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Donald Trump is determined to slash government spending. A lot. A preview of what's to come reads like a conservative activist's greatest fantasies. And why not? Most of it comes directly from our friends at the Heritage Foundation.
Every federal department will soon see its budget slashed and major programs eliminated. And get this, the first step will be to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and completely abolish the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities!
Yes my friends, no more taxpayer-subsidized lefty propaganda masquerading as "news" on NPR. No more cowboy poetry or homoerotic line drawings. "Artists" and "journalists" who want to produce that kind of crap will have to find a sympathetic liberal billionaire to subdisize their sophistry.
The goal is to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
To get there the State Department will say goodbye to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and funding for the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Justice Department will shed the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants, and the Legal Services Corporation. They'll also see huge reductions in funding for their Civil Rights, Environment, and Natural Resources divisions. And the Energy Department will roll back most funding to 2008 levels while dropping the Office of Electricity, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the misleadingly named Office of Fossil Energy which is actually dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels. Frack, Baby, Frack!
Four corporate welfare boondoggles are also on the chopping block: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
That there is what those of us in the Drain The Swamp section call A Great Start.
But wait, it gets better! Because Trump has also pledged to reduce the entire federal workforce through attrition by implementing a hiring freeze. The unionistas are apopleptic of course. They consider every single federal job to be critical for government to function. Guess what? They're wrong.
There's a new sheriff in town and his two favorite words are "you're fired."
When it comes to our bloated federal bureaucracy that's music to my ears.
Reality took a back seat to social engineering today when the New Jersey state Supreme Court again unanimously ruled that every town in our fair state is required to provide "affordable housing." And after consulting their abacus they set forth a number to be built forthwith — 200,000 units, paid for, of course, by you and me.
New Jersey has to build thousands more units for its low-income residents to make up for the 16 years that the state didn't address those needs, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
In a decision addressing New Jersey's long-stalled regulations governing affordable housing, the state's highest court said towns must take into consideration the need for housing that existed within their borders between 1999 and 2015. That's the so-called gap period when the Council on Affordable Housing failed to adopt new rules.
The 6-0 decision, the latest in decades of Mount Laurel rulings governing affordable housing in New Jersey, rejects the assertion that only 37,000 units are needed and that the gap period calculations are not necessary because that need no longer exists.
Remember when Chris Christie was going to rein in our activist judiciary?
Yeah, me neither.
The premise of "affordable housing" itself is blatantly absurd. The social justice warrior crowd unilaterally decided poor people "deserved" to live in whatever town they wanted, regardless of whether or not that town's real estate market was priced out of their reach. Because "fairness."
Apparently working for what you want takes too long, and equality of outcome is better than equality of opportunity anyway. So, free houses for everybody! Ain't socialism grand?
Is everyone entitled to a nice car and fancy clothes too? How about golf club memberships and Disney vacations? Where does all this "fairness" end?
Time was people bought starter houses. Or they rented apartments and saved their pennies. And if you couldn't afford to live in Maplewood or Montclair you settled for Newark or East Orange until you got a better job. That's how my grandparents did it.
But nowadays folks want handouts, not a leg up. And why shouldn't they get to live in Short Hills without paying what everyone else who lives there paid? Our black-robed poobahs agreed, and decided to put a slum in every neighborhood. Except theirs, of course.
So COAH is reincarnated, and high-density, low-quality, traffic-inducing, school-overcrowding tenements will be foisted on us all. And not to put too fine a point on it, but the inhabitants of these housing projects are not always the most stellar of citizens, and they're not known for taking pride in their surroundings. Plus they expect certain "services" to be readily available, and I'm not just talking about check-cashing outlets and cash-for-gold storefronts. Think exotic pharmaceuticals and short-term female companionship, IYKWIMAITYD.
All of which slaughters property values and quality of life for those of us who were here first.
But the affordable housing activists don't care about that. They don't even actually care about "affordable housing." What they do care about are votes, and even in this deeply blue state there are pockets of Republicans to be infiltrated and subverted. Hence the imposition of affordable housing, and the Democrats who inhabit it. Import enough new voters and even the most conservative towns will flip to the Free Stuff side. And then the tax gouging can really begin because hey, this is where the rich guys live.
One of my Facebook friends is a former NJ resident who relocated to North
Carolina. Every time he sees another story about how NJ is screwing the
middle class he immediately adds the #GetOutNow hashtag. He has a point.
Once the slums arrive it'll be too late.
Here we go again. Liberal fascists scored another "victory" when the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, reneged on their contract to play at the New Jersey State Society's inaugural ball. Why? President Trump, that's why.
The band announced the decision on Monday, after it said the planned appearance "generated a storm of national news, from New York to Los Angeles, particularly given Bruce Springsteen's clearly articulated feelings about President-elect Trump."
"Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band," founder Will Forte, said in a statement.\
Naturally they're being applauded by All The Right People for their bravery. Even as the organizers of the inaugural ball have to scramble to find a replacement. But that's no biggie, right? Trump's illegitimate!
