Mistrial Declared On Cliven Bundy Ranch Standoff Case

Judge declares mistrial in Bundy Ranch standoff case   AZCentral Robert Anglen, The Republic December 20, 2017 LAS VEGAS — A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying U.S. prosecutors willfully withheld critical and “potentially exculpatory” evidence from the defense. Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed jurors and ended the trial against Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and militia member Ryan Payne, who are accused of leading an armed standoff with federal land agents in 2014. Her ruling came more than a month into the trial, which has suffered multiple delays over … Continue reading

Trump “Calls” UN’s Vote against US Jerusalem Embassy and doubles down (updated)

  Future of Jerusalem: Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over Jerusalem vote   TRT World December 18, 2017 Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that vote against his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session on Thursday to vote on a resolution that doesn’t mention the US, but states any decision on Jerusalem should be withdrawn. It’s the second American threat in as many days to members of the General Assembly.       December 20, 2017 The UN General Assembly is set … Continue reading

New Laws Signed By President – MSM Lagging Behind On Keeping Citizens Informed

As each president comes into office, transparency is an issue. On the White House website before it was rather easy to find current legislation that the president had signed. Now with the changes made to the website, it has actually become easier to go directly to the Library of Congress for current laws being enacted.. This isn’t particularly a bad thing since what is found in the Library is basically “the law” and its new code but just a bit different from the past method of reporting. Here are some that MSM has chosen to gloss over in their campaign … Continue reading

Trump has reset the US foreign policy strategy according to Paul Bonicelli

Fox Business News: Trump has reset the US foreign policy strategy with Paul Bonicelli     Dec. 18, 2017 Romania and other EU countries are beginning to cautiously court the US again to work out trade deals. Romania just signed a trade agreement (12/18/17) worth about $4 Billion that opens up trade between regular businesses and Romania as well as purchasing military goods to strengthen their own borders. None of this would have been possible if we did not have a President focused on a stronger USA by working hard to fulfill his promise on economic prosperity. One of the … Continue reading

Military Unchained – War On Opiates Financing Radicals In The Middle East

  In March 2010, the NYT reported on how the US government was ignoring the opium fields in Afghanistan. According to the article — “From Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal on down, the military’s position is clear: “U.S. forces no longer eradicate,” as one NATO official put it. Opium is the main livelihood of 60 to 70 percent of the farmers in Marja, which was seized from Taliban rebels in a major offensive last month. American Marines occupying the area are under orders to leave the farmers’ fields alone.” FreeBeacon went so far as to post in May 2015 “Afghanistan is … Continue reading

Impact and Cost of College Degrees from the 1970’s until today

I just received an email of a WND post called “Vampires, video games, racial capitalism – education in 2017” that got me thinking–always dangerous lol. I do recommend you read it. According to the post, intersectionality is “a new wave of identity politics infecting higher education, playing directly into the hands of leftist administrators, professors, and students seeking to reach a new low in their victim olympics.” After scrolling through a few hours of information, I concluded that the subject is much better handled and explained by those who have made life-long commitment to such studies. However, there are a few … Continue reading

Chicago – Rats Running To UN

Boykin asks UN for help fighting Chicago violence   ABC7 Megan Hickey and Craig Wall December 14, 2017 Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago. “I’m hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts,” Boykin said. Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It’s a meeting that’s been planned for more than … Continue reading

Could a surge in US jihadists in the coming months become a reality

Once President Trump took office many things happened from the impossibly imbecilic activities of millennials to the outright blatantly seditious and illegal actions of members of top government agencies. The country has been bludgeoned in the press with rants, leaks, coup attempts, and an ever-increasing problem of lack of faith in the FBI, DoJ, and our congressional and justice systems. All of this has placed our country in a precarious position. The latest notice of the acknowledgement of Jerusalem has again ramped up the radical fervor concerning both our country and Israel so much so that mosques across the country … Continue reading

Evidence Uncovered Showing Obama EPA’s Illegal Use of Social Media Platform for Propaganda

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Proof Fake News Does Real Damage to Economy

Proof Fake News Does Real Damage to Economy American Liberty Report December 13, 2017   For the past year, our great nation has enjoyed an historic stock run. Record highs continue to be broken, and there’s no end in sight currently to the abundance. All of that came to a sudden end last week. A sudden and sizeable dip reversed weeks of gains in less than an hour, and while stability and recovery are at hand, it will take weeks more for the full extent of the losses to be recovered. The mainstream media has refused to acknowledge the key … Continue reading

