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TRUMP GOP TAX CUTS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

By ROBERT ROMANO

With the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions hanging in the balance with the upcoming Dec. 12, and a 2018 campaign season viewed as unfavorable to Republicans upon us, all eyes are upon the GOP Congress and its plan to cut taxes to see whether it can finally get something done.

Competing plans have passed the House and Senate. Now it goes to conference.

So the thinking goes, if the GOP Congress cannot pass major legislation now, the odds that it will in the future are negligible. Why?

This is only the third time since the Great Depression Republicans have had possession of the White House and majorities in the Senate and House. The other times were 1953-1954 and 2003-2006. That’s it.

Add to that, Republicans could lose control of the House in 2018. The White House incumbent party tends to lose House seats in midterm elections 89 percent of the time dating back a century, with losses averaging 35 seats. The exceptions were 1934, 1998 and 2002. That’s it.

If there was a time for Republicans to pass their ideal tax cut plan, now is it. They may never get a better chance at this. So, how does the tax cut in the Senate look?

The Senate tax cut will average $181.8 billion a year for the first four years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

That works out to 0.84 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if you use the $21.76 trillion average annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimate projected by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 2018 through 2021.

That’s bigger than the 2001 Bush tax cut at 0.71 percent of GDP, although not as big as the 1981 Reagan tax cut at 2.89 percent of GDP. As a result, it should be a net generator of economic growth.

On that basis, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued a statement of support, saying, “The inclusion of the individual mandate repeal, giving 6.6 million Americans relief from paying $3 billion a year in tax penalties is extremely important, and the small business and corporate tax relief will help generate millions of new jobs and investment over the coming years, ending the economy-killing tax rates that have prevailed for decades. In addition, the vast majority of Americans who pay taxes will receive a tax cut through the plan.”

But, said Manning, the plan could be improved in the House-Senate conference “by adding the full skinny Obamacare repeal, cutting additional hundreds of billions of spending to reduce the deficit and provide larger individual tax rate cuts and incentivizing repatriation earlier in the cycle to give an immediate infusion of trillions of dollars to the economy.”

Particularly, there are still some taxpayers may be seeing a net tax increase that Democrats will surely leverage in the 2018 midterms. The vast majority of taxpayers will get a tax cut, to be clear, but some won’t. They could be catered to in the conference committee between the House and Senate.

The solution of course is to simply present a bill that cuts everyone’s taxes no matter how much they make, and the guessing game ends for voters and Democrats lose their talking point. The Senate took a step in that direction, adopting a House proposal to cap property tax deductions up to $10,000 rather than eliminating it completely.

To get there, Congress can find spending cuts over 10 years equal to any current anticipated tax hikes. The advantage to either of these options is that instead of $1.5 trillion tax cut, we’re looking at a $3 trillion tax cut, or 1.74 percent of GDP over 4 years instead of tax cut representing just 0.87 percent of GDP. That’s double the stimulus.

So, where are the potential budget savings? If the skinny Obamacare repeal were included in the House bill, that would result in $280 billion of budget savings, and keep a major campaign promise.

Other savings can be found in the Trump budget, which cut spending by $4.5 trillion, and included provision to reorganize government and implement two-penny plan for non-defense discretionary spending cuts, which scored at $1.4 trillion.

Put those two items together, and that completely eliminates the need to eliminate state and local tax and property tax deductions some members had complained about. Instead, there is an opportunity via spending cuts for far deeper rate reductions to ensure everyone’s taxes are cut.

As a grand compromise, it might go a long way to not only giving the economy the boost it needs for growth, but dramatically altering the landscape in 2018 to the GOP’s advantage.