So riddle me this Batman. Why couldn't Memories Pizza decline to cater a same-sex "wedding?" Why couldn't the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa show respect for their religious beliefs by politely referring a homosexual couple to another bakery? Why can't a Christian wedding venue freely choose which weddings they'll host without fear of lynch-mob reprisals?
You know, the same tolerance that ran Milo Yiannopoulos off the campus of UC Davis last week. And the same tolerance that forced Memories Pizza and Sweet Cakes by Melissa to close their doors for good.
To the fascist Left, tolerance means death threats. Tolerance means enforcing GroupThink. Tolerance means never having to associate with someone whose views are different from their own.
The rank hypocrisy is pathetic. When progressives stand up for their principles, it's bravery, just ask Meryl Streep, one of the Bravest Of The Brave, to hear her tell it.
But when Christians and conservatives stand up for their principles, it's Hate Speech.
Which of course is just one more reason why Trump won.
When your two US Senators are Democrats you're bound to be repeatedly embarrassed by their antics. But sheesh, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez really outdid themselves today.
Booker broke with 228 years of tradition and became the first sitting US Senator to publicly speak out against the confirmation of his colleague Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Why? Because he's running for president in 2020, and he's a horse's ass.
As Democrats look to regroup after their unexpected loss to Trump, Booker's name has been floated as a potential front-runner to lead the Democratic Party's presidential bid in 2020. Publicity is likely a big motivator behind Booker's commitment to thrust his own views of Sessions into the spotlight.
He's gotta appear to be more radical than Lizzie "Fauxcahontas" Warren. And face it, the libtard wing of the Democratic party eats this shit up. Too bad he's an empty suit, with little appeal outside of New Jersey and other coastal enclaves. And then there's the small matter of his entanglement with the rampant corruption in the Newark Watershed Commission, where his protege Linda Watkins-Brashear pleaded guilty to multiple felonies involving bribery and official misconduct. Not to mention his sweetheat deal with his old law firm of Trenk, DiPasquale wherein they continued to pay him a salary when he was mayor of Newark while he steered lucrative no-bid city contracts their way.
It's like the Clinton Foundation, only without the foreign "investments." (Ah, give him time, I'm sure he can rustle up a few checks from the United Arab Emirates. -- Ed.)
Cory Booker won't be president. Of that I can assure you.
Meanwhile, his partner in mendacity, Bob Menendez, was busy making a fool of himself questioning Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. Bob wanted to know why Tillerson supported Trump's border wall with Mexico.
I also want to point out that the last time a country tried to wall itself completely from its neighbor was in Berlin in 1961, and that wall was constructed by communist East Germany.
Yo Bob. The Berlin wall was created to keep East Germans in. Trump's wall is gonna keep illegal aliens out. But other than that, the two walls are like totally the same.
Try reading a book Bob. You might learn something.
Hey New Jersey. You elected this bozo? Shame on you.
Oh BTW, he's under indictment. It's gotta take a boatload of corruption for a Democratic administration to indict a US Senator of their own party. Heck, the case must be ironclad, or political hack Paul Fishman wouldn't have put his John Hancock on it, because Fishman didn't touch Jon Corzine and you'd have to be blinder than Stevie Wonder not to see his guilt.
Sorry Bob, but your credibility is shot. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Completely unrelated, but fun to point out, the Feds raided Orange city hall today in an ongoing fraud investigation. Is Orange, NJ run by Democrats? Is there a mustache in Mexico? Yes to both! But you already knew that.
Cory and Bob, your ineffective and unsuccessful attempts at character
assassination are noted, and rejected. Sit down. Shut up. Jeff Sessions
and Rex Tillerson will both be confirmed. And then the Real Fun will begin!
Today is my lucky day! The daily $5 lunch special at Lakeside Deli cost me a whole penny less, because Chris Christie's sales tax cut kicked in!
Yup, 'tis true. NJ's 7% sales tax is now, drum roll please!, 6.875%.
A whopping 1/8 of a percent less!
Which means last week's $5.35 lunch bill is now $5.34.
Of course my euphoria is short-lived, because we only got this massive sales tax cut in exchange for a 23 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax. And I've already been paying that new tax for a few months now.
See how that works? Raise one tax by 23 cents. Cut another tax by 1/184th of that much. Because, fairness, or something.
So I guess I should save this penny for posterity. Or until the next time I need to buy gas, whichever comes first.
Last month when you voted to dedicate the newly raised gas tax to the Transportation Trust Fund I'll bet you thought that meant the gas tax revenue would be going into the Transportation Trust Fund.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to divert it to, drum roll please, bailing out the public employee pension fund!
How? Easy! Just have the pension fund buy the TTF bonds. As in, New Jersey will borrow money from itself and then pay itself all the interest.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney on Thursday announced a plan to allow the state's pension fund to buy bonds directly from the Transportation Trust Fund as it embarks on a borrowing spree to finance up to $16 billion worth of new infrastructure projects over the next eight years.
The proposed legislation would allow the pension fund to accrue annual interest on the state's debt rather than having the state pay that interest to Wall Street, Sweeney said. The state would also avoid paying bond underwriting fees.
