again and the S&P closed at 3389.78, the all-time best close.

Communications services and consumer discretionary were the best sectors of the S&P 500 in morning trading on Tuesday. Consumer discretionary rose 1.5 percent. Communications services rose 1.09 percent. Information technology rose 0.39 percent.

Exclusive — Trump Accomplishments List: President Provides Six-Page Document Detailing Successes of Administration


Reported by MATTHEW BOYLE | Washington, DC

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/13/exclusive-trump-accomplishments-list-president-provides-six-page-document-detailing-successes-of-administration/

In this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press. Andrew Harnik /

“This is for you,” President Trump told Breitbart News as he handed the six-page document across the Resolute Desk. “I just had this done. These are the accomplishments. It’s page after page of stuff look—nobody’s done.”

The document contains just one subjective shot at his opponents in the establishment media, echoing the president’s claim that he has boosted television ratings and subscription sales and website traffic for the media. “Saved the NY Times, saved the Washington Post, and saved Cable TV,” reads the first item at the top of the first page.

In that vein, during his interview with Breitbart News, the president took some shots at establishment media outlets like CNN and MSNBC, which he called MSDNC.

“I think CNN is election interference because, you know, they are just an organ pipeline for the DNC. Look at what they do. Same with MSDNC,” Trump said. “Look, MSDNC is an absolute vehicle to get the word out. They should actually pay campaign contributions on what they’re doing. This is about a campaign contribution. I’ve never seen anything like it. MSDNC, CNN, the networks, everything—and yet, here we are. Look. Do you notice, it’s oval? It’s not round. But when you think about it, it’s hard to believe because the press is corrupt a hundred percent. If you look at it, the press is corrupt. Much of it, not all of it, but I would say most of it.”

Trump said that even Fox News has slipped from its former glory.

“Even Fox is not the same. Let’s not kid ourselves,” Trump said. “Fox is a big difference from what it was.”

Then, he made a comment in line with the document, noting that he believes the establishment media will struggle when the day comes he is no longer president, because whoever replaces him—whether it be Democrat Joe Biden next year, or somebody four years from now—will be boring.

“Someday when I’m not here, they’re all gone,” Trump said. “Because nobody is going to write. They’re not going to write about sleepy Joe Biden.”

While the document does have that one gratuitous shot at the media on the top of the first page, the content on the rest of the six pages of material lists several real demonstrable and actual accomplishments of the Trump administration—including during the coronavirus pandemic. This six-page document that the president handed to Breitbart News serves as perhaps the most substantive compilation the president and his team have put together detailing what they have done to help the American people through the worst of the pandemic, as well as several other successes the president has had throughout his administration.

Trump Accomplishments by Breitbart News on Scribd

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The first major bullet point on the first page is titled: “The Great American Comeback is already underway.” It cites how the Trump administration added 1.8 million jobs in July, “exceeding expectations for the third straight month.” It also notes that Trump oversaw the addition of nine million jobs since May, “surpassing market expectations by a total of 12 million new jobs.”

“Over the last three months, we added over four million leisure and hospitality jobs; 1.47 million retail jobs; 1.17 million education and healthcare jobs; 743,000 service jobs; 623,000 manufacturing jobs; and 639,000 construction jobs,” the document continues.

It notes that half of the new jobs created are full-time, and that wages have increased by 4.8 percent year-over-year. The document cites the rapidly dropping unemployment percentage during the pandemic, now back down as of July to 10.2 percent, and noted that African American and Hispanic job creation has boomed during the past three months, rising by one million and 2.3 million respectively in those communities. Overall, job gains since April, the document from the president says, have recovered 42 percent of jobs lost to the pandemic already with 80 percent of small businesses reopened and retail sales spiking in May and June with a record-setting 18.2 percent increase in May and 7.5 percent increase in June.

The document cites several other economic successes of the Trump administration during the pandemic and then shifts into the next section, which details efforts the president made during the pandemic to provide economic relief to get the country through the worst of times. Walking through the over $3 trillion in relief that the president provided to American workers and businesses, the document says the Trump administration saved “many tens of millions of jobs” through signing the $2 trillion CARES Act, which sent direct cash payments to 80 million American workers, and approved $670 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has processed more than five million loans to small businesses and, according to the document, “saved 50 million American jobs.” The document also cites Trump’s recent executive actions to provide a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year, an extra $400 per week in unemployment benefits to those who need it, to help stop evictions, and to defer student loan payments.

Then it shifts into public health actions the president has taken to “vanquish COVID-19,” which the document says is “the greatest national mobilization since WWII.” It cites the Trump administration’s travel restrictions on China, Europe, and Iran, as well as the administration developing the “most advanced testing system on earth” that has already conducted 65 million coronavirus tests—and notes that despite the United States being just five percent of the world’s population, this country, thanks to the Trump administration, has conducted 25 percent of the world’s coronavirus tests so far. The document cites “Operation Warp Speed,” which has moved three vaccine candidates into Phase Three trials already–a “record time” for vaccine production–and the recently announced $1 billion deal with Johnson & Johnson to “manufacture and distribute 100 million doses” of vaccine when approved.

The document notes that the Trump administration has “reduced mortality by 85% since April through the use of therapies such as Remdesivir, dexamethasone, and antibody treatments.” It notes that the Trump administration has “secured over 4.1 million doses of Remdesivir, enough to treat over 650,000 patients,” and has “treated 86,000 Americans with convalescent plasma” which can “reduce mortality by 50%.” It notes too that more than 230 more clinical trials are underway for more potential emerging treatments.

As for personal protective equipment, the document the president gave to Breitbart News noted that the administration has coordinated with private sector partners to deliver more than 196 million N95 respirator masks, 815 million surgical masks, 20 billion gloves, 34 million face shields, and 354 million gowns. The document says the administration has “replenished the long-neglected National Stockpile by tripling the number of N95 masks on hand to over 45 million,” tripled the number of gowns available to 15 million, and quadrupled the number of ventilators to 75,000. It also says the administration, using the Defense Production Act, “awarded contracts for 200,000 ventilators” to be produced, and that no American who has needed a ventilator to fight the coronavirus has been denied one anywhere in the country.

The document also cites various actions the president has taken on prescription drug prices, as well as on law and order. Specifically on that front, it notes that since the president launched Operation LeGend to send federal officers to a number of U.S. cities including Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, Kansas City, and St. Louis, the government has already made 156 arrests, and cites the president’s successes in Portland, Oregon.

The document continues by citing the president’s successes on trade, rebuilding the U.S. military, tax cuts, regulation rollbacks, energy production, confirmation of federal judges, immigration and border security, caring for veterans, healthcare, battling the opioid crisis, fighting human trafficking, and other fronts.

The president also provided Breitbart News with, in addition the six-page document, a notecard on official White House card stock detailing the president’s successes when it comes to appointing and then confirming with the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate federal and appellate court judges and Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump Judges by Breitbart News on Scribd

That document noted that Trump has so far gotten two U.S. Supreme Court justices confirmed in his first term, as well as 53 appellate court judges and 143 U.S. district court and trade court judges. In total, that’s 232 judges in his first term. By comparison, former President Barack Obama got just 200 total judges confirmed in his first term—and Trump says he will do far more than the 232 he’s at now.

“We’re at 232 judges. We’ll be at 300 judges by the end of the year,” Trump told Breitbart News during the Oval Office interview. “That’s amazing isn’t it?”

Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Curbing H-1B Outsourcing


Reported by NEIL MUNRO | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2020/08/03/donald-trump-signs-executive-order-curbing-h-1b-outsourcing/

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. tech workers, before signing an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first,” Trump told attendees at a signing event in the White House.

Staffing companies have used the H-1B program to fill roughly 18,000 jobs in government agencies with foreign contract-workers.

A White House statement said:

President Trump is signing an Executive Order to create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on United States labor in lucrative Federal contracts. It would be unfair for Federal employers to replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries. The Executive Order will require all Federal agencies to complete an internal audit and assess whether they are in compliance with the requirement that only United States citizens and nationals are appointed to the competitive service.

The Department of Labor will also finalize guidance to prevent H-1B employers from moving H-1B workers to other employers’ job sites to displace American workers.

“Outsourcing hundreds of workers is especially detrimental in the middle of a pandemic, which has already cost millions of Americans their jobs,” the statement said. “President Trump’s actions will help combat employers’ misuse of H-1B visas, which were never intended to replace qualified American workers with low-cost foreign labor.”

The top management at the TVA has been trying to outsource 200 jobs to three companies that import many H-1B workers: Paris-based Capgemini, Canada-based CGI, and Accenture, a former U.S. company that relocated to Ireland.

Many polls show that American voters want to welcome immigrants — but strongly prefer that companies hire Americans before asking to import foreign contract workers.

Trump signed the E.O. after learning about the outsourcing from an online ad paid funded by U.S. Tech Workers. Trump initially dismissed the advertisement:

The invitees included Sara Blackwell, founder of Protect US Workers, and Kevin Lynn, the founder, U.S. Tech Workers. The invite list included several TVA workers: Gay Henson, President of the TVA’s Engineering Association, plus Chuck Charnawskas, Jonathan Hicks, David Littlejohn, Linda McDonald, Renae McKenzie, Wendy Turner, and Stacy Whetzell.

“This is a really significant date for U.S. tech workers,” said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers, a grassroots group of U.S. college-graduate professionals. U.S. graduates know “what decades of outsourcing and offshoring of these valuable jobs have done to themselves personally and collectively, to the country,” he said, adding:

“We’ve been very much involved for the last three years to protect and preserve tech worker jobs here in the U.S. and in particular, fighting outsourcing schemes. So this is a great opportunity for us, it’s really a culmination of a lot of hard work … [We’re] really, really overjoyed as of this time that the president of the United States has chosen to act on behalf of American workers.”

Fortune 500 companies and their networks of U.S. and Indian-owned subcontractors and sub-subcontractor have used the H-1B program to outsource millions of college-graduate jobs over the last 20 years.

Currently, Fortune 500 companies keep at least 1.3 million foreign contract-workers in jobs needed by U.S. graduates, including at least 600,000 H-1B workers. This personnel policy is not an “abuse” of the law because the law was carefully drafted to help companies sideline American workers.

Some of the contract workers are hired by prestigious firms at U.S. wages. But many visa workers are employed by subcontractors at below-market wages, and many are hired as gig-worker for minimal wages. For example, the universities help get “Practical Training” work permits for 500,000 foreign graduates each year. These workers do not have to be paid minimum wages, and they are widely used by Fortune 500 subcontractors.

Many executives prefer hiring contract workers because they are compliant and quiet compared to U.S. professionals who can argue with executives and switch jobs. Many of the contract workers are imported for about a year, so they can learn how to do the job from an office in India.

Many foreign workers accept low wages for work in the United States because the U.S. work is preferable to work in India, China, or elsewhere. Also, U.S. employers keep their foreign workers on the job by dangling the promise of green cards and citizenship. For example, at least 300,000 Indian visa workers are working while they wait for promised green cards.

In his 2017 inauguration address, Trump promised a policy of “Buy American and hire American.” Trump said in March 2016, “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.” On June 22, Trump announced a temporary halt to the H-1B inflow and directed his deputies to rewrite regulations on the Fortune 500’s use of foreign contract-workers.

Trump to Halt Foreign Visa Worker Programs to Free Up 600K U.S. Jobs for Americans


Reported by JOHN BINDER | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/22/trump-halts-foreign-visa-worker-programs-to-free-up-600k-u-s-jobs-for-americans/

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • H-1B visas, who take white-collar U.S. jobs
  • H-4 visas, who are the spouses of H-1B visa holders
  • H-2B visas, who take blue-collar nonagricultural U.S. jobs
  • L visas, who take white-collar U.S. jobs
  • J-1 visas, who take a variety of blue-collar and white-collar U.S. jobs

“Obviously American workers have been hurt, and it’s nobody’s fault that the coronavirus hit, but it did do a blow to the economy and to businesses who were furloughing and laying people off, and we want to make sure that Americans get hired into those spots,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

Altogether, the order is expected to free up about 600,000 American jobs for the more than 30,000,000 Americans who are jobless mostly due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis. That includes about 287,000 U.S. jobs freed up for Americans that would have otherwise been taken by H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visa workers, according to Cuccinelli.

Halting the J-1 visa program through the end of the year is set to free up about 97,000 U.S. jobs that would have otherwise gone to foreign workers. The order will be up for expansion within 30 days and reviewed every 60 days after that date. Those reviews include evaluating all regulations relating to visa programs. Cuccinelli credited the April order’s 60-day review process for giving the administration time to consider Monday’s expansion.

The order includes a handful of exemptions, such as an exemption for foreign au pairs who arrive on J-1 visas to do low-wage nanny work for mostly wealthy American households. Also exempted are H-2B visa workers taking U.S. jobs in the food industry, J-1 visa workers taking U.S. jobs in coronavirus-related medical research or treatment, and the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa program, which delivers foreign graduates to multinational corporations at discounted wage rates.

DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are given authority to exempt visa workers from the order if they are deemed “necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.”

A DHS official told Breitbart News the exemption is for specific foreign visa workers who are vital to putting Americans back to work.

“The president is confident this is going to be very popular with the American people,” Cuccinelli said. “It’s proven popular thus far — to start clearing this space … and it is the kind of thing that, frankly, some people on the other side of the aisle have supported in the past.”

Indeed, reductions to overall immigration in the middle of mass unemployment are hugely popular with Americans.

In April, nearly 80 percent of Americans said they wanted immigration halted to the U.S. during the crisis and amid mass unemployment. This month, majorities of 55 to 85 percent of voters in ten swing states said they want less immigration at the moment.

Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants on green cards to permanently resettle in the country. In addition, another 1.4 million foreign workers are admitted every year to take American jobs. Often, Americans are fired and replaced by visa workers. Many are forced to train their foreign replacements.

This is the first time in American history that a president has used this particular executive order authority to reduce annual legal immigration levels, one administration official said. Trump’s authority over immigration, like all other presidents, is vast and broad.

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the president’s control over legal immigration. In Trump v. Hawaii, the court stated that presidents have extraordinarily broad discretion to admit or exclude foreign nationals from the U.S. when they believe doing so is in the national interest.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

Today’s THREE Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Defund Democrats

Decades of liberal policies perpetrated on black communities are criminal. Is it time to defund Democrats instead of the police?

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Naked Police

Defund the police? Another brilliant idea coming from the left. Look for arms sales in AR-15s and other weapons to go through the roof.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Good Grief

Democrats hopes of derailing Trump are again dashed with the recent economic good news.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – All the Presidents Men

Brennan, Clapper, and Comey are all apart of the “Crossfire Razor Gang” out to unseat President Trump.