Reflecting on the attitudes and actions of current politics

Intended and unintended results of loss of moral compass today From the beginning of the 2016 presidential election and up to today, elements (I refuse to call them humans) have plotted, planned, and carried out a variety of campaigns to smear reputations, revile opponents, and destroy people’s lives. This isn’t particularly about one political party or another. It isn’t particularly about one rag news outlet or another. It is about the moral breakdown not just of a generation such as millennials but even those older generations. When do we as citizens and as humans cross a line? Is it when … Continue reading

Enemy Combatant vs Legal Citizen Rights

Enemy Combatant vs Legal Citizen Rights With this latest incident comes a very important question. Should anyone who is involved either with aiding or abetting as well as the perpetrator(s) be treated legally as enemy combatants or as legal citizens with full rights?   Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man, reportedly inspired by ISIS set off a pipe bomb inside New York’s Port Authority bus terminal during rush hour Monday morning. He had legal status from chain migration since 2011.   Each case is unique unto itself is apparently the best guess. Born in the USA but detained overseas: According … Continue reading

Finally, Planned Parenthood Under Investigation

Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue     Fox News By Brooke Singman and Jake Gibson December 7, 2017 In a letter first obtained by Fox News, Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd formally requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same panel that led the congressional probe into the women’s health organization. “The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s … Continue reading

Improving the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Improving the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A Path for the Conference Committee

Heritage Foundation
Adam Michel
December 6, 2017

SUMMARY

The House and Senate each past different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two versions now head to a conference committee where select lawmakers from both chambers will work towards one unified bill. The conference committee should begin with the Senate-passed bill because the political balance struck in the Senate will be important to maintain for final passage. The House bill, however, has many worthy provisions that will make the Senate bill even stronger.

The Best Parts of the House and Senate Plans

1. 20 Percent Corporate Tax Rate and Expensing. In both bills the corporate tax rate is cut from 35 percent—one of the highest rates in the world—to 20 percent. A 20 percent federal corporate tax rate is the upper bound for global tax competitiveness. Even after adoption of this recommendation, when average state taxes are added in, the U.S. would still have an average cumulative tax rate higher than the worldwide average of 23 percent.

2. Elimination of Tax Subsidies. Both the House and the Senate bills eliminate the state and local tax deduction for income and sales tax and cap the property tax write-off at $10,000. This true structural reform will increase the efficiency and fairness of the entire U.S. tax system. Removing the state and local tax deduction ends the current economically destructive subsidy whereby similar taxpayers in low-tax states pay higher federal taxes than those in high-tax states.

3. Individual Mandate Repeal. The conference committee should include the Senate’s repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate. Zeroing out the tax, which forces individuals to buy health insurance, would provide tax relief to millions of Americans who cannot afford the rising costs of Obamacare insurance. Repealing the mandate would put anywhere between $695 and $13,100 back into the pockets of American families, if they choose to not purchase the type of health insurance that Obamacare requires.

4. Education Savings Accounts Expansion and Tax Credits Simplification. The House bill includes two important simplifications to education policy that are largely left out of the Senate reform.

Room for Improvement

1. Individual Tax Rates. Neither the House nor the Senate lower personal taxes as far as they should. The House plan consolidates the number of tax brackets from the current seven down to four, but does not lower the current top tax bracket of 39.6 percent. The plan actually raises marginal rates on some taxpayers making over $200,000 and includes a new “bubble tax rate” of 45.6 percent for some high-income earners.

2. Business Deductions. In response to concerns that small and pass-through businesses did not receive a big enough tax cut in the original Senate bill—a dubious claim—the Senate expanded the business deduction from 17.4 percent to 23 percent.

Outstanding Problems in Need of Solutions

1. Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. The House bill rightly eliminates the alternative minimum tax (AMT) in both the corporate and individual tax codes. The Senate bill retains both AMTs and raises the threshold where the tax kicks in for individuals.

2. Repeal the Estate Tax. The Senate, like the House, doubles the basic exclusion for the estate tax from its current $5.49 million per person. The Senate, however, never fully repeals the death tax.

3. Make Good Tax Policy Permanent. Due to Senate budget rules, the Senate reforms have many temporary provisions for both individuals and businesses. Tax policy should not be temporary, but instead should strive to provide certainty for taxpayers, now and in the future. Political realities of the Senate budget process mean that many provisions will remain temporary.

Read his analysis and charts HERE.

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The Democrats would have us believe that this new Tax Plan is a serious threat and would bankrupt the country. Perhaps they should remember that the tax code is more easily amended than nearly any act. Maybe they just don’t think Republicans can provide such a “wonderful” product as their own party members produced. Perhaps their objections are because two prominent DEMs wrote the code — Representative Richard Gephardt of Missouri and Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. Even the revisions of note were submitted by Democrats: the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990 under President George H.W. Bush and the Revenue Reconciliation Acts of 1993 under President Bill Clinton. There was a revision during GW Bush in 2001 that was Republican but it was repealing several penalties inflicted by the prior revisions.

