How To Get The Debt Under Control

Ok so this may just be a pipe dream, but some days you just have to vent.

We have a $20.3 TRILLION debt, and it climbs every day.

The Congress spends money like a teenager with Daddy’s credit card at the mall, with his blessing to get whatever they want.

The problem with that it is the American Tax Payers who are that credit card.  To the bottom 45% of the people in the country this doesn’t apply to you, because you pay $0 in net payroll/income taxes.  So of course I can see how a lot of you may be just fine with the government spending what they are doing, because it isn’t your money.  Well not counting the ones getting a check from that government.

To the other 55% I have a simple solution.  We drop payroll/income taxes to 0%.  We add a 10% sales tax, so everyone pays for what they spend.  This way it goes back to what the Constitution wanted where you only get taxed once.  These days you are getting taxed multiple times on the same dollar.   So why not just do it on the money you are spending.

Yes this would cut the intake to the government to about $1.5T, the current budget is $3.8T and is proposed to go up to $4.1T so the next question is how do we cover the $2.3-2.6T left.  Easy, stop spending it.

Ok I know by now you are calling me insane, and I may be, but hear me out.  Get rid of entitlements.  Those who have paid into Social Security and Medicare up to this point, get out of it, what they put into it.  Medicaid, Welfare, Food Stamps, etc go away.  Now I can hear you screaming “but what about the poor and disabled?” do you realize how many charities and churches are out there? Right now the people who give to charities are probably getting taxed in that 25-40% range. If you cut their taxes, and they can donate it tax-free do you not think they will give more?  As far as the poor go, right now there is no incentive to try not to be poor.  You can sit at home and make more money than you could at a basic job, plus the more successful you are, the more you get taxed, so why strive to better yourself.  Take that crutch away.  If you are able-bodied and can work, work.  If that means flipping burgers while you go to school, flip burgers.  If you want to better yourself start your own business and do everything in your power to make it work.  I am guessing by now you are probably screaming “but what about their healthcare?” and again, this is easy.  Hospitals run for profit, if they don’t have insurance companies paying them, they will have to adjust their rates to where people can afford it.  The only reason college is as expensive as it is now is because the government got in the college loan business.  If a college knows the government will pay out $40k a year in loans, then they are going to charge $45k.  If a hospital knows an insurance company will pay $4 for a Tylenol, why only charge $1 for it? Of course they are going to charge $4 or even $5.  If you want the government to regulate anything, make them force hospitals to actually list the costs of things up front, on-line, including their success rates for procedures.  It would drive down prices from the start, because they couldn’t just hide behind insurance companies anymore.  Because I can almost bet you that you pick three insurance companies, they pay different rates for different things, so in turn, they get charged three different rates.  If that was not true, then you would not have doctor’s offices that won’t accept certain insurance companies.  They would accept any insurance.

Oh yeah and while we are at it, let’s add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  I hear screaming again “but we can’t run the government on $1.5 Trillion” and I say, why not?  Cut the size of government and cut the entitlements and we would probably have a surplus.  Why do we need 23.4 Million people working in the government?  That does not include military, just government employees.

In the day of modern technology, why does Congress have to meet in DC, have a staff of 100?  They can do everything they do now through video conferences so you cut the travel expenses as well.  It would also cut the expenses of running the capitol building, and all the climate change people will be happy that less carbon is going into the environment.  Right now Congress works barely half the year, so cut their pay in half as well.  If they don’t have to stay in DC, they can get real jobs to make more money.  Ban lobbyist and lobby money.  Listen to the people, not the cash.  You want to run for office? If you are doing for a local office you can raise a max of $100k for your campaign.  If you are running for a state office you can do $250k, if you running for the House of Representatives you can do $500k, if you are running for Senate you can do up to $1 Million, and if you are running for President you can raise up to $100 Million and that is combined between primaries and general election.  Why the limits?  To force candidates to actually face the people who elect them.  To stop lobbyists from offering “donations” to get things done.  I give the $100 Million limit because I know it is harder to get around to all 50 states and all the people, so they can do more ads.  But PACs and Super PACs can RIP.