Obamagate and His MenPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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American Airlines, Hyatt to Give Free Vacations to Thousands of NYC Health Care Workers


Reported by KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ | 1

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/05/10/american-airlines-hyatt-give-free-vacations-thousands-nyc-health-care-workers/

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American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced in a joint statement Friday that they would be giving thousands of free vacations to New York City health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The companies said in the statement that more than 4,000 workers employed at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst medical center would be treated to roundtrip vacations to destinations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean once they can “take time for themselves.”

Hyatt Hotels plans to provide accommodations once they arrive at no cost.

The companies said doctors, nurses, physician assistants, facility workers, and food service teams would be among those who qualify for the trips.

“We are extremely grateful to Hyatt and American Airlines for this generous gift to our health care workers, who have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Israel Rocha, vice president of NYC Health + Hospitals and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, said.

“Our doctors, nurses, and other staff on the front lines of this unprecedented health care crisis really appreciate the outpouring of support,” he continued.

The New York City metropolitan area has emerged as one of the epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. As of Sunday, the New York City Health Department reported more than 177,000 cases and 14,505 confirmed deaths reported by New York state.

New York state as a whole has reported more than 21,000 deaths and more than 333,000 confirmed cases.

Today’s TWO Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Made In China

This Chinese virus originated in the Wuhan Lab while the World Health Organization Lied and Biden with the media blamed Trump.
Coronavirus Made In ChinaPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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Today’s TWO politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Corona Release Program

Minnesota Jails could soon be releasing inmates amid concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.
Release of Prisoners Due to COVID-19 Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Bedside Manners

The big question, will protecting Americans from the coronavirus be worse than the disease itself?
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A.F. Branco Cartoon – 3 Horsemen of the Pandemic

The high death toll due to the Coronavirus may pail in comparison to the grim outcome of an economic collapse.
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500 Scientists Write U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’


Reported by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/09/24/500-scientists-write-u-n-there-is-no-climate-emergency/

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 17: People hold sign saying “climate emergency” while participating in a direct action with a protest group called Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. The activists are demanding governments declare a climate emergency to combat pollution. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

More than 500 scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have sent a “European Climate Declaration” to the Secretary-General of the United Nations asking for a long-overdue, high-level, open debate on climate change.

Just as 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York accusing world leaders of robbing her of her future, scientists were begging the United Nations to keep hysteria from obscuring facts.

“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration states. “Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”

The scientists underscored the importance of not rushing into enormously expensive climate action before fully ascertaining the facts.

“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” they declared. “However, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly. For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.”

The signatories of the declaration also insist that public policy must respect scientific and economic realities and not just reflect the most fashionable frenzy of the day.

“There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm,” they note. “We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050.”

“If better approaches emerge, and they certainly will, we have ample time to reflect and adapt. The aim of international policy should be to provide reliable and affordable energy at all times, and throughout the world,” they state.

In particular, the scientists criticize the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is currently founded as “unfit for their purpose.”

“Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions on the basis of results from such immature models,” they propose. “Current climate policies pointlessly, grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, continuous electrical power.”

“We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation,” they declare.

Black Poverty Hits Record Low Under President Trump


Reported by Neil Munro | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/09/10/black-poverty-record-low-under-trump/

US President Donald Trump arrives for a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at The Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on September 9, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump can claim credit for pushing poverty among black American adults to record lows, according to data in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 economic report.

The good news is hidden deep in the 77-page report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018, which was released Tuesday, September 10. Table B5 on page 65 shows that poverty among married black families dropped to 18.8 percent, down from 20.2 percent in 2015 and 23.8 percent in 2007, which was the peak of the housing boom and bubble inflated by Congress and President George W. Bush’s terms.

  • Poverty among black female-headed families also dropped to 31.7 percent, down from 35.7 percent in 2015 and 39.7 percent in 2007.
  • Poverty among all black Americans dropped to 20.8 percent, down from 24.1 percent in 2015 and 24.5 percent in 2007

For comparison, black poverty is still somewhat higher than the poverty rate for all Americans, which is at 11.8 percent, and at 9.7 percent for all intact families and 26.8 percent for female-headed households.

The report does not suggest why the poverty rate is falling. But other data — including comments from industry CEOs — show that wages are gently rising as employers reluctantly begin to compete for employees in a low-immigration, tight labor economy.

Trump’s unprecedented combination of  “Hire American” and economic growth policies is helping create those wage gains nationwide. The growth policies pressure companies to hire more workers.

The “Hire American” policy suppresses the inflow of legal and illegal migrants and also blocks demands from businesses for special infusions of cheap foreign labor, such as extra refugees, asylum-seekers, visa workers, and legal immigrants. Trump’s low-immigration policies have prompted many progressives and Democrats to claim he is racist. But his growth and “Hire American” combination is pressuring companies to compete for Americans workers — including blacks and Latinos — by offering higher wages and better benefits.

One expected impact of the shortage is a growing number of non-white Americans who are being hired and are getting wage increases. The Washington Post reported September 9:

Economists say the minority hiring boom is explained mainly by a tight labor market that is forcing employers to look beyond their normal pool of candidates …
“Now there are more job opportunities, I think. I look for jobs that want English and Spanish speakers,” said [Milagros] Tasayco, who spends her mornings at the community center and her afternoons at a private day care. “My children say, ‘Wow, Mommy, you have two jobs!’ My husband is proud, too.”

The Census Bureau said men who work full time and year-round got an average earnings boost of 3.4 percent in 2018, pushing their median salaries up to $55,291, a 3.4 percent gain after adjusting for inflation. Women gained 3.3 percent in wages, to bring their median salaries to $45,097 for full time, year-round work.

Trump’s wage gains may mark a historic shift in the nation’s economy.

This growth is already visible as a rising line at the end of a Census Bureau chart, which shows the flat-lined wages between 1973 and 2018. The flat wages followed 25 years of rapid wage growth in a low-immigration economy between 1959 and 1973,

Immigration Numbers:

Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.

But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of about 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately one million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers.

The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, it tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and it does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.

This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth for investors because it transfers wages to investors and ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.

This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor also shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment,  increases state and local tax burdens, reduces marriage rates, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.

The cheap-labor economic strategy also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.

The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the Heartland to the coastal cities, explodes rents and housing costs, undermines suburbia, shrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Scary Movie

The media will do anything to sabotage President Trump even if it means hurting the American people by pushing the economy into a recession.

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ICE Agent: Migrants Trade Children to Get Smuggling Discounts from Coyotes


Reported by NEIL MUNRO |

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/30/ice-agent-migrants-trade-children-get-smuggling-discounts-coyotes/

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Coyotes are giving smuggling discounts to migrant parents who lend their young children to other migrants at the border, says a report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

“The child, real parent, unrelated adult client, and smuggler often make the trip together,” said the report by Todd Bensman, a former manager at the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division. ”Only at the border is the child and bogus birth certificate given over to the paying migrant, who is expected to return the child days or weeks later once everyone is inside the United States,” he said.

Bensman spoke with Monica Mapel, an ICE agent in San Antonio, Texas, after she led a study into the novel child-trading scheme.

“I have current examples where they [the unrelated adult male] had never met them [the child] until the transportation to the U.S. began,” Mapel told Bensman. The adult male told the ICE agents that “I have no idea who the child is. I never met him before until I got on the transport. The child was given to me and the birth certificate was provided. The mom was on the bus,” she added.

