California Dems Want To Take HALF Business’ Tax Cut Savings

The People’s Republic of California strikes again: “two [Democrat] California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state,” Fox News reports today.

Those savings are the result of the recent federal tax overhaul passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last month, an extremely pro-business, pro-growth achievement for the administration.

But California Democrats are panicking: how will they continue to run their costly state programs? And how dare successful companies get to keep their profits, expand, hire more people, and pay them more? Clearly that’s the job of the Almighty State!

“Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state’s social services programs.”

Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, said in a statement to The Sacramento Bee last week that this bill “would only push more companies out of California or force them to shut down entirely.”

“Many large employers, including California-based companies, have announced bonuses or pay increases as a result of the recently enacted tax reform, putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Californians. . . . Imposing tens of billions of dollars in new taxes on employers will be a major step backwards that will only hurt middle-class Californians struggling to make ends meet.”

No wonder so many in California and other high-tax blue states are voting with their feet.

Dems Risk It All In Schumer’s DACA Shutdown

The Briefing, Vol. VI, Issue 4

This week:

  • Democrats risk their huge advantages with a government shutdown
  • Reminiscent of Republicans’ shutdown of 2013
  • Trump, Pence stumping ahead of Pennsylvania House special

Outlook

Dems’ shutdown gamble: As matters stood Friday, Democrats had the wind at their backs for 2018. They could look forward to running against an unpopular president. Their chances seemed quite good to take over a House full of vulnerable Republicans and open seats due to GOP retirements. A Democratic Senate, although less likely, seemed perhaps potentially on the cards as well.

When things are going your way this soundly, you usually go with the flow. You don’t rock the boat too much. You don’t take massive risks.

Well, that’s not the way Democratic leaders see it. Despite all their obvious advantages, they’ve just chosen to shut down the federal government, creating the shutdown that is just now entering its first true business day. Four years after they pulled out all the stops to curse the very idea of a shutdown, the Dems are now “taking hostages” and doing all the other things they once professed to hate.

Maybe it won’t matter. Maybe the shutdown will be over with by the time you make it through your email, click through, and read this. Maybe shutdowns just don’t matter to people in general the way the cable news networks and the politicians pretend they do.

Democrats had probably better hope that’s the case. Because it’s impossible to imagine any scenario where they avoid responsibility for the shutdown. After all, they’ve been openly telegraphing plans to force a shutdown over DACA for several months. Their votes made the difference in preventing an up-or-down vote on funding the government.

What’s more, Democrats’ motives in shutting down the government aren’t straightforward. They aren’t shutting down the government because there’s something objectionable in the spending bill they are blocking. They do not actually object to anything in the continuing resolution, which both funds the government and reauthorizes the CHIP program to insure lower-income children.

Rather, Democrats demanded an unrelated immigration concession (DACA) that is not in the bill and wouldn’t normally be in such a bill at all. Now they are shutting the government down unless they get it, even though there are six weeks until DACA has to be dealt with.

Just like 2013: If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. This is nearly the same as Republicans’ ill-advised 2013 shutdown of the government over Obamacare. (In the end, that shutdown didn’t hurt Republicans too much — whether because Obamacare-related events superseded it, or because shutdowns don’t matter. Take your pick.)

Recall that at that time, a small number of Republicans, led by Ted Cruz, shut down government funding in hopes of attaining a completely unrelated goal — the defunding of Obamacare. Obamacare was already funded independent of the government-funding bill under consideration, so the move seemed absurd. Many people pointed this out at the time — the Republicans who got behind that “defund” effort were trying to exercise leverage they didn’t possess. They were threatening the wrong hostage and had no chance of getting their way.

Democrats find themselves in a similar position now. But the real issue, as noted above, is that they are rolling the dice when they don’t have to. Democrats are winning already, and they seem to have little to gain with this risky move. Might this cost them their advantage? Or do people just not care that much about government shutdowns?

In summary, this seems like a very costly and potentially losing way of keeping the party’s donor base happy. Only time will tell whether it backfires.

House 2018

Redistricting: In what has become an increasingly partisan judicial environment, liberal judges have once again tried to invalidate the Republican House map in North Carolina. Rather than force a remap ahead of this year’s primaries, the Supreme Court has put a stay on their ruling pending appeal.

The Court could settle quite a bit of nonsense (including at least one other case out of Wisconsin) with a clear ruling on what’s permissible in redistricting and what isn’t. But based on recent history such a thing seems unlikely. Bet on a narrower ruling.

