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Some Ideas From Donald Trump About What Is to Be Done. by The Elephant's Child

static2-politico-comDonald Trump laid out his plans for his first 100 days in a speech in Gettysburg. He listed 28 points, some excellent, some not. Here are a few of the good ones, in no particular order. This is not to say there are not other good proposals, Here ‘s the entire list.

—Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act.An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

—Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.

—Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

—Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)

—Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.

—Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act.Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

—Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.

—Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity Act Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

Here are Steven Hayward’s comments on the list. Term limits are perennially popular, but there are good and effective congressmen whom it would be a pity to lose, and we would never agree on who are the good ones and who are not. New members of Congress are not always particularly effective in their first term, and need to learn their way around.

The eliminate two regulations in order to add one is a gimmick. The Obama administration has added regulations in ridiculous numbers in the illusion that people in government know better than ordinary citizens. We need a far stronger way to eliminate them.

Give the list some attention. It makes you think about what is desirable and what is not, and where you stand. I think Mr. Trump is generally mistaken about trade. NAFTA has been very successful for all three countries.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a useful venture—it’s making a common market of Pacific nations — and we should have learned from the EU that this is a very bad idea indeed. It essentially eliminates our borders and turns our sovereignty  over to an unaccountable international commission. The Left no longer believes in national sovereignty, a major point to keep in mind.

Government is too big, and tries to do too much. There are few things that are best done by the federal government, and even those are not well done. The nature of government employees is to believe that their expertise is what is needed to control the unruly deplorables out there, and they do way too much, make too many laws, pass too many regulations, have too many agencies and departments, and if we eliminated more than half of them, nobody would notice.

Is the Election Rigged? Is it Unacceptable to Ask? by The Elephant's Child

voters-vote-in-a-voting-b-007After the second debate, several prominent conservative sites again had the vapors. Donald Trump suggested that the votes were rigged, and to suggest any such thing was just beyond the pale. How dare he suggest a rigged vote!

After this third debate, we had the same thing. Donald Trump refused to state flatly that he would accept the results of the vote, and it was another hissy fit. He is suggesting… How dare he…. Madison and Jefferson would…

At the same time. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has some Democrat activists, notably  one Scott Foval, deputy political director at People for the American Way, saying they had been busing people in from other states to vote illegally, for fifty years. They “manipulated the vote” and devised extensive methods of avoiding suspicion. (If  you have not watched the two videos, you should.) After the videos were released, Scott Foval and Bob Creamer were fired. It was noticed that Bob Creamer had visited the White House 342 times. To talk to whom? A Wikileaks Podesta email says it’s OK for illegal aliens to vote if they have a driver’s license. The top election official in Indiana says she has found thousands more incidents of what she characterized as potential “voter fraud.” Several states have noted dead people voting. New Yorkers who have a second home in Florida end up voting in both states. But suggesting a rigged vote is unacceptable?

Republicans have tried to clear up suspicions of vote fraud by requiring photo ID to vote. You cannot enter the Justice building without photo ID, buy an airline ticket, write a check, open a bank account  or visit the doctor, but the very suggestion that you should have photo ID to vote, elicits screams of “Racism” from the Democrats.

So please explain why it is supposed to be shocking that Donald Trump would suggest that the media is rigging the election, or that failing to say he would immediately accept the results of the election is beyond question, and unacceptable.

Here in Washington State we have been forced to accept a mail-in ballot system, one that most poll watchers say is most ripe for fraud. That came after there was a huge scandal when Christine Gregoire was elected on the third re-count after a new package of ballots was found in a back room somewhere or other. We have seen  years when, gosh, those military ballots just didn’t get back from overseas in time to be counted.

Each of us American citizens have a single vote, and we really want it to be counted. It is inconceivable that some people just don’t bother voting. And we really do expect a clean and fair election.

“The Institutional Left Is Conspiring to Produce an Unaware and Compliant Citizenry” by The Elephant's Child


So far we have learned that the fact-checkers don’t really check the facts—their answers are usually wrong. Lots of superlatives: the best, the worst, the most, the least, true evil, total hogwash. Lots of propaganda. What can you believe? Who is telling the truth? Is there any truth anymore? The disclosures from Wikileaks continue to arrive.

Back on April 10, 2015. a memo came out about an off-the-record cocktail party for influential reporters, anchors and editors. The purpose was to give reporters and their editors their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement and launch period. They would be framing the HRC message and framing the race.  Reporters who had RSVPd were Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopolus, Jon Karl, John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Norah O’Donnell, and many more.

We learned from the released emails that team Hillary hoped to end up with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as the Republican candidate and the easiest to defeat. I’m sure that it is simply a coincidence that at the Republican debates with seventeen candidates, very successful governors or members of the Senate or the House, and one female CEO, the media coverage went mostly to just one candidate, and the rest struggled for a chance to speak.

The Podesta emails show team HRC openly debating in emails how to cover-up the Benghazi emails. They know how bad they are and want to get a more favorable narrative out there before the committee learns about it.

There was an allegation that the FBI was offered plum assignments for their agents overseas if they would just look the other way when investigating the Hillary emails. And other allegations that Obama, who had said he didn’t even have Hillary’s email address, was corresponding with her regularly under an assumed name.

