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For 7½ years Barack Obama has promised us that recovery is just around the corner. Except around every corner there's always more bad news.
Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.
The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy — grew at a 1.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. That was far below the 2.6 percent GDP growth rate that economists had been forecasting.
The government also revised down its estimate of first-quarter growth to 0.8 percent from 1.1 percent. The economy has now grown at lackluster rates for three straight quarters.
It's interesting that their forecasts always unexpectedly fail to match reality. It's also interesting how their initial reports inevitably get revised downward.
So don't put a lot of stock in that 1.2% figure. It's almost certainly too rosy an estimate.
And don't forget that Hillary Clinton promises to keep on keepin' on, as in she'll follow Obama's economic playbook, chapter and verse. Are you ready for 4, or God-forbid 8 more years of economic malaise?
Ask yourself, are you really better off today that you were in 2007?
I know I'm not.
If you're being honest, you'll admit you aren't either.
Keep that in mind on November 8th.
The Democratic Party truly is the party of infanticide.
On Wednesday evening, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and told the story of the time she aborted her first child because it was an inconvenient time to become a parent.
"To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust, and the chance to chart our own path," Hogue said during her DNC speech. "I was fortunate enough to have these things when I found out I was pregnant years ago. I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me — to have an abortion and get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community." At this point, applause and cheers could be heard in the crowd. "Now years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children," Hogue continued.
Some day one of her "incredible children" will read about his dead older sibling and wonder if Mommy will discard him too if he becomes inconvenient.
Cheering the death of a child is beyond the pale. And yet, it's just another day in Hillary Clinton's world. What's one more when you've already buried 57 million, right?
They know it's wrong, they're just not willing to admit they know. So they shout ever the louder, to drown out their consciences.
Nancy Pelosi knows. And she ridicules the pro-life movement.
Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton among white men because guns, gays, and God, according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"I think that, so many times, white — non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G's, God being the woman's right to choose," Pelosi told PBS's Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday.
Yes, Mizz Pelosi, God's not OK with murdering your unborn child. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Go ahead, look it up if you don't believe me.
Jesus is especially fond of little children; I remember the inscription over the door to Saint Catherine's School — Suffer the little children to come unto me. Surely as a "devout Catholic," Tim Kaine could explain that one to you.
Oh, right, he wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Sounds like he, and you, could use a refresher course in the Catechism.
Take the first step. Tell your delegates to stop
booing God. Let Him into your hearts. He'll take it from there.
Hillary Clinton, who spent the entirety of her presidential primary campaign battling allegations over her improper use of a personal email server while secretary of state, once again faces an email headache just days before her crowning as the Democratic presidential nominee.
This time, the leak of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee, some of which indicated an anti-Bernie Sanders bias at the very top of the organization, led to the resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Some "resignation." Because now Debbie's working directly for Hillary. Assuming, of course, she wasn't already doing that at the DNC.
Clinton emailed supporters and said that Schultz would join the campaign as "honorary chair" of the 50-state program to ensure Democrats win elections nationwide.
Sure Debbie got booed off the stage in Philadelphia this morning, but hey, she'll be perfect as Hillary's surrogate on the campaign trail!
The weekend email dump is damaging, to say the least. And it puts paid to any notion that Hillary's home-brew email server wasn't breached. Because if the DNC can be hacked, you can bet your bottom dollar an unprotected server in a closet was compromised, more than once.
So, we now know the DNC was totally in the tank for Hillary, disparaging Bernie at every opportunity. How's that endorsement working out for you now Senator?
Speaking of paid surrogates, the leader of Black Lives Matter, DeRay McKesson was literally on Debbie's payroll. And here I'll bet you thought BLM was just a grassroots movement that sprung up spontaneously right before this election.
The hits, they just keep on coming.
We also learned that while Hillary will spend the week lamenting how money in politics in bad, at the DNC money talks. DWS perfected pay-to-play; if you don't pay, you don't get to play.
The documents reveal the specific benefits being offered to the Democratic Party's wealthiest supporters as they gather to officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president.
Those benefits will include opportunities to advance donors' interests in closed-door meetings with top policymakers, even as Clinton decries the influence of money in the American political process.
Documents detailing the various convention donor packages were attached to some of the 20,000 emails obtained in a hack of the Democratic National Committee released last week by the group Wikileaks. The release has plunged the party into turmoil.
