National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
It is distressing to see my friend of nearly 40 years, George Will, writing such words of frenzied despair about the president and his national-security adviser-designate, John Bolton. It is also worrisome to see my cordial acquaintance of 20 years, Richard Haass, writing as mournfully as he did last week of the end of the Liberal World Order.
One expects, a year into an administration that went to war in the election campaign against the entire political class in both parties and among the national press (such as George Will) and the foreign-policy establishment (and Richard Haass is one of the best of them), that there will be panic below decks. One hears it every day from Joe Scarborough and Wolf Blitzer and their legions of screeching sound-alikes.
The former FBI informant at the heart of the Russian Uranium scandal, William D. Campbell, has given an exclusive, on camera interview to The Hill – in which he reveals that he was interviewed in December by FBI agents from the Little Rock, Arkansas for five hours about the Clintons.
Of note – Campbell’s attorney is Victoria Toensing, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General under Reagan who is now handling the Mueller investigation for President Trump along with her husband, former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova (also of note, newly minted National Security Advisor John Bolton was Reagan’s Assistant AG, presumably while Toensing was a Deputy Assistant AG in the criminal division).
After Campbell spent decades working for the CIA, he was “turned over” to the FBI for counterintelligence work due to relationships he had forged deep within the Russian uranium industry. While deep undercover, Campbell uncovered two related bribery schemes involving Russian nuclear officials, an American trucking company, and efforts to route money to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through an American lobbying firm in order to overcome regulatory hurdles, according to reports by The Hill and Circa.
Campbell collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six-year period beginning in 2009, some of which are said to detail efforts by Moscow to route money to (CGI) through lobbying firm APCO Worldwide –including video evidence of bribe money related to the Uranium One deal being stuffed into suitcases.
by Jul Thompson
I believe President Donald J Trump is very smart man, and he has been truly blessed with rare insight among politicians and Illionaires, an insight that is otherwise fairly common among common men. That would be mankind, which naturally includes women. However, many people are wondering if he really understands the implications of approving the “Omnibust Spending Blowout” today, and the impact it is sure to have on the 2018 Midterm Elections. Perhaps he simply went with his gut, or his God, which has clearly worked in his and our favor multiple times already. Without getting into too much detail, winning an election against all odds and the ensuing Smackdown! of the mainstream media has been thing of beauty and hilarity to behold. But imagine the RINOs, those Republicans who campaign on one set of conservative values and then legislate on another, being swept out of office in November and being replaced with mostly Democrats. Horrors heaped upon horrors.
“Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.” -Mychal Massie in Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist
..then reconsidered the absolutely unthinkable alternative to not voting. Despite the piss poor choices among empty suits in Congress, after finally having both Houses and a POTUS Majority, the mere thought of conceding to the destructive Liberal agenda because I’m mad about “bipartisan” uniparty support of an outrageous bill that doesn’t address some critical and fundamental issues, made me ill. Not voting is not an option. So I amended my impetuous words and tweeted this:
…completely forgetting to delete and/or amend my post to @realDonaldTrump.
So now I own it. Without a doubt, there are many people who wonder why it’s so important not to support these massive and useless spending sprees, to little people like me. Perhaps a little jump into the past on a local Congressional seat would help to illustrate why.
Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
Before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees
February 8, 2018
This year’s budget process has been overshadowed to a great degree by issues arising from the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most sweeping rewrite of the federal tax code in 31 years. Unfortunately, the Executive Budget barely addresses most of these issues. In some ways, it threatens to add to our competitive challenges—with further tax increases.
Among other things, the budget seeks to raise $140 million a year from what is described as a “windfall profit fee” on the federal tax savings of for-profit health insurance companies. This would add to the $5.7 billion in taxes and fees already imposed on health care in New York State.
As my Empire Center colleague Bill Hammond has written, the proposal raises fairness issues, since it appears to target “only fully insured health plans, which are sold mainly to individuals and small businesses—the segments most likely to drop coverage over affordability issues.” In fact, in New York’s competitive health insurance marketplace, we could expect insurers to share their tax savings with consumers. Otherwise, as Bill also points out, they could find themselves exceeding their medical loss ratios and owing refunds to policyholders.
This proposal isn’t just wrongheaded health policy—it’s also inequitable and counterproductive tax policy, because it would create a precedent for state claw-backs of federal tax savings from any business arbitrarily deemed to have collected a “windfall” from Washington. It would undermine a key purpose of federal corporate tax reform—which is to encourage businesses to increase pay, hire more workers and expand their capital investments.
Rather than dwelling further on this or other proposed tax hikes, I would like to use my time to focus on New York’s response to the new federal tax law.
To begin with, it’s important to recognize the actual impact on New Yorkers of the new cap on state and local tax deductions, or SALT. Despite the SALT loss, most New Yorkers will now be paying lower federal individual income taxes. That’s because, in addition to curtailing itemized deductions, the new federal tax law reduces income tax rates, nearly doubles the standard deduction, expands child credits, and narrows the scope of the Alternative Minimum Tax.
By Mychal Massie
We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.
I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.
Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.