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  • What really "winning" would look like..

    02/18/2018 9:57:17 AM PST · by jmclemore · 4 replies
    The left in this country dreams of the day when conservative thought and capitalism are outlawed. At every opportunity the left strives to transform their issues and policies into permanent laws rendering it unlawful and unconstitutional to change or oppose them. With such a mindset working to undermine the flexibility with in our constitution why are we not actively working to fortify the constitution from the erosive actions of liberals and progressives aimed to transform America into a socialist, one party state. No state of any size population or land mass should have a disproportionate advantage over other states under...
  • Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France

    02/13/2018 2:16:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 13/2/18 | Soeren Kern
    French President Emmanuel Macron, in a declared effort to "fight fundamentalism" and "preserve national cohesion," has promised to "lay the groundwork for the entire reorganization of Islam in France." According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state." A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for...
  • Tom Perez's Idea of Reforming The DNC

    01/16/2018 8:17:38 PM PST · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 16, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Today, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, admitted that reforming the Democratic Party was going to be far more difficult than he had imagined. I was so excited. I immediately and naively assumed that his idea of reforming the Democrat Party was purging the party of all the marxist kooks, hardcore violent leftists like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, anti-Free Speech college professors and administrators, disavowing the whole hateful “white privilege” mindset and condemning everyone who professes it on campuses and elsewhere, the Islamist lovers, while embracing free-market capitalism as the greatest wealth-producing machine in the history...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

    01/12/2018 4:39:43 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | John Hayward
    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted on Thursday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is pushing a return to “the tolerant, moderate Islam that is open to the world, to all the religions and traditions of its people” as part of Saudi Arabia’s major economic reform plan. At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this...
  • The New York Times Covers Over-Regulation

    12/28/2017 9:45:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 29, 2017 | Mona Charen
    It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled "One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules," the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York. A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its business in the fall (naturally). Their busy season includes sales to supermarkets, direct sales to consumers, visits from busloads of schoolchildren, and "pick your own" days. That's also the time, or it was...
  • MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stock Market Takes A Breather After Hitting Records Ahead

    12/20/2017 6:24:20 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 2 replies
    Marketwatch via FoxBusiness.com ^ | December 19, 2017 | Sara Sjolin and M. gaudiano
    What's driving the markets? Hopes that the tax bill, which would slash corporate rates, will get approved before Christmas boosted stock markets world-wide and contributed to Monday's record push for U.S. indexes. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the final version on Tuesday, while the Senate vote is expected to follow either on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should be enough time for the bill to land on President Donald Trump's desk for the final signature before Christmas, which is the Republicans' self-imposed deadline.
  • Breaking: Senate passes tax bill

    12/19/2017 9:51:01 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | December 20, 2017
    The Senate early Wednesday morning approved the final version of the first overhaul of the U.S tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017. The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Senator Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted for the bill. The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made to it in the Senate, and the bill will go back to the House Wednesday for a re-vote, where...
  • Tax plan opens new opportunities for taxpayers and state legislators to save key deductions

    12/15/2017 7:55:38 PM PST · by KingofZion · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michael Hiltzik
    Limiting the SALT deduction could affect as many as 6 million Californians—one of every three taxpaying households in the state, according to Michael Cohen, director of the state Department of Finance. The average deduction for property taxes is about $6,000, he has told the state congressional delegation, and the separate deduction for state and local income taxes comes to nearly $16,000 per return. One option that could be considered by the Legislature would be to redefine state and local taxes as charitable contributions, which remain fully deductible under the GOP tax proposals. The idea isn’t as implausible as it seems:...
  • Liberal NY Orthodox synagogue to stop announcing LGBT weddings after complaints

    12/13/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    A flagship liberal Orthodox synagogue in New York will stop congratulating same-sex couples on their weddings following a complaint by the Orthodox Union. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in its newsletters in accordance with a policy dictated by the OU, the largest association of Orthodox synagogues in the United States. The policy was set out this month in response to complaints from other member synagogues, which take a harder line on opposing same-sex marriage. Orthodox Jewish law, or halacha, prohibits same-sex marriage, and Orthodox rabbis are not...
  • Republican tax bill would tie the hands of blue-state governments

    12/11/2017 2:43:58 PM PST · by x1stcav · 85 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/11/17 | Joseph Lawler
    The tax overhaul would raise the taxes of some earners and make it harder for states to do the same. The ultimate effect would be to decrease governments’ ability to raise taxes and increase spending – essentially reining in state budgeteers. That is an advantage to conservatives who have long sought to advance fiscal conservatism at the state level and who see the state and local tax deduction as a subsidy for high-spending, high-taxing states – that is, blue states. “This was our point from the start,” said Jonathan Williams, chief economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group...
  • In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

    12/03/2017 8:24:12 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 3, 2017 | Adam Michel
    The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act...The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know about.
  • In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