Nice obfuscation there Steve. The interest doesn't go to "Wall Street." It goes to mom and pop investors like me who buy government bonds. "Wall Street" is just the middle man, because New Jersey doesn't have a system like Treasury Direct that would allow individual investors to buy those bonds from the state, and "avoid paying bond underwriting fees."
Why not?, you might ask. Because then guys like Jon Corzine and Phil Murphy wouldn't get their cut, except it turns out, when the vig goes to the public employee unions instead. Then cutting off "Wall Street" is A-OK.
So there you have it. When they sold us on the gas tax they told us it was
for important stuff like roads and bridges. But when they spend the gas tax
it'll be going to some guy sitting on a beach.
Jill Stein's proxy war to propel Hillary Clinton into the White House is over. She's abandoning her Pennsylvania recount, and with it any hope to reverse Donald Trump's Electoral College advantage.
Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.
The decision came two days before a court hearing was scheduled in the case. Saturday's court filing to withdraw the case said the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case "are regular citizens of ordinary means" and cannot afford the $1 million bond.
Looks like her fund-raising fell short.
And so, without an opportunity to revert Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes to the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, Stein's recount efforts in Wisconsin and Michigan won't matter. Trump will officially win the presidency on December 19th.
So why is she soldiering on?
In a word, to deny Trump legitimacy.
With 306 electoral votes Donald Trump's victory is a veritable landslide.
But suppose that her recounts drag out, and Wisconsin and Michigan fail to complete them by the December 13th deadline? Well then those states won't be able to certify their results, in which case their electors will not be bound to Trump.
Suddenly 306 electoral votes become 280. And a ten vote margin is hardly a mandate.
Still don't think Hillary's campaign is colluding with Stein on the recounts? Because if you don't, George Soros has a bridge in Brooklyn he can let you have, cheap.
There's no way that a nobody candidate who barely raised $3 million dollars in more than 2 years suddenly finds herself awash in more than twice that much cash in 2 weeks. Not unless a whole lot of prominent Democrats are writing her checks. And not unless she, overtly or not, promised them she'd help Hillary steal the election.
But wait, there's more proof that Hillary's harridan hordes are playing dirty. PA is doxing electors, leading to incessant harassment. Democrat Governor Tom Wolf, doing his best to one-up his convicted felon attorney general Kathleen Kane, released the names, addresses, and phone numbers of Trump's PA electors.
He didn't do this because he's for open government.
He did it to promote thuggery.
Remember all the holier than thou preening when Donald Trump said he "might not" accept the results of the election? Yeah, me neither. Because the preeners are now engaged in an all-out assault on our nation's electoral integrity.
Fortunately their machinations will amount to nought. But it goes to show us
just how low they'll sink, how they'll leave no stone unturned in their quest
for power. And thus they remind us of why we must remain eternally vigilant.
Today the uber-liberal Star-Ledger Editorial Board posted an opinion piece chastising Donald Trump for wanting to imprison flag burners.
In another pre-dawn Twitter purge, Donald Trump said our allegedly great democracy should throw flag-burners in jail or strip them of their citizenship.
One might dismiss this as visceral nonsense or just a shiny object for someone with the attention span of a compulsive 8-year-old, or maybe a distraction to keep his list of conflicts out of the news for few hours.
Actually, that tweet should be taken very seriously, not only because he needs to learn about the First and Fourteenth amendments, but because it captures how our next president feels about something as fundamental as freedom of expression.
OK, cool. It's their right. And they've got an endless supply of pixels.
Except, that "freedom of expression" thing doesn't apply to their comments section.
Here's what I posted:
How does the SLEB feel about Koran burning?
And Editor in Chief Tommy The Commie Moran deleted it faster than Hillary Clinton erased her email server.
Because liberals love flag burners. But they hate being called out for their hypocrisy. And nothing emphasizes their hypocrisy more than burning a Koran, which as we all know is a Hate Crime of epic proportions, and requires denunciation of Islamophobia as a matter of principle.
Except their Islamophobia is another man's anti-Americanism. And you can't get more anti-American than burning Old Glory.
Alas we don't blow shit up when our flag gets torched.
But wait, it's time for the pot to meet the kettle.
These are all attempts to delegitimize - and even criminalize - political opinion he doesn't share.
Because it's not like the SLEB and their lefty friends have spent decades deligitimizing, and the past 8 years criminalizing, opinions they don't share.
Oh, wait, yes it is. They're the real fascists.
In New York City it is illegal, punishable by massive fines, to refer to a "transgender" person by anything other than its preferred pronoun. You know, because government needs to enshrine a constitutional right to mental illness.
Throughout the Old South monuments to Confederate heroes are being torn down in the name of "tolerance." It's a Hate Crime to fly the Stars and Bars. But I suppose burning one is A-OK, right SLEB?
Across the length and breadth of this great nation it is illegal to refuse to bake a gay "wedding" cake.
And coincidentally today, the homofascist mafia has set their sights on Chip and Joanna Gaines, for the unforgivable crime of attending a church which condemns same-sex "marriage." A more wholesome couple you won't find, anywhere. There could be no better role models for our children, or their parents. They are the very embodiment of loving, caring, goodness.
But, gack!, they're "anti-gay!"
