Dems Already Lining up

Democrats all over the country are lining up almost like never before. They are all atwitter, all afacebook, all an Iowa, and a New Hampshire. What am I talking about? Running for president in 2020 of course!

What Donald Trump may have done in 2016 by slaughtering the campaign of Hillary Clinton, was prove to the world that just “about anybody” can become president. And so, as we are a little more than halfway through 2017, we are learning that just about EVERYBODY on the Dems’ side is deciding to run. The GOP had 17 people running for office last time around, and it looks like the Dems have already eclipsed that number. And no…you probably haven’t heard of most of these people either. I sure as hell haven’t. Here’s the list!

Bernie Sanders – current INDEPENDENT (yeah…he switched back to being an independent after Hillary’s loss) Senator from Vermont
Elizabeth Warren- Democrat Senator (and part-time Native American impressionist)
Pete Buttiegige-Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jeff Merkley-Democrat Senator from Oregon
Jason Kander-former Democrat state Secretary of State in Missouri
Tim Ryan-Democrat US Representative from Ohio
Seth Moulton-Democrat US Representative from Massachusetts
Eric Garcetti-Democrat Jewish/Italian/Mexican/American Mayor of Los Angeles
Julian Castro-Democrat former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Martin O’Malley-Democrat former Governor of Maryland
Lincoln Chaffee-former Republican/Democrat-former Governor of Rhode Island/former US Senator
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – actor
Mark Cuban-billionaire, co-host of Shark Tank, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team
John Delaney-Democrat US Representative from Maryland
And the list will keep on growing for the next two years! When do I add YOUR name to the list (and this is just the snowflakes!). Oh yes…there WILL be opposition to Trump from the GOP side if he decides to run in 2020.

And here’s the entire kicker to that one. Trump will NOT run for re-election, and will be happy to go back to Manhattan and Trump Tower, to live out his days. No idea in the crystal ball yet who replaces him on the GOP side.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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And Now It’s Timing???

One thing that riles me about the snowflake movement is the fact that they can never be satisfied. For instance…when Obama was in the White House, they were all about allowing illegals into the country, as many as could fit. They didn’t care what the law said, they didn’t care what the constitution said. They only cared that the illegals came into the country illegally, and were given the opportunity to vote. That’s just one example of the blatant disregard for the law the left has.

Now that Donald Trump is president, they realize that he is going to follow the law, and the constitution, and so, they can’t complain about things being illegal. Instead, the latest “in thing” to complain about is timing. Need some examples?

Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton, a snowflake, said before Donald Trump’s visit to the Great Southwest last week, that his visit was poor timing in the wake of Charlottesville. Now, what in hell does a presidential visit to the Southwest have to do with an alt-left riot caused in Charlottesville, Virginia? Absolutely nothing. But the snowflakes out here couldn’t begin to find another thing to complain about. And then, the rumors started spreading that Trump was going to pardon, former Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. And again, it was stated that the timing for such an act would not be appropriate. What’s inappropriate about pardoning a guy while you’re in his city? Of course, Stanton was way off base (as he usually is), and proves he’s a snowflake.

Another example? Sure. When Donald Trump DID actually pardon Joe Arpaio on Friday of last week, the snowflakes all screamed that the timing was bad because of Hurricane Harvey. Huh? Again…tell me what the hell a hurricane has to do with the timing of signing a pardon that was already vetted and written before Trump ever made a visit to Arizona? All he had to do was affix his signature to it. Is this the same “bad timing”, as Obama upset about a school shooting, telling the media we need stricter gun control, and then leaving the presser to go play golf? How many times did THAT happen?

Snowflakes, you have to be aware of how stupid you sound sometimes. I mean, I get it that you don’t like Trump in the White House, and you are certainly entitled to that opinion. You are free to voice it. But please, PUH-LEEZE! Make sure that in the future, your argument actually makes sense. This nonsense about timing being off because of some riot across the country and a presidential visit, or a presidential pardon coinciding with the arrival of a hurricane some 2,500 miles away is ridiculous. I always thought you felt you were smarter than that. I guess not!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Keep The Filibuster Rule!

