Saudi Reforms Continue, another step in the right direction

Saudi Reforms Continue, another step in the right direction

Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, these “champion’s” of women’s rights were in power, dealing with the Saudi’s for decades, and the repression continued.

Trump got into the White House — Took ONE TRIP over there — and the Saudi’s have been on a reforming binge ever since, reconciliation with Israel is underway, terrorist funding has been cut — and now they are even reforming the civil rights of young women — too young to marry — in Saudi Arabia! Trump is a miracle worker.

The latest news is great news for people who REALLY support women’s rights, instead of exploiting the issue for votes, like Democrats do, while doing nothing to fix the real problems. This is from Arab News:

RIYADH: A panel of Shoura Council has asked that marriage contracts for girls under 18 be restricted to the competent (family affairs) courts.
The request was contained in a series of recommendations presented by the

Committee of Islamic and Judiciary Affairs on a study related to underage (minors) marriage at the Shoura Council’s 9th ordinary session on Monday.

The committee further asked the Ministry of Health to accept pre-marital tests for girls under 18 only when requested by a competent court. It also urged both the Ministries of Culture and Information and Islamic Affairs to take necessary steps to spread awareness on the harmful effects of minors’ marriage.

Shoura Council lady member Dr. Eqbal Darandari told Arab News: “The committee acceded to have those under 18 submit their marriage contracts, as well as a pre-marital tests to a competent court to determine their case.

“Some Shoura members disagreed with this decision because they believed it meant we condone underage marriage. Others suggested that only those between the ages of 16-18 can transfer their cases to a judge, and those below 16 cannot get married. Some members demanded this be applied to underage boys, as well.”

Darandari revealed that she is among those who believe there needed to be an age limit to underage girls’ marriages. “Many countries have legalized marriages to 16 year olds so I see no harm in girls getting married at that age. Not to mention, girls’ voices must be heard and their opinions taken into consideration. I don’t believe a pre-marital test is enough. In my opinion, I think we need a female committee — made of a doctor, lawyer, psychologist and social worker — that studies the girl’s state in order to assess whether or not she can get married.”

“Those that are fifteen or younger can undergo severe physical and psychological damage through marriage, and they’re probably unequipped for it. I believe there should be sanctions to those who do not adhere to that, and in the case of a marriage during that delicate age, a girl’s right to demand a divorce if things don’t work out should be guaranteed.”

 

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Pelosi the Hypocrite

Pelosi the Hypocrite

Nancy Pelosi — with all the facts which contradict her talk about women’s rights — is an evil woman, and I can only hope she knew enough about the illegal things Hillary and Obama were doing – to be arrested alongside them. This story below doesn’t surprise me, what surprises me is that no one is talking about the fact that Harvey Weinstein remains free, was a $1,000,000 bundler for Obama — and is a financial cash cow for this Pelosi pig as well.

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times – Sunday, December 17, 2017

After California’s then-Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced felony pimping charges last year against the two owners of Backpage.com — a classified-ad website that is a hub for sex trafficking and prostitution, one of the men cut a $10,000 check to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s super PAC.

Mrs. Pelosi’s political action committee, House Majority PAC, has resisted giving the money back, and an aide to Mrs. Pelosi said the California Democrat knows nothing about the contribution.

The uproar over sexual harassment that began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal has intensified the scrutiny of political contributions linked to Backpage, which law enforcement officials say is the chief platform for activities far worse than harassment, including sexual slavery and child prostitution.

Mrs. Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat struggling to deal with the piles of cash that Backpage’s owners spread around to candidates and state Democratic parties over the years.

Even Ms. Harris, a California Democrat who is now a U.S. senator, ducked the issue. Her office wouldn’t respond to repeated emails about Backpage money going to House Majority PAC and other Democratic organizations.

Since 2010, the owners and their wives have shoveled about $99,000 to candidates and about $95,000 to Democratic parties in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, according to federal campaign finance data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

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Un-Scientific and Un-American

Un-Scientific and Un-American

Do you really want to know HOW Donald Trump got elected president?

It is because the left, people like the writers at Scientific American, are so intellectually dishonest, even regular Americans who are not scientists — can tell their arguments are full of doo-doo.

Wait until you read the lede of this story — blaming the protests in Iran — on global warming. I’m not making this up. After you read nonsense like this, a raw, candid, guttural sounding quote from Trump — sounds like beautiful music.