Not one single completely new Tax Plan has been submitted by Democrats since 2009 including during this congressional session. They could have but chose to pick at the older Tax Code and add relief or “fix” only specific items of interest. The Republicans on the other hand have seemed to submit almost yearly at least one bill for a tax overhaul since 2009. So why are the Democrats objecting now — could it be they simply are realizing they might lose control if someone besides themselves actually comes up with a workable plan?

I do not believe that one party or the other has a “corner on the market” in writing tax codes, in fact I shudder when I consider that we are being basically “double and triple taxed”given that the colonies broke away from England over this very issue.

Maybe the tax plan won’t be a great one but then neither was the previous tax code.  U.S. Code: Title 26 -Internal Revenue Code has been on the books since 1986.  It has been added to, rarely revised, and constantly discussed since the day it was signed by the President. This plan will be no different but hopefully will start from a clean slate instead of saying “replace  the word xxx with yyy”.

Heritage Foundation has increasingly received recognition for their work and the current administration seems to rely on their opinions. This is why I am posting their information.

Without getting technical, I can at least see what they are agreeing with, worried about, and concentrating on. It gives me a lot more confidence to know that more than a few professional financial/tax advisors are carefully following what is being crafted into this bill. I just hope that the final product is worth all the angst and rants. 

I personally want to see that the 501(c)3 is slashed out of existence but have yet to see anything that suggests that will happen.

Still hope this helps a little for those like me who aren’t up on things and can only hope the final product is reasonable.

–Uriel– 

 

Reforming Congressional Perks

What would congressional members do with a bill that actually has citizen merit — obviously shelve it! Those who have been in Congress for a while absolutely do NOT want to lose their standing. We see it every year. Democrats especially have been quick to vote themselves raises every year even if they have not passed many worthy bills or spent their time wisely. The White House wants to remind us that if we want real reform efforts in congress, being aware of those shelved bills languishing in the back closet need to be acknowledged. Here is one that may … Continue reading

Ambassador Haley on Move to Jerusalem and Support of Israel

  UN Message December 8, 2017 In case you missed this counsel message from Ambassador Haley at the UN Emergency Counsel Meeting. It is a great speech and important for all US citizens to hear.   –Uriel–

Reactions to Recognizing Jerusalem As Capital of Israel

  When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a firestorm erupted around the world. People in predominantly Muslim countries marched against that recognition. But why? Just naming a building as an embassy doesn’t mean there have to be no other buildings so designated. Dumb liberals and Muslims would have people think different but here is a very important fact NO ONE WANTS TO RECOGNIZE. The US has a building in Tel Aviv that is referred to as our embassy but it also already has a U.S. consulate-general in Jerusalem, just around the corner from the Prime Minister’s … Continue reading

MSM Silent: President Trump Puts UN On Notice- Our Country, Our Laws

UN – Global Compact on Migration – We Are NOT Signing Away Our Sovereignty  MSM is silent, except to criticize President Trump As Hadenough posted on December 3, 2017, President Trump rejected the Global Compact on Migration which Obama and his cohorts deliberately got us into in 2016.  Trump again made reference to this in his Florida rally speech but so far the big media outlets are staying away from the issue. As of now so far only Breitbart, The Hill, and CNN even touched on this issue. In fact a quick search back in 2016 only shows a very … Continue reading

Trump’s Administration has not forgotten about pedophilia – Sex Crime Indictments on the Rise

For a while before Obama left office there were several who talked about “PizzaGate” meaning sex crimes against children. Then everyone was told to back down and leave the subject alone, not just told but in some cases losing their jobs or being sued. Crimes against children and slavery have not been forgotten – – but are actively being pursued and brought to justice.     Growing mass of sex crime cases chased in Los Angeles, London, New York City Fox News December 3, 2017 Police in Los Angeles, New York City and London are working to investigate an ever-growing … Continue reading

Judge Michael Flynn pleaded ‘guilty’ to suddenly recuses himself

The judge Michael Flynn pleaded ‘guilty’ to suddenly recuses himself from case     BizPak Review Samantha Chang December 8, 2017 Michael Flynn will be sentenced by a different judge than the one he pleaded guilty to last week after Judge Rudolph Contreras, an Obama appointee, abruptly recused himself. (Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Contreras to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term starting May 19, 2016.) The reason for the recusal was not disclosed. Flynn’s case has been reassigned to Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, an appointee of former president Bill Clinton. (Judge Sullivan became the first person in … Continue reading