Overall, Republicans have a pretty good plan on tax cuts, just in time for Christmas. The majority, which right now is in jeopardy, could be saved. Particularly, with the business tax cuts and the vast majority of Americans getting a tax cut, this should be a huge boost to growth. And with the possibility for a conference between the House and the Senate, there is still a major opportunity for the bill to get even better. Stay tuned.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

By NATALIA CASTRO

2015 was the worst year for overdose deaths in U.S. history, until 2016 happened. Now, unless the federal government takes decisive action, 2017 will be even worse. The opioid epidemic has left both rural and urban America paralyzed. After decades of overprescribing, opioid deaths last year alone account for more lost lives than the entire Vietnam War at 59,000 according to data compiled by the New York Times.

But the Trump administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is leading the way toward critical reforms throughout government to save American lives.

Even without directly knowing someone addicted to opioids, Americans across the country are feeling the impact of the epidemic. In 2015, the economic cost of the opioid epidemic was about $504 billion, a figure that accounts for roughly 2.8 percent of the gross domestic product. But considering the White House data continues to predict that drug overdoses related to opioids are underreported by as much as 24 percent, is it clear this figure could be much higher.

The consequences of this addiction include billions of dollars in medical costs, addiction treatment costs, and criminal justice costs on top of the decrease in productivity among users.

To mitigate these costs and curb the cycle of addiction, the Trump administration has allocated more than one billion dollars directly to drug addiction since taking office. This includes more than $800 million since April for prevention, treatment, first responders, prescription drug monitoring programs, recovery and other care in communities, in-patient settings, and correctional systems. As well as $254 million in funding for high-risk communities, law enforcement, and first responders.

President Trump took another crucial step towards addressing the issue last month by naming the opioid crisis a public health emergency, allowing additional resources to be allocated to the problem.

Trump’s Commission has also worked to find solutions for the growing problem. In a report approved on Nov. 1, 2017, the Commission calls for sweeping change to drug courts and a national media campaign to combat opioid addiction.

The report highlights issues such as overprescribing, overproduction, and inadequate oversight by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as causes for the crisis, then continues to outline 56 recommendations for curbing the epidemic on an institutional and social level.

As a result, the Trump Administration is making combatting the crisis a government-wide mission. While the FDA is imposing new requirements on manufacturers of prescription opioids, the State Department has established an agreement with the UN, making it harder for criminals to access fentanyl, an often illegally manipulated opioid. The Department of Defense and the Department and Veterans Affairs have also teamed up to conduct a six-year, $81 million joint research partnership focusing on nondrug approaches to pain management for service members and veterans.

More than anything, the Commission has called for greater knowledge of programs that work and do not work for combatting the epidemic. With the understanding that merely arresting these individuals addicted to opioids is both costly and ineffective, the Commission calls for the Office of National Drug Control Policy to establish a system to track all federally funded programs aimed at combatting opioid addiction to test which ones actually curb overdose rates.

If the U.S. government hopes that 2017 will be a better year than the past, the federal government must continue working to address what has indeed become a national epidemic. Americans across the country are feeling the emotional and economic pain of the opioid crisis, and while the Trump administration has taken critical steps to curb the problem, it has only just begun solving it.

Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.

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THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ARE TOTAL ZEROS

By THE OLD BAG

Nancy Pelosi – Isn’t she just about the dumbest politician you have ever seen? She admitted to not reading ObamaCare before she voted on it.

The Vast Majority of People Who Think They DESERVE Hand Outs from the Government – I didn’t even know what a cell phone was when I was growing up, much less thought the government would give me one for free.

Colonel Sanders – If the rumor is true that Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t actually chicken, but some weird GMO concoction.

The Guy Who Gave Bruce Springsteen His Nickname – Not because I don’t like Springsteen’s music; I actually love it. But because he heisted President Donald Trump’s nickname. And don’t tell me Springsteen was called The Boss before The Donald was – and if that’s the case, then the nickname-giver was a prognosticator and he’s still guilty of this faux pas.

Al Sharpton – The man is an absolute racist. And what’s going on with his head in proportion to his body?

The Government of Iran – Let’s start with the way they treat women…

Men Who Use the Women’s Bathroom and/or Have Botox – Both are just odd.

Sandra Fluke – Why should we pay for her contraception? And does anyone really want to use it with her?