All of which again led Hillary to decry how she's held to a different standard than "everybody else." The FBI would certainly agree…
On the one hand, I'm surprised she admits to having any standards at all. But c'mon, holding politicians' feet to the fire is a time-honored tradition of democracies everywhere. Hillary has spent her life skipping from scandal to scandal, and now it's a newsflash when someone questions her credibility?
But that's one of feminism's hypocrisies, and great paradox of Hillary's quest
to be Vagina In Chief. They want to be equal to men, until they're treated just
like another man, at which point they either cry, faint, or shout "misogyny."
So man-up Hillary. Because the scrutiny you're getting is par for the course
with Republicans, men and women. Ask Sarah Palin.
Remember when Vinny Prieto promised us a sales tax cut next year if we'd just let him hike the gas tax this year? And remember how that turned out to be a big fat lie?
Well, Vinny's back, this time with Steve Sweeney in tow, and boy oh boy do they have a deal for us! Is it a good deal? Bwahahahahaha!
The joint proposal would gradually eliminate the estate tax, increase a popular tax credit for the working poor, raise the tax exemption for retirement and pension income, provide a small tax deduction for spending on gas taxes and create a tax exemption for veterans.
The tax cuts are designed to offset a new 23 cent per gallon increase on gasoline sold in New Jersey that would boost New Jersey's second-lowest in the nation gas tax, 14.5 cents per gallon, to 37.5 cents. According to lawmakers, that will fund a 10-year, $20 billion Transportation Trust Fund.
So we get boned up the gas tank in exchange for what? Crumbs?
I think I'll curb my enthusiasm.
The latest, bicameral offering phases out the estate tax, raising the threshold from $675,000 to $2 million on Jan. 1, to $5.4 million in 2018, and eliminating it entirely in 2020.
Lawmakers have said they expect the estate tax cut will be transformational for New Jersey, which has the lowest threshold in the U.S. It was also considered key for recruiting Republican support for the gas tax hike.
The deal will raise the Earned Income Tax Credit to 40 percent of the federal credit and increase fivefold the amount of retirement and pension income excluded from gross income taxes.
A tax deduction once included in the Senate bill is making a comeback. It will allow New Jerseyans making up to $100,000 to deduct up to $500 of their gas tax costs. And there's a brand new $3,000 personal exemption for honorably discharged veterans.
Their estate tax phaseout won't survive the next gubernatorial election, for the same reasons the sales tax cut was never going to be enacted. Any "Republican" whose vote is swayed by this charade is an idiot.
Raising the EITC is just more wealth redistribution, ie payments to poor inner-city Democrats to ensure their votes don't wander off in search of Donald Trump in November. Ditto for that handout to the AARP set.
And then in what's gotta be the biggest insult of all, they're flat out declaring that anyone earning more than $100K a year is rich and underserving of any tax cut at all. In other words, typical Democratic Party class warfare.
The only real cut in the list is the $3,000 personal exemption for veterans, and that's probably only in there because Prieto and Sweeney don't actually know any vets, and so they're thinking hardly anyone in the state will take them up on the offer.
No thanks fellas. Your plan stinks.
Cut spending. Use that to finance your transportation boondoggles. But then, as Glenn Reynolds is fond of saying, that would provide you guys with insufficient opportunities for graft.
UPDATE 22 Jul 2016 15:46:
Well, this is awkward.
Apparently this "deal" wasn't run by Chris Christie before being announced by Sweeney and Prieto.
Brian T. Murray, Governor Chris Christie's spokesman, told MMM in an email that Christie has not seen the Transportation Trust Fund legislation that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced today.
And shortly thereafter, Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined him on the ticket.
You will note that this blogger was, briefly, in the #NeverTrump camp.
Then reality set in.
The bottom line? Pond scum would be preferable to Hillary Clinton.
So I conclude, not without some reluctance, that the Wall Street Journal's Bill McGurn is right: the best case for Donald Trump is this: the alternative is Hillary Clinton.
The economy? "There is zero reason to believe a Clinton administration would be any improvement over the past eight years, from taxes and spending and regulation to ObamaCare. "
Social issues? Hillary Clinton is "the candidate who touts the Planned Parenthood view of human life, who sees nothing wrong with forcing nuns to provide employees with contraceptives, and who supports the Obama administration's bid to compel K-through-12 public schools to open girls' bathrooms to males who identify as female."