Chip and Joanna (and in fact all Christians) are the enemy, they cannot be allowed to earn a living or star in a widely popular TV show. Their thoughtcrimes are repulsive. The death penalty must be the only option.
That's the mentality the Star-Ledger defends whilst vilifying Donald Trump and erasing comments which do not conform to their progressive worldview.
And they wonder why no one, including me, subscribes to their rag anymore.
Will the last person to leave New Jersey please turn out the lights?
The population of the Garden State is shrinking, as productive taxpayers move out, replaced by a smaller number of low-income immigrants.
More than 200,000 residents left New Jersey last year, new Census data shows.
The state lost 17,000 more people than it gained back, as residents left for other states and overseas, according to the 2015 American Community Survey. The loss could signal potential future issues with its population and economy.
New Jersey residents — 227,000 of them — abandoned the state ranked dead last in income growth last year, and with the highest property taxes.
Most of what the state gained back came from foreign immigration, which netted the state 62,000 new residents last year. Earlier data suggests that many of those immigrants come from Asia, as the region accounted for 45 percent of new foreign migrants in 2014.
Most of our refugees ended up in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, North Carolina, and Texas. Which says to me, if you're leaving NJ for Kookyfornia, well, things here must be pretty bad. Those nuts just banned plastic grocery bags, and they don't have any water. Yet almost 13,000 people thought it was a better place to live than our not so fair state.
But those other states, they have vibrant economies. Us? We've got Chris Christie back, seeing as how his audition for Donald Trump's cabinet didn't go exactly as planned. Color me underwhelmed. He doesn't want to be here, and frankly, we don't want him to be here either.
Except, the only thing worse than a Governor Chris Christie is limousine liberal Phil Murphy, or God forbid John Wisniewski. Yet they're the front-runners to succeed Governor Gas Tax, who is inexplicably doing everything he can to torpedo the candidacy of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.
Once upon a time our state slogan was "New Jersey and You, Perfect
Together." Now it's "Get Out While The Getting Is Good."
Taking some time off from his rapidly diminishing role on Donald Trump's presidential transition team, NJ Governor Chris Christie returned to Trenton today to whack some common sense into our state's legislative Democrats. He vetoed a bill that would have granted unemployment insurance benefits to striking Verizon and casino workers.
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday nixed a bill that would have allowed striking workers to collect unemployment benefits.
The bill emerged during a six-week strike involving Verizon workers who walked off the job in protest of the telecommunications giant's contract demands. About 4,600 of the 40,000 East Coast employees on strike work in New Jersey. They returned to work in June.
Good. The Democrats think we're stupid and we'll gladly pay their unionista buddies to go on strike. Except that's what their precious union's strike fund is for. And in the Real World, if you can't afford to go on strike, don't go on strike.
Alas our reprieve might be short-lived. The Democrats have cleared the decks for limousine liberal Phil Murphy (aka Jon Corzine 2.0) to run for governor next year. And since the NJ GOP bench is, shall we say, weak thanks to Chris Christie's "troubles," it's likely he'll win, handing the reins of NJ government over to the Tax-And-Spend crowd.
But a lot can happen in a year. And a win's a win. So thanks governor. We're
glad you remembered where your office was. Don't be a stranger, OK?
The White House Correspondents Association has it's collective panties in a knot because President-elect Trump doesn't consult them, ever.
"The White House Correspondents' Association is deeply concerned by President-elect Donald Trump's decision to reject the practice of traveling with a "protective pool" of reporters for his first visit to Washington since the election," White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason said in a statement. "In addition to breaking with decades of historical precedent and First Amendment principles, this decision could leave Americans blind about his whereabouts and well-being in the event of a national crisis. A pool of reporters is in place and ready to cover President-elect Trump. The WHCA urges President-elect Trump to allow it to do its job, including being present for motorcade movements, meetings, and other interactions. Not allowing a pool of journalists to travel with and cover the next president of the United States is unacceptable."
Listen up you sanctimonious stenographer for the DNC, President-elect Trump knows where your loyalties lie, because they most certainly do not lie with "First Amendment principles." You hacks have no principles. You exposed yourselves as whoring cheerleaders for progressive Democrats and now you demand that the object of your derision bow before your preening self-importance?
Let's get something straight sport. You need Trump. Trump doesn't need you.
There's plenty of alternative media. And a good portion of that media isn't permeated by left-wing bias. Which is how Trump became President-elect in spite of your best efforts to coronate Hillary Clinton.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday that he would tell the Trump transition team that it has "a responsibility to communicate with the White House press corps."
Got a Constitutional citation for that "responsibility" Josh?
Didn't think so.
I have a feeling that President Trump will find a way to get his message out just fine, without filtering it through the JournoList clown show.
"Having a pool of reporters follow you around everywhere you go is inconvenient, occasionally annoying and takes a long time to get used to, but it serves an important purpose," Earnest said during the daily briefing. "And this White House has gone to great lengths to coordinate with all of you as you organize that effort and I would recommend that the incoming administration do the same."
The operative word there being "coordinate." We know all about the MSM / DNC coordination that's been going on. So tell me Mr. Journalist, will Glenn Thrush send his stories to President Trump for pre-approval? Will CNN secretly share their interview questions with him in advance? Will the LA Times bury an unflattering tape of his remarks?
