What the Liberal Media Is Hiding

There has been paramount economic news. All of the news indicates the monumental success of Trump’s tax cuts. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank projected that in the first quarter (Jan – Mar) the economy will grow by 5.4%. This forecast was changed from their first forecast of 4.6%.

The Feds review of all indicators caused them to announce that “the economy is solid”. This is significant when combined with the low unemployment rate, the pledge of over three million new jobs, the record breaking uptick in the Stock Market, bonuses and pay raises, surge in manufacturing, etc.

The FED also reported a surplus of money for the government in January, 2018. This was the first month of Trump’s tax cuts. The surplus was due to the government collecting more taxes than the money they spent. According to the FED, the government has a surplus over 49 billion dollars. By comparison, the Obama Administration had a deficit in the first month when they spent more than they collected.

In the last quarter of 2017, manufacturing rose for the fourth straight month. The FED predicted this is just the beginning. They expect further increases because of consumer spending, increased business investments, more merchandise being shipped overseas, expansion of businesses and greater consumer confidence.

A prime indicator is small business. Small businesses account for as much as 70% of jobs and growth. Since Trump cut taxes, his 2 for 1 deregulation order and his slashing many of the ObamaCare mandates, small businesses are hiring and expanding at a faster rate.

“In my time we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Today we have no hope and little cash.” These words came from a shirt worn by a man who came into a bagel shop where I was eating breakfast several years ago. The first sentence was on the front of his shirt and the second sentence was on the back of his shirt. It got my attention. I walked over and asked him about his shirt message. He told me he was a small business owner but his business was suffering.  He indicated he may have to close his business because of his expenses which he attributed to the plethora of regulations and the huge burden of ObamaCare. The latter was so bad that he had to add payments to lawyers and accountants to his business sheet. This forced him to keep his hiring down and within a limit he could afford. ObamaCare was especially sucking money out of his business.

Despite the obvious success of Trump and the Republicans, the liberal media refuses to report on his successes. They rather stick to their left wing ideology which did not work under Obama. By not reporting on his success, they are undermining their credibility. They rather sling scandalous remarks and create false narratives about Trump. This probably is partly responsible for their declining subscriptions and lack of viewers.

The more abuse they heap on him, the more they prove they are afraid of his achievements. Trump is destroying the wrong headed Obama legacy by doing what his administration failed to do in eight years. Obama doubled the nation’s debt and there was no outcry from the liberals. The first Trump budget adds to the debt but not like the reckless spending of Obama and his minions. Yet the liberal media found its voice in complaining about the recent budget but ignored the massive debt and failures of Obama. They were guilt as accessories in his massive failures by not being transparent. They play politics through negative spin and Trump’s achievements are making them look like the boy who cried wolf too many times.

Their hypocrisy is catching up to them and turning people off.  Only the diehard left wing useful idiots who ignore reality continue to subscribe to their programs. Reality will win and they will lose. Why are they against prosperity?

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Black History Month Quiz Answers

During the Obama Administration, then Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the mistake of calling the Republican Party “The party of slavery.” T was a gaff. The Democrat Party was the party of slavery. The Republican Party’s (Ans.1) main policy was to stop the expansion of expansion of slavery which the Democrats opposed.

Abraham Lincoln (Ans.2) was the Republican Party’s candidate in 1860. After his election, southern states withdrew from the Union to form the Confederate States. Lincoln’s election is what sparked the Civil War.

Democrats, North and South, opposed Lincoln at every turn.  They were especially against his Emancipation Proclamation which only freed those slaves in Union controlled areas (Ans. 3).

In an effort to bring the nation together in the 1864 presidential election, Lincoln selected Tennessee Democrat Senator Andrew Johnson as his Vice Presidential running mate. Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 made Johnson the new president. It was Johnson (Ans. 4) who pardoned the Confederate rebel leaders that ignited a battle between him and the Republicans in Congress. The Republicans were responsible for sending federal troops into the South to defend African-American liberties. The era was known as Reconstruction (Ans. 5).

This same Radical Republicans passed the most significant legislation concerning African-Americans – 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments over the objections of Democrats. The 13th Amendment freed ALL slaves. With the knowledge that Republicans were responsible for their freedom, those African-Americans who were elected to southern state legislatures were solidly Republican (Ans. 60). The 15th Amendment (Ans. 7) gave all freedmen the right to vote. Women would have to wait until the 19th Amendment gave ALL women the right to vote.

