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Reagan's Rule and GOP Tax Reform
by Robin Smith
Tuesday Top Headlines
Texas man who shot, chased down Texas church assailant was NRA instructor (The Washington Times)
Current gun laws should have made it impossible for Texas shooter to buy gun (The Daily Signal)
Air Force failed to alert FBI to Texas gunman’s domestic violence conviction (The Hill)
Bowe Bergdahl avoids jail. The Texas shooter got out after a year. But the guy taking selfies on the submarine… (The Resurgent)
Stay classy: Democrat walks out of moment of silence for Texas massacre victims (Fox News)
Nearly a year after Trump’s win, it’s time to ask whether the media has made any improvements (Washington Examiner)
Grassley seeks details about early draft of James Comey’s statement exonerating liar-Clinton for email server (The Washington Free Beacon)
Gowdy slams Mueller team over leaks about charges in Trump-Russia probe (Fox News)
“Fat Leonard” corruption probe expands to 60 admirals (The Hill)
Washington Post uses nonpartisan leftist think tank report to bash GOP tax plan; think tank retracts report for “computation” error (The Washington Post)
DHS to cancel special immigration status for 5,000 Nicaraguans, delays on 86,000 Hondurans (The Washington Times)
Woman who married herself cheats on herself (PJ Media)
In Seoul, Trump calls for North Korea to make a deal (Associated Press)
Humor: In move to prevent future tragedies, Congress bans humanity’s depraved nature (The Babylon Bee)
Policy: How to protect Americans without destroying the Second Amendment (Reason)
Policy: The U.S. sugar program is a protectionist scheme (American Enterprise Institute)  ~The Patriot Post
Legendary Broadcaster Vin Scully 
Says “I Will Never Watch Another NFL Game”
{} ~ For whatever reason, and many of us have a good idea what that reason is, Major League Baseball players don’t feel it’s their place to disrespect their fans or this nation... in order to make a political statement out of their jobs. They’re baseball players, aside from one exception, they’re leaving the politics for guys who aren’t as gifted as them, who can’t do what they do. The American people appreciate not being forced to endure an insulting lecture and disrespectful gesturing in order to avail themselves of their choice in sports entertainment. That’s one big reason why baseball was peaking during the playoffs and World Series and the NFL continues to crater, week after week. Emblematic of the difference in character between Major League Baseball as an organization and the NFL, sportscasters in the NFL, such as those on ESPN, have become political commentators pushing the leftist agenda and forcing many viewers to mute the volume, switch stations, or just forget the whole thing...I stand with Vin Scully.
Trump predicts Mueller will
exonerate him if Russia probe conducted ‘fairly’
by Dave Boyer
{} ~ Days after his former campaign manager was indicted for money laundering... President Trump says he’ll be proven innocent in the Russia investigation if special counsel Robert Mueller treats “everything fairly.” “Well I hope he’s treating everything fairly and if he is, I’m going to be very happy because when you talk about innocent, I am truly not involved in any form of collusion with Russia,” Mr. Trump told Sharyl Attkisson in an interview to be aired Sunday on Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Believe me — the last thing I can think of to be involved in.” In excerpts reported by The Hill, Mr. Trump also said he’s not a target of the special counsel’s investigation. “As far as I’m concerned I have not been told that we were under investigation. I’m not under investigation,” he said...
Fusion GPS Paid Reporters to Spread Collusion Claims
by Brian McNicoll
{} ~ Fusion GPS, the firm whose infamous and largely debunked dossier of Donald Trump’s activities in Russia before he was elected president... is at the heart of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The firm appears to have at least tacitly admitted recently it paid reporters to spread claims of collusion against the president. According to a story in the Washington Times, Fusion GPS, which was formed by former reporters from the Wall Street Journal, is fighting in federal court a bid by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R.-Calif., to force the firm to reveal which journalists or law firms it paid...
Texas Pastor & Wife Talk For First Time About Shooting At Their Church
Prager U: Why No One Trusts The Mainstream Media
Mike Huckabee Says: Brazile fed up with the liar-Clintons owning the DNC
“Corruption” Crackdown In Saudi Arabia
Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) Praises Trump For Pushing The Japanese To Build Cars In America
Commerce Sec. Ross Responds To False Paradise Papers Allegations
Reagan's Rule and GOP Tax Reform
by Robin Smith:  “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it,” said President Ronald Reagan. As we see how this fact applies to the GOP tax reform proposal and unpack a bit of the information of the plan that’s still very much under construction, we must agree upon what a tax is to honestly deal with the issue.

