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  • On taxes and immigration, look to Hungary

    09/07/2017 8:40:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 2 replies
    President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code ” self-destructive.” He has also decided to end the Obama-era program that allows “undocumented” immigrants who came to America as children to gain work permits. Congress would be given six months to replace it. On Jan. 1, the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban lowered the corporate tax rate from 19 percent to 9 percent, the lowest rate among the 28 member-states of the European Union. By comparison, the United States’ top marginal tax rate is 38.92 percent, just behind Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates. In the last seven...
  • Why So Much Rage?

    06/20/2017 7:47:44 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 12 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 06/20/17 | Cal Thomas
    “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1 KJV) That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of Republicans and Democrats kneeling in prayer at Nationals Park before their annual charity game, things returned to normal … or abnormal. On Friday, the Drudge Report ran these headlines: “Shots fired at a truck flying ‘Make America Great Again’ flag;” “Starbucks staff harasses Trump supporting customer;” “Time Warner defends funding ‘assassination play,’” in...
  • Lying Liars

    06/13/2017 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    "I'll never lie to you."-- Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that "lie," lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct justice when he allegedly "hoped" that Comey would not pursue an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn? Many Democrats think so. Most Republicans do not. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Trump lied about him after his dismissal. The assertion was based on what the president said of him...
  • Saudi Arabia's duplicity

    05/25/2017 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and "drive them out," as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has for years promoted the very evil they now "commit" to fighting through a newly established Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. Never forget that 15 of the 9-11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. President Trump's speech was written by Westerners, delivered by a westerner and based on a...
  • Awards Have Lost Their Meaning (Nobel Prize Especially Included)

    05/11/2017 7:38:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many examples. We now give "participation" awards to schoolchildren so they won't feel left out, or suffer injury to their "self-esteem," should they be on a losing team. Other awards have become politicized. Isn't that why Oscars and Emmys are awarded to people, films and programs that reinforce the secular-progressive worldview? Isn't that why...
  • Reform the Tax Code Now!

    04/18/2017 4:55:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It's too bad filing taxes wasn't an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like a foreign language. Trump said tax reform would be a top priority for his administration, but he is up against powerful lobbyists working for the tax preparation industry and also charitable and other organizations who want to keep things just as they are, since some donors would be less likely to...
  • Gorsuch and the Ghost of Harry Reid

    04/04/2017 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    What goes around comes around is one of life's undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the "D.C." increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it's Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now decide whether to use the "nuclear option," a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes, as a tool for confirming President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. For those whose primary diet is...
  • Personality and Policy

    03/28/2017 5:08:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and vague promises to fix things that are a "disaster," a favorite word of his. Personality is not policy. Leaders who lead by personality can also die by personality, which is what happened in the House last week when the president's threats and arm-twisting failed to deliver enough votes. The strategy,...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    02/07/2017 4:43:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to "totally destroy" the so-called "Johnson Amendment," a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background on how the amendment became law: "The restriction was championed by (Lyndon Johnson) in 1954 when Johnson was a U.S. senator running for re-election. A conservative nonprofit group that wanted to limit the treaty-making ability of the president produced material that called for electing his primary opponent, millionaire rancher-oilman Dudley Dougherty, and defeating Johnson. There was no church involved. "Johnson,...
  • The spectacular week that was

    01/30/2017 9:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Republican members of Congress met in Philadelphia last weekend for what was called a retreat. It might have been more accurately labeled an advance. Perhaps not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term has so much been done by so few that will potentially impact so many (to paraphrase Winston Churchill in a completely different context). Writing on CNN’s politics page, Stephen Collinson commented: “Forget the first 100 days. It’s only been a week and Donald Trump is reinventing the presidency.” Given what conservatives consider CNN’s hostility toward Mr. Trump, Mr. Collinson may not have meant it as a...
  • The Familiarity of Christmas

    12/22/2016 12:23:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt. Not if it's a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world's richest person could pay for and which is even today not received by many to whom it is offered. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. A look back at one of the greatest sermons ever preached about Christmas by the man credited with splitting Christianity from the dominant Roman Catholic Church...
  • Faking the News