Pennsylvania-18: Republicans face another defensive battle here on March 13, thanks to the disgrace and resignation of former Rep. Tim Murphy, R.

In a district where President Trump won 58 percent and Republicans have historically done nearly that well, Democrats once again have high hopes in their candidate, veteran and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Conor Lamb.

Trump traveled to Pennsylvania last week to throw his support behind Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone, and Mike Pence is scheduled to be there February 2.

This is a a seat Republicans can’t afford to lose. A loss here would not only portend a massive Democratic wave in 2018, but also demonstrate that Democrats have suffered no ill effects from shutting down the government.

Ryan fundraising: Speaker Paul Ryan has set another record with his $44 million raised in 2017, the majority of which went to the NRCC. If Republicans do lose in 2018, it won’t be for lack of resources. Still, it’s worth remembering that money only makes a small difference in the occasional close race — it isn’t going to save a party that’s teetering on the edge of a massive defeat. With his fundraising, Ryan can put Republicans in the best position to exploit any breaks in their favor. Neither his nor anyone else’s money can slant an adverse playing field in their favor.

Senate 2018

Minnesota: Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R, will not be running for Al Franken’s former seat, leaving the field open for a lesser-known Republican to run. State Sen. Karin Housley formally announced a week ago, and until further notice she’s the favorite. Appointed Sen. Tina Smith, D, Franken’s replacement, will likely receive the Democratic nomination without a fight.

Governor 2018

Michigan: Detroit Democrats at least claim they’re worried that if their party nominates Gretchen Whitmer for governor, it will be Virg Bernero all over again — an obscure central Michigan candidate who is doomed from the start. Even worse, they’re concerned that she’ll be so weak as to bring about down-ticket consequences.

This could just be an exercise in internal party muscle-flexing, but Mayor Mike Duggan is fishing around for an alternative. None has appeared yet. So far, both Sen. Gary Peters and Rep. Dale Kildee have waved him off.

Michigan Congressional Candidate Lena Epstein Says President Trump’s Policies Are Helping Women

Lena Epstein, the small business owner and former Michigan Trump Campaign Co Chair running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District, says President Trump’s policies are helping women.

Epstein’s comments came in a Fox News appearance as “Women’s March” rallies took place across America yesterday.

“President Trump has created economic opportunity for all of us… this is truly favorable for women in this country,” Epstein said. “Women care about their 401k’s…Women care that when their children graduate from school whether they will be able to have a job available.”

President Trump encouraged people to attend the rallies in a Twitter statement, noting it was a great day for the event, and that female unemployment is at an 18 year low.

“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,” Trump said. “Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”

Epstein recently announced she has over $1 million on hand in her campaign to replace Rep. David Trott in Congress. Trott announced his retirement in the fall of 2017.

Watch Epstein’s Appearance Below:

Attorney General Schuette’s Failure To Do His Job Hurts MSU Sexual Assault Victims, Michigan Paper Says

Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit News has some tough words for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lack of action investigating Michigan State University in a horrendous sexual assault scandal involving dozens of young girls.

The girls were victimized by Dr. Larry Nassar, an MSU sports medicine Doctor, for years. Nassar was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison this week for the assaults. Nassar was previously sentenced for thousands of pictures and videos of child porn, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The Detroit News blasted Schuette’s failure to look into what role college administrators and other MSU employees knew about Nassar’s depravity, but refused to act.

According to the Detroit News:

“The News’ reporting identified 14 MSU staffers who in some fashion were made aware of the girls’ complaints, but either did not act, or acted instead to protect Nassar.

The group includes Simon, who was briefed about a 2014 Title IX complaint against Nassar, but allowed him to keep seeing the patients referred to him by the MSU gymnastics program for another nearly two years. How many young women might have been spared had Simon suspended Nassar pending the outcome of the investigation?

That’s one of the many questions Attorney General Bill Schuette should ask. But he seems curiously uninterested in determining who knew what and when inside the MSU administration and athletic and osteopathic medicine programs.

Schuette’s indifference borders on dereliction of duty, the same charge he leveled against state workers who failed to act to protect citizens in the Flint water crisis. How is the Michigan State case different? And how does it differ from Penn State University, where a university president, vice president and athletic director were criminally convicted for not protecting boys from abuse on their campus by a former assistant football coach?

Schuette, who is running for governor, must step beyond any political calculations and do his job before he can make a legitimate claim to the next one he seeks.”

The Detroit News is one of Michigan’s top newspapers, and is considered by most Republicans to be the conservative alternative to the liberal Detroit Free Press.