Are some people going to initially suffer when this is instituted, probably, but we have to end the hand outs.  Because it is not fair for the 55% to pay for the 45%, and it is none of our jobs to basically be the credit card for the hacks in office who spend our money with no real restraints or responsibility.  When I hear talk of cutting programs and you hear a politician say “well it is only $50 Million a year, that isn’t even .1% of the budget” that shows you where the problem is.  Every dollar counts, especially when it is OUR dollar.

Yeah I know this is all a pipe dream and will never happen, but you have to admit if you made it this far.   Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it?

 

Comments are always welcome

Twitter @RealDJSlash

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Where Did America Go? Can It Be Saved?

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First off because anyone says, “you are just an old man on a rant”, let me clarify I understand that times change, that there is more technology than there was in the 1900’s, 1800’s, 1700’s.  The Country our forefathers founded is barely a shell of what it used to be.

Breaking News, the Boy Scouts are now accepting girls.  OK I am triggered now, but not just for that reason.  The obvious question is did the Girl Scouts disband?  The answer of course is no.  So why make the move? Political correctness strikes again.

I would say it is safe to say the last 9-10 years in this country have led to the almost complete upheaval of the country we grew up knowing and loving.  I may be mad about the girls into the Boy Scouts, but that was basically more of a final straw.

I am all for equality.  No matter if that is gender equality, racial equality, orientation equality, etc.  The thing that I don’t get is how the LBG has now added about 100 different more letters at the end.  I get there are transgendered people who are going through the transformation and more power to them but I have a simple anatomy lesson for everyone.

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If you have done your surgery and changed your genitalia, then the previous rule still applies.

But here are the main issues that I am seeing.  241 years ago, this land was about country first.  Many people died during the American Revolution to create this great country. During the war of 1812, Civil War, World War I and World War II, many people gave up their lives, and many people at home sacrificed everything to help in the cause.  Did we have disagreements along the way, most certainly, but at the end of the day it was America First.  But to be honest it almost feels like our next Civil War is coming, and it won’t be broken down by states, it will be a major insurgency from within.  The last time this country truly came together was September 11, 2001.  It took almost 3,000 people to die to accomplish that.  The country has quickly gone downhill since then.

First off we got into a war we had no business in, Iraq never bombed us, George W Bush just wanted to finish what Daddy Bush had failed to do.  Was Saddam Hussein a good guy? No, but what real threat was he to America?  Why did 9/11 happen? Because Bill Clinton never went after Osama Bin Laden after the Cole, which just gave Bin Laden a belief he could do more so he did.  Of course Obama wasn’t any better as he started his apology tour and pulled troops out of Iraq giving ISIS room to grow. So this isn’t just a GOP or Dem problem, both parties have been just as guilty of distracting the real issues.

With the growth of technology ideas like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat it gave birth and air to the land of the troll.  While at the same time suffocating real human interaction.  No one talks anymore, it is text messages, selfies and puppy snap filters.

You also have video games, which started as Pac-Man, Asteroids. etc, that were pretty family friendly and harmless, and now you have Grand Theft Auto, Doom, Call Of Duty, etc, they have totally changed how children, and even some adults live a life where breaking the law and killing are ok, no big deal, and even rewarded.

Next issue is that you really don’t have kids playing together outside anymore.  Which again affects social skills.  Plus do you see kids talking anymore or just with their face in their phones? Speaking of phones, of the cellular variety, it may be more convenient, but I think people did just fine when there were pay phones, and probably did just fine before phones at all.  It forced people to find ways to communicate face to face.

When is the last time you sat down and wrote and mailed a letter? (Email doesn’t count).

When is the last time you actually sat down and read a book?(Kindle doesn’t count, real paper)

For those of you aged 30 or less barely know of a life without a computer, or cell phone, or the internet or video games.  You don’t even have to go to theaters anymore to watch movies, because give them a few weeks and they are on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  You also don’t know about riding your bike with your friends (no helmets) and doing all kind of different tricks, (that was also before freestyle bikes made for tricks were common).  Where if you wanted to get in contact with your friends you had to beg your parents to phone line in your room, you had to use the family phone, or you had to get off your butt and walk to their house.  But it also taught us respect, responsibility and manners.  Because back then if you were grounded, you were cut off from the real world.  Now if you are grounded, between emails, texts, etc, there really is no difference.

