Category Archives: Politics

13Mar/17
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Trumps “Skinny” Budget Targets Campaign Promises

President Donald Trump’s vision for American has never been more apparent than what can be found in his “America-first Budget.” This new budget proposal is being offered up for the fiscal year beginning Oct 1st, 2017.

With each new incoming President, the prospects of putting together an expansive budget proposal within the first few months is a daunting process. Traditionally, the first budget proposal sent to Congress is referred to as a “skinny” budget. The purpose of the skinny budget is to give Congressional leaders a clear idea of the direction the President wants to take the country.

Developed as his campaign montra, the Trump America-first Budget focuses on the things that are most important to the country in the President’s view. As evidence, President Trump is requesting an increase of $54 billion in defense and border security spending, of which $2 billion is being targeted towards the energy department. All of these budget areas saw significant cuts while under the Obama administration.

In order to pay for the increases while lowering the overall budget, cuts are being proposed for the Environmental Protection Agency for environmental issues, welfare programs like public housing, various medical research programs and the Arts and Humanities. For the latter, President Trump has long been an advocate of those areas being covered by private funding resources.

Other important costs covered by the new budget proposal show $1.5 billion being earmarked for the border wall with Mexico, foreign aid cuts of about $10.1 billion (most of it running through the State Department) and significant cuts of about 13% for Housing and Urban Development, which will directly affect the poor.

As a long time advocate of taking care of the veterans who serve this country by risking their lives, Trump’s budget proposal shows a healthy increase of $4.4 billion for the Veteran Affairs Administration.

10Mar/17
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Obamacare Repeal and Replace is Underway

While the US GOP party has finally unveiled its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the first step has been taken to start the dismantling process.

Against the wishes and warnings of the Democratic party and healthcare industry concerns like the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, House Republicans have pushed a bill through the Ways and Means Committee that abolishes the tax penalty levied on U.S. citizens who fail to purchase insurance. Historically, this is the part of Obamacare that the GOP has most furiously opposed. The notion people would be forced to purchase insurance goes against the fabric of capitalism.

Among the changes outlined in the GOP’s plan are cuts to medicaid programs throughout the country. These cuts are at the heart of what employers and the healthcare industry say will result in millions of Americans being kicked off insurance plans.

Not surprisingly, America’s Health Insurance Plans, representing insurers, was quick to stand behind the tax cuts that would be handed out to the healthcare industry, but still warned Medicaid changes “could result in unnecessary disruptions in the coverage and care beneficiaries depend on.”

While this is but the first step in what figures to be a long and contested repeal process, it’s an important step because it gets momentum rolling in the direction of the campaign promises made by US President Donald Trump. At this point in time, there’s enough opposition from some GOP Representatives and Senators to keep the repeal process heavily in the news for months to come.

As leader of the House, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters: “This is what good, conservative health care reform looks like. It is bold and it is long overdue, and it is us fulfilling our promises.” The lines are being drawn in the sand and the battle is on.

01Mar/17
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Hollywood Using Academy Awards as Protest Platform

At a time when the movie industry is usually focused on giving due credit to the amazing accomplishments of its actors and technicians, it would appear that The Academy Awards have been kidnapped. This has seemingly been done in favor of well meaning, if not misguided, celebrities, who have decided the industry’s most important night belongs to them and their chance to attack the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and espouse their very own political views and social ideology.

Never mind that many Americans would just as soon hear the announcement for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture. This is what America has come too. The conservative factions in the country have no voice while the liberal media continues to put microphones in the faces of celebrities they know support their ideologies.

In place of the usual pre-Oscars party by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency, several high profile celebrities used the usually happy go-lucky event to lay down their very own anti-Trump rhetoric. Leading the protest rally was two-time Academy-Award winning actress Jodie Foster, who called for liberal supporters to rise up in protest against those who have conservative values.

She was eventually joined on stage by Michael J. Fox, who had this to say, “I believe that when so much good has been done unto you, it’s natural to feel a sense of civic or even global responsibility. I consider myself an optimist and that can be a tall order at times for me personally, and more as I see a growing intolerance and lack of compassion and empathy in the world around us.”

The question is not one of whether or not these celebrities have a right to express their opinions. The question is, “were the Academy Awards ever intended to be anything more than the celebration of accomplishments in the world’s favorite entertainment industry?”

13Feb/17
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Patriots Players Passing on White House Visit

In what should be considered a great honor, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are having difficulty coming to grips with a long-standing tradition of the U.S.’ champion sports teams being invited to the White House. After the team’s thrilling 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, several players have stated they do not plan to accept the invitation.

The first player to defect was Tight end Martellus Bennett, who stated he didn’t support “the guy that’s in the House.” Next up, it was safety Devin McCourty, who didn’t feel he should attend because of what he perceives to be President Donald Trump’s “many strong opinions and prejudices.” Following the footsteps of these two players are at least four other players, who plan on not attending.

For decades, the opportunity to visit the White House as a champion had been treated with great reverence and an honor until the last few years. More recently, it would seem that players and coaches are using this unique privilege as an opportunity to make some sort of political statement.

Late last year, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta made clear his view of the anti-Trump movement when he personally decided not to join his team when they were invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama. There have been other notable absentees, including Patriots QB Tom Brady, who skipped the invitation in a prior year.

No one is questioning a player’s right to pass on the invitation. What seems most concerning about this trend is two-fold: Is professional sports the right platform for trying to make political statements?, and more importantly, it’s quite possible this particular tradition may have run its course.