I suspect not.
Because in the end your credibility is shot, beyond repair. Your elitist disdain for Trump and his voters cannot be denied. Like I said, he doesn't need you. And there really is no good reason he should even throw you a bone. I hope he banishes each and every one of you pressitutes to the wilderness where you can flounder in a pool of lost subscribers and diminishing revenue.
The MSM is dead, of a self-inflicted wound.
Yup, we stayed up until 3:30 AM to watch the victory speech. Sophie zonked out at around 1, but I woke up at 2:30 to tell her the good news.
God bless her, she made it to the school bus on time this morning!
Anyway, it's a good day to be an American. And since I'm basically running on coffee I'll just post some celebratory music to congratulate President-Elect Donald J. Trump.
We're gonna Make America Great Again!
She's a Clinton. Her definition of ethics depends on what the meaning of "is" is. But it's refreshing to know that at least some people inside her cocoon of sycophants are willing to call out her mendacity. An internal vetting document prepared by her campaign to examine her "vulnerabilities" was released this weekend by Wikileaks.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "disregarded ethics guidelines" to raise more than $72 million for the U.S. Pavilion at the World's Fair in Shanghai in 2010, taking money from big-name contributors who later "received favorable treatment" from her State Department and also contributed to her namesake foundation, according to a 2015 internal Clinton research document revealed Sunday by WikiLeaks.
"When soliciting contributions, Clinton had little consideration for ethics, as the corporations who were featured in Shanghai also contributed to her foundation and received accolades from the State Department," the document stated.
Campaign chairman Robby Mook emailed John Podesta to say she turned the U.S. Pavilion into the Hillary Clinton Hall Of Fame.
The corporate contributions were a boon for Clinton, giving her a public relations win as she helped save the privately-funded U.S. pavilion. But in doing so, Clinton allowed the corporations to become the centerpiece of an exhibit that is supposed to emphasize American values. As the Washington Post noted, the American pavilion was "larded with corporate advertising" but contained "no messages about democracy or freedom of expression or religious beliefs." In her haste to help herself and her corporate allies, Clinton forgot the purpose of American participation in events like the expo.
Oh she didn't "forget" the purpose of the expo. She used it to further her own interests, which is the only purpose she cares about. $72 million dollars buys a lot of influence, and she took good care of her corporate benefactors.
"Boeing contributed $2.25 million to the Shanghai Expo, while Clinton helped the company land a multi-billion [dollar] Russian deal."
"Procter & Gamble gave $3 million to the Shanghai & Expo [sic] & Millions to The Clinton Foundation; Was repaid with Corporate Excellence Award."
"Clinton solicited PepsiCo as one of the largest Shanghai Expo sponsors; PepsiCo committed same amount to Clinton Foundation projects."
"Alcoa, a Shanghai Expo contributor, pleaded guilty to foreign bribery charges facilitated by a major Clinton Foundation donor."
"Secretary Clinton was 'Advocate-In-Chief' for General Electric, which was one of the largest donors to the Shanghai Expo."
Here I'll bet you thought she'd be "Advocate-In-Chief" for you, right?
In a freshly Wikileaked exchange, Hillary Clinton's communications director Jennifer Palmieri admits that some Clinton Foundation donors probably did expect some favors for their money.
Writing to aides, including John Podesta, whose emails were hacked, Palmieri discourages having Clinton answer too many questions about foundation donations because '[t]here aren't great answers and in many cases not her place to answer them.'
Don't hold your breath waiting for her Palace Guard Media to ask too many questions though. They're not interested in her answers, especially the ones that "aren't great."
So tell me again why she should be promoted to the White House? Because she'll
use that position in the same way, to enrich herself and her cronies. As for
the American people, well, we're just in her way, and she won't hesitate to
squash us like the bugs she believes we are.
Well, now we know why Hillary had to delete those emails about Chelsea's wedding. Because the wedding was paid for by the Clinton Foundation, aka the family slush fund masquerading as a "charity."
As with many of the Doug Band email chains, the rabbit hole just got a little deeper today with Band accusing of Chelsea of "using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade" among other accusations. He also concludes with another veiled threat on the consequences "once we go down this road...."
But what else could we expect when their own lawyers warned that the Clinton Foundation was "more political operation than charity."
A third-party review of the Clinton Foundation found the charity operated "more like a political operation" than a philanthropy in Nov. 2011 — just a few months before the end of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
The revelation was included in a "confidential" memo prepared by Kumiki Gibson, then a lawyer at Williams & Connolly, the firm that has represented Clinton throughout her email controversy. That memo was published Saturday by WikiLeaks, along with hundreds of other emails taken from the inbox of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
"The Foundation (as opposed to its initiatives, which I have not reviewed) operates more like a political operation focused on immediate situations, tasks, and events, as opposed to a professional, strategic, and sustainable corporation committed to advancing its overall mission," the review stated.
Except, considering that the Clinton Foundation's "overall mission" is to advance the political career of Hillary Clinton, I'd say Mr. Gibson was being disingenuous.