America has almost always had the attitude that we could fight amongst ourselves but no one better mess with any of us.  Now you have people who are fans of the North Korean leader who is wanting to destroy us than they are our own President.  I get it if you don’t like President Trump, but unless you have denounced your citizenship and moved elsewhere he is your president.

I have not been a fan of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush or Barack Obama, but I never wished for any of them to fail.  Because if they fail it is we the American People who suffer.

I can honestly say that America is more divided now than at any point of my lifetime.  Of course I did not live during the Civil Rights fight, or the Civil War, so I can only relate back to 1970.  In my lifetime I cannot remember so much identity politics either.  I do not believe in hyphens, and I really wish less people lived by them.  Because no matter if you call yourself African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-American, German-American and the list goes on and on, if you are a citizen of this country all you really are in American.  But we have let our politicians and government attempt to put us into a box based on our hyphen.  Ask yourself this.  Why do polls do breakdown by race and sex?  Because they want to lump groups together.  Why do you hear all the time about Democrats talking about “___________-Americans are being discriminated and we are the only ones who care”.  Because in reality they want to keep hyphens in their boxes.  President Obama was probably the worst at actually doing this, and Hillary Clinton tried and failed to follow in his footsteps using that step.  She tried playing both the female card and race card.  They gave legitimacy to both Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA and turned Colleges from places of learning, diverse opinions, free speech and discussions, into safe spaces, only one point of view, and micro aggressions.  You have sports going from places where party didn’t matter, and it was all about team, to taking a knee, disgracing the flag and making political points during the National Anthem, while totally disrespecting the veterans, flag and country in the process.  They say they stand for police brutality, which stats prove is a false narrative, racial inequality which honestly Democrats have both created and held minorities down by making them dependent on the government and give them no incentive to take care of themselves or better themselves.  You have a music culture, and I am using that term lightly when mentioning rap, that glorifies drugs, killing, racism (because there is no requirement to have to be white to be a racist, anyone can do it), degrading females and yourself.

I am really starting to wonder if this can even be fixed anymore?  But I do worry about it.  I have a three year old son, that I would prefer to be homeschooled so he can actually learn real history, not the liberal narrative.  Honestly I don’t really even see a need to send him to college, because what would he really learn?  And my guess, if the government keeps pumping money into colleges, his degree would probably cost $1 million by the time he is old enough to go to college.

I really want to see America come together again, and I hope it does not take something horrific to do that, though I fear it will, and honestly at this point, not even sure that would work.

Comments are always welcome

Twitter @RealDJSlash

The Professional Politicians

Welcome to Swamp Central.

You would think the people who are supposed to represent the people should have actually worked in the private sector first.  It would make sense, if you are going to stand up for the common man and woman, you too would have been in their shoes at one point or another and have to live check to check.  To really get an idea what “real life” is all about.  But lo and behold you just have to look at the Senate to see just how disconnected they are from the people.  There are 100 Senators in office, (I would do the house too, but I don’t have that kind of time).

Let’s look state by state at those who are in the Senate who have never had a real job.

Alabama: Richard Shelby (R) Graduated law school in 1963 and has always worked for the government.

California: Dianne Feinstein (D) Graduated from Standford and went straight to work for the Government. Kamala Harris (D) Graduated from Law School and went to work for the Government.

Colorado: Cory Gardner (R) Graduated from Law School and went to work for the government.

Connecticut: Chris Murphy (D) Another graduating law school and going to work for the government.

Florida: Marco Rubio (R) Law School to Government work.

Hawaii: Brian Schatz (D) Only possible real work was working for/running non-profits. Mazie Hirono (D) Law School to Government work.

Idaho: Jim Risch (R) Law School to Government work

Illinois: Dick Durbin (D) Law School to Government work.

Indiana: Joe Donnelly (D)  Law School to Government work.