Donald Trump was downtown Phoenix last week at a much ballyhooed rally. Oh, we love Trump here in the desert. Well, let me re-phrase that. The mayor of Phoenix doesn’t like him a bit, but most of the people in Arizona do. And while the Donald was here, he made some rather boisterous remarks. One had to do with Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader in the Senate pulling a real nuclear option and doing away with the filibuster.

Now, let me explain, the filibuster is something of an enigma to politics. Normally in a Democracy, 50% plus one vote gets you the ability to move forward with something or win an election. In the United States Senate, you can’t do that. They’ve got this rule that says you can talk as long as you like. No one can stop you, and you don’t have to yield the floor for any reason. Remember the movie “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”? Yeah…that’s what Jimmy Stewart did…he filibustered.

There is a reason the Founding Fathers put that clause into the Senate. The House is supposed to represent you and I. It’s supposed to represent normal people who let their emotions out. The Senate is supposed to be the more deliberative body. They are supposed to move more slowly, to think things through, and to poke holes in things. That’s why it takes 60 votes to shut down a filibuster (called “cloture”). Yes, it’s a “super-majority”, but it’s there so we don’t make stupid mistakes and have to eradicate them later. And yes…it’s a good thing.

Oh, for the GOP it’s a bad thing right now because the minority party, the Democrats have some control in the Senate. They can filibuster a law that’s being debated, such as say, immigration reform, or tax reform if they disagree with it, and shut it down. It’s fair believe it or not, because think back to when Harry Reid ran the Senate. Same thing happened with the Republicans. They had the power to filibuster. Removing that power is an incredibly stupid, short-sighted move for either side. It will, as Harry Reid showed by removing the 60 vote rule on presidential appointees, bite you in the butt at some point. It bit the Democrats in the butt in when the GOP instituted the nuclear rule to approve the nomination of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice to replace the late-great, Antonin Scalia.

Messing with tradition in the Senate usually leads to bad things….and that will be true if Mitch McConnell does away with the filibuster. It will come back, sooner than later, to allow the other side more power than you want to give them. And it will hurt a lot more than trying to actually work with Democrats and craft a law that both sides can begrudgingly agree to. Donald Trump doesn’t realize this because he’s a wealthy business owner who says, “I want to do X”, and he does X. He can’t fathom having to negotiate like what he’s seeing the Senate do, especially when one side has dug in their heels because they don’t like the fact he’s president. It’s just the way the system works, Donald. Get used to it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Making Congress Work For Us

Well, this has been a busy week leading up to today. We’ve solved the healthcare issue; re-written the tax code, and simplified it; and yesterday we took care of immigration reform. Today, we deal with the reason I had to do this in the first place…the people that we have elected to do the job have balked at it and don’t have the stones to do it. So, today, we have new rules for Congress.

1. Congressional Pay is now set at $75,000. There are no additional franking privileges. There are no special parking places at Reagan National for them. They aren’t treated as anything special. And they aren’t full-time employees anyway with all of the time they get off, so we are going to have them be in session no more than 120 days a year. That’s it. And when you leave office, you get no pension. You get no bonus. You get a pat on the back and hearty, “Well done!”. By the way…the same goes for presidents!

2. They have to purchase their health insurance and pay into Social Security, just like the rest of us do. In fact, all government employees have to. No special treatments, no special perks. They are on the same healthcare plans that we are on with no exceptions.

3. There are to be no lobbyists or PACS allowed in Washington, DC. In fact, we can probably do without having everybody go to DC in the first place. Debates, votes, committee hearings, can all be done on the internet. I’ve had dozens of meetings with people all across the country, and it’s lasted hours. Why couldn’t they do that? That way they can stay home in their districts with the people they represent, and we can turn the US Capitol building into another memorial or monument.

4. Term limits. Each Senator is termed out at 2 terms. That means that they can serve a total of 12 years and then they can no longer serve in any capacity in the federal government again. They can no longer go from government to say Fox News or CNN and become a “contributor” like Jason Chavitz has done. Speaking of Chavitz, House members get 2 terms as well, but they get two year terms for a total of four years. And once you’ve run and gotten re-elected in the House, you’re finished with federal government as well. You can’t be brought back in any other position.