Breaking: FISA Memo Likely Used To Spy On President Trump Creates Firestorm, May Implicate Obama

Calls are mounting for the release of a controversial memo that may have been used to procure a FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump while he was running for President.

Republican leaders are demanding the memo’s release, which they call shocking and disturbing. A former Secret Service agent says the memo will expose President Obama’s role in the situation.

Some believe that the memo included the dossier created by Fusion GPS paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC that falsely implicated President Trump as being involved with Russian prostitutes, among other things.

According to Gateway Pundit:

“The House Intel panel’s passage of New York Republican Rep. Peter King’s motion to release the FISA abuse memo to fellow House members has rocked Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have called for the classified memo’s immediate release. According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the contents of the memo are so “explosive,” that it could end special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe once and for all.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.

“Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems. The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they’ve disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed. The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see,” tweeted Dan Bongino…

“Release the memo and watch the rats run away like the cowards they are. Your mind is about to blown, and your eyes open, to both the power of the federal govt, and the vengefulness of an Obama administration hellbent on destroying Trump,” added Bongino.”

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Americans Flocking to Low-Tax States Will Impact Future Elections

It’s good news for red state conservatives, and indirectly, perhaps even for those in blue areas. But it’s news that has many on the right simply nodding their heads: high-tax states are bleeding people and jobs, and more Americans are moving to business-friendly states where taxes are lower.

This should come as no surprise, since the same principle applied to the whole country in the form of the new tax bill is resulting in major economic growth already (hey, CNN, how do you like this Apple?).

But the economic differences across states within America could also have a big impact on future national elections. Or so argues Jonathan Williams, an economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the vice president of its Center for State Fiscal Reform, in an essay published in The Hill today.

“In general, states that keep taxes low and provide a competitive business climate perform far better than the states that follow the tax-and-spend approach,” Williams says.

And this has a big impact when census time rolls around: “At least once a decade, the political class in Washington pays close attention to these state population flows, as the numbers will alter the makeup of congressional seats during the once-in-a-decade process of reapportionment and redistricting.”

States with high tax burdens like Illinois and California are losing residents, and therefore very well may lose seats in Congress (Illinois may even lose 2). Texas and Florida, on the other hand, stand to continue gaining seats.

More seats in Congress, more say at the negotiating table, more votes for (hopefully) free-market, sensible, pro-America policies? Sounds good to us.

Williams’ full essay in The Hill can be found here, and his research project, “Rich States, Poor States,” can be explored in more detail here: http://www.richstatespoorstates.org/.

President Trump Reveals Top 11 Fake News Stories And Reporters

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President Trump announced his much anticipated “Fake News Award” winners yesterday, and the list is a must see.

Here are President Trump’s Fake News Award winners:

“1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!”

Liberal California Mayor Says She’d Go To Jail To Fight For Sanctuary City Status

Federal immigration officials arrest illegal immigrants in a past operation. (Photo via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

A liberal California Mayor says she would go to jail to fight for her city’s sanctuary status.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff says President Trump is a bully, and that her city has the legal right to be a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

The Mayor’s controversial comments come as rumors of a major ICE raid on illegals in the San Francisco Bay Area soon are swirling.

According to CBS San Francisco:

“Just hours after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end any cooperation with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday she would go to jail if needed in her opposition to ICE raids.

“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”

Schaaf’s remarks came on a day when rumors were swirling that ICE planned to launch a series of Bay Area raids — arresting as many as 1,500 illegal aliens — because California has become a Sanctuary State and several communities have adopted Sanctuary City policies.

“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” Schaaf told KPIX 5 of her opposition to ICE raids. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”

When asked if she were willing to go to jail to defend those policies, Schaaf answered emphatically “Yes!”

Huge Win: Trump Admin Props up Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights for Health Care Workers

“The Trump administration will create new protections for health workers who have religious and moral objections to certain procedures such as abortion or assisted suicide,” says The Hill today.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday it will create a new division under the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) responsible for investigating complaints filed by workers claiming that their employers have violated their religious rights.”

This is huge news for doctors, nurses, or anyone working in the health care field who objects to some medical practices on religious or moral grounds.

Now, for example, nurses like Cathy DeCarlo who were forced by their employers to participate in abortions will be able to file complaints and receive justice for these grave violations of their conscience.

On Tuesday earlier this week, President Trump observed National Religious Freedom Day with a statement that mentioned conscience rights for health care workers, and indeed people in any occupation:

“No American—whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner—should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.” 

The President’s full statement can be read at the White House’s website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-january-16-2018-religious-freedom-day/