Iowa: Chuck Grassley (R) Right from College to running for office.

Kansas: Jerry Moran (R) Law School to Government work

Kentucky: Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Yes even he did the Law School to Government work route.

Maine: Susan Collins (R) Law School to Government work

Maryland: Ben Cardin (D) Actually ran for office before finishing Law School and won. Chris Van Hollen (D) Another Law School to Government work.

Michigan: Debbie Stabenow (D) Ran for office while in grad school.

Missouri: Claire McCaskill (D) Law School to Government work

Nevada: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) Law School to Government Work

New Jersey: Bob Menendez (D) ran for office at 20 and won, been in Goverment ever since, well at least until he goes to jail.  Cory Booker (D) Law School to Government work.

New Mexico: Tom Udall (D) Law School to Government work. Martin Heinrich (D) 5 years at a non-profit to government work.

New York: Chuck Schumer (D) You were really surprised his name was here?

North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp (D) Law School to Government work.

Ohio: Sherrod Brown (D) Master Degree to Government work.

Oregon: Jeff Merkley (D) Law School to Government work.

Rhode Island: Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Law School to Government work.

South Dakota: John Thune (R) Master Degree to Government work.

Tennessee: Lamar Alexander (R) Law School to Government work.

Texas: John Cornyn (R) Law School to Government work. Ted Cruz (R) Law School to Government work.

Utah: Mike Lee (R) Law School to Government work.

Vermont: Patrick Leahy (D) Law School to Government work.

Washington: Maria Cantwell (D) Bachelors Degree to Government Work.

Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin (D) Elected to an office after getting her BA and got her Law Degree while in office.

So that is 34 out of 100 who have never had a real job, 12 Republicans and 22 Democrats, and that includes the Majority Leader and Minority Leader.  The sad truth is we are the only ones who can Drain The Swamp.  Naturally they won’t do term limits, because they want the job security.  We need real people, serving the people in Congress.

As always comments are always welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash

 

Vegas Murderer’s Escape Plan?

OK first off, I will not use the monster’s name, he does not deserve the credit he may have been striving for.

One thing I have struggled to gather was that the Las Vegas Sheriff said the guy had an escape plan, and I just could not understand why he would have rented the room in his name and then planned to escape.  Plus he had cameras in the halls to monitor for police, which is why he shot the security guard through the door.  But if he knew that the guard was down, why not try to escape then?

There are so many questions and very few answers on why this animal did what he did, but I have an idea on why he wanted to try to escape.  I don’t even know it was to cause more damage, but I think if he was doing this for the noteriety then he may have wanted to top his very own father, who was on the FBI Most Wanted List as a bank robber for many years before being caught.  It is the only thing that actually makes any sense.

But what I really don’t get here, is I have been to Vegas, there are camera’s EVERYWHERE, if he had an accomplice they should not only know when that person(s) both entered the rooms and exited it.  They should know basically every step this guy took in the hotel and when, including when he was bringing in bags with the weapons.  For the amount of evidience they have at their disposal, there has to be something much bigger going on here for them not to bring those facts up, or have those facts in general.

I am not trying to start another conspiracy theory here, just trying to look at this from a common sense point of view.  I haven’t seen all the evidence, both real and otherwise, so this is basically speculation, but honestly why would this guy get hotel rooms over looking a bunch of other concerts, and yet wait to attack?

So many questions, hardly any answers, I commend the job the LVMPD is doing under a very stressful time, but would love to get more real info from them.  Unless they are trying to flush someone out, this should not take days or months to figure out.

The NFL Boycott #TakeAKnee

Are there bad cops in the US? Yes

But are there bad Clergy? Yes

Bad NFL Players? Yes

Bad People in Government? Yes

Bad People in Schools? Yes

Bad People in general? Yes

Does taking a knee or seat during the National Anthem stop any of them? No

So what is the point?

So the TV cameras will look at you when you do it. Congrats you just became an attention whore.  Does it make of the people in the list above any better? No.

Professional athletes have ample opportunities to get in front of microphones to get their grievances out in the public forum, and the press is more than happy to play along.  But does that help any of the people in the above list any better? No.

