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  • Sanctuary Cities Explained

    Sanctuary Cities Explained

    Author Administrator

    This election cycle, we have heard a lot about "Sanctuary Cities" and their disregard for the law when it comes to illegal immigration. Donald Trump made dealing with these cities a campaign issue, promising to crack down on them and make them comply with federal immigration enforcement. This was a popular issue with many of his supporters, but in talking with them it became increasingly clear that many of them have no idea what a sanctuary city is, what they do, and how this relates to federal immigration law enforcement. Some of them think that these cities go so far as to harbor illegals and protect them from federal enforcement agents. I wanted to make an attempt at clearing the air on what it is exactly that these cities do.

  • Countering Disinformation And Propaganda

    Author Administrator

    Perhaps you may have seen this headline from InfoWars and wondered how much truth there was to it. It makes a bold and powerful claim about one of the last acts of the Obama Presidency. "Obama Quietly Signs The ‘Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act’ Into Law Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born", it reads. By searching the headline, you can find numerous instances of the article that are all copies and pastes of the original writing, so it is hard to definitively state who the original source of this article really is, but the larger question would be, simply put, is it true? Spoiler alert. The simple answer is "no". It is loosely based in fact then expanded upon with falsehoods. For starters though, let's look at the definition of the two words.

  • Darnold Trump

    Author Administrator

    Every now and again you bump into someone who had a great idea and really capitalized on it, delivering a quality performance to cap it all off. Darnold Trump over on instagram is one such individual. I have no idea who they are, but they had an idea and they played their hand well. As we all know, Donald Trump says plenty of really dumb and really controversial things. What if someone kept track of these gaffes in a funny and informative way? Well, that's what Darnold has done here, and done very well. Every picture is complete with a cartoonish graphic of Trump, with nothing more than a giant mouth on his face. Each image is "checked in" at the location where Trump made the corresponding statement.

  • Coast to Coast Christmas

    Author Administrator

    Generally speaking, I go home for Christmas. That's the one day of the year you can count on me being home. In 20 years of driving a truck, I had only missed one Christmas at home, and that was due to getting stuck in bad weather. This year, however, I decided to stay out on the road and collect that nice bonus that my company offers for those drivers who are willing to shred their last ties to humanity and go full blown vagabond for the holidays. My hand was up, count me in. And that is how I came to the realization that there literally nothing on the 200+ channels on SiriusXM radio on Xmas Eve, so if you'll humor me I wanted to take a minute to complain about the one refuge I found in this entertainment desert.

  • Is Trump Scary?

    Author Administrator

    Many Trump supporters have been having fun with the overreaction of some on the left to Donald Trump's victory. It seems the operative term for these folks is "snowflake" and their home base of operation is a location known as a "safe space". And while some have clearly taken it a bit far, being observed in the fetal position crying, or rescheduling exams to allow time for healing, perhaps some on the right aren't taking it quite far enough by not trying to understand some of the concerns of others that might be legitimate. I think the best way to come to some common ground is to look at a single issue that might illustrate the points on both sides.

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If Not Now, Whom?

Written by Administrator.

Republicans Vs DemocratsAs the Federal Government nears a potential shutdown, many members of the media wish to focus on which party will get the blame from the American people. The politicians seem to be all ready to cater to this wish by pointing fingers back and forth across the aisle. Once again, in typical bottom feeder fashion, the disease is overlooked in an attempt to cure the symptoms. Public opinion is important to the politicians, and public attention is the goal of the media, leaving the few of us who care about what is actually happening to dissect the story and work our way to the bottom. The right says the budget should have been passed last year. The left says the Republicans are trying to use the budget to score political points. Which side is right? Both. Here is how President Obama put it today.

 

"It would be inexcusable of us to not be able to take care of last year's business ... when we are this close, simply because of politics,"

Now let's face it. I am clearly on the right, and I should probably stomp my foot and feign righteous indignation at the Presidents assertion that my side is trying to score political points out of this budget deal. I'll spare you (and myself) the indignity. We are trying to score political points. We are trying to de-fund public broadcasting, planned parenthood, and a host of other left wing pet projects. Yes, that would be a political score for us.

On the other side, yes the budget should have been passed last October. Yet to pretend that the point is that the Democrat controlled House, Senate, and White House were derelict in their duty is to miss the point. The real point is why did they not pass a budget last year. Politico reported on this a year ago and said the following.

Indeed, some Democratic insiders suspect that leaders will skip the budget process altogether this year — a way to avoid the political unpleasantness of voting on spending, deficits and taxes in an election year — or simply go through a few of the motions, without any real effort to complete the work.

Republicans responded then with a letter to then Speaker Pelosi, urging her to put forth a budget proposal. I quote from that letter here.

While we may disagree on a number of issues, one issue we can all agree on is that our nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is unsustainable. The gap between revenues and expenditures, already large by historical standards, is only going to become larger over time. The longer Congress waits to deal with this fiscal imbalance, the more difficult the choices become to solve this problem. The time to start making decisions about our long term deficit is not some time in the distant future, but now.

The purpose of the Congressional budget is to create enforceable parameters within which Congress can consider legislation dealing with spending and revenue. In the absence of a budget, there would be virtually no procedural enforcement mechanism to constrain spending in either the House or the Senate. Especially in an election year, this would be an open invitation for Congress to increase spending to unprecedented levels.

In the current environment, prudent fiscal discipline is more important than ever. As we have seen in countries such as Greece, failure to adopt sensible spending restraint can have catastrophic implications.

Now, let's look at this realistically. At the time Republicans stood to gain big in the House and the Senate in the upcoming elections. Was it playing politics to ask the Democrats to pass a budget before they increased their power? Of course it was. If the Democrats had forced their members to vote through an unpopular budget in October, it would further increase Republican gains in November. The Democrats, well aware of that, decided to focus on "whom" as opposed to "when". Is the headline making sense yet?

This was a calculated political decision by the Democrats to try to protect their ranks, and the budget was thereby passed off to after the elections. Yet they still had a chance to pass this budget after the votes were cast. Having lost part of their majority in the Senate and all of it in the House, they once again sacrificed the budget to their political whims. Knowing that controversial issues that score points with their base (like repealing DADT and passing the DREAM Act) would be hard to have addressed in their newly shaped political future, they focused on these issues rather than the budget in the closing days of their majority session.

Now today, President Obama comes out and accuses the right of playing games and trying to score political points, and I'm supposed to shy away from that charge and give in to his demands? You had better think again. The Democrats already got their political payoff from the games they played with the budget, and now we are supposed to pass on ours?

Mr President, why don't you stop acting like a spoiled child and man up? You got to play your political games with the budget last fall, now it's our turn. If you don't like how your hand played out, that is not mine nor the elected Republicans problem. You can go throw your little temper tantrum in a secluded room of the White House if you like, but when the lights go out you are lying in the bed that you made. Quit crying to the American people like we are some kind of push-over mommy who will make the neighbor kid play nice. It was a bitter pill when we swallowed it, but we did. Now it's your turn. Enjoy!