People Who Smell Like Fish – If they’re not fisherman, why is that?

Those Who Have Pigs for Pets – Can’t we just eat them?

A Subset of Those Who Have Pigs for Pets (Those Who Don’t Eat Bacon) – I just can’t trust someone who doesn’t eat bacon, unless it’s for a religious reason. And if it’s for a religious reason, the person better eat turkey bacon.

Planned Parenthood Employees – Can’t you get a job where you don’t murder babies?

Americans Who Don’t Realize That Israel is One of Our Most Important Allies – Knuckleheads…

Those Who Used Cocaine Yet Oversee Prosecutions of Others Who Snorted It – Oops, that’s exactly what Barack Obama did. He used the white powder in his student years and then, when he was the chief executive officer of the country (including overseeing the Justice Department), where he saw to thousands prosecuted for cocaine endeavors…Hypocrite….BTW: it’s just plain stupid to use coke or any CDS.

Vampires – Not into these weirdos.

The Guy With No Legs from South Africa Who Shot His Girlfriend – If he didn’t do it on purpose, he sure was reckless by firing into a closed bathroom door when he had no idea who was behind it…And I’m not being insensitive by describing him “as the guy with no legs” – it’s just a fact and I forgot his name. Everyone knows who I am talking about.

People Who are Overly Sensitive and Easily Offended – Boo hoo…Go pound salt.

Anyone Who Has a Problem With That I Believe in God – Self-explanatory…

I’m disgusted, grossed out and sickened by these above people.

More to Come…

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NYPD’S SECRET USE OF CELLPHONE-SWEEPING TECHNOLOGY

By R. J. NICHOLAS

Scores of police departments across the country are quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their cellphones, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas.

Objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or cell site simulators are increasingly growing amidst civil liberties and privacy groups. The StingRays or cell site simulators mimick cell towers and can sweep up cellphone data from an entire neighborhood. The cellphone user doesn’t even have to make a call or send a text message, the Police can still determine the location of a phone without the phone being in use. Some versions of the technology can even intercept texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones.

Privacy experts say, that part of the problem is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. In most cases, law enforcement will go to great lengths to conceal usage by offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay. Attorney Jerome Greco, of Legal Aid Society said, “We can’t even tell how frequently they’re being used.” Greco recently succeeded in blocking evidence collected with the device in a New York City murder case. “It makes it very difficult”

It has been brought to public attention that at least 72 state and local law enforcement departments in 24 states plus 13 federal agencies use the devices. The departments that use them must take the unusual step of signing nondisclosure agreements overseen by the FBI which makes further details hard to come by.

The Harris Corporation is a defense contractor that makes the devices. They are involved with the agreements that are intended to prevent the release of sensitive law enforcement information to the general public, states an FBI spokeswoman. The agreements, however, don’t prevent an officer from telling prosecutors the technology was used in a case.

The use of this technology was virtually unknown to the public in New York City until last year. The New York Civil Liberties Union forced the disclosure of records showing the NYPD used the devices more than 1,000 times since 2008. The NYPD and other police departments across the country are standing behind the continued use of this current technology saying it helped catch suspects in kidnappings, rapes, robberies, assaults and murders. It has even helped find missing people, if they even had a cell phone on them.

None-the-less, privacy experts and citizens that support the constitution say such deceptive gains come at too high a cost. Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said, “We have a Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.” She is referring to the protection against unreasonable search and seizure. “Our Founding Fathers decided when they wrote the Bill of Rights there had to be limits placed on government.”

Proposals to stop this invasion of privacy have been introduced by lawmakers in several states ranging from warrant requirements to an outright ban on the technology. There are a dozen states that already have laws requiring warrants. Last year, federal law enforcement said that it would be routinely required to get a search warrant before using the technology — a first effort to create a uniform legal standard for federal authorities.

As a result case law is slowly building. A Washington, D.C., appeals court overturned a conviction on a sex assault after judges ruled a violation of the Fourth Amendment because of evidence improperly collected from the simulator without a proper warrant, two months ago.