The 1876 election (Ans.8) was filled with fraud and scandal. Three southern states had submitted two sets of electoral ballots – one for Democrats and one for Republicans. A special Electoral Commission was formed in Congress. The Commission decided along party lines to accept only the Republican electoral ballots since they suspected the Democrats of dirty politics. The Democrats were ready to go to war again until a compromise was worked out. They would accept Republican Hayes as president but wanted federal troops out of the south and Reconstruction ended.

With Johnson pardoning Confederates and the compromise to withdraw troops from the South, white Democrats were able to push out the Republican African-American state legislative members and regain control of the southern state governments. To prevent African-Americans from voting, these Democratic governments instituted the poll tax, literacy test and grandfather clause (Ans. 9).

Republican President Teddy Roosevelt (Ans. 10) invited Booker T. Washington to the White House. This was Teddy’s way of showing support for Booker T. Washington’s reforms of the south.

In the early 1940’s, A. Philip Randolph (Ans. 11) called for a March on Washington to protest Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies that discriminated against hiring African-Americans in government and defense industries. The march was called off when Roosevelt agreed to end the discrimination and to form the Fair Employment Practice Committee to be a watchdog against these practices. In 1946, the Democrats cut funding for the committee and it disappeared.

The “Solid South” referred to the fact that local, state and federal government positions were controlled by Democrats (Ans. 12). Segregation was the rule since the Supreme Court ruled in the 19th century in Plessy vs Ferguson (Ans. 13) that “separate but equal rights” were legal. This was overturned by the Warren Court in 1954 when the court ruled “separate but equal rights” were illegal in the educational Brown vs Topeka case (Ans. 14). The latter started the desegregation of schools.

Republican President Eisenhower (Ans. 16) made the crucial decision to enforce desegregation when he sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas. Democrat Governor Orval Faubus blocked the entrance to 8 black students. Eisenhower had federal troops escort the black students to class to protect them.

Thurgood Marshall (Ans. 15) the first African-American Supreme Court Justice and John C. Weaver (Ans. 20) was the first African-American cabinet member.

Democrat President Lyndon Johnson (Ans. 17) pushed through Congress the Civil Rights Act of 1964; however, the law’s power came from the Republican 14th Constitutional Amendment which is called the “equal rights amendment”. The 14th Amendment is the basis for almost all civil rights laws.

Under Johnson, the 24th Amendment (Ans. 18) outlawed the poll tax. Ultimately, the Supreme Court also declared the literacy test unconstitutional.

There are a surprising number of African-Americans who ran for president but minor parties. The most serious candidate was Jesse Jackson (Ans. 19) who ran in the Democrat primaries but lost. He ran in 1984 and 1988.

My point in the quiz is to demonstrate that the Republicans more than the Democrats were responsible for doing away with slavery and championing the rights of African-Americans.

Elbert Guillory, an African-American politician from Louisiana, pointed out when he switched from being a Democrat to a Republican years ago, said the democrats made the same promises for fifty years to make things better for African-Americans. His constituents were no better off than they were fifty years ago. In fact, they became more dependent on government welfare. Guillory called this dependency “the Democrat government plantation”.

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Black History Month Quiz

African-Americans and American in general know very little about their history.   See if you can answer these questions.

  1. What political party was started in the 1850’s to stop the spread of slavery?
  2. John Fremont was their first presidential candidate in 1856 but who was the second presidential candidate in 1860?
  3. The anti-slavery party was responsible for freeing ALL slaves through the 13th Amendment over the opposition of its rival party. What was the name of the rival party that didn’t want the freeing of slaves?
  4. Confederate rebels who fought against the United States in the Civil War were pardoned by this president who was a member of what political party? (Two answers)
  5. In the aftermath of the Civil War, military forces were sent into the south to protect the freedmen by members of Congress from what political party and what was this period called? (Two answers)
  6. The African-American men elected into former Confederate state legislatures were members of what political party?
  7. What Constitutional Amendment gave the freed male slaves the right to vote?
  8. In what year was a deal made to withdraw federal troops from the south?
  9. What were the three methods used by southern states to withhold voting rights from African-American men and ultimately Africa-American women? (Three answers)
  10. Who was the first president to have an African-American leader as a guest in the White House and he was from what party? (Two answers)
  11. What African-American leader threatened a march on Washington, D.C. in the 1940’s before Martin Luther King’s march?
  12. What was meant by the political term “the solid south” up until the 1960s?
  13. The Supreme Court handed down the decision that “separate but equal” was constitutional?
  14. What Supreme Court Case reversed the “separate but equal” decision and called for the integration of schools?
  15. Who was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice?
  16. What President used federal troops to enforce the desegregation of Little Rock High School in the 1960’s?
  17. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed under what President?
  18. The 24th Amendment outlawed what method used in the south to prevent or limit African-American voting?
  19. The first 20th century black presidential candidate to run in nationwide primaries in 1984 and 1988 was what man?
  20. Who was the first African American cabinet member?