The released emails show close cooperation with the media and deference to the campaign. Another features one of Podesta’s colleagues from the Center for American Progress admitting that the institutional left “conspires to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry” ostensibly to impose their radical agenda on us without much resistance.

Hillary told Goldman Sachs executives that Americans who want to limit immigration are “fundamentally un-American” according to the leaked transcript of her October 2013 speech made public by Wikileaks. And she’s all for the H-1B program of importing foreign workers.

Hillary gets the questions for an interview before it happens so she can prepare. She gets the scripts before a TV appearance.  Editors give her team a chance to edit their reports before they are disseminated. The State Department coordinated their release of emails with the campaign, The Podesta emails suggest there should be a Catholic spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.

The leaks certainly prove just what Hillary claimed that there is a public persona and a private one. Probably the very reason she decided on a private server at her home in defiance of federal regulations was to try to be sure that the private persona never got exposed to the vast right-wing conspiracy. If you’re not trying to get rich on the taxpayer’s dime through illegal methods, you don’t have to worry that much about exposure.

There’s a reason why they are called public servants—they are supposed to report to us. They are required by law to save their records which are to be available to the public, on demand. There’s a reason why “government corruption” is the number one real fear among the American people.

Behind the Scenes of the Clinton Campaign, Leaving Nothing to Chance. by The Elephant's Child

Every time you think this campaign season can’t possibly get any weirder—it does. Today James O’Keefe and Project Veritas Action released a first video revealing that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee are taking credit for instigating violence at several Republican events (think starting a riot) during the 2016 election cycle.

They call it  “bird dogging”—they plan confrontations in advance, choose the individuals to provoke, and work to maximize media coverage from a compliant media. They are staging very authentic grassroots protests right in Republican faces at their own events. It’s all coordinated with the Clinton campaign, but they make sure there is “plausible deniability” for the campaign. It’s all very complicated. These people are”consultants” in unofficial roles to avoid violating the law by coordinating directly.

The object, of course, is to create the “desired perception” that Trump is dangerous and divisive, undermines American values and makes our national security questionable. Trump supporters have frequently been attacked by left-wing mobs. Apparently much of it is staged to create negative impressions about the Trump candidacy, and rig the election.The tactic often uses more vulnerable people, the elderly or disabled, to create more shock value. These are not nice people, but they are quite serious.

A Quotation to Keep in Mind for the Coming Week: by The Elephant's Child

The real motives of liberals  have nothing to do with the welfare of other people. Instead, they have two related goals—to establish themselves as morally and intellectually superior to the rather distasteful population of common people, and to gather as much power as possible to tell those distasteful common people how they must live their lives.

…………………………………………………….Thomas Sowell

“Just Think of the Media as Democrat Operatives With Bylines, And It All Makes Sense.” by The Elephant's Child

14753383_10154577228148834_1510771865406524406_o-640x477Deep into a political campaign, tempers are lost, friends are lost. In Hillsborough, North Carolina, there was an arson attack at a Republican Party office. Major damage and destruction from a firebomb attack. No loss of life.  The explosive device was thrown through a window of the office, and the words “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else” were painted on a nearby building. “Nazi Republicans?” That’s a new one, although “Nazi” has come to be a sort of all-purpose epithet, particularly for those completely unfamiliar with history.

This year seems to be the worst one in my memory for hate and anger. One wonders if people are actually aware of the issues. Do they understand what all the fuss about emails is, and why there is so much  talk of putting Hillary in jail, which seems outrageous. The Clinton campaign has made it clear that they have no respect for ordinary American citizens, called them “Deplorables,” Bill Clinton essentially called them Southern White Trash.

The leaks of emails from Wikileaks are painting a difficult picture of the Clinton Campaign. John Podesta is Hillary’s Campaign Chairman, and his leaked emails make it clear that even early on, Hillary wanted to run against one of these three: Ben Carson, Ted Crus or Donald Trump, as the easiest for her to defeat. In the early debates with the absurd Republican bench of 17 candidates, did you wonder why all the attention went to Donald Trump, and the other 16 had a hard time getting a chance to speak at all? As Instapundit says quite regularly, “If you think of the media as Democrat operatives with bylines, it all makes sense.”

Have you bought a copy of Clinton Cash, Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book about how Bill and Hillary Clinton went from “Dead Broke” to multimillionaires? Its also out in a graphic novel form. I haven’t, but was fascinated with Gini Thomas’s interview with Peter Schweizer, in two parts. The second part is here. Mrs. Thomas is an excellent interviewer and Peter Schweizer’s story of the investigation is certainly worth your time. Though if you have been following the revelations from Wikileaks, nothing is really a surprise. No wonder sixty-one percent of Americans say their biggest worry is “government corruption.”

We have had misbehaving government bureucrats before, but never at this scale, and never with the approval of the government itself.

A Strong Need for Intellectual Consistency! by The Elephant's Child

Economist Mark Perry presents his Venn diagram of the day:

If a 20% tax reduced consumption of sugar drinks, what about a 107% increase in the minimum wage?


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