Last month, in the New York murder case argued by the Legal Aid Society, a judge in Brooklyn ruled that the NYPD must have an eavesdropping warrant signed by a judge to use the device. This is a much higher bar than the “reasonable suspicion” standard that had previously been required.

State Supreme Court Judge Martin Murphy wrote, ”By its very nature, then, the use of a cell site simulator intrudes upon an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy, acting as an instrument of eavesdropping and requires a separate warrant supported by probable cause.”

 

Even though there had been a court order to use a StingRay, New York City police officials disagreed with the ruling and disputed that a StingRay was even used in the case. Police officials say they require a higher stander of probable cause when applying for the devices, but who knows what’s really happening.

Many hope the ruling will push the nation’s largest department into meeting the higher standard, and help judges better understand the intricacies of more cutting-edge surveillance, including Greco from the Legal Aid Society. Greco said, “We’re hoping we can use this decision among other decisions being made across the country to show that this logic is right. The fact that most judges don’t understand this growing technology, is what is making cell tapping a major issue. It makes it easier if another judge has sat down, learned about this new surveillance and really thought about it.”

Will American citizens continue to sacrifice their boundaries and privacy out of fear and oppression or will they stand like their forefathers did and say no more?

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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

By NATALIA CASTRO

2015 was the worst year for overdose deaths in U.S. history, until 2016 happened. Now, unless the federal government takes decisive action, 2017 will be even worse. The opioid epidemic has left both rural and urban America paralyzed. After decades of overprescribing, opioid deaths last year alone account for more lost lives than the entire Vietnam War at 59,000 according to data compiled by the New York Times.

But the Trump administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is leading the way toward critical reforms throughout government to save American lives.

Even without directly knowing someone addicted to opioids, Americans across the country are feeling the impact of the epidemic. In 2015, the economic cost of the opioid epidemic was about $504 billion, a figure that accounts for roughly 2.8 percent of the gross domestic product. But considering the White House data continues to predict that drug overdoses related to opioids are underreported by as much as 24 percent, is it clear this figure could be much higher.

The consequences of this addiction include billions of dollars in medical costs, addiction treatment costs, and criminal justice costs on top of the decrease in productivity among users.

To mitigate these costs and curb the cycle of addiction, the Trump administration has allocated more than one billion dollars directly to drug addiction since taking office. This includes more than $800 million since April for prevention, treatment, first responders, prescription drug monitoring programs, recovery and other care in communities, in-patient settings, and correctional systems. As well as $254 million in funding for high-risk communities, law enforcement, and first responders.

President Trump took another crucial step towards addressing the issue last month by naming the opioid crisis a public health emergency, allowing additional resources to be allocated to the problem.

Trump’s Commission has also worked to find solutions for the growing problem. In a report approved on Nov. 1, 2017, the Commission calls for sweeping change to drug courts and a national media campaign to combat opioid addiction.

The report highlights issues such as overprescribing, overproduction, and inadequate oversight by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as causes for the crisis, then continues to outline 56 recommendations for curbing the epidemic on an institutional and social level.

As a result, the Trump Administration is making combatting the crisis a government-wide mission. While the FDA is imposing new requirements on manufacturers of prescription opioids, the State Department has established an agreement with the UN, making it harder for criminals to access fentanyl, an often illegally manipulated opioid. The Department of Defense and the Department and Veterans Affairs have also teamed up to conduct a six-year, $81 million joint research partnership focusing on nondrug approaches to pain management for service members and veterans.

More than anything, the Commission has called for greater knowledge of programs that work and do not work for combatting the epidemic. With the understanding that merely arresting these individuals addicted to opioids is both costly and ineffective, the Commission calls for the Office of National Drug Control Policy to establish a system to track all federally funded programs aimed at combatting opioid addiction to test which ones actually curb overdose rates.