SA — The impacts of climate change are among the environmental challenges facing Iran that helped spark protests in dozens of cities across the Islamic republic.

At least 20 people have died in the uprising, driven by the sudden collapse of financial institutions, low wages and mistrust of national leaders. Rising temperatures are seen by some experts as an underlying condition for the economic hardships that led to the unrest.

A severe drought, mismanaged water resources and dust storms diminished Iran’s economy in recent years, according to experts who study the region. While the protests are largely driven by resistance to the country’s hardline conservative government, such environmental factors might have contributed to the largest protests inside Iran in years.

The article puts the economic conditions responsible for unrest at the feet of weather changes — not the mullahs who received billions in cash and gold from the U.S., and spent it on wars in foreign countries.

Scientific American is neither.

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Nancy Pelosi demeans presidential aide Miller

Nancy Pelosi is crazy.

Yesterday morning she sent out the tweet below, and if it’s real, it’s a big problem.

It openly states that she thinks the POTUS is being advised by White Supremacists (an outright lie), that have the ear of the president and are shaping national policy through “Their hate filled lenses.”

Then she calls for the removal of a top Trump aide, Stephen Miller. I’m not making any of this up, you can read the tweet for yourself.

Pelosi has gone too far.

The president is not a White Supremacist and is not being advised by any — and it’s dangerous and reckless beyond words — of her — to make this charge. Pelosi is inciting a riot and/or harm to the president and/or his staff — and to do that from her office — is a gigantic problem. 

Where is the Speaker?

Where is the Majority Leader?

These men, Ryan and McConnell —  are at Pelosi’s level and can condemn this recklessness from a position of strength. They also know the President, and Miller, they can vouch for the Big Lie built into this narrative, that they MUST also be supporting White Supremacist policies and thoughts — when they endorse and/or support the president’s agenda.

Nancy Pelosi tweet — The bigoted world view that Bannon pushed remains at the WH. White supremacists still have the ear of Trump and are shaping national policy through their hate-filled lenses. Yes, that means Stephen Miller who must be removed.

The Democrats don’t understand what happened in the last election, and until they do, they are disrespecting my rights as a voter, every time they pull this shit.
I’m not a White Supremacist and neither are my friends who voted for Trump.
I disavow this charge and I disavow this Pelosi woman.
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Iranians take note!

Iranians take note!

This is where the money the U.S. (Obama) sent there — has gone — to attack Israel, a goal your government has, but you do not. Israel and Iran are not enemies. The religious and political leaders must accept  — what the people instinctively know already — that accommodation must triumph over war.

Think about what this news release below means, these people attacking Israel everyday — are being paid by Iran, they are front-line soldiers, wearing another country’s uniform. This will end in a larger war, a war that will unseat the mullahs, if their own people don’t do it first. Trump knows all this and is acting accordingly. Obama did crazy shit for 8 years, that defied logic and got shit results, so now that Trump is applying common sense, it looks unusual. But Trump is on target, and the Iranians/Shiite/Hezbollah and the Palestinians will figure out he isn’t bluffing (ISIS), one way or the other.

Al-Arabiya — The leader of Hezbollah reportedly claimed he receives a $1,300 monthly salary from Tehran as protesters in Iran express anger over the country’s financial support for the Shiite terrorist group and other foreign entities while many Iranians live below the poverty line.

“Activists in Lebanon ridiculed the announcement, during an interview with a TV station, by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah that his monthly salary, from Iran, was $1300,” reports Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya.

The news outlet notes that the Hezbollah chief attempted “to deflect” the anger of Iranian protesters shouting in the streets across the country against Tehran’s insistence to keep funding Hezbollah while about 40 percent of Iranian households reportedly live below the poverty line.

Nasrallah refused to disclose how much money Iran is awarding Hezbollah.

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Tax Truth from an honest man…

I could talk about the Tax bill’s benefits, but I’ve decided to yield the floor. Senator Chuck Grassley is an honest man — and he knows what he talking about. here is his take on the new tax bill:

Dec 19, 2017
 
Prepared Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senior Member and Former Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
December 19, 2017

Tonight we will have the opportunity to pass the most sweeping changes to our tax code in more than 30 years. This historic moment is long overdue.

Since the last tax reform effort in 1986, the tax code has grown out of control in length and complexity. All told, taxpayers spend over 6 billion hours annually complying with its dictates. Moreover, our outdated corporate tax system puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage as they try to compete in a 21st century global economy.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will make good on our commitment to provide significant tax relief to middle-income taxpayers, while making the tax code simpler, fairer, and more pro-growth.