In another revelation from yesterday's email dump we learn that back in 2011 the government of Qatar wanted to wish Bill Clinton a happy 65th birthday by presenting his foundation with a check for one million dollars. No strings. Just well wishes. Or so he and Hillary would have us believe. Because everyone whose wife isn't running for president gets million dollar checks from rich Arabs, right?
Mine must have gotten lost in the mail.
I know that nothing I say here will convince die-hard Clintonistas she's really corrupt to the core. So take it from one of her own friends. Brent Budowsky was a legislative assistant to Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentson and is an "advocacy journalist" with LA Progressive who claims he is Hillary's "friend."
Budowsky told Podesta how discouraged he was to learn "that problems with foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation continue, Hillary Clinton was still making paid speeches for hire this week, and Tony Rodham is hustling gold mining deals in Haiti." Tony Rodham is Hillary Clinton's brother.
"If there is one thing that could well bring down a Hillary Clinton candidacy, it is this cycle of money issues about which I am now feeling red alerts, loud bells, warning signals, and red flags," Budowsky wrote in a March 21, 2015, email to John Podesta. Wikileaks made the email public Saturday.
It remains to be seen whether or not Clinton Foundation corruption does indeed
"bring down" Hillary's candidacy. I sure hope it does, because the stench of
a Hillary Clinton presidency would forever taint our republic.
Councilmen Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli are the very models of fiscal restraint. Since joining the Caldwell Council they have worked tirelessly to hold the line on municipal spending, and twice they were responsible for zero-tax-increase budgets. In other years, the municipal portion of the tax levy's slight increases never came close to the state's permissable two percent cap.
So imagine my surprise when a mailer from Democrat challengers Steve Flack and Henderson Cole arrived in my mailbox yesterday.
What have we here?
Tom and Pat want to raise taxes?
News to me!
And probably news to them too.
Because it's an absolute falsehood.
Oh, and memo to you two supposed "businessmen" running as Democrats. The town council doesn't set rents. Not downtown, not anywhere. Landlords do that. So if you have a beef, take it up with the guys who own the properties. I understand quite a few of them are your fellow democrats.
But wait, there's more tomfoolery! The other side of their mailer lists five supposed goals of their candidacy. Number 3 rings a bell:
Uh oh. They're harping on the Community Center again. We know what that means. Fire Gordon Lawshe!
The Democrats finally figured out that coming right out and saying they want to fire Gordon isn't a winning strategy. So this time they're couching it in a nebulous paean to fiscal responsibility.
Don't be fooled. They've been looking for his head on a platter ever since he spearheaded the takedown of their party's council majority.
You remember when the Deocrats ran Caldwell, right? They ran it into the ground with shoddy record keeping, sloppy bill paying practices, whopping tax increases, and enough cronyism to make Hillary Clinton blush. We don't need to experience that again. Ever.
Re-elect Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli. Keep Caldwell moving in the right direction. You'll be glad you did.
As you head to the polls on November 8th bring along your health insurance bill as a reminder of what's at stake. Can you afford 4 more years of double digit premium increases?
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday.
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
"Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period," said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health care law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Liberal apologists are quick to blame "greedy insurance companies."
Except it's not "greedy insurance companies" who mandated expensive comprehensive health insurance plans covering all manner of "free" services.
And it's not "greedy insurance companies" who required the plans to take on all comers and charge them the same price regardless of risk of illness or pre-existing conditions.
Nope, that was President Barack The Magnificent, who's a firm believer in the Government Knows Best school of human interaction. According to him, the only choices we're allowed to make are choices he's pre-selected for us.
To which the "greedy insurance companies" responded, "No thanks."
Dwindling choice is another issue.
The total number of HealthCare.gov insurers will drop from 232 this year to 167 in 2017, a loss of 28 percent. (Insurers are counted multiple times if they offer coverage in more than one state. So Aetna, for example, would count once in each state that it participated in.)
Switching insurers may not be simple for patients with chronic conditions.
While many carriers are offering a choice of plan designs, most use a single prescription formulary and physician network across all their products, explained Pearson. "So, enrollees may need to change doctors or drugs when they switch insurers," she said.
If you like your doctor you can't keep your doctor.
If you like your life-saving medication you probably can't keep them either.
Adding to the pain, employer-sponsored plans will likely see very similar premium increases and reductions in choices because they're required to offer the same comprehensive coverages as the marketplace plans.
There really isn't anything surprising, though, about Obamacare's latest woes. They were widely predicted. Obamacare was ill-conceived — so ill-conceived that some suggest it was designed to fail and be replaced with a single-payer style system.
If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until Hillary makes it "free."
Obamacare's passage is an object lesson in what happens when Democrats control the White House and the Congress. The latest news should help drive that lesson home just in time for the election.
Yup. Just say "No" to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Vote Donald Trump for
President! Because he'll repeal Obamacare on day one, and save us money.
Corrupt weasels to the core. The FBI Deputy Director in charge of "investigating" Hillary's homebrew email server just happened to have a wife running for state senator in Virginia. And purely by coincidence Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe decided to donate almost $500,000 to her campaign.