    12/03/2017 12:20:16 AM PST · by x1stcav · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 12/3/17 | Adam Michel
    The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Both bills are big improvement to America’s out-of-date tax code and could boost the economy by almost 3 percent, leading to more jobs and higher wages for working Americans. Both bills cut taxes for individuals and businesses, largely repeal the state and local tax deduction, and allow businesses to invest more in the American economy through temporary expensing. The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know...
  • Senate Passes Massive Tax Reform Legislation

    12/01/2017 11:04:04 PM PST · by usar91B · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/02/2017 1:54 AM | Juliegrace Brufke and Kerry Picket
    "With 51 Republican votes, the Senate narrowly approved a massive bill early Saturday that would cut taxes for many Americans, nearly double the standard deduction and dramatically reduce the corporate rate — all while adding more than $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Senate Republicans passed the measure just hours after having to rewrite the legislation Friday evening, providing them with their first major legislative win of the year. GOP lawmakers scrambled to revise their bill after the parliamentarian ruled the deficit trigger — a necessary component to sway key lawmakers to get on board with the...
  • Mitch McConnell & Cronies Continue To Stall Trump Tax Cuts & Defend Obamacare

    11/27/2017 11:59:46 AM PST · by Art in Idaho · 36 replies
    DCWhispers ^ | November 27, 2017 | DCWhispers
    They have no intention of giving Donald Trump a clear victory even if said victory would be of great benefit to the American Middle Class. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow GOP Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, among others, are creating further dissention in the hopes of stalling or even halting the proposed tax cuts legislation altogether. McConnell is presently calling the process “challenging” while Corker and Flake are claiming to have concerns over the tax cuts worsening the deficit. That claim is especially astounding from Senator Corker given he was only too happy to allow former...
  • Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it (Libtard trigger alert)

    11/24/2017 9:16:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 24, 2017
    Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 years later. Now, President Donald Trump wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy. He says "people are taking advantage of the system." Trump, who has been signaling interest in the issue for some time, said this past week that he wants to tackle the issue after the tax overhaul he is seeking...
  • Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

    11/22/2017 1:51:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era. BY STEVEN A. COOK | NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 12:46 PM We must be doing 80 miles per hour on a rutted road outside the northwestern Saudi town of Ula. It is late and I am tired, but I’ve got one eye on the road and one eye on the dashboard indicator light signaling that the Chevy Tahoe in which I am traveling has low tire pressure. What would happen if this...
  • Waco-born attorney Johnson to seek DA's job

    11/12/2017 6:16:23 AM PST · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/11/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A former Dallas attorney hopes to cash in on his hometown family roots, his legal experience and potential turmoil swirling around the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office in his bid to oust District Attorney Abel Reyna. Barry Johnson, 61, who moved back to Waco in March after practicing personal injury law in Dallas since 1989, said he is glad to be back in Waco, where he was born and raised, and said he hopes to serve the residents of McLennan County as district attorney. Johnson, who will challenge Reyna in the Republican primary, is the son of the late Judge...
  • Next Up for Congress: Tax Reform

    11/03/2017 7:12:48 AM PDT · by Maelstorm
    mylife.cvshealth.com ^ | 10/06/2017 | Melissa Schulman, SVP, Government Affairs
    This fall, Congress’ top legislative priority is tax reform. President Trump, along with the “Big Six” (Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, National Economic Director Gary Cohn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady) recently released a new framework that lays the groundwork for tax reform. Most notably for CVS Health, the framework would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. This would help CVS Health create new jobs and invest in new technologies to improve care outcomes and access....
  • What the Republican Tax Reform Plan Lacks

    10/30/2017 9:54:57 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 27 replies
    Black and Center Blog ^ | October 30, 2017 | L M Walker
    According to White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, “Very few people itemize. I think it’s around 20% of people that actually itemize. Those things will be offset by other tax credits that are part of this plan…”Ms. Sanders would be correct, if she was referring to households earning less than $50,000 per year, a figure which barely skirts the middle-class. However, as you can see in the chart below, 41.7% of households earning between $50,000 and $75,000 itemize. The figure jumps to 58.5% for those earning $75,000 to $100,000, and rises to 78.8% for those earning between $100,000 to $200,000....
  • 'USS Bread and Water': Old and rare punishment loomed over a demoralized crew

    10/10/2017 1:12:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    www.navytimes.com ^ | 10/10/2017 | By: Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Sailors aboard the cruiser Shiloh during the 26-month command of Capt. Adam M. Aycock often worried about the CO’s use of one of the Navy’s most arcane punishments: confinement for three days in the brig while being fed only bread and water. Over time, Aycock’s proclivity for using bread and water to punish junior sailors became well-known on the Yokosuka, Japan, waterfront, where the Shiloh is based, according to sailor comments in three of the ship’s command climate surveys. “I do not wear my ballcap at the (Navy Exchange store),” one sailor wrote. “Even the taxi drivers on base know...