          Merriam-Webster notes that a tax is “a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.” Investopedia defines a tax as “an involuntary fee levied on individuals or corporations that is enforced by a government entity, whether local, regional or national in order to finance government activities.
          Items taxed by the federal government — those only relevant to the tax plan being proposed — are predominantly personal income by workers identified by our government as legal citizens, or income as a result of the sale of a product or service through a business or corporation. Fees are also a type of tax collected on transactions or products that may generate a cost to the government through a license, the need for oversight or regulatory action.
          In 2016, the U.S. Treasury collected $3.3 trillion in federal taxes. Of those collections, 47% came from personal income taxes, 37% from Social Security taxes, 11% in corporate taxes, 3% for excise taxes that apply to the purchase of certain products and 1% each for both taxes collected on estates at death and custom duties from international trade.
          It’s pretty obvious that our government spends off the backs off workers, not the poor as alleged by the Left. Sadly, that also means that it’s through the mandatory confiscation of wealth from those who produce that government programs are funded. But, now, what about that Reagan quote? Do we really want less work and less productivity?
          So, what does the GOP tax plan mean, not just to Wall Street, but average workers of the middle class on Main Street, that rely on mortgage deductions and charitable giving write-offs? Is there truly a working-class benefit, as claimed by Republicans?
          In proposing to take seven tax brackets and simplify the system to only four, it does make tax preparation easier, but in examining these tax brackets, the lower two stratifications seem to enjoy real tax relief. Those individual workers making up to $200,000 annually will be in the second lowest bracket of 25% along with those married filers reporting up to $260,000 in income. In the lowest tax bracket of 15%, individuals reporting $45,000 annual income and married filers up to $90,000. These bracket reforms coupled with the doubling of the individual and married standard deductions benefit the working class.
          Even The Washington Post awarded four Pinocchios to Senate Democrats’ fearmongering that the working class would be hit with a tax increase. In their analysis, they note that “you will see that every quintile on average receives a tax cut — not a tax increase.
          But a system reformed means a system changed. While many have grown to enjoy certain deductions, the GOP plan does include significant changes regarding a couple of very traditional write-offs. The charitable contribution write-off remains unchanged from current law. Those giving to qualified charities and churches will see no change in that reporting — save only that the increased standard deduction means fewer people will itemize their charitable contributions.
          The loudest opponents’ challenge seems to originate from the real estate and mortgage industries. The current deduction of the interest on the first $1 million borrowed for a home is set to be capped at $500,000 for new home purchases and has been completely eliminated for any other homes that are not primary residences. A second point of opposition is the cap of deducting property taxes leveled by one’s state and local government.
          The talking points to dispute these changes are that capping the mortgage interest deduction destroys the American Dream of owning a home. That’s especially true, critics say, with the cost of homes being so high in some regions.
          Yet according to Forbes, “What the Republican Tax Bill Means for the Value of Your Home,” the median price of an American home sold today is $245,000, falling well within the capped limit of $500,000. Again, The Washington Post breaks out some real reporting citing an August 2017 report by United for Homes. Only 6% of new mortgages are valued over $500,000 with an accurate statement that “the rhetoric about middle-class families is largely at odds with the reality of who actually owns half-million-dollar homes in the U.S.
          Addressing the capped deduction for property taxes at $10,000, the data supports that the average family who itemizes their tax returns will be untouched by this change. According to USA Today, "each of the country’s 84 million single-family homeowners paid an average of $3,296 in property taxes.”
          Be advised that those yelping the loudest on this last change find themselves in the bluest of blue states. Residents of New Jersey have the highest average of $8,477 paid annually in property taxes, with New York at $7,013 and Connecticut at $6,963. The moral to this story is that big blue governments have depended on the ability to increase property taxes knowing the federal government would permit a deduction. Those raising property taxes will now need to think again to appreciate they hold more accountability to voters who produce within their states.
          The facts are indisputable, despite the best efforts of the Left whose only tools are protest and fear. If you pay taxes, you’ll likely get a tax cut. If you make more than $1 million, you may not get as large a tax cut, and, because of closing tax loopholes, you may actually pay more overall. But are the Democrats satisfied? NO!
          Why? Their argument comes from their claim that the total sum of workers’ earnings set to be confiscated for the Treasury in the form of taxes and the poor will foot the bill. Let’s return to Reagan.
          First of all, if you don’t pay taxes — the poor — you’re not paying for anything. Tax cuts are for those who pay taxes.
          Further, with the Reagan tax cuts in the 1980s following the Carter economy, the economy doubled, growing at an average of 3.5%, which confounded those who claimed the U.S. Treasury would have revenues depleted. Incoming monies to the Treasury actually doubled due to the economic upturn and expansion.
          Let’s agree that it’s a good thing for the government to have less money to spend. Let’s also agree that taxing the productivity of Americans less is a very good thing. And we must agree, too, that it doesn’t matter what Republicans do, the Left will never approve tax cuts in fear of losing power over the dependents upon subsidized living. Do we want more of that?  ~The Patriot Pos