Give a professional athlete with a grievance time on a microphone, and the media gives them a ton of attention, but it does not solve a problem.  On the other hand there are a lot of professional athletes who do great things and are involved in both their communities for the teams they play for, but for their hometowns as well.  This is why the NFL has the Walter Peyton Award.  A very worthy award for some great people doing good things.

But back to the attention whores, trying to stand up for what perceive to be a cause.  I question just how many of these people have actually done any research about their causes?  Those talking about police brutality, have they even been to a police station to ask questions?  Have they asked for or did a ride along with an officer to get an idea about what real life situations can be?  Have they been through any of the simulations with police where you have to make life or death decisions instantly?  I honestly can say I have not heard of any.  Again, will that make all cops absolutely perfect? Of course not, because there is no way to have perfection in any line of work because we are talking about people, and people are flawed.

But they still take a knee or sit during the National Anthem, honestly I put that right up there with flag burning.  Yes it is completely legal to do that, and they have that right, but at the same time, can they really get mad if someone says what they are doing is wrong?

Now President Trump while speaking in Alabama last night trashed the players who took a knee and sat during the National Anthem, which is his absolute right to say.  He is standing up for America, the country he was elected to serve.  Now the press is trying to spin it that he told owners to fire anyone who sat or took a knee, but that is NOT what he said.  Here is the direct quote, feel free to look it up on youtube if you do not believe me.

“You and I and everyone in this arena tonight are unified by the same great American values. We are proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say “get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s Fired!” You know some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say “that guy that disrespects our flag he’s fired” and that owner, they don’t know it, they don’t know, they are friends of mine, they will be the most popular person for a week, they will be the most popular person in this country, because that is a total disrespect of our heritage, that is a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. OK, everything that we stand for.  And I know we have freedoms, we have freedoms of choice, and many many different freedoms, but you know what? It is still totally disrespectful and you know when the NFL ratings are down massively, massively, the NFL ratings are down massively.  Now the number one reason happens to be that they like watching what’s happening on, you know, with yours truly. They like what’s happening.”

Now someone PLEASE tell me where he TOLD owners they had to fire anyone?

Exactly, you can’t!

Just as the players have the legal right to take a knee, the viewers have the right to not watch.  The advertisers have the right to run ads or not. The networks have the right to stop carrying games or paying a lot less for them. This in turn drives down the salary cap, which means less money for the players, so what did they accomplish?  Did it make any bad cops better people?  Did it flip a light switch and everyone is exactly the same?

Reality check folks, no one on this planet will ever be the same.  There is no system on the planet, either in use, or not that will bring 100% equality.  Even in the Star Trek generation where they had no money, there were still ranks.  You can not give everyone the same drive or incentive to try to succeed and better themselves, just like you can’t fix lazy if someone is happy being lazy.  That is just the sad reality of things.

Are there bad cops, yes, are there bad people, yes, are there good cops, yes, are there good people yes.  Can you change ANY of that, NO!

So please tell me what these so called protests, aka attention whore theater antics, going to fix? Nothing!

If you really do not like how police run things I have two options for you, why not apply to become one?  Or how about next time you need security, you get robbed, beaten or worse, just don’t bother calling them, because hey you might just run into the bad one who is running in trying to save your asses.  Those police that run into danger and not away from it.  Are they all perfect, NO, but no one is, and never will be.

 

As always comments are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash

 

Republican Leadership? Not so fast.

OK so Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House, Mitch McConnell is Majority leader of the Senate, but does that really make them Republican leadership? Let’s just take a look at these two men and where they are from.

Speaker Ryan is from Janesville Wisconsin, which is in Rock County.

Leader McConnell lists himself as living in Louisville Kentucky, Jefferson County.

You would think that the two leaders would come from predominately Republican districts, but you would be absolutely wrong.