The child-trading is made profitable by Congress’ refusal to fix the 2015 Flores Catch-and-Release loophole. The policy bars the detention of adults for more than 20 days, so the migrants and the cartel-tied coyotes have an incentive to bring and share many children so every migrant can get a child and walk through border fences via the Flores loophole.

Once through the border, the migrants are supposed to return the children to the mother, and then get blue-collar jobs to repay the cartel’s labor-trafficking business.

Democratic legislators have been silent about the child trading and the loopholes which make the journey possible, but very vocal about young migrants who die on the last stage of the journey into the United States. Republicans did little to close the loopholes when they held the House and Senate in 2017 and 2018.

Democrats and Republicans are also silent about the harms suffered by children of blue-collar Americans who are stuck in classrooms alongside migrant children who speak little or no English.

Bensman reported how the child trade works:

Mapel said human smugglers or brokers in home countries cut package deals where a parent provides a child (especially if parents have more than one) to a child-less migrant for a fee or an in-kind reduction in the real parent’s own smuggling fee. Such packages can reach $7,000 for transportation, food, doctored birth certificates, and the child.

“If you have children to spare during your trip to the U.S., your trip is not as expensive,” she explained.

To best maintain a ruse where the child is unable to blow the cover, Mapel said, young children are preferred, especially infants and toddlers who can’t answer questions or make mistakes. Border Patrol has often reported the arrival of single men carrying infants without baby formula, bottles, diapers or any other accoutrements indicating infant caretaking.

“I think it’s because they [a young child] won’t make a mistake in a facility. To them, it’s just a trip. They clearly have no idea what’s happening,” Mapel said.

The trade is dangerous and traumatizing for the migrant children, Bensman reported:

“In the cases I’m looking at,” Mapel said. “the mother lost track of that child. That child is now in another person’s custody because they didn’t reunite or something, somewhere.”

Others may be abandoned in the field. Plenty of abandoned-child cases have come to the attention of federal agents, such a 3-year-old boy found recently near McAllen, Texas, crying alone in a corn field, the only tie to his family possibly the phone number written on one of his shoes. While it’s unclear whether those children had been used for the asylum loophole entry, Mapel described the vulnerability that complicit parents allow by turning their kids over to others, during detention and after release, as “just foul.”

“It’s a new low for humanity that you would give your child away like this to a stranger or friend,” she said. “I’d hate to see something happen to that child after the handoff occurs. They are with somebody who is not their parent. What if fake mom or fake dad needed to make medical decisions for the child? Just some random guy is going to be saying it’s ok to do this procedure at a hospital? It’s just not right; the person who is supposed to be protecting them is not there.”

Mapel said she believes true mothers and fathers who participate in faux family schemes should be subjected to child endangerment charges and perhaps something new that could bring [a] higher penalty.

“DHS has seen many examples of family unit fraud; you’ve victimized your child. A young, young child is sitting in a facility. If these children ended up with ORR, there’re no hugs. There’re no kisses. What are they, Facetiming? What are you doing to see your child? And yes, you did do that to him. That seems like child endangerment. So yes, I think children are the pawns in this scheme.”

The inflow of children is huge. The Washington Post reported May 28:

Nearly 169,000 youths have surrendered at the southern border in the first seven months of this fiscal year, and more than half are ages 12 and under, according to federal records and officials familiar with Customs and Border Protection statistics. Minors now account for nearly 37 percent of all crossings — far above previous eras, when most underage migrants were teenagers and accounted for 10 percent to 20 percent of all crossings.

The migration is also emptying towns in Central America. On April 21, the Wall Street Journal reported:

COLOTENANGO, Guatemala—Gloria Velásquez is used to saying goodbye. Four of her six siblings have migrated to the U.S. and she, too, is thinking about heading north with her 9-year-old daughter.

Ms. Velásquez said her four siblings in the U.S. are encouraging her to join them. Her daughter Helen Ixchel likes to teach language and mathematics to fellow children. She wants to learn English and become a teacher.

“I’m a bit scared [about going to the U.S.] after hearing all the news about the suffering of migrants at the border. But it’s my daughter’s greatest dream,” Ms. Velásquez said.

But the flow of migrants provides U.S. employers with an extra supply of tough, compliant, low-wage workers just as labor shortages are forcing companies to raise pay for Americans. The extra labor supply also reduces U.S. employers’ incentive to hire the population 12 million unemployed or underemployed Americans, some of whom are sidelined by disability, underinvestment in rural areas, or drugs, or even to hire U.S. factory workers to build labor-saving machinery.

Data released by the Department of Homeland Security shows that a huge volume of migrants is getting work permits for U.S. jobs.

From October 2015 to September 2016, for example, 270,000 migrants got work permits via the (c)(8) process, and another 78,000 migrants got paroled and got work permits via the “Paroled pursuant to INA 212(d)(5)” category.

In the next fiscal year of 2017, the regular number spiked to 403,000, but the parole number dropped to 59,000 as Trump’s deputies curbed the parole number. In 2018, the regular number dipped to 345,000, and the parole number lurched down to 18,000.

DHS officials have refused to tell Breitbart News how long the work permits last, so they are hiding the number of migrants getting new work permits or extended work permits.

Immigration Numbers

Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university.

But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including roughly one million H-1B workers — and approximately 500,000 blue-collar visa workers.

The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.

This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth for investors because it ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.

This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor also shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts children’s schools and college educations. It also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions. The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the heartland to the coastal citiesexplodes rents and housing costsshrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.

What Matters Here In ‘Forgotten America’ — Right Now


Written by Steve Gruber on April 22, 2019

URL of the original posting site: https://clashdaily.com/2019/04/what-matters-here-in-forgotten-america-right-now/

The Mueller Report is out and for most Americans—the ones not addicted to 24-Hour round the clock panel discussions and continuous (albeit pointless) coverage of every nuance inside of Washington, it’s over and it failed to show President Donald Trump or anyone in his orbit had anything to do with Russian interference in the 2016 Election.

The end.

No matter how hard the Democrats try to pump life into the Mueller Report and try desperately to make it something it’s not, America has moved on. People have a lot of things on their minds but Russia isn’t one of them.

Here are what people in Michigan and The Rust Belt do care about today.

The Economy and economic opportunity — Democrats I talk with find themselves in the awkward position of grudgingly praising the President and his success in this area. The vibrant economy is noticed by tens of millions of people all across the nation and no matter how loudly the left proclaims the Middle Class is disappearing, most people are smart enough to see that just isn’t true. Anyone who goes out for dinner on a Friday night or a Tuesday night for that matter is going to find full parking lots and a waiting list at any place decent. The parking lots are also full at Kroger, Home Depot and Starbucks. That doesn’t even take into account how many times the mailman and the lady from Fed-Ex are stopping each day to drop things off at their homes. And if things were so bad in America why are millions of people fighting to stay here while millions more are fighting to get in? The truth is things are pretty damned good and everybody knows it.

Wages are increasing because of the simple basic idea of supply and demand—there is a growing demand for good employees in numerous places creating a jump in paychecks. How many jobs are sitting open today because there just isn’t anyone to fill the slot? Millions is the answer and because of that employers are being forced to dig deeper or go without. Wages do not need to be dictated by the government when the market is dictating an upward trend.

Abortion on demand matters. Elective abortion on demand is being rejected by Catholics in large numbers and by people of faith in general. Even Democrats who identify as pro-choice recoil at the idea of aborting full-term babies or worse, deciding the fate of a child born alive after the fact. This kind of open barbarism and butchery really isn’t appealing to anyone I’ve met and may, in fact, be the biggest issue in 2020. It is not widely discussed in the echo-chamber media but it should be because it is being discussed at dinner tables and water coolers in the heart of the nation. It is turning people away from the Democrats by the score. Trust me on this and then watch the exit polling in 18 months to see what I was talking about.