A top Clinton ally's political organization reportedly gave nearly a half-million dollars to the campaign of the wife of an FBI official who would go on to help oversee the probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices — a tangled web likely to fuel Republican complaints about the investigation.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night on the connection. According to the Journal, finance records show Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's PAC gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign. The Virginia Democratic Party spent an additional $207,788 on the campaign, the Journal reported.
McCabe, who ended up losing to Republican incumbent Dick Black, is married to Andrew McCabe — the FBI's deputy director.
Oh, but there's nothing to see here, because Mr. McCabe asked for ethics advice from his FBI buddies, who of course said it was OK, and besides, he swears he paid no attention to his wife's campaign whatsoever.
He didn't have to be "involved" in his wife's campaign to know who was buttering her bread. And he'd have to be a fool to ignore such a large donation from someone so obviously connected to the subject of his investigation. He got the message, the same way his boss's boss Loretta Lynch got a message from Bill Clinton. Hillary has friends, and her friends are your friends. Don't screw that up.
And so like the good little weasel he is, Andrew McCabe fell in line.
McCabe continues to be involved in the email investigation aftermath. He was called last week to brief House oversight committee members on allegations — contained in newly released FBI files — that a State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" with the bureau in a bid to un-classify a particular server email.
The culture of corruption surrounding Hillary Clinton reeks. Pay to play, quid pro quo, back scratching, whatever you want to call it, it's dirty. Patrick Kennedy essentially offered the FBI a bribe to take some heat off Hillary. He won't be investigated, let alone prosecuted. If she's elected he'll be rewarded for his loyalty. That's how the Clintons roll.
Hillary herself hit up the King of Morocco for $12 million dollars while she was Secretary of State. Just because they're friends dontcha know. Not for political favors, that would be illegal! And besides, Russians!
Listen, this Morocco thing is so bad even her toadies at the Puffington Host had to take notice. She sold her office for personal gain and no amount of stonewalling can obviate that fact.
Are we really going to let her sell the presidency too?
Oh, right, Donald Trump said "pussy." Nevermind.
We know Hillary Clinton's plan for America. More government. Higher taxes. More regulations. Less freedom.
But until yesterday we hadn't really heard the specifics of Donald Trump's vision.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Trump's Gettysburg address may not be as lofty as Abraham Lincoln's. But that's OK. Because Donald Trump is a different kind of man. A man who's time has come.
We are not engaged in a great civl war. But yet it must be questioned, can our nation so conceived, endure? Can it survive the progressive onslaught? Or will we devolve into liberal tyranny?
Donald Trump stands athwart history yelling "stop."
As in, Stop Hillary Clinton. Stop the social justice warriors. Stop the regulatory state. Stop the erosion of our freedom. Stop crony capitalism. Stop blaming America. Stop Islamic terrorism. Stop illegal immigration.
While I don't agree with everything Mr. Trump posits, overall I can say his plan is more than a step in the right direction.
Step One: Drain the swamp!
FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
Aside from term limits, which have the unfortunate side affect of further empowering the unelected permanent bureaucracy, there's nothing in there that won't make America better. The revolving door between the DNC, the White House, the media, and K street must be slammed closed, forever.
Through her family foundation Hillary Clinton epitomizes foreigners and the well-connected purchasing influence over American politics. This must stop. She is beholden to her donors; no president or legislator should be so compromised.
Step Two: Trump's signature issue is trade, and he's laying out a bold platform of reform.
FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure
Solid proposals all. The Obama - Clinton energy provisos ensure higher prices for dwindling supply. Donald Trump understands that America needs to be a world leader in energy production, and that the chimera of "green energy" cannot ever be counted on. Hillary Clinton has bragged about putting coal miners out of work. Barack Obama laughs while saying electricity prices must "necessarily" skyrocket. Their contempt for average Americans is palpable, and they cannot be allowed to ruin millions of lives in pursuit of maybe preventing a dubious and unproven future calamity. People are hurting now. Worrying about what might, or more likely might not happen 100 years from now doesn't put food on their tables.
Step Three: Respect the Constitution.
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won't take them back
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
What's not to like about any of that?
Barack Obama has ruled by executive fiat. His pen and phone can be undone, and Donald Trump's pen and phone are mightier than Obama's.
Justice Scalia was a giant among men. His replacement must be a constitutional scholar steeped in respect for tradition and the rule of law. You all heard Hillary Clinton at the last debate, espousing a judiciary which issues decrees based on emotion and liberal demagoguery. That's a recipe for totalitarian disaster. The constitution limits government power; Hillary Clinton wants a Supreme Court which espouses unlimited government power.
As for illegal immigration, the power of the purse is the ultimate federal cattle prod. Sanctuary cities flout the rule of law, so they don't deserve to share in our tax dollars. Remember when Frank Lautenberg withheld federal dollars from states which didn't implement a 55 mph speed limit? Or when he forced us all to increase the drinking age to 21? Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. No federal dollars for sanctuary cities!
And I really like his stab at nations which refuse to take back their criminal citizens. No visas for you! No students. No diplomats. No guest workers. No one from your pissant little shithole gets in until you take responsibility for your own riff raff. America First baby, because you need us way more than we need you.