How many could you answer?

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Democrat Insanity

Let me start this blog by paraphrasing Albert Einstein.  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Keep this in mind as you read.

I read a survey report this morning about voters in New Jersey. Most expressed satisfaction with their neighborhoods and living in the state with one exception – taxes. 82 percent complaint about the high taxes! 61 percent of the 82% were extremely dissatisfied about the high taxes and cost of living in the state.

I heard the same thing expressed by a friend who lived in Democrat controlled Illinois. The friend told me the Democrats made the same promises every election. But once elected no promises were kept. As a matter of fact, they continued to spend money in outlandish ways while pushing taxes higher and higher to pay for their extravagant spending. Yet the voters continued to elect the same Democrats year after year and expected there would be changes for the better.

This is the same story in New Jersey which is a Democrat controlled state. Despite the complaints of the high taxes and cost of living the voters put the professional Democrat political hacks back into office and ignore the fact that Republicans have become the party of cutting spending and reducing taxes.

This voter insanity has allowed New Jersey, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Oregon, etc to spend their way into debt and high taxes. The politicians are not to blame but the voters for supporting Democrats who spend and tax.

Yet masses of these same voters are fleeing to Republican low tax states like Texas and Tennessee carrying their loyalty to the Democrat Party with them. They seem like the three monkeys that are symbols for being deaf, dumb, and blind. They are excellent examples illustrating Einstein’s definition of insanity by their voting. They flee from the Democrat politicians who they voted to represent them yet complain about the same politicians who are just interested in furthering their political careers. The Democrats have a history of loving to spend other peoples’ money. It is insanity.

Contrary to what readers may think I don’t believe in party loyalty. I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans; however, I look at who is cutting expenses, cutting spending, lowering taxes, keeping promises, staying within budgets, providing improvements, etc. Right now it is the Republicans who are doing these things. The Democrats have become lost in far left politics.

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Democrat Dirty Politics – Sin of Omissions

The White House released a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes about his memo which disclosed malfeasance by the FBI.  The letter clearly explained President Trump’s constitutional authority to declassify the memo.

The second paragraph states: “The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. See, e.g., Dep’t of Navy v Egan, 484 U.S. 518, 527 (1988).”

A footnote confirms that George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama used their executive authority to declassify information.

The fourth paragraph had these important statements about the “established standards governing the handling of classified information….” The letter points out that “Those standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice.”

The standards for a FISA warrant require that the FBI and/or Justice Department disclose “information favorable to the target of the FISA application.”  There was no favorable evidence submitted about Carter Page (former advisor to President Trump).  This was the first omission.

The second omission was the hiding that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, was paid over $160,000 to produce the dossier by Democratic Nation Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign. According to the Nunes Memo, the Justice Department and FBI knew about Steele being funded by these political entities but hid this information when applying for the FISA warrants.

Next is the fact that British court filings confirm that Steele covertly leaked dossier information to news organizations to get them to print or broadcast his information. The purpose was to make it appear that they were verifying his dossier when in fact they were merely reporting what he told them.

Another omission was the number of FBI officials who were hiding political ties to the Clinton campaign. Bruce Ohr and Andrew McCabe, for example, had spouses who were paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign committee. Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to obtain opposition research against Trump.  McCabe’s wife was running for a political office in Virginia and was receiving large sums from the DNC and Clinton campaign committee. This was nefariously not mentioned in the various FISA applications but should have been because it was the law.

According to FBI files, Steele “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Since the dossier was the main source for the FISA application, the political bias of Christopher Steele should have been reported in the FISA application.  Instead, it was conveniently left out.

All of these omissions could not be innocent accidents. They were part of a deliberate plan to destroy Trump’s campaign and if he did become president, to discredit him. Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI, admitted in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

As reported in my previous blog, people should remember that DNC chairperson Donna Brazile in her book Hack wrote that the Clinton campaign conspired with the DNC to make sure Bernie Sanders did not get the presidential nomination. So there is a history of collusion by the DNC and the Clinton campaign to insure Hillary Clinton got the nomination and the Presidency. Add the Nunes revelations and you can see how the top leaders of the FBI tried to stack the deck against Trump by illegally omitting vital information given to the FISA court.