Anti- Semitism is forcing a re-alignment of the Jewish vote in the Rust Belt and elsewhere. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar do not go unnoticed here and their words are doing real damage to the Dems. Anti-Semitism and more accurately anti-American comments are taking a serious toll on the left whether they care to admit it or not. If they want to stop this hemorrhaging they must stop tip-toeing around the issue and tackle it head-on.

The push for Socialism on the left matters because it is so dangerous. It is soundly rejected everywhere except in big cities and college campuses. If you leave the Diag at the University of Michigan you won’t find much praise for such ideas—at least not in Michigan. I would guess the same holds true for Madison and Columbus. The far-left workers Xanadu only exists in their fanciful minds because in practice it fails at a cost of millions of lives every time. People living in this country know it takes hard work to get ahead. If you are willing to work you can do anything in America and everyone knows that is still true.

The 2nd Amendment matters and a lot in Union Households and blue-collar workers are seeing calls by Dems for gun bans and gun confiscation. They don’t like it, they won’t support it and in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin millions will flock to the polls just to vote against it. I said in 2016 and say again today, the hunting and fishing crowd is key to victory for Donald Trump. The more that group is alienated by the left with copious talk of gun control the better it is for The President.

The Border matters to people here. They can see what chaos looks like and they know what a crisis looks like. They are not idiots. Many will support an influx of new immigrants—millions in fact but only if they follow the rules to get here. They do not support open borders, or sanctuary cities or amnesty for those who broke the law without regard. They want law and order and, as an aside, they support the border patrol and ICE.

Impeachment matters because Democrats know that if another two years is wasted in this effort, they will suffer for it. The things they want to see happen and what Americans want will never get done instead the opportunity will be squandered. Democrats will be punished at the polls in 2020 if they are unable to admit they were wrong, Donald Trump was not a master spy for Vladimir Putin nor was anyone else and the nation is ready to move on.

Moving forward matters most because people on all sides are worn out by all of the talk of Russia. They know it was not a factor in why Trump beat Hillary and they are sick and tired of hearing about it — it really is time to move on. The new House in more than 100 days in office has done what? What has been put forward to address jobs? Healthcare? The border? Infrastructure? Anything? Swing districts will be the whole show again in 2020 and right now Nancy should be worried because the voters in those districts are not impressed with what they are seeing — and not one is thinking, “if only Hillary Clinton were President it would all be great!”

Not one!

Steve Gruber is a regionally syndicated talk radio host based in Northern Michigan. Find out more at stevegruber.com.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Bad to the Bone

This is a story about capitalism’s Golden Goose and what socialism will do to it if they ever get total control. a parasite that eventually eats the host. 

Golden Capitalism Goose and SocialismPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.
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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Union At Stake

At times it seems as if Trump has his finger in the dam against the recent wave of socialist agenda politics and the destructiveness it brings.

State of the Union 2019Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Take It Down

Since we’re removing historical relics of Oppression, racism, and slavery when will they call for the abolition of the Democrat party?

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Butt Naked Truth

The only thing the House Democrats care about is impeaching Trump without any reason and in spite of his many accomplishments.

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Tax Reform Spurs a Doubling of This Texan’s Business


“Our sales have just gone through the roof … because of the general business climate everywhere,” Austin Hose co-owner Jim Cramer says. Pictured: Cramer with sons Bill, left, and Daniel, right. (Photo courtesy of Jim Cramer)

Republican-passed tax reform has helped to more than double his supply company’s business, a Texas entrepreneur says.

“The tax reform took our taxes from 34 percent down to 21 percent, so we had additional capital and we used that capital to reinvest in the business,” Jim Cramer said in a phone interview Thursday with The Daily Signal.

Cramer is a co-owner of Amarillo-based Austin Hose, a supplier of hose, fittings, and accessories with six locations serving six states.

He spoke with The Daily Signal four days before House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, introduced three bills to build on the success of the initial overhaul of the tax code.

When President Donald Trump was elected, Cramer said, his business had 70 employees. It now has 150.

“So in just less than two years, we have more than doubled,” he said. “And our sales have just gone through the roof … because of the general business climate everywhere.”

Confidence among U.S. small businesses reached a historic high in August, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The lobbying group’s monthly index hit 108.8 in August, the highest level in its 45-year existence. The reading eclipsed the previous record high of 108 from July 1983, Business Insider reported.

The tax reform package, which cleared Congress Dec. 20 and went into effect Jan. 1 after Trump signed it, repealed the corporate alternative minimum tax in addition to cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

It also provided for full and immediate expensing, which allows businesses to deduct expenses immediately from taxable income, an element that Cramer says has been a huge asset to Austin Hose.

“If you can expense it immediately, as opposed to doing it over four or five years, that has an immediate effect on your business and your taxes, so we have probably … bought 20 trucks in the last 18 months,” Cramer said, adding:

We have really invested heavily in plans and equipment, [and] we have opened a new branch in Oklahoma City. In the last two years, our sales have doubled; it went up 50 percent a year ago and they’re going up another 50 percent this year.

Cramer, 60, has lived in Texas since eighth grade. He and his wife, Josette, have six children. Two of their children are employed at Austin Hose: Daniel, who is CEO, and Billy, who works at the Amarillo warehouse.

Cramer said he sees a marked difference in both the economy and how businesses are treated between the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump:

The big problem for the last eight years with President Obama is you just had no idea what was coming next. And in terms of tax relief, we didn’t get any tax relief; corporations did not. You never knew what new regulations might pop up and cause all kinds of problems in your business. We just have a lot better understanding of what the future looks like for the next several years, so we are really excited about it.

Kiki Houndjago works in the Amarillo location of Austin Hose. (Photo courtesy of Jim Cramer)

Public policy has a direct influence on the outlook of business owners and whether they are willing to take risks, Cramer said:

If you have a positive attitude about the future of your industry, it makes a big difference.

You have to have a lot of confidence in the future, and what the business environment is going to look like if you are going to add that kind of staff to your payroll. And we are just real confident, not only about the way things are going now but how the future looks. So if you have that confidence, you are willing to do that and step out on a limb and reinvest in your business.

Cramer said he wants lawmakers to build on the success of the initial tax reform package in a “Tax Reform 2.0” overhaul like that outlined Monday by Brady.

“My request would be to make … the changes to the corporate taxes permanent,” Cramer told The Daily Signal, “to allow us to depreciate as many assets as possible. Because when you are buying things, that’s stimulating the economy right on down the line.”

“You buy trucks and crimpers and computers and software, and we are buying all that stuff,” he added. “So if we can expense that in the year that we buy, that gives us the opportunity to accelerate everything.”

Cramer said American businesses and employees have Trump to thank for the economic success from tax reform.

“I don’t know what better thing you can do for an individual without work than give him a job; that to me is just super important,” Cramer said, adding:

And when I talk to all my friends who are more on the liberal side, that’s what I tell them … the environment that President Trump has created is an environment where we are willing to go out on a limb and invest in our business and hire more people, and that to me is extremely important.

Editor’s note: Jim Cramer is a donor to The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal.