Foreign affairs? Think the Russian "reset" (how's that working out?) Benghazi, and the "deal" with Iran.
The Supreme Court? To ask the question is to answer it.
In short, as McGurn concludes, Donald Trump "represents a huge risk." But -- and it's a large "but" -- "honesty requires that this risk be weighed against a clear-eyed look at the certainties a Hillary Clinton administration would bring."
There are 6,000 some odd political appointees residing in the Executive Branch. Staffers in DOJ, EPA, IRS, Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, the military, and elsewhere. Barack Obama has filled those slots with Lois Lerner and Elizabeth Warren clones. Hillary Clinton would keep them in place. Donald Trump can't wait to fire them all.
Meanwhile Turkey is imploding, with Recep Erdogan purging moderates while moving our NATO partner into an alliance with every other Middle Eastern Islamic dictatorship. Hillary Clinton allowed that to happen.
Barack Obama has set the stage for open warfare on police. Black Lives Matter, regardless of their stated intentions, has become a terrorist organization. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee, Kansas City, the story is the same — an "activist" took it upon himself to kill policemen, in order to protest "injustice."
Those cops have families. Those cops did nothing wrong. And yet Barack Obama has refused to light the White House blue to memorialize them even though he didn't hesitate to put up rainbow lights in celebration of sodomite "marriage" or purple lights for a dead rock star. No doubt Hillary Clinton agrees with his racist, and divisive decision, since she bashed the police during a recent speech to the NAACP.
Then there's the curious case of Twitter banning conservatives, most recently Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos. As a private media company they are, of course, free to serve whomever they wish. (Unlike, say, a baker or a florist or a photographer, but I digress...) But what happens when Hillary Clinton finishes her attack on the the First Amendment by installing a version of Twitter's Orwellian Trust And Safety Council at the FCC, with the power to "ban" people from using the Internet?
Like I said, scary stuff. And reason enough to vote for Donald Trump.
Obamanomics, Christie-nomics, and small business are not a winning combination in New Jersey.
The state lost more than 9,500 of its roughly 180,000 small businesses from 2004 to 2014 as it struggled to recover from the downturn. Every county besides Ocean lost small businesses over the decade.
The economy has discouraged businesses owners across the state, said Deborah Smarth, chief operating officer of the NJ Small Business Development Centers.
"People have put off that decision because they don't want the risk," she said.
Meanwhile, New Jersey policies have discouraged growth, according to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, which ranked the state 49th in the country for its small business climate, mainly due to taxes.
Working in a high cost state, many business owners have put financing and taxes at the top of their list of concerns, Smarth said.
"In recoveries, small businesses are the ones that have been job savors and creators," Smarth said. "Yet the New Jersey government has not been friendly to small businesses."
The Democrats in our state legislature have a "solution," of course. Raise taxes. They're trying to hike the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon, and there's the perennial Millionaire's Tax they trot out whenever one of their pet projects looks like it's running out of money. Property taxes are among the highest in the nation, the sales tax bites everybody every day, and New Jersey even charges an Exit Tax when you wise up and leave our progressive utopia.
Add in the burden of skyrocketing Obamacare premiums, onerous and duplicative environmental regulations, surcharges for "affordable housing," a $15 per hour minimum wage, mandatory paid sick time, and a toll booth on every street corner, and well, it's no wonder people aren't flocking here to hang out their shingle.
"New Jersey government has not been friendly to small businesses" has
gotta be the Understatement Of The Year. But wait, whichever of the dueling
Steves (Sweeney or Fulop) becomes our next governor, you can be certain of
one thing — small businesses in New Jersey will look back on this past
decade as The Good Old Days as he turns the citizenry into an ATM for the
gold-plated public employee pension and benefits fund.
Sorry Sandersnistas, your guy doesn't actually have principles.
Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary Clinton at her Portsmouth, New Hampshire, rally on Tuesday, Clinton's campaign confirmed to The Associated Press.
The Vermont senator's campaign announced his participation minutes after the Clinton team's email hit inboxes, with both announcements sharing the same language that the two former primary rivals will "discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."
I guess he forgot the part about her being unqualified for the presidency.
"She has been saying lately that she thinks I am quote-unquote not qualified to be president," Sanders said. "Let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don't believe that she is qualified if she is through her super PAC taking tens of millions of dollars in special-interest money. I don't think you are qualified if you get $15 million through Wall Street for your super PAC."
