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The Trump Jobs Boom is Real by The Elephant's Child

There were 228,000 jobs created in November. Joblessness is at a 17 year low of 4.1% and wages are going up. President Trump’s focus on tax cuts and deregulation is very good for the job market. It’s the strongest it’s been since 2000. The number of people employed is up by 1.87 million. Up for minorities, up for women, men and low-income folks. The only group that is doing notably worse is—teenagers.

It’s not hard to figure that one out. There have been significant minimum wage hikes around the country. Hiring a teenager means that you have to train someone in how to work, how to work at that job, how to relate to customers, how to make change, all the little tasks that make up most entry-level jobs,

Unions were out marching a while back with their signs: “Fight for Fifteen”. The Seattle area was a demonstration venue. The city of SeaTac (the Seattle Tacoma Airport) has lots of motels, restaurants, hotels, fast food places. They voted for a $15 minimum wage. Hotel maids got their $15, had to start paying for parking, paying for lunch. Some lost their jobs, or worked fewer hours, but privileges like free meals, vanished. Most workers felt that the rise in the minimum wage was a negative event. Taking on someone who needed a lot of training to get up to speed just wasn’t going to happen.

In Seattle it has meant that many marginal small businesses have gone out of business. And the same thing is happening across the country.

Manufacturing has rebounded. The economy has added 189,000 jobs in the past year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that at the same time federal government employment is down by 3,000. The Trump people have been removing unneeded regulation as fast as they can, and it is a boon for business. The Democrats have been out there shrieking “Tax Cuts for the Rich”— but that isn’t what is happening. Wages are rising faster in the lower income ranges than the higher ones. The Media, of course, has tried to portray Trump as a friend of the elites and an enemy of working people, but that is just wrong. Good tax cuts are on the way and that should keep growth going for a long time yet.

If you have teenagers, there are a lot of skills you can teach them at home. How to talk to customers, how to make change and count it back, How to clean the table and how to clean a bathroom. How to sweep up. Those simple tasks can be useful skills.

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Victor Davis Hanson Explains the Left’s Hypocrisy about Equality by The Elephant's Child

Well, professors at our universities have long seethed with not just envy but anger at CEOs in American industry. After all, you can read what their salaries are in the financial pages or in annual reports. Professors prefer to pretend that their concern is at the diversity of the salaries of the ordinary working stiff and the CEO. What really lights their fuses is that they, the professors, have Doctorates! PhDs! They are the scholars of the nation, the recognized elite.

Of course they do not recognize that CEOs are awarded their salaries by the corporate Board of Directors, in recognition of the profitability of the corporation itself, and in relation to the economy.

What if the elite professors in our nation’s universities had to demonstrate what their students have learned at the end of four years, in order to justify their salaries.” I rest my case.



Are You in Favor of Tax Cuts? Why or Why Not? by The Elephant's Child

Democrats are fully organized to defeat their opposition: us. They recognize that most of their voters are busy with their plebeian lives, and don’t pay much attention to the news. They just don’t have time. That’s why they are out there crying “racist, sexist, homophobic, etc, etc” whenever the wind shifts slightly. Added on to that will be whatever seems to be the hot button of the moment. Talking points come from John Podesta and the Center for American Progress. You can tell about talking points because when there is any notable think in the news, all major Democrats will speak of it in identical words, often right down to the apostrophes and quotation marks. They speak with one voice, but it does not represent individual thought.

Ordinary Democrats don’t receive the talking points, you have to be somebody who might get interviewed or who might speak on their own. This is simply the old notion that if a lie is repeated often enough, pretty soon everybody will believe it. They are scared to death of the Republican effort to cut taxes, you may have heard them— xxx (this cut) is going to kill people, people will die (work requirement for welfare), removing the penalty for refusing to buy ObamaCare health insurance. That sort of thing, plus all the other drastic results of Republican tax relief.

But guess what: polls are showing that Americans not only do not understand the Republican tax proposals, but a stunning 41 percent of voters say that tax reform will increase their taxes, while just 20 percent think their taxes will fall. Complete nonsense. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that most Americans will have their taxes cut by Republican efforts to reform the tax code. Those who do not get cuts will be because of the elimination of some deductions. The media, of course, is reporting that tax reform is very unpopular. This is the result of a highly successful disinformation campaign.

The Left is highly organized to get their messages out. There’s the Center for American Progress, David Brock and Media Matters and his other efforts, and the Democracy Alliance, a big organization of very wealthy Democrats who have to cough up big bucks just to join, and then commit funds regularly to advance the Leftist project. George Soros is a big player and supporter.

Republican efforts to inform about tax relief get a few quotes from Paul Ryan, Speaker and “policy wonk”, who gets lost in the weeds on tax intricacies. There isn’t much of anyone explaining what is happening. The Left, on the other hand,  is remarkably uninterested in economics, only in control.