If the U.S. government hopes that 2017 will be a better year than the past, the federal government must continue working to address what has indeed become a national epidemic. Americans across the country are feeling the emotional and economic pain of the opioid crisis, and while the Trump administration has taken critical steps to curb the problem, it has only just begun solving it.

Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government

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MARIJUANA OVERDOSE AND DEATH

By WENDLE MCPHERSON

Over a millennia there has never been a recorded case of a fatal marijuana overdose… until now.

An 11-month-old in Colorado died last year following exposure to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in weed. Two poison control doctors who wrote the reported findings had concluded the infant’s death was caused by a marijuana overdose. However, this information did not reach the masses in order to educate people of how deadly the mind altering drug truly is to children and adults.

It’s interesting how reports about America’s current President can be on the headline of every news article and media outlet across the nation, but when a life is taken by a drug that is being legalized by states across America no one is the wiser. It’s obvious that such a finding would have sent a shockwave through the marijuana advocacy and medical communities. Especially when Cannabis is being promoted with such a positive reputation associated with a low risk of harm. This has been the main reason so many advocates have fought to relax laws that categorize weed as one of the most dangerous drugs. America’s desire to numb out or stop experiencing real human emotions to their fullest have caused citizens to continue pushing the issue to get the medical industry to promote that THC alone doesn’t kill people. It is most puzzling that the government has gone along with this way of thinking even though medical experts have routinely warned of certain mind, body and emotional health risks around consuming marijuana.

Even though the facts are loud and clear, still advocates push to drown out the deadly effects of marijuana including the vital brain cells that suffer and die every day with daily use of the drug. Not to mention the mental and psychological disorders that occur as a result. One would think the case from Colorado could have challenged that entire precept, but sadly enough it didn’t. One of the doctors who authored the report told The Washington Post, “We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child.” How could a doctor be so confident in making a statement like that, when after a close reading of the paper, the doctors associated with the case argue that marijuana exposure could have most definitely contributed to the myocarditis ― an inflammation of the heart muscle ― that was determined to have caused the death of the 11-month-old boy.

After a full examination from multiple doctors, it was concluded that the child tested positive for high levels of THC. According to medical experts there have also been numerous reports of cannabis-associated myocarditis that have proved fatal in the past. Coincidentally these reports have also gone unpublicized by the media as well. There may have been an article or two written to soothe the broken hearts and lives of loved one’s effected by the fatality, but where is the widespread media coverage on such deadly devastation due to this drug?

There is a growing number of states ― now eight, as well as Washington, D.C. ― that have since legalized marijuana for recreational use. Is this something to celebrate or should we seriously consider the devastating effects this can have on human beings bodies and minds across America? As humans we have an amazing ability to adapt to our ever changing environments quickly and efficiently, but how quickly do we want to sweep the issue of drug legalization under the rug? It may seem peaceful and considerate of the government to want to bless us with such a wonderful act of kindness, but activate your minds on this concept. Since when does the government want to bless us? Since when do they really hear the voice of the people and want to do what’s best for a country that has been slowly declining for some time now. Do you think that legalizing a mind altering drug across this wounded nation is really whats best for us?

Before you answer these questions, stop by a local AA, NA, or AL-ANON meeting in your area and see how many American’s are packed into rooms and buildings struggling to break free from substance addictions that have stolen their minds, their hearts, their families and their lives. Or are you one of the “followers” in a nation full of wounded individuals who wants drugs legalized because you are still numbing out to some emotional or physical pain that you haven’t been able to grasp or admit yet?

My job to deliver a different perspective is done here. The answers to these questions I leave with you.

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SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE LEERY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY?

By PRINTUS LEBLANC

Since President Trump took office, there have been multiple reports of friction between the President and the Intelligence Community (IC). This is disconcerting because the President needs the community especially in the tough times we are currently facing, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism. If the people of the IC would take a minute and put themselves in the shoes of the President, they might see why there is friction and that the friction can be fixed.