First off Speaker Ryan, in the 2016 Election Ryan received 65% of the vote, but if you take a second and look at the Presidential race, Hillary Clinton actually got 52% of the vote to Trump’s 42% so Ryan comes from a Democrat district not a Republican one.  How do you get elected in a Democrat district and still get Republican votes? Easy have Democrat positions, but act like you care about conservative issues. Though you never really take any action for them.  Now they re-elect him so they can say they have the Speaker of the House.

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OK now I know that there is more to District 1 than just Rock County, but the numbers are still very telling.

Now for Leader McConnell I know the entire state votes for Senate, and that while he has a home in Louisville KY I doubt he has seen it since before the election if even then.  You still have to see these numbers.

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Now while he did not run for re-election in 2016, he did in 2014 and actually LOST his own home county.

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So can someone explain to me how either these two ever became leaders of their respective houses?

Longevity?

Mitch McConnell would actually be 4th on the list for Republican Senators with 32 years (How can you be effective in the same job and keep up with the times after 32 years, sorry that is another blog entry) behind Orrin Hatch (40 years) Utah, Thad Cochran (39) Mississippi, and Chuck Grassley (38) Iowa.

Paul Ryan is tied for 24th on the list for Republican Representatives at 18 years.

Is it for legistlative accomplishments?

Mitch McConnell in 32 years has had 24 bills he was primary sponsor for enacted.  That is 1 for every 16 months he has been in office.

  • Two were to conduct a reviews
  • One to make sure Ukraine had access to news
  • EIGHT bills to provide a joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.
  • The Protect America Act of 2007 (PAA), (Pub.L. 110–55, 121 Stat. 552, enacted by S. 1927), is a controversial amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on August 5, 2007. It removed the warrant requirement for government surveillance of foreign intelligence targets “reasonably believed” to be outside of the United States. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 reauthorized many provisions of the Protect America Act in Title VII of FISA.
  • The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006, also known as HR-6166, was an Act of Congress signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006. The Act’s stated purpose was “to authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes”.
  • 2 bills to extend bills currently in place.
  • Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 To promote the development of democratic institutions in areas under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes. (Yes Country building)
  • To provide for the installation of a plaque to honor Dr. James Harvey Early in the Williamsburg, Kentucky Post Office Building.
  • Worker Economic Opportunity Act A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to clarify the treatment of stock options under the Act.
  • Twice ammended a 1938 bill talking about tobacco information
  • A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to submit to Congress a plan to ensure that all amounts accrued on the books of the United States Enrichment Corporation for the disposition of depleted uranium hexafluoride will be used to treat and recycle depleted uranium hexafluoride.
  • An Agriculture Export Relief Act of 1998, which was actually attached to an Arms Export Control bill. (What does corn have to do with guns?)
  • A bill to delay until September 30, 1992, the issuance of any regulations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services changing the treatment of voluntary contributions and provider-specific taxes by States as a source of a State’s expenditures for which Federal financial participation is available under the medicaid program and to maintain the treatment of intergovernmental transfers as such a source.
  • An act to establish the policy of United States with respect to Hong Kong, and for other purposes.

OK so what there is to really help Americans? Oh yeah, nothing.

Now for Speaker Ryan

SEVEN bills in 18 years for Speaker Ryan as the main sponsor of ANY legistlation that was enacted.  That is 1 bill for every 30.9 months, and yet the GOPe begged him to be Speaker!  Here is his list:

  •  An act to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1818 Milton Avenue in Janesville, Wisconsin, as the ‘Les Aspin Post Office Building’.
  • An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the taxation of arrow components. Basically having a tax of 39 cents for an arrow.
  • Then 11 years later (yes he went 11 years without a single bill as main sponsor.) an act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to Medicare data, basically giving companies ability to sell information and who they can sell it to.
  • An act to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, and for other purposes.
  • An act to establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes. This was the TPA for the TPP which thankfully President Trump got us out of.
  • An act to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.
  • An act to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

So can someone please tell me what makes either of these guys leaders? Their work certainly hasn’t proven them to be leaders or they would have more American focused legistlation with their name at the front of it.  Can’t claim longevity either (though honestly that is a topic all on it’s own, but you can read my other blogs for that).