The bill provides significant tax simplification for the vast majority of tax filers. Most taxpayers will find they are better off simply by taking the standard deduction. No longer will they have to spend hours sifting through receipts and forms to determine what they can and cannot deduct.

Middle-income taxpayers can also expect to see significant tax cuts. A median income family of four could see their tax bill reduced by over $2,000. This is relief that families will see almost immediately as less tax is taken out of their paychecks.

This tax relief stems from many pro-family and pro-middle income tax provisions in the bill.

First, there is the nearly doubling of the standard deduction. For families this means the first $24,000 of their income will be exempt from tax all together. As a result, a significant number of lower-income Americans will be removed from the tax rolls entirely.

Second, the middle-class tax brackets are significantly lowered and expanded to include more taxpayers. This includes reducing the current 15% bracket to 12% and the 25% bracket to 22%.

Third, the tax bill specifically recognizes the cost associated with raising a child by doubling the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. Furthermore, to ensure lower-income families are able to benefit from this expansion the refundable portion of the tax credit is increased from $1000 to $1,400.

While my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have attempted to claim this tax bill is all out about the wealthy, this is just simply false. This is evident from the features of the tax bill I just discussed.

But, if you need more evidence look no further than the distributional analysis of the bill by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

According to their analysis, on average, every income group will experience a tax cut with the largest percentage tax cuts going to middle income groups. Moreover, the tax bill would make the tax code more progressive with taxpayers earning more than $1 million shouldering a larger share of the tax burden than they do under current law.

The bill also enacts much needed tax relief for job creators. It provides a significant deduction on business income for small businesses, effectively lowering their top tax rate to under 30%. 

All small businesses, down to the smallest family-owned corner store and family farmer stand to benefit.

As small businesses are responsible for creating the majority of new jobs, this is a key provision for promoting economic growth and job creation.

Additionally, the bill lowers the statutory corporate rate down from the highest in the developed world to 21%. At 35%, our current corporate tax rate puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage globally, costing American jobs.

Moreover, economists generally agree that a significant portion of the corporate tax falls on workers in the form of reduced wages. Estimates of the burden of the corporate tax on workers range from 25% to more than 70%. While the exact amount may be debated, one thing is clear; a corporate rate reduction results in bigger paychecks for hard working Americans.

These business tax reforms are crucial to getting our economy growing. We can’t continue to settle for the anemic growth of less than 2% we have experienced since 2010.

Lower tax rates coupled with greater expensing under the bill will encourage new capital investments that are necessary to increase productivity, generating both higher wages and higher growth.

Our bill signals the faith we have in the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirt of the American people, rather than government, to get our economy on the right track.  

In all, tax reform will put more money in the pockets of middle class Americans, make U.S. industry and workers more competitive, and get the economy growing again after years of stagnation.

This is a historic opportunity to help Americans from every walk of life. I look forwarding to joining my colleagues to pass this once-in-a generation tax bill and have it enacted into law before the New Year.

I yield the floor.

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Dershowitz gets to the Real point

Dershowitz gets to the Real point

I love Alan Dershowitz, which is weird because I am a conservative Republican and he is a liberal Democrat — but he’s an honest guy, and a really smart guy, and he always gets right to the the most important part of something — and this week he did it again:

Alan Dershowitz: It’s very dangerous… That’s what they did in Russia. That’s what they did in China. That’s what they did in apartheid South Africa. How dare liberals, people on the left, try to undo democracy by accusing a president of being mentally ill without any basis. The 25th amendment doesn’t apply. Everybody knew who Donald Trump was when they elected him… he hasn’t changed in office and this idea of diagnosing him instead of opposing him politically poses an enormous danger to our democracy.

Dershowitz is completely right, the left don’t respect democracy, they are using it and Hillary is the best example of that out there. Her insatiable ambition  for power — is now going to rob Bill Clinton , of his heretofore — successful presidential legacy.

And maybe Obama too!

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The early result from the Looming Immigration Fight (RACA will win)

The Democrats are spoiling for a fight. Trump is always ready to swing away.

The budget and DACA are going to be the catalyst. Both sides will fight, meet, lie and yell stupid stuff at and about each other, and in the end, two things will happen.

First, they will fund the government going forward. If either side closes the government and the economy hiccups, the mid-terms would be a blood bath against that party, so neither side is willing to risk it.