Ditto for the Mohammedan hordes. Send your refugees to live with their Arab brothers. They've got lots of money and plenty of room. Plus they'll be closer to home making it easier for them to go back when President Trump crushes ISIS.
Step Four: A bold legislative agenda.
I won't quote the whole ten point plan, because this post is long enough already. But please do go and read it; there's a boatload of good stuff in there. Repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market reforms. Middle class tax relief. School choice, and a return of local schools to local control. Build the wall. Rebuild our military. Strengthen our police and dismantle criminal gangs.
It's a lot to do. It's a bold plan. If he accomplishes half of it he'll be well on his way to making America great again.
Donald Trump for president! Spread the word, because Hillary's media
cheerleaders sure won't.
Make the election about Trump's policies and he'll win in a landslide.
Behind the scenes, Democrats don't believe their own bullshit. And DNC Chair Donna Brazile got caught telling the truth.
In an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta from February 2016, released Friday by WikiLeaks, now-acting chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile gave a frank and honest assessment of the Obama economy — it wasn't good.
"I think people are more in despair about how things are … yes new jobs but they are low wage jobs," she admits. "HOUSING is a huge issue. Most people pay half of what they make to rent," she continued.
Guess who's not getting invited to the coronation?
Nevermind that guys like me have been saying the same thing for 8 years now.
But then, if Hillary is elected, we'll likely look back on this time as The Good Old Days. Because if anything her policies will be even more distrastrous.
She'll tax us into "prosperity."
She'll put 12 million illegal aliens on the dole and push millions more Americans into poverty.
She'll pass out "free" college degrees like candy. (Repeat after me slackers, "Do you want fries with that?" It'll come in handy when your free degree turns out to be worthless.)
Speaking of "free," she'll, uh, fix Obamacare by replacing it with Single Payer Hillarycare. And if you think health care is expensive now, just wait 'til it's "free."
She'll finish Obama's war on cheap energy, so I hope you'll enjoy paying $8 a gallon for gas. And deciding whether to feed your kids or heat your house, there's a fun choice we'll all look forward to making, right?
Oh, and don't forget how Obama quietly and without fanfare just made air conditioning illegal. Not that you'll be able to afford it, but still, don't expect Hillary to feel sorry for you.
Because face it, if you don't come bearing a 6-figure check made out to her family foundation she won't give you the time of day. Heck, the King of Morocco dropped $12 million into her lap and all he got was a visit from Chelsea. Oh, wait, if you believe that's all he got, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
Hillary Clinton has made a career out of influence peddling. She grabs the "quid" from quid pro quo, if you get my drift. She'll turn the White House into a money laudering operation that'll make Columbian drug lords blush.
I guess that's her idea of "economic stimulus." Stimulate Hillary's economy! But without the trickle-down part of course.
The fact that so many people are willing to let her get away with it just blows my mind.
Donald Trump said "pussy." What's a little corruption compared to that?
In a recently released email exchange two of Hillary Clinton's top aides openly mocked Catholics.
A top spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign mocked Catholics and evangelical Christians in a 2011 email exchange exposed by WikiLeaks this week.
In the exchange reported Tuesday night on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File", Jennifer Palmieri, now the Clinton campaign's director of communications, says that politically conservative Catholics "think [Roman Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
That snide remark was in response to a message from John Halpin, of the uber-liberal Center for American Progress. He was deriding Rupert Murdock's decision to raise his children in the Catholic faith.
"Ken Auletta's latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the [Wall Street Journal], are raising their kids Catholic," Halpin wrote. "Friggin' Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus."
"It's an amazing bastardization of the faith," Halpin added. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Wow. Don't hold back guys, tell us how you really feel.
Wait. It gets worse. Much worse.
John Podesta, Hillary's national campaign chairman, called for an end to the Catholic Church's "middle ages dictatorship" by fomenting an uprising of astroturf groups bankrolled by the DNC.
This is mind-boggling stuff folks. It means Hillary's disdain for the Catholic faith permeates her inner circle. And don't forget, she's already on record demanding that Holy Mother Church reverse its stance against abortion on demand.
Hillary Clinton essentially [said] that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.
"Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we've passed don't count for much if they're not enforced," Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion.
"Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper," Clinton argued. "Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."
Got that? A President Hillary will demand that Catholics embrace abortion, just like President Obama tried to do with The Little Sisters Of The Poor. The Sisters won that round. But if we allow Hillary to pack the Supreme Court with radical pro-abortion leftists, it's game over for the Catholic Church.
I'll say it again. A President Hillary Clinton could easily make adherence to the Catholic faith an illegal act. She'll force us to accommodate same-sex "marriages." She'll force us to recognize 57 different genders and open our bathrooms and locker rooms to every new flavor of the month. She'll demand we finance abortion, contraception, sterilization, and embryonic stem cell research. All at the point of a gun. All with no recourse except prison.
That is not the America our Founders envisioned.
That cannot be the America we pass on to our children.
Hillary Clinton will put the government above our religious faith. She's Henry VIII in a pantsuit, commanding the Pope and the faithful to submit to her will. Her disdain for our First Amendment rights must be stopped, no matter the cost. She hates us, and we cannot afford to turn the other cheek.Wolverines!
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