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Has anyone seen free market health care reform? I seem to recall a certain political party promising free market health care reform if Donald Trump won the presidency.
Instead they delivered Obamacare Lite.
So let's get right into the objections.
Refundable tax credits are just subsidies by another name. Replacing one entitlement with another is not my definition of "reform."
Paul Ryan is touting his Medicaid cuts, but what he isn't telling you is that he's replacing them with a $100 Billion dollar slush fund for "high risk" state by state insurance pools. Meh. That's a lot of cash that'll be easy pickings for sticky-fingered bureaucrats. And it's not "saving" us anything.
But I could probably live with this plan if that's all it does in "repealing" Obamacare. Alas, the GOP definition of "repeal" must be different from mine, because they're retaining 3 of Obamacare's core provisions.
Lazy slackers will still get to sponge off their parents' insurance up through age 26. Sheesh, by age 26 I owned my first house and wouldn't have dreamed of saddling my parents with my bills. Why are today's twenty-somethings different?
And speaking of saddling someone else with your bills, the ridiculous pre-existing condition mandate remains in force. Look, for the 127,415th time, "insurance" for pre-existing conditions is merely a way for forcing me into paying your bills. When you have a pre-existing condition your costs are known, but Obamacare lite refuses to price your plan accordingly.
Now Paul Ryan et al do make one sop to reality here, if you have a pre-existing condition they require you to maintain continuous coverage or pay a 30% penalty. Which is good as far as it goes, but it still means you're rated as if you're not already sick when you're up for renewal. No actuary in his right mind would sign off on that.
Lastly, and most worrisome, Obamacare Lite preserves the ten minimum essential benefits mandate at the heart of Obamacare's escalating cost structure. So no, we can't choose the plan that's right for us, because every plan will still be required to cover "free" mammograms and birth control, pediatric dental (essential for a 59 year old guy like me!), and a laundry list of feel-good "preventative" services like diet counseling and anti-smoking incentives.
So much for being able to once again purchase a catastrophic care plan and self-insure for the routine stuff.
For that matter Obamacare Lite leaves out all the free-market reforms Republicans have said they wanted. Insurance still won't be sold across state lines, preserving 51 petty fiefdoms and forcing insurers to create a multitude of similar yet distinct plans. There are no association health plans either, which is yet another way for individuals to band together and reduce costs. And nowhere in this bill is any mention of tort reform.
Frankly I don't see this plan reducing my costs at all. It's essentially a full surrender to the forces of permanent liberalism.
I've already shared my skepticism that the bill, which doesn't actually start repealing the major spending provisions of Obamacare until the 2020 presidential election, would actually end up repealing much in practice. But for the sake of argument, let's just assume the plan gets implemented exactly as written.
Supporters of the bill could argue that it does make changes to Obamacare — repealing taxes, reducing spending, and scaling back some mandates and regulations. There are even a few areas in which one could argue the bill moves health policy in a more conservative direction relative to the pre-Obamacare status quo. It provides for expanded health savings accounts and, though it would spend more money than otherwise would have been the case before Obamacare, it would overhaul Medicaid into a program in which states are given a per capita grant and provided the flexibility to run their own programs.
But at the same time, the GOP bill preserves much of the regulatory structure of Obamacare; leaves the bias in favor of employer healthcare largely intact; replaces Obamacare's subsidies with a different subsidy scheme; and still supports higher spending for Medicaid relative to what was the case before Obamacare.
Big Government Republicans are just as execrable as Big Government Democrats. And what we have here is a product of Big Government Republicans.
We can do better.
We must do better.
Repeal Obamacare, in its entirety.
Then, open health care to the free market. Stop treating health insurance
as if it's health care. Trust people to decide what services and
benefits they want to pay for. Free doctors from reams of regulations and
let them practice medicine. It's easy if you try.
Thanks to a recent Executive Order from President Trump the Obamacare individual mandate is no longer mandatory.
Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.
The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a "shared responsibility payment." The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.
For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled "silent returns" and rejected.
Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.
Yowza! The individual mandate is dead! And with it, the funding "glue" that John Roberts decided was necessary to hold Obamacare together is gone, perhaps for good.
And if this news isn't enough to bury Obamacare, how about one of the nation's largest insurers pulling the plug on the exchanges?
While Republicans continue to grapple with plans to repeal and replace Obamacare and stabilize health insurance rates, Humana is the first major insurer to say it is dropping out of the individual market for 2018.
"Based on our initial analysis of data associated with the company's health-care exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, we continue to see further signs of an unbalanced risk pool," said Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, on a conference call with analysts Tuesday. "Therefore, the company has decided that it cannot continue to offer this coverage for 2018."
Translation — we're losing too much money on old, sick people. Which is what everyone with a brain said would happen when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi foisted this debacle onto us.
Did they listen? No. And so here we are, in the final stages of Obamacare's death spiral.
All we need to do now is wait, and get ready for
the GOP replacement, coming soon to a congressional committee hearing room
Three New Jersey Democrats think they've found a sure-fire way to sidestep President Trump's plan to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities — have NJ taxpayers make up the difference.
New Jersey lawmakers from immigrant-rich Hudson County on Tuesday announced a bill that would provide state aid to sanctuary cities denied federal funds for failing to comply with immigration rules.
The bill was introduced in both houses of the legislature on Tuesday by State Sen. Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, all Democrats from the 33rd District.
The legislation, S-3007 in the Senate and A-4590 in the Assembly, would allow municipalities or counties denied federal funds to apply to the state Commissioner of Community Affairs for a "dollar-for-dollar" match to compensate for the withheld federal money.
Let me put this in words you three turkeys can understand.
No. Way. Jose.