    12/15/2016 9:46:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about "fake news." It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 "story" in the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News that claimed the bones of Adam and Eve had been discovered in Colorado. A "leading archaeologist" was quoted, presumably to add credence to the fake story. In the internet age, things once thought incredible have taken on credibility. From spam email that claims someone in Nigeria wants to send...
  • We Won, You Lost, Deal With It

    11/17/2016 10:23:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, "You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election." That is what Republicans did on Nov. 8. In addition to winning the presidential election, Republicans also maintained majorities in the House and Senate and now have 33 governorships and 32 state legislatures under GOP control. It was a consequential repudiation of the far-left policies of the Democratic Party. To paraphrase Mr. Obama: Republicans won, Democrats lost, now...
  • Fred Phelps: Satan's Servant

    03/25/2014 6:27:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    My parents taught me never to speak ill of the dead, but in the case of Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 84, I think they would have made an exception. The man, who will be referred to in this column without the modifier "reverend," because there was nothing reverent about him, defined the word "odious." He and some of his family members constituted the entire membership of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. It was BINO, Baptist in name only. Phelps and some members of his family (though not all) picketed military funerals with...
  • Trump's Chance to Change the Narrative

    11/10/2016 9:38:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's impressive victory in Tuesday's election offers him a rare opportunity to change the narrative. Secular progressive policies at home and abroad are not working. The establishment has had its chance -- multiple chances, in fact -- to fix things, but it has failed, or didn't try, under Republican and Democratic administrations. Voters are taking a big chance with Trump, but things have gotten so bad that the election shows many millions of Americans are willing to try something new. Trump achieved what most of the experts, the ruling class, the major media (including most...
  • Cal Thomas: The Single Best Word That Defines Hillary

    11/02/2016 10:19:13 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 40 replies
    FOXNews ^ | Cal Thomas
    I love definitions because they help focus the mind. Under dictionary.com’s definition of “corrupt” one finds the following: 1. Guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: 2. Debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: 3. Infected; tainted. When used as a verb with an object we find: 4. To destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery. 5. To lower morally; pervert. Don’t these definitions perfectly describe Hillary Clinton? As the FBI re-starts its prematurely halted investigation into Hillary’s “extremely careless” handling of classified materials, perhaps this time it will conclude what it...
  • October demise?

    11/01/2016 9:16:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    I love definitions because they help focus the mind. Under dictionary.com's definition of "corrupt" one finds the following: 1. Guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: 2. Debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: 3. Infected; tainted. When used as a verb with an object we find: 4. To destroy the integrity of; cause to be dishonest, disloyal, etc., especially by bribery. 5. To lower morally; pervert. Don't these definitions perfectly describe Hillary Clinton? As the FBI re-starts its prematurely halted investigation into Hillary's "extremely careless" handling of classified materials, perhaps this time it will conclude what it...
  • The 'Deplorables'

    09/13/2016 9:27:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. At an LGBT fundraiser last Friday in New York, Hillary Clinton one-upped President Obama, who said of conservatives during the 2008 presidential campaign: "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." That came to be known as the "bitter clingers" speech. Hillary Clinton said: "You can put half of Trump supporters into what...
  • Sheriff David Clarke Speaks Truth

    08/18/2016 10:30:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace. A contemporary and real-life version of those fictional characters is Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Clarke has been trying to restore law and order after several nights of rioting following the shooting death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee police officer. Smith had a lengthy criminal record, longer than some people's resumes. He...
  • What The Past Can Teach Us

    08/16/2016 10:48:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it. We are not the first humans to walk the Earth and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school. PBS is rerunning episodes on its award-winning series "American Experience" on modern presidents and the challenges they faced. Each episode retraces what presidents believed to be good ideas at the time -- from Lyndon Johnson's program to wipe out poverty and defeat the communists in Vietnam, to George W. Bush's toppling of Saddam Hussein. In each episode,...