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Desperate Democrats Search Fruitlessly for a Real Issue by The Elephant's Child

It’s the Border Wall. That will fix those Despicable Republicans! Senate Democratic leaders say there’s no plan for construction or getting Mexico to pay for it. Showdown! Shutdown! The Senate Democratic leadership team wrote a letter:

We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration.
Contractors all over the country are putting in bids to build the wall, and it seems that the wall will pay for itself. Illegal immigrants pose costs on the country. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) has estimated that one illegal immigrant costs state and local governments approximately $75,000 in a lifetime, taking into account taxes paid and the cost of providing benefits such as education and health care. President Trump’s border wall needs only to stop about 10 percent of illegal crossings in order to pay for itself. The wall is estimated to cost around $12 to $15 billion and would soon be offset by the savings to government if fewer illegal immigrants arrive over the next decade.
President Trump is able to begin immediate construction and opening bids for contracts because of a 2006 measure signed by President George W. Bush and supported by 64 Democrats. Two-thirds of the Republican-led House approved the bill including 64 Democrats, and 80 of 100 senators approved the bill in the Senate, including Senator Charles Schumer. The bill authorized DHS to construct about 700 miles of fencing or wall along the southern border, and authorized the addition of sensors, lights and cameras to enhance security.

It was to be modeled on the success of the border barriers in the San Diego sector of the U.S. border. The operative word was “secure.” Instead of this two-layer secure fence what has been built consists of flimsy pedestrian fencing or vehicle fencing consisting of posts people can slither through.

The two-tier fence in San Diego runs 14 miles along the border with Tijuana, Mexico. The first layer is a high steel fence, with an inner high anti-climb fence with a no-man’s land in between. It has been amazingly effective. According to a 2005 report by the Congressional Research Service, illegal alien apprehensions in the San Diego sector dropped from 202,000 in 1992 to 9,000 in 2004.

Democrats took back Congress, and in 2008 the White House saw in unrestricted immigration a way to fundamentally transform the demographics of the country and its political landscape. ICE was told not to enforce the law. The unrestricted flow of illegal immigration, drugs and crime soon became too big to ignore. That directive is the source of confusion in the language between Illegal Immigrant, Legal Immigrant, Refugee, Visitors who did not leave when required, and invited H1B workers to replace higher cost American workers. So we have “Sanctuary Cities” who are defying federal law,  and all sorts of confusion about “Amnesty” and “Anchor Babies.”

Enter President Donald Trump who had promised to build a wall. Although there is historically a rise in apprehensions of illegals from January to February, since the administration’s message to ICE and Border Control that they were a law enforcement agency, and Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws—the number of illegal immigrants entering from Mexico has declined by 40 percent  according to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Wednesday. It’s trending toward the lowest monthly total in the last five years, Kelly said. Just the simple statement that the laws will be enforced changes the situation dramatically. Someone should mention that to Minority Leader Schumer.


Isn’t Politics Fun? No. But Sometimes It’s Pretty Funny! Bwa-ha-ha ha-ha!. by The Elephant's Child


According to The Washington Examiner’s Paige Winfield Cunningham, “Congress typically approves election-year Supreme Court nominations.” According to The Federalist’s Gabriel Malor, “There’s Ample Precedent for Rejecting Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominees.”

According to New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, a ‘powerful member of the Democratic leadership’ Senate Republicans should follow the example Democrats set with Anthony Kennedy and help President Obama fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Appearing today on This Week, Schumer Warned Republicans not to follow Senate Majority Leader “Over the cliff” and refuse votes on any Obama nominee.

Senator McConnell, Schumer said, “doesn’t even know who the president’s going to propose and he said, ‘no we’re not having hearings, were not going to go forward to lead the Supreme Court vacant at 300 days in a divided time.”

“We Democrats didn’t do this,” Schumer said.”We voted 97 – 0 for Justice Kennedy in the last year of Reagan’s term.

Senator Charles Schumer in July, 2007: “No George W. Bush nominee to the Supreme Court should be approved, except in extraordinary circumstances.” Nineteen months before a new president was set to be inaugurated.

“Schumer cited ideological reasons for the delay.”

“They must prove by actions, not words, that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not,” Schumer said at the time.

Chuck Schumer Wants To Stamp Out the Tea Party! by The Elephant's Child


Charles (Chuck) Schumer is the senior Senator from the state of New York. He was first elected to the state assembly when he was 23 years old, and has been in politics ever since, and is usually a reliable example of far left thinking.

He argues that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to “funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.” He wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers.

Senator Schumer demands that the IRS use all its powers to make war on the First Amendment and free speech that he doesn’t like, in hopes of electing more Democrats. “We must redouble those efforts immediately” he said.