She's still in the pocket of Wall Street fat cats Bernie. For way more than $15 million too. Maybe she shared some of that cash with you to help you change your mind?
"I don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq," he continued, referring to Clinton's 2002 vote as a U.S. senator from New York.
Sanders also criticized Clinton's past support of trade deals, suggesting that that also undermines her ability to be president.
I'm thinking these quotes need to be in every GOP attack ad between now and November. Hillary's record in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and Russia is one of failure and chaos. Everything she touched while Secretary of State has gotten worse. Her trade deals have cost American jobs. And her Wall Street donor list is a who's who of the .001%, belying Bernie's populist posturing.
A guy with principles wouldn't endorse all that.
A guy with principles would take a second look at Jill Stein's offer to take over the Green Party's nomination instead.
But then, if you thought Bernie Sanders had principles, you didn't really know him all that well.
He played you for suckers. He was only in the race to bask in your adulation while the Secret Service fed his ego. Now he expects you to follow him into the abyss behind a congenital liar cum career criminal in the interest of "party unity."
Pretty wild coming from someone Hillary once
said she's "not even sure" is actually a Democrat, eh?
To almost no one's surprise, Obama's DNC-controlled Justice Department accepted the recommendation of his puppet FBI Director and formally announced the closure of their investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.
The Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.
The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey's recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey's public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.
To say I'm disgusted is a gross understatement.
Then Hillary and Barry just "happen" to schedule their first joint campaign appearance on the very day the FBI director is set to announce his findings. These events don't happen on a whim, or without weeks of advance notice. So for sure everybody already knew she was going to skate.
Which means, of course, that the FBI "interview" at her house on Saturday was just for show. The investigation was already concluded. The decision to clear her had already been made.
In other words, the fix was in. The rule of law is dead. Mr. Comey's cowardly decision will go down as one of the government's worst assaults on truth.
After describing clear evidence of extensive mishandling of classified national security information, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI will not recommend indicting former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. This is naked crony government, ugly and exposed.
Laws are for the little people.
Hillary Clinton is Too Big To Jail.
It doesn't matter that the evidence of her guilt is plain for all to see.
But it might matter that buried in Comey's remarks is this little gem, in which he obfuscates Hillary's guilt.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
If Donald Trump and the GOP are smart they'll seize on this double standard, and convict Hillary in the court of public opinion.
Paul Ryan is, to his credit, connecting those dots.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday formally urged Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deny presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton access to classified information.
Ryan, in a letter to Clapper, said he wants Clinton prohibited from receiving classified information "for the duration of her candidacy for president."
"There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI's findings," Ryan wrote.
Of course Clapper will demur. He's a politician who's also looking to keep his job for four more years. But that will just give the GOP another talking point — what level of "carelessness" would lead Clapper to deny someone access to more classified information?
Move over "Crooked Hillary." Her new nickname ought to be "Careless Hillary." Because do we really want someone that reckless and negligent in the White House?
You know what? This guy is on to something.
And in the meantime I think Woodward and Bernstein owe Richard Nixon an apology.
It's a scene that's played out 6 times already. But that didn't stop Loretta Weinberg and her harridan caucus from again passing a budget bill that includes $7.5 million taxpayer dollars earmarked for the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood.
And with a stroke of his veto pen, Chris Christie nixed it for the 7th straight year.
Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday [...] that would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010.
In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature.
"Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's veto statement.
The vetoes did not come as a surprise. This is the seventh time the governor rebuffed efforts to restore the $7.5 million that had been shared by more than 50 clinics providing health screenings, birth control and other heath services.
"Birth control" is of course their euphemism for abortion. Planned Parenthood is in the infanticide business. Period. All that other stuff is ancilliary, and ephemeral. Baby parts are profitable; condoms, not so much.
According to their audited financial statement, Planned Parenthood took in more than $230 million dollars last year. And they've got $284 million in net assets behind that. So they're not exactly poverty stricken. They don't need New Jersey's $7.5 million.
Or to put it another way, PP could easily cover that $7.5 million and restore those supposedly "vital" health services. That is, if they actually wanted to help women rather than play politics.
But politics it is, because to a virtue-signalling liberal the appearance of
"doing something" is always better than actually getting something done. So
we'll see you again next year Loretta. And you'll go 0 for 8.