In the future, it might make more sense for the President to simply invite a few designated players as representatives and take the pressure off players to make a stand one way or another.

08Feb/17
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The Democrats and GOP to Battle Over Gorsuch Nomination?

As goes the United States Supreme Court, so goes the world. That very notion explains why U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the higher court figures to be hotly contested prior to the likelihood the GOP would resort to the nuclear option. That would eliminate the possibility of a filibuster and almost assure the nomination goes through with the GOP’s 52 senate votes.

In all fairness to the Democrats, they are still fuming over the fact the GOP blocked former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Federal Judge Merrick Garland for almost a year until the election cycle was completed. With the current Supreme Court comprised of four left-leaning Justices and four right-leaning justices, this next placement figures to have a material impact on the direction of the U.S. and many other parts of world.

The GOP is going to be pressing the very same Democrat party that helped confirm Gorsuch when he was nominated for the Colorado federal appellate court. An argument can certainly be made that absolutely nothing has changed in Gorsuch’s ideology to warrant the party changing it’s attitude about their collective belief in the man to be fair and decent, an endorsement also made by none other than Obama.

Leading the fight for the Democrats is Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has threatened to do everything is his power to fight to keep the Supreme Court slot open until the 2020 elections. Of course, there are other party members who believe this is not the time to fight a nomination, given the likelihood President Trump will get at least on more opportunity to nominate a Justice.

Even if the Democrats defer a fight until a later date, they have 20 Senators up for reelection in 2018 with the GOP only defending 8 seats. A swing of just 8 seats in the GOP’s favor would give them a super majority. The battle has begun.

30Jan/17
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White House Petition Demand President Trump’s Tax Return

The U.S. election is over and Donald Trump has assumed the office of President. During the whole of the election cycle, President Trump spent a good part of the election defending his decision not to release his tax returns. His consistent explanation for not doing what many candidates before him had done was he financial records and returns were tied up in IRS audits, and he would gladly release them when issues have been resolved.

Based on a recent petition posted on the White House Website, it would seem the liberal left is still determined to get a look at what’s on those returns. Here is what the petition reads:

“The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.”

According to a White House source, the petition has already secured close to 400,000 signatures. In a country of 320,000,000 people, that may not sound like a lot of activity. However, the number has shattered the record for a petition posted on the website. Folks will remember that the White House has guaranteed a response to any petition that receives crosses the 100,000 signature threshold.

It may seem that President Trump is in bit of a quandary. With that said, it seems very unlikely he is going to actually release hit tax returns at any time in the near future. That was made clear by Trump representative Kellyanne Conway, who stated: “The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him.”

This is sure to be a major issue should President Trump decide to run for reelection in 2020.

16Jan/17
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IG Appointed to Investigate FBI’s Handling of Clinton E-mail Investigation

For more than a year, Republican leaders implored President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice to initiate an independent investigation into former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal server for all of her emails while in office. With just days remaining until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President, an IG has finally been appointed to investigate an aspect of the email controversy. Surprisingly, the IG’s investigation won’t involve Hilary Clinton’s actions.

The Department of Justice has in fact appointed it’s own Inspector General to investigate the FBI Director’s unusual handling of the e-mail controversy heading into the days leading up to the election. The Clinton campaign and the DNC have accused FBI Director James Comey of unduly influencing the election when he submitted a letter to Congress related to reopening an investigation he had essentially closed.

The controversy arose when FBI agents found emails from the Clinton office on the computer of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop. Weiner is in fact married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. After Comey had stated back in July of last year that he didn’t believe Clinton’s actions warranted prosecution, he did an about face just prior to the election, making a letter he sent to Congress public.

After receiving a warrant to look at said emails, Comey again concluded that a prosecution wasn’t warranted. For the Clinton campaign, they felt the damage had already been done as Americans again were given cause to doubt Clinton’s integrity.

As part of this new investigation, experts are wondering why some of the DOJ’s actions aren’t also being investigated. Not only did Attorney General Loretta Lynch defer to Comey’s opinion, which is highly unusual, but she was also caught in controversy due to former-President Bill Clinton’s “impromptu” visit to her plane on the tarmac at an Arizona airport just prior to Comey’s initial decision not to prosecute.

09Jan/17
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Trump Finally Certified as the Next President of the United States

Despite the objection of far-left advocates and a couple of last ditch efforts to stop the certification process in the Senate and House, Congress has finally certified Donald Trump (GOP) as the next President of the United States of America. The certification comes at the end of one of the most bazaar and contentious election cycles in the country’s history.

After Trump surprised Americans and the international community with his victory over Democrat Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton back in November, the nation seemed to have trouble coming to grips with the election process and the results. While Clinton secured the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes, it was Trump who carried the all-important electoral college to secure the victory.

In the lead up to the electoral college’s casting of its final votes this week, there was much discussion, angry and otherwise, as to whether or not there should be change in the U.S. election process. Left-wing pundits and political figures tried valiantly to get enough electoral voters to cross lines and cast their votes for Clinton. There were even efforts to “bribe” said voters into changing their votes, see film director Michael Moore.

After several challenges to the voting results in several key swing-states proved baseless, it became clear that nothing really stood in the way of Trump making it to inauguration day where he will be sworn in as President.

The inauguration process is slated for January 20, 2017. Alongside Trump becoming President, Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice President. The entire process is expected to take place while hundreds of demonstrations take place across the nation. The unwillingness of liberal factions to give Trump an opportunity to see what he can do to help the country only stands to create further divisions within a nation that has struggled to come together as both parties continue to migrate further apart based on ideologies.