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America Has Strayed From Founders’ Vision for Economic Freedom and Limited Government, Walter Williams Says


“I think that our government has become destructive of the ends it was created to serve,” Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, said in a speech Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation. (Photo: Thaleigha Rampersad)

An author and economics professor warns that America must return to the Founders’ vision of limited government to preserve the economic future of the country.

“I think we can safely say that we have made a significant departure from the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government that made us a rich nation in the first place,” Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, said in a speech Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation.

Most legitimate functions of government are noted in the Constitution, such as collecting taxes and providing for the common defense and general welfare of the country, and regulating commerce between the states and with foreign nations, he said.

“Nowhere in the Constitution, in the United States Constitution, do we find authority for Congress to tax and spend for up to three-quarters of what Congress taxes and spends for today,” Williams said. “In other words, there is no constitutional authority for farm subsidies, bank bailouts, food stamps, business bailouts—not to mention midnight basketball.”

The latter is a reference to a provision in a federal anti-crime bill in the mid-1990s.

The rise in spending in government, he said, is the best way to illustrate how fast and how much the government has grown.

“To put it in perspective, in 1902, expenditures at all levels of government—I mean federal, state, and local levels of government—totaled $1.7 billion,” he said. “In 1902, the average taxpayer paid $60 a year for state and local taxes. In fact, from 1787 until 1925, federal expenditures were only 3 percent of the [gross domestic product], except during wartime.”

But that was then, and this is now.

“Today, federal expenditures alone are close to 25 percent of the GDP. State and local governments spend over $3 trillion. The federal government over $4 trillion,” he said. “The average taxpayer today pays more than $10,000 a year in federal, state, and local taxes.”

Williams, a syndicated columnist, urged those in his audience to take ownership of what is rightfully theirs.

“As time goes by, you and I own less and less of our most valuable property; namely, ourselves and the fruits of our labor,” he said, adding:

Free enterprise is threatened today, not because of its failure. Somewhat ironically, it is threatened because of its success.

That is, free enterprise or capitalism has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind—such as disease, pestilence, hunger, and gross poverty—that all other human problems appear to us at once to be inexcusable and unbearable.

Williams said Americans need to remember that all of the programs “offered” by the government come at a personal cost and that the government has no resources of its own.

“[T]hose programs coming from Washington or out of your state capitals, they don’t represent congressmen and legislators reaching in their own pockets to send out the money,” he noted, adding:

When we recognize that government has no resources of its very own, that forces you to recognize that the only way the government can give one American one dollar is first through intimidation, threats, and coercion—confiscate that dollar from some other American.

Now if you think I am being too loose with terminology and intimidation, threats, and coercion, you have April 15.

He said that it’s incumbent on the American people to return to the Founders’ vision of limited government to preserve freedom.

“I think that our government has become destructive of the ends it was created to serve,” Williams said. “I think that our Founders would be very disappointed with you and me if they were to come back and see that we have developed a new class of people that prefers safety to liberty.

“But the optimistic note for us is that we Americans have not done the wrong thing for a long time,” he added. “But we better get about setting our house in order while we still have the freedom to do so.”

Williams’ lecture was the first in a new series, “Free Markets: The Ethical Economic Choice,” sponsored by The Heritage Foundation.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


NObama-nomics

Obama breaking ex-presidential etiquette and protocol to come out and bash the current President Trump.

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Deflategate

The mainstream media worked overtime trying to pump-up the Obama’s failing economy, and now are working even harder to talk down the Trump historic Economic boom.

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G7 American Allies Battle


Drawn and Post by Chip Bok | June 8, 2018

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g7 American allies

There was discord during the buildup to the G7 meetings of rich nations in Quebec. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau thinks Trump considers Canada a threat to the U.S. And he was insulted.

But President Trump says he had to hit American allies with high tariffs for national security reasons.

G7 American Allies

Then on Thursday, which happened to be the D-Day anniversary, French President Macron took a shot at Trump saying, “No leader is forever.” He also said, “the six G7 countries without the U.S. are bigger than the American market.”

The next day Trump waded into the meetings insisting that Russia be included. He’s apparently unfazed by the Mueller collusion probe.

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Forward, For Real

After 8 years of Obama leading from behind and being a drag on our economy, Trump is leading from the front full steam ahead toward prosperity.

Trump Economy Booming

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Sur-Real Time With Bill Maher

White liberal privilege is exercised abundantly by such people as Bill Maher, Wonda Sikes, and Samantha for off colored and racist comments, while Roseanne Barr is fired for her’s.

Bill Maher Racism

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No Good Deed

The May jobs report is out and the Trump successes keep mounting up making the 2018 election prospects for Democrats and Pelosi even dimmer.

Trump May Jobs Report

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His Legacy’s End

Obama has built almost his entire legacy on executive orders (pen and phone) rather than to go through Congress, only to have them rescinded by the next president.
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White House Releases Plan to ‘Build a Stronger America’


Posted by GirlsJustWannaHaveGuns.com | on February 14, 2018

This Valentine’s Day the White House (WH) is giving the gift of economical hope by releasing a fact based plan on why America needs to focus on the rebuilding of our infrastructure. The statement begins with a quote from President Donald Trump, “It’s time to put up soaring new infrastructure that inspires pride in our people and our towns.”

Outlining how Americans overwhelmingly support this plan, the WH detailed some facts:

  • In a September 2017 Harvard-Harris poll, 84 percent of those polled believe the United States needs an investment in infrastructure.

    • More than three-quarters of those polled, 76 percent, believe infrastructure funding should come from a combination of public funds, bonds, and public-private partnerships.

  • An overwhelming number of Americans, 81 percent, believe that infrastructure investments will improve their personal quality of life according to a July 2017 poll conducted by YouGov.

    • 89 percent of those polled said investing in infrastructure will strengthen the economy.

    • 82 percent believe infrastructure investments will bring more jobs to their communities.

  • In a recent Harvard-Harris poll, those polled believed infrastructure should be the second highest priority of Congress and the Administration, only behind stimulating American jobs.

It didn’t stop there though.

The report continued to detail how American businesses also support the investment into our infrastructure:

  • The vast majority of business owners believe that investing in infrastructure will improve the economy and see private investments as key, according to a survey conducted by UBS.

    • 89 percent of the business owners surveyed believe infrastructure investments will improve the economy.

    • 65 percent believe infrastructure investments will improve their business.

    • 80 percent support private sector involvement in infrastructure.

    • Business owners ranked public-private partnerships and private investment vehicles as the top two ways to fund infrastructure.

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers has called for “the creation of strategies to expedite the decision-making in the regulatory process for infrastructure development at federal, state and local levels.”👍

  • The Associated General Contractors of America: “Delays in environmental review and permitting decisions, as well as lengthy procurement processes, often derail the efficient delivery of needed infrastructure projects by many years.”

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “It should never take more than two years to complete all federal permits required for an infrastructure project.”

Finally, the report concluded with a show of bipartisan support from elected officials:

  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Real action to streamline the permitting process will help jumpstart projects that are vital to our communities and our economy.”

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “The problem runs deeper than dollars and cents. American workers built skyscrapers in less time than our government now spends reviewing – not even building, but reviewing – plans for new bridges and stretches of highway.”

  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD): “Aligning federal infrastructure funding with local priorities and looking at other impediments to building would increase accountability and help us meet our most critical infrastructure needs faster.”

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has previously acknowledged the dire state of American infrastructure and expressed concern that partisanship had held back past infrastructure improvement efforts.

    • Minority Leader Pelosi in 2016: “…we have infrastructure problems around our country.”