Most Presidents have either served in the military or were elected officials before becoming the President, therefore they had contact with the intelligence community. President Trump was not in the military nor a politician before deciding to run for the office, therefore he did not have prior interaction with the intelligence community. All the President knew about the IC was what was reported by the media. What were some of the main media stories being pushed by the media about the IC prior to Donald Trump’s election?

Before the election

•The mainstream media lambasted the IC for the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) debacle. The coalition never found the WMD stockpiles or the mobile labs that were the motive for the invasion. The media blamed the Bush administration and the intelligence community.

•Edward Snowden sent shockwaves through Congress when he stole NSA data and gave it to journalists. The data was proof the IC was collecting much more data on the American people than originally thought. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, even lied about the issue in front of Congress shortly before the Snowden disclosures.

So, the Media was not painting a pretty picture of the community before and during the election.

After the election

•Before Trump was even sworn in, the Director of the FBI, James Comey confronted the President with the fake Steele dossier. The President believed Comey was attempting to hold the dossier over his head stating, “In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there.” So, one of the chief intelligence officials in the nation is trying to intimidate the duly elected President.

•In January, the IC claimed his election wasn’t legitimate. James Clapper stated, “Our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory in the election.” Apparently, Russia made Trump go to Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin while simultaneously telling Clinton to concentrate her time in New York and California. The IC told the President you didn’t work as hard as you think you did, Russia did it.

•Since President Trump has been sworn in, it has been revealed his campaign was spied on by the US intelligence community. We know this because of Michael Flynn. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, informed the Trump administration about the content of phone calls Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was being surveilled under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Manafort was only the campaign manager for two months, but that was apparently long enough to reactivate a long-dormant FISA warrant against him. So now it looks like the intelligence community asking the President to trust them was spying on him.

•It now appears the IC used research, paid for by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, to launch a counterintelligence investigation that has resulted in a special counsel aimed at the President. The document is known as the Steele dossier.

•Multiple committees in Congress are investigating the dossier, the funding, and the sources of the “intelligence” in the dossier, and the FBI is refusing to cooperate. What are they trying to hide?

•Since President Trump was elected an unprecedented number of leaks from the intelligence community has taken place, even personal conversations the President had with world leaders has been leaked. What world leader would have a candid discussion with the President if it were likely to leak the next day to the Washington Post?

•The President has had a plethora of high ranking intelligence officials insulting him. Former CIA director Michael Hayden said, “Trump is Russia’s useful fool.” James Clapper, the man that lied to Congress, called President Trump’s fitness into question.

•If former N. Ambassador Samantha Power is to be believed and she did not do all the unmaskings in her name, then it appears anyone in the IC can unmask American citizens for any reason using false credentials.

Members of the intelligence community should put themselves in the shoes of the President. The President is bombarded with derogatory media reports concerning the community for years. Once he becomes President, the political leadership of the intelligence community bombards him with false allegations. Former heads of intelligence insult him daily, and secrets are being leaked at an epidemic proportion.

How would you feel if you were in his shoes?

Would you trust someone that spied on you?

The good news is, this can be fixed. The President’s intelligence chiefs can put professionals in leadership positions and do away with the politicization of intelligence. The FBI can get Congress the requested documents without hesitation and put conspiracy theories to rest. The DOJ can open an investigation into the multiple illegal unmaskings, while continuing the hunt for leaks. The President needs the intelligence community, and the intelligence community needs to get over their hurt feelings, and this needs to happen quickly, for the sake of the nation.

Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government 

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THE SENATE TAX BILL AND IT’S EFFECT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

By DEVON ST. CLAIRE

The Senate tax bill tends to be viewed very differently by Republicans and Democrats of what the latest version of the would do for the middle class and other income groups. The perspective that it will be great for everyone is generally held by the Republicans. While those who are set on believing the bill will hurt most everyone except the wealthy and corporations tend to be Democrats.

