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But Everybody Knows That Trump is .. by The Elephant's Child

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Democrats have been quite certain that their stand on illegal immigration will be popular among Hispanics. Certainly the racism implicit in Trump’s border wall will be meaningful to the people who have come to America from Mexico and  Central America. Everybody knows Trump is a racist.

A new poll by McLaughlin & Associates finds that the president’s approval rating among Hispanics is 50 percent. McLaughlin is a somewht conservative-oriented company, so Powerline checked with other surveys.  A January Marist/NPR/PBS survey put Trump’s approval rating at 50%,  February Morning Consult/Political poll put it at 45 percent, slightly higher than Trump’s overall approval rating, But what….?

But then, back when Obama was setting up the DACA program, it turned out that when Hispanics were asked what they should do with these unaccompanied children, they said to send them right back home! Steve Cortes, who helped lead the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council in 2016, cites three factors: (1) the economy (2) immigration, and (3) social issues. Cortes explains:

Leftist politicians and their media allies wrongly assume that Hispanics espouse softness on immigration illegality. In reality, a 2018 YouGov/Economist poll detailed that only 20% of Hispanics support the practice of “catch and release” of families crossing our border illegally.

Indeed, Hispanic Americans often suffer the worst, most immediate consequences of porous borders. Too often, Hispanic workers must compete against unfair, illegal labor.

In addition, dangerous illegal aliens largely terrorize Hispanic citizens. The tragic tales of MS-13 savagery, for example, normally involve Hispanic victims like Carlos Rivas-Majano, one of 27 people killed by the gang on Long Island, N.Y., in just the past three years. While elites like wannabe-Hispanic Robert Francis O’Rourke pontificate about open borders and tearing down existing border walls, the actual on-the-ground consequences flow to people with names like Hernandez, Cabrera, and Cortes.

Hispanic Americans have suffered too many totally preventable losses, such as slain Arizona police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza and young Los Angeles mother Sandra Duran, both murdered by illegal aliens living in America despite multiple prior arrests in the United States.

Paul Mirengoff added: “The assumption that Republicans must be soft on immigration to do well among Hispanics voters may prove to be another bit of conventional wisdom that Donald Trump destroys.”

“It’s an article of faith among white leftists that President Trump is a racist. He stands accused of being anti-Black and anti-Hispanic.” Where do we get our ideas of just what the “conventional wisdom” is? It’s what the media reports, It’s what the TV is saying, and the internet, Twitter and Facebook and the Hollywood celebrities a-n–d …oh.  I see!   Rather a lot of conventional wisdom has been going by the wayside lately, has it not?



Democrats Fight to Protect a $1.8 Trillion Tax Break That Benefits The Top 1% by The Elephant's Child

When Republicans even suggest that they are considering cutting taxes, Democrats can be expected to start screaming “Tax cuts for the Rich.” They assume that any reduction in taxes only benefits the very rich and it is not only undeserved, but evil. They are incapable of understanding that if corporate tax rates are cut, those ‘rich” people will not fritter the money away on baubles and yachts, but instead they are freed to reinvest the money in growth, new buildings, new businesses and new machinery, and more workers which creates a growing economy. To be a Democrat, one must assume that the rich never  pay their fair share.

To be a Democrat  you must assume that any tax cut must be revenue neutral. That is, any tax cut must be made up elsewhere in the tax code so there is no loss of government income. That is a myth based on the idea that taxes are at an acceptable level today, Our corporate tax is the highest in the world today, which puts our corporations at a disadvantage compared to other countries. The problem, of course, is government spending. The cost of government never seems to go down. Salaries go up and up. Pensions are generous. The top 1% pay 39% of all taxes paid. The bottom half pay 3% of taxes.

But the Democrats are fighting to protect a $1.8 trillion tax break that benefits the top !%. So much for all those complaints about Republican tax ideas benefiting only the rich. Republicans tax-cut plans suggested  eliminating state and local tax deductions for those who itemize. It seems that few, other than the very rich, bother to claim this deduction, but it is a very big deal for those who do itemize.

Used to be that government workers received about the same income as those in the same kind of jobs in the private industry. Now you’re way better off working for the government. Possibly we could stop the automatic raises, and get the distinction back to comparable worth for the same kind of  jobs. How about a pay freeze for congressmen? They keep cutting the military pay.




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