5. It is illegal for members of Congress to accept any gift of any amount from anybody. That means if a constituent takes them out to lunch, the Congressman has to pay for his/her own lunch. There are no trips to faraway lands, no special seats at the Super Bowl, nothing. They are, after all, ordinary people serving the country, no different than the military. When they are done, they go back to whatever it was they did for a living before they served in Congress.

6. Any law that is passed by Congress, those in Congress have to follow without exception. Gone are the days when Congress doesn’t have to follow equal pay for equal work. Gone are the days when Congress doesn’t have to follow the Civil Rights Laws, or anything else. If it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for them, period.

And there you have it. Congress is solved. See how easy it is to solve our country’s problems? Piece of cake.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Arpaio Pardon

While the left wing snowflakes of the world tell us all oh, how terrible Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon was, and that he should hang for his contempt of court charges (most of which most of them have been guilty of as well), let’s examine this from what we always do around here…the truth.

You know I’m a big consistency guy. What’s good for one is good for another, regardless, right? So, let’s examine if Trump indeed should be banished to hell forever for this dastardly deed. First of all, it was a very liberal judge that found Apraio in contempt. In most cases, judges of this sort (well, normal, sane minded judges anyway) would have recused themselves from the case. That wasn’t the issue here. In a scene reminiscent of Loretta Lynch meeting Bubba Clinton on an airport tarmac, this judge felt they could actually put personal feelings aside. Now, this is strange, since personal feelings is what rules the snowflake left. Anyway, Arpaio is found guilty of contempt of court (that’s something every TV lawyer has been found guilty of as well!).

Trump pardon’s him, as he is legally able to do. And he is called on the carpet for it by the snowflakes. They feel it was “treasonous”. OK, let’s look at that. Is it treasonous to not charge a member of the armed forces that walked off his post, and joined the enemy…then was swapped out so that not one, but five prisoners from Gitmo who were there because they were the worst of the worst terrorists on the planet? Is that a treasonous act? Is it treasonous to call that member of the armed forces a “hero”, as the Attorney General at the time did? MUCH closer than pardoning someone for contempt of court.

When compared to the 78 documented cases of law breaking and yes, treason that Barack Obama committed during his time in office, you are going to tell me that Donald Trump is treasonous on this occasion? Really? Let’s even go back to Bill Clinton. Was it an offense that you should be screaming about that he pardons his own brother from prior drug convictions?

It’s time the snowflake left wake up and realize a couple of things. First of all, what comes around goes around, and your treatment of Donald Trump will certainly impact the presidency of the next snowflake elected. Do you think you can get away with this type of treatment, and expect us to “come together as a nation” and say “the time of divide is over” because your guy won? No, it is going to be thrust upon you in the same manner in which you’ve thrusted it upon Trump. You’ve been as unfair and unjust to this president as any partisan group has of any president in the history of our country. You have mistreated, maligned, and abused every breath this guy took without once thinking what we’re going to do to your next elected president. And you damn well better not say one bad word about it! We have the video and audio of how you treated this guy. It WILL be paid back in spades!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Immigration Reform 101

Maybe I should be running for Congress? Nah…who needs the headache. And besides, my wife has said I don’t have the patience to deal with people like that. OK…we’ve already solved healthcare and tax reform, today we tackle immigration reform. For the sake of argument, we’re going to break this down into two separate groups…how to deal with illegal immigrants already here, and how to deal with people that want to come here, but aren’t here yet.

First let’s deal with the illegals that are already in country. I don’t think anybody in their right mind would believe we could deport 12 million people. The cost would be enormous, and it just would take forever to accomplish. So, rather than do that, we offer the illegals the path to citizenship. It’s not easy, and it’s not cheap. But I really don’t think it should be because they broke the law to get here. And no, even though Sheriff Joe liked the idea of “desert prisons”, I don’t think that’s very fair either.

To solve that problem, everyone that is illegal must have a clean record. If they’ve been convicted of any felony, they get booted. The rest must pay a fine, say $50,000. They must sign up for Social Security. They must learn and speak English as their first language and pass a proficiency test in it. They also must have a job. Now, it can be any job, but they must be earning income. They must also serve two years in one of the armed forces. Oh…and because they’ve come here illegally, they can never vote in any city, state, or federal election. Yes, that’s a second class of citizens. But they’re the ones that decided to break the law, not us. That’s the punishment. And just for good measure, for the first five years after all of this goes into effect, these folks are not eligible to receive any governmental assistance.

