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Greedy Capitalists Didn’t 
Rape Venezuela, Greedy Socialists Did
by Susan Stamper Brown
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Tuesday Top Headlines
Susan Collins kills Republican health reform … again (The Hill)
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Sens. Graham and Sanders agree: Don’t send taxpayer money to insurance companies — but for opposite reasons (CNS News)
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liar-nObama, Holder group pushes $500,000 into Virginia governor race (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Democrat-appointed judges uphold Texas law against sanctuary cities (The Washington Times)
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Republican senators offer conservative alternative to DREAM Act (Fox News)
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For perspective: The North Koreans interpret everything as a “declaration of war” (Washington Examiner)
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Iran defies nuclear deal with latest ballistic missile test (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Smithsonian finally gives Clarence Thomas a spot in its National Museum of African American History (The Washington Times)
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The Michigan comeback story. How business-tax reform helped revive the state’s economy (The Wall Street Journal)
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NFL players arrested every seven days on average (The Daily Wire)
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Flag on the play? The NFL might get in trouble with the IRS for getting political (Washington Examiner)
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Policy: Trump’s new travel ban is standard security policy. (The Daily Signal)
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Policy: Time to base nutrition policy on science. (Real Clear Health ~The Patriot Post
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RINO-Collins says no on liar-nObamaCare 
repeal bill, effectively derailing 
Graham-Cassidy legislation
{foxnews.com} ~ Sen. RINO-Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Monday she will vote against the latest liar-nObamaCare repeal bill, effectively killing the Graham-Cassidy legislation... RINO-Collins' announcement came minutes after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released figures estimating that the legislation would "result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events." In a statement, RINO-Collins referred to the Graham-Cassidy bill as "deeply flawed," and that health care reform cannot be done properly "in a compressed time frame."...You Republicans had 7 plus years to repeal.  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/25/collins-says-no-on-obama...
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Using Truth to Fight Globalist 
Lies About The John Birch Societ
by Alex Newman
{thenewamerican.com} ~ The John Birch Society has been enduring rampant smears of late, being called anti-Semitic and a white nationalist group... But the truth is far different — and always has been. If you represent any sort of threat against the establishment and its glob­alist agenda, prepare to be ruthlessly demonized and lied about by that same globalist establishment. Exhibit A is, of course, President Donald Trump. After announcing that he was running on an anti-globalist platform to “drain the swamp,” the billionaire businessman was relentlessly smeared across every propaganda organ the establishment possesses. If the “fake news” media, as Trump correctly calls them, is to be believed, the president is a racist, white supremacist, anti-Semite, white nationalist, lunatic, conspiracy theorist, agent of Vladimir Putin, and another Hitler...  https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/26980-using-trut...
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Does Israel DiscriminateAgainst Arabs?
by Truth Revolt
{truthrevolt.org} ~ Does Israel discriminate against Arabs? Is it today's version of apartheid South Africa?... Olga Meshoe, herself a South African whose family experienced apartheid, settles the question once and for all. Maybe you’ve heard someone say that Israel is an apartheid state. That Israel has a policy of segregating and oppressing the minority population within its borders – like South Africa once did... http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/prager-u-does-israel-discrimi...
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Graham-Cassidy and the 
Future of Healthcare Reform
by John C. Goodman
{forbes.com} ~ The prognosis for Graham-Cassidy, the latest “repeal and replace liar-nObamacare” health-reform bill, to secure 50 votes in the Senate by the September 30 deadline looks negative... a tie in Congress’s upper chamber would give Vice President Mike Pence the deciding vote, despite a few tweaks made to the legislation Sunday night to potentially win the necessary support. However, regardless of the fate of Graham-Cassidy, with its focus on cutting regulations and block-granting liar-nObamacare dollars to the states, it’s crucial that health reform give the states greater flexibility, argues Independent Institute Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, in a recent column on the benefits of Graham-Cassidy in Forbes... https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2017/09/18/ten-reasons-why...
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The Hypocrisy of the NFL
by Genevieve Wood
{dailysignal.com} ~ Genevieve Wood wants to know why the Dallas Cowboys weren’t allowed by the NFL to wear police decals in honor of those police officers killed in Dallas last year... but players are permitted to not stand for the national anthem. Plus, she interviews two Americans outside a Washington, D.C., sports bar about their views on football and the national anthem...  http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/25/the-hypocrisy-of-the-nfl/?utm_sou...
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Greedy Capitalists Didn’t 
Rape Venezuela, Greedy Socialists Did
by Susan Stamper Brown
{townhall.com} ~ “From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems…”– President Donald Trump, Sept. 19.

A big takeaway from my prior years in ministry is that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes people hide dark secrets behind nice smiles and happy faces.

Here in the U.S., gobs of sorely misinformed people fantasize about the pie-in-the-sky idea of socialism, having no idea all it does is make everyone except those in charge poor and miserable.

Even so, socialism barkers put on happy faces and try to sell socialism like snake oil salesmen.

And then there is President Trump, who told it like it is during his U.N. General Assembly speech, which will likely go down in history as one for the ages.

Trump said, “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

You could almost hear all the air being sucked out of the room by horrorstruck socialist world leaders forced to face the truth head-on: Everywhere socialism is implemented it eventually fails.