Chief economist of Tax Analysts, Martin Sullivan says there are many ways to determine how a tax plan might help or hurt income groups. What happens to after-tax income is one key way to assess the situation wisely. It’s a measure economists use to assess an income group’s well-being once tax changes are made. The better off they will be the more after-tax income rises for low- and middle-income households as a result of those changes.

To see how middle-income and other households might fare under the Senate bill, here is a list that has calculated after-tax income changes using distribution tables created by the Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan tax scorekeeper for the House and Senate.

How the numbers break down from year to year:

In 2019: Those making between $50,000 and $75,000 would see theirs rise by 1.3%, less than the 3% jump for those making between $500,000 and $1 million, or the 2.1% bump for households making more than $1 million. Every income group would end up with more after-tax income.

In 2021: The $200,000 to $500,000 income group would do best, seeing a 2% rise in after-tax income. But those making $40,000 to $50,000 would only see a 0.5% bump. Those making $50,000 to $75,000 again get a 1.3% increase, just a little below the 1.5% jump in after-tax incomes for those making $1 million or more.

In 2023: The $30,000 to $40,000 band would see zero change while those making less would actually see slightly less after-tax income than they would if no tax changes were made. Groups making $40,000 or more would have a little more money after paying Uncle Sam. But those who would enjoy the biggest bumps are those making from $500,000 to $1 million (2%) and those making $200,000 to $500,000 (1.6%).

In 2025: Those making $30,000 to $40,000 would see zero change in their after-tax income while those making less would see a less than 1% drop in their after-tax incomes. By contrast, those making between $500,000 and $1 million would see a 2% jump. And those making $50,000 to $75,000 along with those making more than $1 million would get less of a pop, at 0.8%.

In 2027: Households bringing in $500,000 or more would see tiny increases of less than 0.5%. Aside from those on the high end, every group would experience drops in average after-tax income or no change.

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AUTO INSURANCE INDUSTRY CHANGED DUE TO TWO MATH GRADS

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Did you know that only 5% of drivers pay less then $50 a month for car insurance? Now, thanks to two brilliant math graduates we can find auto insurance discounts by using a new start up service called EverQuote.com . Extremely high discounts are being granted to drivers currently insured that live in a qualified ZIP code.

There has never been an easy way to compare quotes from all the huge car insurance companies out there. You had to enter all your information over and over again while jumping around on numerous websites before you found a price you were comfortable with. In order to save a little money drivers were stuck doing all the work by themselves. All that is changing. The information you need to help you save can be found in one place on EverQuote.com . EverQuote is a comparison shopping marketplace, not an insurer. It is not a question that customers are finding what they are looking for – lower quotes – by visiting this site. It is also one of the fastest growing companies for 2017 according to the Inc. 5000 list.

On EverQuote.com you get to compare quotes that easily. You will definitely not want to buy car insurance without doing this first. We couldn’t believe how many drivers have been overpaying after all the results we came across. EverQuote is an easy way to save money and the service is free.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

By PAUL THOMAS

Ever since the latest election news reporters and journalists have not relented on trying to paint a negative picture of President Donald Trump. They continue to create stories about him or manipulate the truth to be something more extreme then it really is, in order to conjure up anger, rage or hatred in the American people. The latest news that is spreading all over the papers and the internet is an exaggerated version of Trump’s latest social media tweet.

The public is dysfunctionally addicted to headlines that read “Trump insults Kim Jong-un by calling him ‘short and fat’ in a recent tweet,” or “North Korean paper announces President Trump’s death sentence.” Just like they are addicted to reality television and extremely dysfunctional movies and web-i-sodes that they keep on the air.

Meanwhile, the true text of Trump’s tweet was written exactly as stated here, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

It’s obvious Trump is exposing that Kim Jong-un, a man of power and influence, insulted him. Trump was stating that as President of the United States he would “NEVER” be as unprofessional or ignorant to openly state a fact about Kim Jong-un that is obviously true. That’s it. It’s written in black and white. To twist Trumps words around and say he wrote something to name call or make fun of someone else makes the media and news reporters no better then the man they are trying to make Donald Trump out to be.

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