Random economists explain, but most people don’t really know how much they pay in taxes. They have automatic withdrawals for taxes where they work, and don’t pay much attention to the total until it’s tax time and they just turn the papers over to their tax guy. Same thing with the news. How many get their news of the day from late night ‘comedians’ or what they hear on the radio on the drive home? What they hear is likely to be more confusing than informative, and highly opinionated.  When and how does all this getting informed happen? Who can you trust? What publication online, or in a newspaper or magazine can you trust?

Too many of today’s young reporters are products of schools that haven’t taught Western Civ for years, who don’t require much in the way of history, and they look at being in the news business as becoming a player in the political game. Go back and read the interview with Claudia Rosett, a real honest-to-goodness journalist. Today’s young reporters seem to be political enthusiasts with bylines who don’t spend their spare time studying up.



Democrats Are So Predictable by The Elephant's Child

Senator Charles Schumer’s response (Tax cuts for the Rich! Tax cuts for the rich!) to any threat of a tax cut from the Republicans will loudly drown out any attempt by Republicans to explain what it is they believe they have accomplished. Obama left office with a gift of a $20 trillion deficit, which makes cutting taxes to revive the economy a difficult undertaking. They need to tailor the cuts to help make the economy grow while still whittling away at the deficit as well.

The House passed a tax bill and sent it on to the Senate, and the Senate has now passed their version (remember that the Senate does not have a lot of wiggle room because their majority is so small) But they did pass it, they believe they’ve added good things, so now it goes to reconciliation where they try to agree on a final bill that will go to the President for his signature.

Democrats do not understand that cutting taxes on business will help to make the economy grow. It has been proven over and over, but Democrats believe that corporations are the rich, and they know that is true because they have seen how much some CEOs of big corporations make on the financial pages, and they seethe.

No sooner had the Senate passed their bill than Democrats en masse had nervous breakdowns. Kurt Eichenwald complained that “America died tonight. Economic suicide adopted to feed the insatiable greed of donors…” Patton Oswalt said “There’s no America now.” “Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform.”An MSNBC guest says Republican Tax Bill Is ‘Akin to Rape.’

These quotes come from Steven Hayward at Powerline, where I envision him giggling as he types each word of his lengthy piece. The Democrats are absolutely certifiable.



The Mueller Probe Is Not What You Think It Is! by The Elephant's Child

Apparently the Mueller probe has never been about Russian collusion at all, and is entirely focused on trying desperately to find something for which to impeach President Trump. General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to “lying” to the FBI in order to stop the harassment of his family, the depletion of his savings in attorney fees, and is being forced to sell his house to meet the financial drain. The Mueller team was apparently trying to implicate Flynn’s son, though I have seen no information on that at all.

Michael Ledeen has written on the case, and says that he interviewed former colleagues of Flynn thoroughly when he worked with him on The Field of Flight, to understand his co-author. Flynn was unanimously described as a man who was a compulsive truth-teller. Confessing to making false statements makes no sense, and would be totally out of character,. Ledeen says he has pled guilty to doing foreign policy, which was his job, at the behest of the president-elect, and then misleading the FBI and the vice-president elect. I always listen to Michael Ledeen.

The FBI agent who interviewed General Flynn was Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Russia Probe over anti-Trump bias expressed publicly on Twitter and elsewhere. Michael Ledeen:

So the Flynn story, which is also the Mueller story, is about national politics, as it has been since the beginning. We have just learned that Mueller removed two investigators from his staff after they had played key roles in investigating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the so-called “collusion” matter. Mueller has been actively blocking congressional access to documents about the case.

Attorney General Sessions  issued an interesting statement:

The allegations that the inspector general has confirmed are part of his ongoing investigation, if proven to be true, would raise serious questions of public trust. I look forward to receiving the inspector general’s report. We will ensure that anyone who works on any investigation in the Department of Justice does so objectively and free from bias or favoritism.

The inspector general has been working diligently to complete his investigation for months, and I have requested he complete it as soon as possible. The American people deserve answers.

At the Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins noted that:

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying about a non-crime. Even Adam Schiff, the House Democrat most determined to ride the Russia collusion story to bigger and better things, acknowledged that conferring with a representative of Russia about the incoming administration’s Russia policy is not illegal or improper.

The best source for the legal part of this complicated mess is Andy McCarthy at National Review. Read the whole thing, and Andy’s other pieces as well.  We all need to be well informed on this Leftist attempt at a coup. They want to bring down this administration. It has nothing really to do with Hillary’s loss. They wish she would just go away. It is entirely about power.

The Obama administration made some great progress towards the globalism or socialism  that is their goal, and they were looking forward to getting rid of the annoying Constitution, all that free speech crap, all the guns—they could envision the promised wonderfulness nearly in reach, and then—Trump! He is not only decimating all of Obama’s accomplishments one by one, he keeps getting on Twitter and rubbing it in.

I don’t think the average run of the mill Democrat has any grasp of what the hard core of the party is all about. They are Democrats because Republicans are nasty Racist, Sexist, Homophobes who cut taxes for the Rich, and don’t give the poor people anything at all. Or something like that.

The Trump accomplishments to this point are not particularly Republican, but centrist. Trump has his eye clearly on fixing the controls and regulations imposed by the Obama administration and getting overbearing government out of the way of the people.Which is really what he promised, isn’t it?