Venezuela, the weight loss capital of the world, is falling apart.

Socialist policies picked this oil rich country bone-dry.
 
Former president Hugo Chavez justified stealing businesses from private citizens in the name of spreading the wealth around. He nationalized just about every industry to supposedly level the playing field and create financial equality.

Then he went spend-happy.

For a short while, Venezuelans enjoyed freebies like the single payer healthcare system that Congressional Democrats here in the U.S. want so bad they would probably be willing to sell everything you own to get it, if that’s what it would take.

The government became Venezuelans’ sole provider. Along with free healthcare, they also received subsidies for energy and food.

Then the healthcare system collapsed and the economy went kaput.

Devoid of basic necessities like food, medications, or even toilet paper, Venezuelans now forage through trash like wild animals and even eat dogs and cats to survive.

All that, while current president Nicolas Madura and Chavez family members live in the lap of luxury.

Yes, folks, socialism works.

It works for leaders who steal it from the folks at the top, bottom and middle.

They’ll tell you every time they are doing it to share the wealth. Chavez talked the socialism talk while he was lining his pockets. When he died, he left his daughter Maria Gabriela Chavez around $4 billion, Miami-based newspaper Diario Las Americas reports.
 
Americans should be very leery of Democrat Party politicians whose eyes light up like blow torches at the mention of the childishly romantic idea of socialism. Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren is a multi-millionaire who lives in a $2 million mansion. Bernie Sanders has three homes, including a $600,000 lake house. Former President liar-nObama is worth tens of millions and rakes in $400,000 per speech from the Wall Street folks he once rail against.

Like Chavez, Democrats tend to blame much of the inequities in the world on capitalism.

Greedy capitalists didn’t rape Venezuela, greedy socialists did.  

The Economist reports Chavez “expropriated and redistributed wealth to weaken enemies and woo allies” and “undercut the oil wealth that funded Venezuelan socialism.” Then, the inevitable happened, Venezuela ran “out of other people’s money,” just like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said.
 
Apparently, her wisdom is far too yesteryear for current Prime Minister Theresa May, who issued President Trump a stiff-lipped smackdown for “pursuing protectionism” during her UN speech. May said protectionism might “undermine support for the forces of liberalism and free trade that have done so much to propel global growth.”

Meanwhile, malnourished Venezuelans are fleeing in droves to escape the death throes of a socialist nightmare.

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OMG!! -> Government Now Wants To Seize Your Car For Going 5MPH Over The Limit

We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.

Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

But the government is actually a bigger problem than common thieves.

A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year – hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

And it happens at every level. Your local cop can use civil asset forfeiture just like your state trooper. And then any one of the armed agents of the US government—from the FBI to the Fish and Wildlife Service—can rob you for whatever reason they want.

This travesty continues to grow because the cops who take your stuff get to keep it. Police departments and government agencies around the country depend on civil asset forfeiture to boost their budgets.

Cops will literally keep some of the cars they take as squad cars. And they make a fortune auctioning off the houses, boats, and anything else they confiscate.

Obviously this gives cops an incentive to steal, whether or not they actually think the property was used in a crime, or acquired illegally. Remember, civil asset forfeiture adds billions every year to their bottom line.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of civil asset forfeiture.

Tyson Timbs was convicted of selling a small amount of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to house arrest, and paid about $1,200 in fines.

But then police used civil asset forfeiture to take his $42,000 Land Rover which Timbs purchased with money from a life insurance policy after his father died. The money did not come from selling drugs, or any other illegal activity.

Timbs sued, and the case made its way to the Supreme Court, because every lower court in Indiana said the forfeiture was perfectly legit.

The case revolves around whether or not the seizure of the Land Rover was an excessive fine under the 8th amendment, and whether or not this protection against excessive fines applies to state governments.

And the public got some crazy insight into the government’s position.

The Indiana Solicitor General was arguing in favor of civil asset forfeiture when Justice Stephen Breyer asked him a hypothetical.

Breyer asked, if a state needs revenue, could it force someone to forfeit their Bugatti, Mercedes, or Ferrari for speeding? Even if they were going just 5 miles per hour over the speed limit?

And the utterly appalling answer from the Indiana Solicitor General was, yes.

That’s right… the official government position is that they can steal any amount of your property in “connection” with any crime whatsoever, no matter how trivial the crime may be… even exceeding the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

This is how overbearing and authoritarian the government has become in the land of the free.

This is how much power your local cop has… and the power only grows as you go to state, and federal officials.

If there is any solace in any of this, it is that the other Supreme Court Justices were reportedly laughing at this exchange.

The justices seemed incredulous that Indiana’s top lawyer was using such absurd assertions and flimsy reasoning in his arguments.

So, for now, we can keep our cars if we get pulled over for speeding. But that may not always be the case…

Depending on how this is ruled, it could pave the way for even more egregious abuses of power… or it could curb the practice, and reign in these thieves in uniforms.

Just understand where the government is coming from. These politicians, bureaucrats and officers think they can do whatever they want. Absolutely anything goes, with no limitation whatsoever.

And that makes it a little tough to feel like you really live in the land of the free.

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