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Rush Limbaugh Explains How Robert Mueller
Will Attempt To Financially Destroy President Trump

 Special Counsel Robert Mueller has crossed President Trump’s “red line” after issuing a subpoena for documents related to the Trump Organization’s business dealings with Russia.

New York Times reports:

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known time that the special counsel demanded documents directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president. […] The Trump Organization has said that it never had real estate holdings in Russia, but witnesses recently interviewed by Mr. Mueller have been asked about a possible real estate deal in Moscow. In 2015, a longtime business associate of Mr. Trump’s emailed Mr. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen at his Trump Organization account claiming he had ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and said that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would help Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh theorized on his program Friday that one of Mueller’s true objectives is to financially destroy President Trump.

Partial transcript via Breitbart News:

And these requests, the subpoena for documents from the Trump Organization, I ask you again, what has that to do with the campaign and with collusion and with the Russians? They’ve already been looking into Trump business in Russia with the Miss, what is it, USA, whatever his pageant is.

Do you all remember during the early days of the campaign there was news that Trump, in a tax return something like 20 years ago, took a $900 million deduction that was granted and survived an audit by the IRS? Now, I forget the details. It had to do with losses that he had incurred in that year in building things. It was around 900 or $920 million deduction. I’ll never forget when it was reported because most people will never come close to ever having that in a lifetime, and to have a guy personally write that much off?

Anyway, I think Mueller wants that $920 million back. I think Mueller wants to prove that that was a faulty deduction. I think that they want to go back, they want to get Trump’s tax returns because they want to nullify that $900 million deduction, and then they want to collect 20 years of interest and penalties and wipe Trump out.

In the meantime, President Trump’s lawyers are in the process of negotiating with special counsel Robert Mueller to bring the Russia probe to an end, reports Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller’s tentacles continue to reach further and further.

CNN reported that investigators are attempting to determine whether former Blackwater chief Erik Prince misled the  House Intelligence Committee about a meeting he had in Seychelles in January of 2017.

Prince is accused of using the meeting as an opportunity to establish a secret back channel with Russia.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge spoke with one of President Trump’s personal lawyers about the new subpoena request by Special Counsel Mueller.

According to Herridge, Trump’s lawyer was unaware of the subpoena and said it may be a ‘wrap up’ subpoena or ‘clean up’ subpoena which may signal the end of the investigation.


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