    • In 2016, Minority Leader Pelosi stated, “We have been talking about it [infrastructure] a long time. It never used to be a partisan issue. We used to always be able to come to terms on it in a bipartisan way. We have to go to a place like that.”

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has expressed concern about the condition of our nation’s infrastructure.

    • Minority Leader Schumer in 2011: “It is no secret that much of our nation’s infrastructure is in disrepair…”

  • Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): “Modernizing our transportation and communication networks is something we all agree the U.S. desperately needs in order to create more jobs and maintain our leadership in the global economy.”

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in 2015: “America’s infrastructure is falling behind other nations, and it’s costing us jobs, compromising safety, and constraining economic growth.”

  • Former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under President Obama, Cass Sunstein has stated: “The status quo is not great. It’s ridiculous…. It can take several years, and millions of dollars, to obtain environmental clearance for construction permits, even if the goal is to develop green infrastructure and to improve the environment.”

  • President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Terry O’Sullivan and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) wrote: “America used to be known as a country that built great structures on time and on budget. If real federal permitting reform is part of a broad-based infrastructure initiative, we can be that country again.”

  • Common Good, a nonpartisan reform coalition, issued a report in 2015 stating: “Rebuilding America’s decrepit infrastructure requires a new permitting system. Approvals today can take a decade, sometimes longer.”

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a report in 2016 stating: “Infrastructure projects are subject to various environmental and planning statutes and typically require multiple permits, from many levels of government. The risk that a project will be delayed due to sequential permitting and reviews is one of the biggest barriers to getting projects done.”

    • The Bipartisan Policy Center also stated: “Permitting and environmental review, particularly when executed sequentially, is one of the most significant deterrents to private capital investing in U.S. infrastructure projects.”

This is exciting news for America and much needed for the benefit of our future. Once again, Trump is keeping his promise of making America great again!

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Comey’s Response

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comet's responseThe Devin Nunes memo released last Friday described an FBI application to the FISA court. The FBI was seeking permission to spy on Carter Page, a low level Trump advisor with Russian contacts. The application included the infamous Christoper Steele Trump dossier.

That would be the same dossier that former FBI Director Comey said contained “salacious and unverified” information. Not only that, the Clinton campaign funded the thing and possibly contributed information to it.

Comey’s response when he read the memo – That’s it?

Stock Market Whiplash

stock market whiplash

The economy’ too good. The beer’s too cold. The stock market is suffering whiplash.

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Ghost Of Economies past

Many people on the left continue trying to credit the booming economy to Obama’s failed economic policies.

Obama vs Trump EconomyPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017.

Pelosi’s Crumbs


Drawn by Chip Bok | January 30, 2018

URL of the original posting site: http://bokbluster.com/2018/01/30/pelosi-crumbs/

pelosi

Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tax cuts for workers “crumbs”. Thousand dollar crumbs, but still crumbs.

No doubt the House Minority Leader from San Francisco does have thousand dollar crumbs on her plate.

By her lights those crumbs are a “little piece of cheese in a mouse trap” for the little people who elect her to do what she does.

I don’t think she gets why her party has crumbled.

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No Big There

The media is trying to ignore 2 elephants in the room, The FISA memo, and The Trump economic boom.

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Economists Credit Trump For Booming Economy, Growth Will Continue In 2018 Thanks To Trump’s Tax Bill


Economists Credit Trump For Booming Economy, Growth Will Continue In 2018 Thanks To Trump's Tax Bill

CNBC’s economic survey released prior to Christmas showed that for the first time in over a decade a majority was optimistic about the economy, and there was a shift as to who should receive credit for it: Donald J. Trump. The economic growth for the fourth quarter was near four percent. Over 100 companies gave bonuses of at least $1,000 or more to over a million workers, even some part-timers got a piece of that action. The GOP tax bill, which the Left said was going to be a prelude to Armageddon, was exactly the opposite for the American worker, who the Democratic Party decided to bet against to try and undercut Trump. Over 90% of middle class Americans will be receiving a tax cut. The Democratic Party is going to have to explain that move, especially when this tax bill becomes more popular. 

As for the economy, economists said we should expect to see unemployment continue to go down and the economy to grow in 2018. Economists credit two things: President Trump and his tax bill. For Obama, his polices received good grades for providing financial stability, though they led to anemic economic growth and job creation  (via WSJ):

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal say President Donald Trump has had generally positive effects on U.S. economic growth, hiring and the performance of the stock market during his first year in office.

The professional forecasters also predicted 2018 would see solid growth and a continued decline in the jobless rate. One factor: the tax cuts signed into law by Mr. Trump in December, which most economists say will boost the economy for several years at least.

More broadly, most forecasters surveyed by the Journal suggested Mr. Trump’s election deserves at least some credit for the economy’s recent strength.

Asked to rate Mr. Trump’s policies and actions to date, a majority of economists said he had been somewhat or strongly positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the stock market. Most also said he had been either neutral or positive for the country’s long-term growth trajectory, while his influence on financial stability was seen as largely neutral.

“There is definitely a sense in the business community that the president’s actions on taxes and regulations have led to a more pro-growth environment for them to operate,” said Chad Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers.

[…]

A year ago, President Barack Obama got mixed grades as he prepared to leave office after eight years. Most economists surveyed by the Journal in January 2017 saw his policies as positive for financial stability, positive or neutral for job creation, negative or neutral for GDP growth and negative for long-term potential growth.

Democrats are confident about the 2018 midterms. With the current numbers now, they should be—but we’re 10 months away from the midterms elections. Anything can happen.  

 

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Oh No You Didn’t

After 8 years of his regulations, Obamacare, and a slow economy, Obama tries to take credit for Trumps Successful economy.

Obama Steals the CreditPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017.

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Push It, Push It Real Good

Donald Trump has been putting his yuge nuke button to good use in regard to his current agenda.

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Hindsight 2020

Democrats are in desperate need of a candidate that they feel has a chance to beat Trump in the upcoming 2020 election.

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Insurance Industry Opposes Republican Health Bill


By Chip Bok of http://bokbluster.com/2017/09/23/insurance-industry/ | September 23, 2017   

Fortune seemed surprised that insurers oppose last ditch Republican efforts to replace and repeal ObamaCare. As usual, the industry’s concern is for consumers.

Insurance Industry Explains Why

Industry spokesmen displayed their concern in an article titled “Even the Insurance Industry is Against the Latest GOP Health Care Plan”:

Despite the general view that health insurance companies would benefit from a free and open market, two of the biggest trade groups for insurers — Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans — announced their first opposition to the Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Both the Blue Cross and the AHIP came out against the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill Wednesday, arguing that the legislation would lead to an unstable market that would harm both insurers and patients. 

“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,’’ the Blue Cross association said in a statement. “The legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans’ choice of health plans.”

The AHIP doubled down on those sentiments, writing that the bill “would have real consequences on consumers and patients by further destabilizing the individual market” and could “potentially allowing government-controlled, single payer health care to grow,” in a letter to Senate majority and minority leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The insurance trade associations’ resistance joins a number of health care groups already speaking out against the proposed bill, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Association of Retired Persons.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, named after two of its drafters, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), has a voting deadline of Sept. 30. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation next week after several previously unsuccessful attempts earlier this year.

President Donald Trump talked up the bill Wednesday, saying that it has “a very good chance” of passing in the Senate.