Great Good News, So Of Course the Left Is Out Protesting by The Elephant's Child

The Obama administration wanted business to boom, or at least improve, so instead of getting out of the way and making it easier for businesses to do what they knew how to do, they loaded on the regulations—do it this way.  In the interest of the health of older folks, the feds decided that a doctor’s appointment with a Medicare patient should last for 7 minutes. In concern for the health of obese Americans they decided that Pizza Parlors should not only list all the ingredients in a pizza, but the calories added by each ingredient, on that big sign behind the cash register. The federal government thought they could do a better job of training people for jobs. And they did not understand why business did not improve.

People (including congressmen) read in the business press about the seemingly astronomic salaries paid to corporate CEOs, and are incensed. In most cases, the corporate board pays the CEO in relation to how successfully he helps the business to make a profit. Lengthy terms in office are not all that common. Democrats are astonished to learn that the Federal Government runs a deficit.

It’s very hard to get people to understand that corporations don’t really pay taxes. If doing business costs more, they make the box size a little smaller, let some workers go, reduce the quality of a lesser component—and as a last resort, raise the price of the product. But there are limits to how far they can go. If a business does not make a profit, it no longer has a reason to exist and goes out of business. It would be really helpful if the Left would learn something about economics, but buying your favorite Leftist an economics book won’t work. As the old saying goes “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

Democrats are interested in control, not economics. You need a lot of taxes to support controlling everything.

P.S. If you took in taxes every bit of the income (all of it) of the people who earn $100,000. a year or more, it still would not be enough to run the country.



The City of San Francisco Should Have Been On Trial by The Elephant's Child

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was on trial in San Francisco, for the murder on  of Kate Steinle in 2015 , who was walking with her father on the docks when she was shot by Mr. Zarate, an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times. He was back in San Francisco because San Francisco was a “sanctuary city” and he knew he would not be deported from there. America was shocked when the jury refused to convict him  of murder, in any degree, but charged him only with illegal possession of a weapon as a felon. Oh yes, he had a long record.

But the wrong person was really on trial. The City of San Francisco should have been on trial for the murder of Kate Steinle. It was the City of San Francisco that refused to obey the law, and when Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked for him to be held to face deportation rulings, released him instead, so that he could go to the docks and shoot Kate Steinle. San Francisco is very big on what they are now calling “virtue signaling.”

President Trump turned the Steinle case into a rallying cry for immigration enforcement during his run for the presidency. The illegal alien lobby, on the other hand, denied that San Francisco’s sanctuary policy had anything to do with the killing. California strengthened their status as a scofflaw after the Steinle homicide. In October, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB54, the “California Values Act” to turn the entire state into an immigration-enforcement-free-haven for any and all illegal alien criminals.

According to public defender Francisco Ugarte, the blame for the whole case belongs to Donald Trump and anyone who wants to enforce immigration laws.

“From day one, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation. From day one, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation,”

The case, according to Heather MacDonald, was exclusively about immigration. We are a nation of laws, and had this country the means to protect its borders and deport illegal alien criminals, Garcia Zarate would not have been on the Embarcadero on July 1, 2015, and would have been back in Mexico. And Kate Steinle would be alive and getting ready for Christmas with her family.

San Francisco supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer turned the case into a gun control matter. Of course. “I always thought this is not an immigration issue, as Trump made it out to be—this is a gun management issue,” said Sandra Lee Fewer, “A car is not a safe and sexure place to keep a gun, knowing the smount of car break-ins we have in San Francisco”

Why does San Francisco have so many car break-ins? “Because of Proposition 47, which forbids prison sentences for most thefts, which has led to a sharp increase in property crimes. Car break-ins are simply a fact of nature—like illegal immmigration—that society has no power to quell.”

California has long since become another Brazil, divided between fabulously wealthy elites hunkered down in their own coastal sanctuaries and a poor Third World population. The immigration policies that gave rise to the Steinle killing must change. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been conducting an unhearlded effort to end sanctuary jurisdictions, but the illegal alien lawyer’s lobby has foungt him at eery turn. Add to that the Democrat Party and the globalization crowd who want open borders.

The Democrats want more Democrat voters, and even go so far as to want to allow illegal aliens to vote. Election watchers believe that at least 1.1 million illegal aliens voted for Hillary in the last election. Obama was careful to place refugees where they could shift the numbers to affect the electoral college count by increasing population.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act sponsored by Virgina congressman Bob Goodlatte would clarify ICE’s authority to enforce federal detainer requests, and would confirm the attorney general’s authority to withhold federal funding from virtue-signalling jurisdictions. It also would allow both the federal government and victims of sanctuary policies to sue sanctuary governments.

MacDonald adds that “while building a border wall is an important part of a sound immigration policy, preserving the rule of law inside the country is even more important. Advocates agenda is clear, they want to stop all deportations and in so doing eviscerate our sovereignty once and for all. Their ultimate aim is to transform the country culturally and demographically. Sanctuary policies are one of their most powerful weapons.”




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