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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The spending and taxing policies about to be put in place by the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress will balloon the federal deficit to $1 trillion or more every year going forward. And unlike the four consecutive $1 trillion deficits recorded during the first years of the Obama administration, these trillion dollar annual deficits will be the result of enacted changes in federal spending and taxing rather than on a temporary economic downturn. Some of these changes will be permanent. Others will need to be reapproved annually but are unlikely to be rejected in the future. read more


The American Civil Liberties Union and a law firm have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a San Bernardino woman who spent a day in immigration custody despite repeatedly saying that she was an American citizen. Guadalupe Plascencia, 60, spent the night of March 29 in jail because of a decade-old bench warrant related to her alleged failure to appear as a witness in a court case. She said a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy asked her to sign documents that night acknowledging that officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had inquired about her immigration status. As she tried to leave the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Plascencia said she was met by immigration enforcement agents, handcuffed and placed in the back of a van. She spent the rest of the day in ICE custody, fearful that she would be deported despite becoming a citizen nearly 20 years ago. read more


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Anne Zimmerman: As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill. As a CPA, I could be celebrating these loopholes. After all, I would be able to save my clients a lot on taxes and could be invited to fly along to, say, the Cayman Islands to set up an offshore account under the new regulations. Four days at the beach with a fully-stocked hotel minibar and all the HBO and Showtime programs I can watch -- all fully deductible for me and my client. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. As someone who has served small businesses for more than 30 years, and co-chair of an organization called Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform, I am not cheering. Small business owners aren't cheering the bill either. read more


Friday, December 15, 2017

One of the new White House appointees to a critical environmental panel once said that the air these days is just too clean to promote good health. Robert Phalen, an air pollution researcher at the Irvine campus of the University of California, said in 2012 that children need to breathe irritants so that their bodies learn how to ward them off. "Modern air," he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "is a little too clean for optimum health." read more


Alex Jones seriously needs to start marketing his show as a comedy ... this is HILARIOUS. I'm crying laughing ... "Alexa ... are you connected to the CIA?" -- "Alexa ... you are lying to me." - Alex Jones' hard hitting back and forth interview with an Amazon Echo. -- He's not gonna let it get away with ANYTHING. -- Alexa, YOU WILL TELL ME THE TRUTH! YOU WORK FOR THE CIA! It was the gay frogs, right?! RIGHT?! We're not just crying laughing, we're dying. -- Tim Young: "If Alex Jones doesn't call me an evil globalist after this, it will have all been for nothing." -- Clearly, Tim is working for Alexa, duh. Tim, who programmed you! Jeff BEEZOS! WE KNEW IT! ZOMG! What is it about Alex Jones that makes us all end up writing in caps? Can I get an echo with Alex Jones voice? Cause that would be hilarious. That would be awesome. -- Alexa, what time is it? -- Alexa as Alex Jones: THE CIA PUT YOU UP TO THIS QUESTION EVIL GLOBALIST, GET A CLOCK! read more


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Lower income folks instinctively understand that the open border policy of the Democrats puts them at a disadvantage in the competition for low skill jobs.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-19 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

What a crock of ----.

In places where immigration enforcement has dried up the availability of seasonal labor to harvest crops, the crops sit and rot in the fields as Americans will not take jobs that only provide three to four months of work per year and require the labor to move about the US to follow the jobs.

www.independent.com

Meanwhile the prices of food will rise.

There is no border policy that will stop the competition for low skilled jobs by robots. The GOP tax scam just gave corporate america the ability to 100% write off any new robotic manufacturing equipment on the very first day it is purchased.

fortune.com

Trumps populist racist message was designed to get dummies like you vote into office a 1%er that will enact policies that hurt the bottom 80% of the nation while enriching the 1%.

#17

""Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you, you hardworking Iowa families. You farm families, and teachers, and teamsters, and cops, and cooks. You rockin' rollers. And holy rollers! All of you who work so hard. You full-time moms. You with the hands that rock the cradle. You all make the world go round, and now our cause is one.

"When asked why I would jump into a primary -- kind of stirring it up a little bit maybe -- and choose one over some friends who are running and I've endorsed a couple others in their races before they decided to run for president, I was told left and right, "You are going to get so clobbered in the press. You are just going to get beat up, and chewed up, and spit out." You know, I'm thinking, And? You know, like you guys haven't tried to do that every day since that night in ‘08, when I was on stage nominated for VP, and I got to say, "yeah, I'll go, send me, you betcha. I'll serve." And, like you all, I'm still standing. So those of us who've kind of gone through the wringer as Mr. Trump has, makes me respect you even more. That you're here, and you're putting your efforts, you're putting reputations, you're putting relationships on the line to do the right thing for this country. Because you are ready to make America great again.

"Well, I am here because like you I know that it is now or never. I'm in it to win it because we believe in America, and we love our freedom. And if you love your freedom, thank a vet. Thank a vet, and know that the United States military deserves a commander-in-chief that our country passionately, and will never apologize for this country. A new commander-in-chief who will never leave our men behind. A new commander-in-chief, one who will never lie to the families of the fallen. I'm in it, because just last week, we're watching our sailors suffer and be humiliated on a world stage at the hands of Iranian captors in violation of international law, because a weak-kneed, capitulator-in-chief has decided America will lead from behind. And he, who would negotiate deals, kind of with the skills of a community organizer maybe organizing a neighborhood tea, well, he deciding that, "No, America would apologize as part of the deal," as the enemy sends a message to the rest of the world that they capture and we kowtow, and we apologize, and then, we bend over and say, "Thank you, enemy." We are ready for a change. We are ready and our troops deserve the best. A new commander-in-chief whose track record of success has proven he is the master at the art of the deal. He is one who would know to negotiate."

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