The people of Union City and the 33rd District may have voted for you, and you might think your loyalties lie more with illegal aliens and less with your taxpaying constituents, but that's not my problem, it's theirs. And I stand with President Trump in wanting to see equal enforcement of our immigration laws. Which means if anyone should be on the hook for your virtue signalling, it's the people in your District, and not the rest of us.
Then let's see how they feel about your activism when you're raiding their pockets. Because I'm thinking they're not gonna be too pleased.
Fortunately Governor Christie would be insane to sign this bill into law.
So it's all just grandstanding on the part of Hudson County progressives, for
now. But if NJ's voters are dumb enough to put Phil Murphy into the governor's
office next year then throwing tax dollars at illegal aliens will be the
least of our problems.
I don't understand the idea of welcoming criminals into your town. But I'm not a liberal. The mayor of Prospect Park, NJ is, and he's opening the gates and beckoning the barbarians inside.
Prospect Park Mayor, Mohamed T. Khairullah, signed an executive order to reassure residents that they will be protected from President Donald J. Trump's executive order to ban green card and visa holders, along with refugees, regardless of any resident's immigration status.
Break the law, we won't care!
His name's Mohamed, so I'm guessing if someone breaks Sharia law, he'll care, a lot. Immigration law, not so much.
In his executive order, he made it clear that all citizens, regardless if immigrant, refugee, green or visa card holder, are safe in Prospect Park and will not turn anyone to the federal government unless they have committed unlawful actions.
Yo, Chief, "citizens" implies "valid American." Ergo, no issue re immigration, green cards, visas, or refugee status. On the other hand, overstaying a visa, or sneaking into the US, they're "unlawful actions." Really, you could look it up. Then there's jihad; it's pretty "unlawful" too, not that you'd rat out your friends, right?
So it looks like Prospect Parkistan is now a safe haven for anyone looking to
hide out from DHS, no matter why. What could go wrong?
Barack Obama's open borders are closed until further notice.
Don't expect them to re-open any time soon either.
First there was The Wall, then President Trump signed an Executive Order today suspending visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries known to harbor radical Islamic terrorists: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.
Naturally the usual suspects are aghast.
American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero blasted Trump's plan as unconstitutional.
"'Extreme vetting' is just a euphemism for discriminating against Muslims," Romero said in a statement issued moments after the signing. "Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions."
The "minority religion" of which he speaks is, of course, Christianity. Lefties hate Christians. And Barack Obama's government prevented persecuted Christians living in majority Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
President Trump vows to reverse that punitive and ill-conceived policy. Because "extreme vetting" should apply to the populations that breed terrorists, not to the folks who are victims of Islamic terrorism.
In an interview with CBN, Trump said persecuted Christians from Syria would get priority.
"They've been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible."
And right on cue, a slowdown on Muslim immigration is labeled as a "ban."
"These actions taken by Donald Trump are tantamount to a Muslim ban," Abed A. Ayoub, the legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. "This is the Muslim ban that was promised by him on the campaign trail."
Yo Abed, quick, who's the policy director for the Saudi-Christian Anti-Discrimination Committee?
I'll give you a hint. If he existed, he'd already be dead.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees that you, your gutter religion, and your pedophile prophet's ramblings are free to associate anywhere, anytime, anyhow. No one is "banning" Muslims. No one is shutting down your mosques or taxing your congregants. There are no "Christianity police" forcing hijab-wearing women to don bikinis.
And if you report a crime, you don't need to find 4 Christian witnesses before the police will take a report.
So tell me again how persecuted you are.
The plight of Christians in Muslim lands is real, and heart-breaking.
The "plight" of Muslims in the U.S. is known as the American Dream.
Pardon me if I don't feel bad for you.
And I won't apologize for wanting President Trump to help the thousands of
Christians your co-religionists are persecuting day and night. You wanna
help Muslim refugees? Call the Saudi embassy. Or call the Iranians, I hear
they're flush with cash thanks to your buddy the former president. But don't
expect us to take in any more Muslims; we've already done are part. If you
don't like that, well, you're free to go back to Mecca.
The thing that struck me most about today is how President Trump kept saying "we" and "us." Not "I." And not in the context of "this is not who we are" either.
He's genuinely proud to be an American. He's ready to work for us.
As one of his first 3 official acts he signed an Executive Order proclaiming a National Day of Patriotism. Pride in America is something we haven't seen in at least 8 years. It's a nice feeling to have it back. Because America is the greatest country on earth. America is special. America is that shining city on a hill.
To borrow a phrase, it's morning in America again.
The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And President Trump spoke eloquently.
Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
This presidency isn't about him. It's about us.
He made it clear that he sees power in The People, not in Washington, DC, and certainly not in himself.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
He spoke with conviction. And sincerity.
A nation exists to serve its citizens.
Such a simple, and yet immensely powerful truth. Has our nation served her citizens? Or special interests? I think you know the answer.
And he issued a new decree, "to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power" — America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
America First. Write it down. Remember it.
Then he let us know that we're all in this together. That he will be the president for all Americans.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, "how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity."
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
Again, simple words. Yet immensely powerful words too. America will be unstoppable. America will be great again. Because The People will be united.
Donald Trump is the captain of our ship. And once a long time ago during my childhood I watched a TV show where a different ship's captain captured the essense of We The People.
It is called Kirk's greatest speech, even if the episode itself is corny and contrived. It's a speech that I believe Donald Trump would heartily endorse, because I heard echoes of James T. Kirk from him today.
This was not written for chiefs. (general consternation) Hear me! Hear this! Among my people, we carry many such words as this from many lands, many worlds. Many are equally good and are as well respected, but wherever we have gone, no words have said this thing of importance in quite this way. Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We The People.
There's what this administration will proudly be all about. We. The. People.
God Bless America!
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.
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