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Democrat Dirty Politics

Democrats Dirty Politics

Let me set the stage for my remarks. I have a full copy of the Nunes Memo.  I am aware of the storm it has generated among Democrats. I am aware that it touches key points and most likely leaves out a lot of information. I am aware that it is a summary because full disclosure would require hundreds of  transcribed pages. But I am also aware that there is a history of denial for dirty tricks and mass media bias in the 2016 election.

What people forget is that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was committed to her winning the presidency at any cost even if it was illegal. My source is the DNC Chairperson Donna Brazile who revealed in her book Hack some of the dirty tricks. For instance, Brazile admitted she gave the debate questions to Hillary prior to a debate with Trump so she would have an advantage. She also made know that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC when chaired by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz colluded to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic Presidential nomination.

When she became the chairperson after the collusion was exposed, she wrote “On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over e-mail….” She wrote it because they needed Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton. In other words, WIN AT ANY COST. This is the motivation behind what the Nunes memo states. It fits into a pattern and history behind the Clinton campaign.

The “dossier” against Trump was paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign according to the Nunes Memo. The dossier was intended to smear Trump with false allegations. It was written by Christopher Steele who admitted to Associate Deputy FBI Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he (Steele) “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Ohr hid this anti-Trump remark and the fact that Ohr’s wife worked for Fusion GPS which worked on behalf of the Clinton campaign. This was all hidden when Comey and others in the FBI hierarchy present the FISA court with a false dossier so they could spy on the Trump campaign.

Futhermore, Deputy FBI Director McCabe, whose wife received funding from the DNC and Clinton campaign, admitted to the Intelligence Committee that the Democratic funded Steele dossier was used to obtain a FISA warrant (A warrant to spy on Americans) to spy on Trump advisor Cater Page. What Comey, McCabe and other Clinton allies didn’t tell the judges was that the DNC and Clinton campaign paid for the dossier. In addition, the dossier relied upon what even Comey called “salacious and unverified” information. In short, it was an anti-Trump document designed to influence the election and make Hillary Clinton the president. As stated in the Nunes Memo, it was an insurance policy against President Trump’s election.

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Obama’s Failed Job Legacy

Americans have short memories. Most probably don’t remember when the Obama Administration formed the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board headed by General Electric’s CEO Jeffery Immelt to advise Obama on creating “shovel ready jobs” in 2009. Now some people actually believe it was literally to form jobs where people used shovels. NO! It was intended to create jobs of all sorts.

But there were no significant jobs created. Before leaving office, Obama finally abolished the board.  At a news conference, he and Jeff Immelt laughed when Obama declared there were no shovel ready jobs. It was an insult to American workers for more than one reason. The most obvious is that there was no criticism from the Democrats and liberals. They laughed too.

In 2009 GE was fined $50 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for accounting fraud. Yet Obama picked Immelt to lead his advisory board.

There was no outrage by the liberals even when facts emerged that Immelt reduced jobs at General Electric while President of Obama’s board. For instance, he transferred or sold off divisions of the company to investors in Europe and China. A specific example is when Immelt moved the GE X-Ray division from Wisconsin to China in 2011. There was not even a whimper from liberals about these jobs going overseas.

General Electric today is in financial trouble because of Immelt’s policies. It was announced this month they may be taken off the New York Exchange.

At one time under former CEO Jack Welch, GE was a thriving corporation. Jeff Immelt’s leadership saw the corporation take a nose dive. Its stock market shares declined by more than 30%. It lost over $150 billion in stock market value.

The declining company fortunes caused Immelt to resign after mounting criticism of his handling of the company’s assets. It was so bad that the SEC started investigating the corporations’ insurance division that may cost GE as much as $15 billion.

Immelt dismantled GE by selling off or transferring many of its assets. The corporation bled money under his leadership. But Democrats never called on Obama to fire him.

The new CEO John Flannery may have to restructure the company by shrinking GE as a money saving solution to maintain solvency. He may sell off divisions to save the company from disappearing.

Like Obama, Immelt refuses to accept blame for the corporations’ decline. Yet it was his policies and his decisions that brought GE to this brink of disaster.

The liberal media and liberal politicians count on Americans not remembering the failure of Obama and Immelt to create job growth. They make false claims that Trump’s success actually is due to Obama. People who believe them either are unable or unwilling to remember the facts. As Obama himself declared, “There are no shovel ready jobs.”

This is just one chapter in the failure of Democrats to put Americans first and work on their behalf. Trump had CEO’s pledging jobs even before he became president. Liberals criticize his success because he is tearing down Obama’s failed legacy. Americans, even liberals, should celebrate Trump’s amazing achievements. Trump is making history. By hating Trump and his success, liberals are exhibiting anti-American behavior and belligerency worth of mental patients.

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