The Democrats master plan for annihilating the Tea Party movement calls for aggressive class warfare, demagoguery, and lies about the motives, goals and beliefs of Tea Party supporters. The Tea Party Schumer said, is successor to the “Know-Nothings, Prohibitionists, Father Coughlin, and Huey Long.”

That nice organization of ordinary people deeply offended by attacks on the Constitution, by ObamaCare, by government by executive order, by enormous federal debt, failed policies, unemployment, government fraud and waste, failed foreign policy and presidential lies and obfuscation — were so outraged that they went to Town Hall meetings and asked embarrassing questions, and they demonstrated, held protests, waved homemade signs that were covered in the nightly news. This would not do. Not only that, but the 2012 election turned many Democrats out of office and turned the House over to the despicable Republicans. The Tea Party must be stopped!

Schumer urges an orgy of new government spending. More financial aid for college students, more funding for kindergarten through grade 12, more roads and bridges, more job training programs, and more handouts for domestic industry. US corporate taxes, already the world’s highest, should be increases, the minimum wage should be raised and women need equal pay. (That myth never dies)

The electoral system “has been rigged to favor Tea Party candidates in Republican primaries” he said, calling for the system to be changed so Tea Party candidates can’t win elections. He essentially admitted he is terrified of the Tea Party and the threat it represents to the hardcore left.

So there  you go. It’s the same old story. Free people vs. dependent people. A free country vs. 1984. Big government slips into totalitarianism, because people cannot be allowed to say unfavorable things about the government. They cannot be allowed to demonstrate, to object, to speak in public. At what point do the people become no longer free?

Senator Schumer Sees Schemes to Avoid Taxes, And He’s Not Going to Let You Get Away With It! by The Elephant's Child

One of the founders of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, relinquished his U.S. citizenship in September 2011 , before the company announced its planned initial public offering of stock, which appears this week.  He owns an estimated 4 percent of Facebook and stands to make an estimated $4 billion when the company goes public. The move is assumed be a financial one, for as a permanent resident of Singapore he would face no capital gains taxes.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), lifetime politician, is outraged. The Democrats are in the midst of a War on the Wealthy, and waging war on Saverin will help the cause along if he can rouse up enough public indignation about the young man renouncing his citizenship. It is not like Saverin in escaping all taxes, expats have to pay a 15 percent tax on all unrealized capital gains when they renounce their citizenship — which would be more than he would have to pay if he doesn’t sell his Facebook shares. Only the shares he sold would be taxed.  Saverin was born in Brazil, and has lived in Singapore since 2009.

Let’s assume that he decided to renounce his citizenship for financial reasons. Barack Obama with all his talk about “the Buffet Rule” has never grasped that nobody, including Warren Buffett is simply dying to pay more taxes. Obama simply thought he’d rouse up the envious, as a political ploy. Walter Wriston, onetime CEO of Citibank put it very succinctly in The Twilight of Sovereignty:

Capital will go where it is wanted and stay
where it is well treated. It will flee from manipulation
or onerous regulations of it value or use
and no government power can restrain it for long.

With the election of the new socialist president of France Francois Hollande, wealthy Frenchmen are in the process of moving to Britain. Californians are departing the Golden State for states with no income tax like Florida, Texas, Nevada or Washington. Wealthy residents of New Jersey, Governor Christie complains, are moving to other states and he wants to fix New Jersey’s tax system. The wealthy have options. Doctors from New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut are moving to Texas. John Kerry, the wealthiest man in the Senate, was famously mooring his yacht elsewhere to avoid Massachusetts taxes.

Democrats are ever so sure that if they just raise taxes on the wealthy high enough, they will raise revenue enough to take care of the budget deficit and the debt that the Republicans are always complaining about. If you get down into the details of taxation and revenue, you find that raising taxes usually brings in less revenue, and lowering taxes significantly raises revenue. It is counterintuitive, but true. When taxes are low, the well-to-do have more income to invest, and more expectation of profit from their investment — which is exactly what happens.  And the government gets more revenue and more economic activity. When there is more investment, more people are put to work, and they pay taxes too. Outraged Democrats, who are sure that taxes on the richest nearing 100% will being in lots more money, have never been able to grasp that simple fact. They sneered, and called it “trickle-down economics” which was a misnomer.

Well, Schumer wants to charge anyone relinquishing their citizenship a whopping fee for the privilege (?).  Next thing they’ll be building a wall to keep people in. Well, it’s all a political ploy, and you shouldn’t pay much attention.  Saverin must be punished for following the law that the liberals wrote. Schumer also wants to punish him, if he does evade the taxation net, by barring him from ever returning to the U.S.  Schumer wants to apply the law retroactively to all expatriates for the last ten years.

Pathetic, Mr. Schumer, really  pathetic.

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