Now that we’ve got that solved, let’s move on to the rest of immigration, the part where people that live elsewhere want to move here. First, they must be sponsored by a business who is going to give them gainful employment, and guarantee that they will be employed for at least two years. Second, they must pass an English proficiency test and use English as their first language. Yeah, I know this upsets the snowflakes out there who “love diversity”. Get over it. And they can only bring members of their immediate family…sons, daughters, and wife or husband if married. If those folks don’t come over at the same time, they don’t qualify for citizenship and have to apply themselves.

We have to vet these folks like nobody’s business. If we can’t find enough information on them to make sure they aren’t terrorists, or people that want to do this nation harm (because that’s the biggest difference between now and back in the Ellis Island days), they don’t come over. We don’t allow people in that haven’t been fully checked out. And if they get over here and commit a felony in the first five years, they lose their citizenship and they are immediately deported.

Wow…was that easy! And we are solving all of the nation’s problems quicker than I could imagine. Why in hell do we need Congress in the first place? Tomorrow, speaking of Congress…my thoughts on how to pare down government and make those working for us more like our employees and less like our Lords.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Tackling Tax Reform

Yesterday, we solved the healthcare dilemma in this country. It was an easy, eight-step program. Hell, it’s easier than Alcoholics Anonymous (they have 12 steps!). And it will save a boatload of money, and still allow the insurance companies and the doctors to make a decent living.

Today we tackle tax reform. And I understand that there are those people out there that feel we should have a regressive tax system, those that feel we should have a progressive tax system, and those that feel we shouldn’t have any tax system. Well, the last group is just plain wacked. You need to pay for the government’s bills somehow.

I’ve studied this situation for years. There is one system that I’ve seen that seems fair to everybody except the CPA’s and tax preparers out there and that is the flat tax. Now, liberals, who believe that the tax system should basically be a wealth redistribution system don’t like the flat tax because it gouges the pockets of everybody equally. But that being said, the money that you save all across the board is incredible…and I’m not just talking about getting your taxes done.

Let’s say that you live in a state that has a current average tax rate of 10%. Let’s say you have a national income tax rate of 15%. And just to screw things up, you have a local tax rate of 5%. That’s a total of 30% of your income that would go to taxes. That is your tax nut. Every year, you add up everything that you made throughout the course of the year, multiply it by 0.10 and sent the state that amount. Multiply it by 0.15 and send the feds that amount. Multiply it by 0.05 and send your city that amount if the city indeed taxes your income. Now you’re done. It fits on three postcards, and you can send in your return electronically, like you probably do now. There is no withholding. There is no refund. There is nothing like that. What you make you get to keep all year.

If the government wants to stagger it, they can do it by having three different tax days throughout the year and divvy it up by state, or income, or last name, or social security number or something else. That way they are getting money in consistently throughout the year. Or, they could be fiscally responsible, just like this system requires us to be, and make sure the money lasts all year!

A flat tax works because if you make a $1,000,000 a year, you’re going to pay 15% of that to the feds. That would be $150,000. If you make $1,500 a year, you’re going to pay 15% of that to the feds. That would be $225. It’s the same percentage, so it’s fair for everybody.

Notice, there are no deductions. There are no loopholes for the rich to exploit, and there are no loopholes for the middle class to exploit. No charitable deductions, no mortgage interest deductions, no standardized deductions. And everything is reported by everyone that pays you anything (over $600) to the IRS, so there can be no cheating. They already know what it is you need to pay before you send it in.

The other benefit is, there really doesn’t have to be any audits either. That means you can get rid of a bunch of IRS agents who currently do that sort of thing. And your CPA can go back to work for the myriad of corporations in this country who are looking for help with their books throughout the year! The savings by chopping the IRS down about 85% is going to be a huge boon for the nation, and goes a long way toward paring down the size of government. And who actually likes to see the IRS grow in size? Yeah…I thought so!

Tomorrow, we solve the immigration problem. Easy peasy. Damn I wish I were billing Trump for this stuff!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!