You can’t show me a thing either one of these gentlemen have done that would say they are either qualified to be the leader of any party, let alone the Republican party.  They can’t even use the excuse that they have only served under Democrats, because Ryan had 8 years under George W Bush, McConnell had 8 years under George W Bush, 4 years under George HW Bush, and 8 years under Ronald Reagan (yes he has been there that long), but it seems McConnell’s main interest was Burma, and Ryan was just interested in getting a check and running for VP (oh yeah he lost that too).

I say President Trump should find a GOP member of both the Senate and House that he trusts, and do a takeover.  It is the only chance his agenda has under GOP leadership without a complete house cleaning in 2018.

As always, comments are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash

 

 

“Tax Cuts Must Be Revenue Neutral” HUH?

So you have the Democrats and some of the RINO Republicans saying that the Trump Tax Cuts have to be Revenue Neutral.  Do they realize just how insane they sound saying that?

Quick look at the facts:

Under the Congress of President Obama the deficit went up $7.917 TRILLION dollars.

Under the Congress of President George W Bush the deficit went up $5.849 TRILLION dollars.

So you do the math, with a deficit of $19.9 TRILLION those two Presidents added $13.765 TRILLION to it.  Did I mention Obama not only raised taxes but created NEW Taxes (Obamacare) during his 8 years.  What that revenue neutral?  Did either President put a leash on the Congress freely spending everything they could think of (Shrimp on treadmills anyone)  Was that Revenue Neutral?  George W Bush will use the war excuse, but it was an unnecessary war in Iraq that cost us trillions.  Too many men and women lost their lives because W wanted to finish what Daddy couldn’t.

So why do they after the last 16 years finally care about Revenue Neutral? Oh wait, because Donald J Trump is the President!  Would they have cared if Hillary Clinton won and they wanted to raise taxes on the 55% of the tax age people in the country that pay net taxes each year? (Net taxes meaning they paid in more than they got back).  Would that have been Revenue Neutral?  Would those words have even been used?

The problem is the globalists in Congress, and there are many, prefer that companies go overseas, so they can get stuff cheaply imported, so those people they keep on a leash through the welfare system and government benefits can still buy stuff and not get as angry so they can continue to get their votes.  If you make the tax rate competitive with other countries, more businesses move back to the US, they hire American workers and create millions more American Jobs and make more American products.  Will the prices of those products go up a bit, yes, more than likely, but if wages are higher in the country, and more people are working and not living off the government, what is a 5-10% increase in prices going to really hurt?  Right now 67% of the Federal Budget is Entitlement programs.  Let’s say you get 33% off those programs and they get jobs, then you just cut 22% of the Federal Budget which would take $840 BILLION of a $3.8 Trillion budget. In 2011 about 32 million households benefited from Medicaid, Food Stamps, Welfare, etc.   Let’s say you again take 1/3 of those off those programs (11 million for easier math).  Let’s say their net tax contribution is just $1,000 a year. That is an additional $11 Billion in tax revenue.  So you now have saved/made $851 Billion in savings on that $3.8 TRILLION budget (22.3%).  Now just think about that over the long term.  You break the habits of laziness because it is no longer rewards or covered.  If you can work, you do work, you are going to pay taxes either way, so you may as well make as much as you can.  I think a 15% flat tax across the board is fair.  Put everyone with some skin in the game, and maybe they will care more about what the government is doing with the money.  Right now almost half of the population doesn’t have to give a damn because it is not their money.   Take out all the fine print.  You get deductions for your children, you get a deduction for mortgage interest and you get a deduction for charity giving.  The only other thing I might be in favor of is a bonus deduction if you are married and have children, to encourage two parent families again. Business can deduct expenses for employees, R&D, supplies and mileage. What else do you really need to deduct?  Sure tax preparers are going to be out of work, but why does it have to be so hard?  If anyone should be 100% tax exempt it should be the active military, they have earned that, plus their pay is junk anyway compared to what they could make in the real world.

So let’s drop this Revenue Neutral nonsense, if you really want to do that, cut the spending on all the stupidity and pork.  Stop wasting OUR money, and use a little common sense.

 

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