McCain Health Care Bill Kills


By Chip Bok of http://bokbluster.com/2017/09/23/mccain-health-care-bill-kills/ | September 23, 2017

McCain

Senator McCain sided with Jimmy Kimmel in shooting down best bud Lindsey Graham on Friday. He announced he would vote “no” on the Graham Cassidy health care reform.

Two McCain Bill Kills

Those in the know think that pretty much kills the bill. And that would make two health bill kills for McCain.

Damn, should have drawn that on the fuselage.

The Trump Economy is Booming


Reported By Onan Coca | August 4, 2017

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Feeling Heavy

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The mainstream media want to keep focusing on Russia while the rest of the country are tired of it, and ready to move on to other issues.

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White Liberal Privilege

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Bill Maher keeping his job after saying the N-word, shows the double standard with liberals vs Republicans.

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Full Steam Ahead

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Obama’s anemic economic plan of the pass eight yeas in already looking pathetic compared to Trump aggressive approach to the economy and jobs.

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5 smart reasons to abolish the Department of Education


Just another brick in the wall

Speaking on Fox News Sunday in 2015, Trump said, “I may cut the Department of Education,” and in his book “Crippled America,” released the same year, he wrote “A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated. Get rid of it. If we don’t eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach. Education has to be run locally.” So there is opportunity if only Republicans in Congress are brave enough to seize it.

To help push them in the right direction, here are five reasons why the Department of Education should be eliminated.

1. It’s unconstitutional

The word “education” never occurs in the U.S. Constitution. Already, this should mean that the federal government has no business interfering with education policy, since the Constitution is a list of enumerated powers. In other words, the Constitution is a comprehensive list of things the federal government is allowed to do, and anything not included is de facto forbidden.

To make this doubly clear, the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights is explicit: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” There you have it. The power to set education policy is reserved to the states or the people. The federal government is not authorized to meddle.10th-amendment

2. It’s expensive

The Department of Education comprises more than 80 subagencies, employs more than 4,000 people, and has an annual budget of nearly $70 billion. When you include other federal spending like Head Start and the School Lunch Program, that number swells to more than $100 billion.

With a national debt rapidly hurtling toward $20 trillion, this may be a drop in the bucket, but as a wise man once said, a few billion here and there eventually adds up to real money. It’s insane to think we couldn’t find better, more productive uses for $100 billion a year. Just off the top of my head, how about giving it back to the taxpayers?

Of course, maybe the federal government could justify this expense if it produced positive results.

Unfortunately …

3. It doesn’t workrotten-to-the-core

The Department of Education has been around since 1979, and in that time, with the huge amounts of money that have poured into it, a reasonable person would expect to see massive improvements in educational performance.

In fact, we’ve seen no such thing. The more money we spend, the less students benefit. The department itself recently admitted that education spending isn’t producing any measurable results — a finding, which conforms with previous analyses of programs like Head Start and the department in general.

It may seem like an obvious question, but why are we continuing a program which has proven, time and time again, not to work?

4. It hinders school choice and student freedom

Perhaps the most infamous of Department of Education initiatives was Common Core, foisted upon the states through a complex system of incentives and penalties with the goal of imposing standardization of testing and, to a certain extent, curricula across the whole country.

These wildly unpopular standards have been the source of outrage and confusion among parents and students alike, who found the math problems impossible, the history textbooks revisionist, and the constant testing oppressive.

But Common Core is far from the only soul-crushing program leveled at local schools from on high. The Department of Education also brought us the spectacular failures of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Head Start, and most recently the Every Student Succeeds Act. All of these share the goal of making schools everywhere the same, in spite of the fact that different states, different cities, and different children have diverse education requirements that cannot be met by a single top-down structure. It may come as a surprise to education bureaucrats, but many parents are not comfortable with their children being ‘tracked’ by the federal government.

Like every other market, the market for education thrives only when innovation, competition, and experimentation are allowed to flourish. The Department of Education has devoted itself to stamping out all of that.

5. It’s really, really creepy

Like so many other pseudoscientific pursuits, the Department of Education has been moving increasingly toward dataengineering collection and analysis in what it claims is an effort to improve student performance. Barack Obama’s Education secretary, Arne Duncan, made the following statement about his ambitions:

Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career.

It may come as a surprise to education bureaucrats, but many parents are not comfortable with their children being “tracked” by the federal government. In many cases, parents have no idea what type of data is being collected on their children, and it is not easy to find out even if you are aware of the practice and want to know.

Nor are we just talking about test scores. A surprisingly candid 2013 report from the Department of Education provides a wish list of data collection, including the desire to monitor students’ facial expressions and eye movements during class, and then using the data to diagnosis learning disabilities or other problems.i-am-definitly-not-okay-with-that

In fact, schools may already be doing this; they are notoriously tight-lipped about data collection. The idea that a computer algorithm might diagnose one’s child with mental illness because he made the wrong expression in class is chilling, and we can be sure that it’s only the beginning of where the department would like to go in the future.

Bearing all these points in mind, it’s baffling that the government continues to fund and defend the Department of Education, which, by its own admission, has not improved student outcomes yet interferes with the freedoms of America’s children on a daily basis. The time is now. Abolish the Department of Education once and for all.arrested

Logan Albright is a researcher for Conservative Review and Director of Research for Free the People. You can follow him on Twitter @loganalbright73.

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United States Department of Education

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the earlier incarnation with the same name, established in 1867, see Office of Education.

 The United States Department of Education (ED or DoED), also referred to as the ED for (the) Education Department, is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Recreated by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 4, 1980.[3]

The Department of Education Organization Act divided the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is administered by the United States Secretary of Education. It has approximately 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $68 billion (2016).[1]

Authored by Jerry Broussard

Of WhatDidYouSay.org

The Constitution of the United States of America does not give the President the responsibilities of creating jobs. I am uncertain of this origin, but it created the mammoth government we have today. The pressure on each President’s Administration caused them to created Federal jobs, which means Federal agencies, which means the functions that belong to the States, was taken over by a Federal bureaucracy. Thank you President Jimmy Carter and the Socialist Left.

The original design of the Founders was as follows;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By taking education into Federal control, the monies set aside for education exploded into the billions of dollars to pay for all the jobs created by a bloated bureaucracy just so President Carter the Socialist Left could claim they created jobs. All the increase in taxes went to pay for the bureaucracy, NOT FOR THE CHILDREN.

Then the Socialist Left cried that they needed more monies for education, but whatever they took from tax payers went into the bureaucracy, NOT THE SCHOOLROOM. The Dems love to talk as if they are the ones who care most about children and their education, yet very little of the billions they collect ever get to teachers income, and the needs of the teachers to do their jobs. Now we have teachers spending their own monies to buy supplies for their classroom, as the Federal bureaucracy, State Department of Education bureaucracy and the Local School District bureaucracy line their pockets with the monies needed for the children.

Enter the Union. The Teachers Union is one of the most powerful union in the nation. They get to choice what your child gets taught, even if it’s mostly propaganda. History is rewritten to push their Liberal-Socialist agenda. They also hold our children hostage whenever they want more taxpayer money. Again, very little of those increases ever get to the classroom.

By eliminating the Federal Department of Education bureaucracy, as well as the States Department of Education bureaucracy, all those monies would now go to the Districts bureaucracy, ending up with the monies needed by the teachers to do their jobs (and perhaps get those much needed raises.)

This brings us to School Voucher Programs. When there is competition, there is always better services. Despite the lies the Teachers Union puts out about Voucher Programs, they work. When School Districts start losing funding to better school systems, they will be forced to get as good as the private schools, or face extinction. Children win.

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