Next, they will do a deal. Trump will get funding to start his wall, he will get to end chain migration and the lottery will also disappear. But what will DACA look like? — you ask.

It will look — EXACTLY like this, or RACA for short:

On March 9, 2017, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Florida) introduced the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act (H.R. 1468) with nine original Republican co-sponsors. The bill would permit young undocumented immigrants, often referred to as Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children and have lived here since at least January 1, 2012, to gain a five-year “conditional permanent resident” status if they pursue vocational or higher education, enlist in the military or are gainfully employed, and meet other requirements.

The RAC Act is a Republican-led bill that could provide more than 750,000 young immigrants participating in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as other eligible young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, the opportunity to earn a legal status.

What the RAC Act Does

  • The bill would create a five-year “conditional permanent resident” status for young undocumented immigrants that would protect them from deportation, allow them to work legally in the United States and permit them to travel outside the country.
  • To qualify for “conditional permanent resident” status, young undocumented immigrants would need to meet the following requirements:
    • Establish that they came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and have continuously lived in the U.S. since at least January 1, 2012;
    • Pass a government background check and demonstrate “good moral character” with no felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions; and
    • Earn a high school diploma or an equivalent (if they are 18 years or older); or
    • Meet one of the following requirements (if they are 18 years or older):
      1. Demonstrate an intent to join the U.S. military (military path);
      2. Be admitted to an institution of higher education (higher education path);
      3. Have a valid work authorization document (worker path).
  • “Conditional permanent resident” status can be extended once for a second period of five years by meeting one of the following requirements:
    • Have been enlisted in the military or an active-duty reserve component of the military for at least three years during the preceding five-year period (military path);
    • Have graduated from an institution of higher education (higher education path); or
    • Have been employed for a total period of at least 48 months during the preceding five-year period (worker path).
  • As soon as the “conditional permanent resident” status is extended, recipients could apply to become a lawful permanent resident (green-card holder) if they continue to meet the requirements set in the bill. Recipients enlisted in the military could apply for naturalization immediately after obtaining lawful permanent resident status.
  • Under the bill, a recipient’s “conditional permanent resident status” would be revoked if he or she failed to continue to meet all of the bill’s requirements.

Why the RAC Act Works

  • The RAC Act is a Republican-led conservative solution. Since its introduction, more Republican members have demonstrated their support by co-sponsoring the bill.
  • The RAC Act supports our country’s values. The bill provides a permanent solution that would allow many young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, grew up in our communities, and consider themselves American to continue to contribute to the U.S.
  • The RAC Act helps American workers. The bill would allow young undocumented immigrants to continue to contribute to their communities and the U.S. economy by working legally, paying their share of taxes and building businesses that hire American workers.

How the RAC Act Should be Improved

  • The bill should provide more flexibility to extend the “conditional permanent resident” status, such as by permitting a combination of military, higher education and worker requirements. The bill’s requirements are currently too stringent and would result in many hardworking individuals losing “conditional permanent resident” status.
    • An individual who works for two years and then enrolls in a community college for two years would not qualify for an extension.
    • An individual honorably discharged or otherwise separated from the military after two years, for example due to an injury from combat, would not qualify for an extension because the individual would fail to meet the military path requirement and would not have enough time to meet either the higher education path or worker path requirements.
  • The bill should apply to all young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States before they turned 16, have lived continuously in the United States since January 1, 2012, and have no felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions. As currently written, the bill’s requirement to have a valid work authorization document could exclude many young undocumented immigrants who are 18 years of age or older but did not participate in DACA, including those who could not afford to pay the fee to apply for DACA and potentially those whose DACA status lapsed.
  • The bill should provide access to federal student loans or work-study programs. Access to these programs provides an opportunity for students to earn money to help pay for their higher education. A better-educated workforce creates jobs and is important for our country’s economic prosperity, which benefits all Americans.
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My message to Democrats and the President

My message to Democrats and the President

We have a tradition in this country, or used to, of putting aside our differences after an election, easing the bitterness, and respecting the other person’s point of view, even if we didn’t share it’s principles. Like accepting the score at the end of a hard fought local sports game, you aren’t happy about it, but a few minutes after it’s over, everybody is laughing, friends again, and probably headed to the same bar.

This is an important idea, not just so the winners have room to govern, but because it’s better for the losers as well. Because most eventual winners learn that winning skill set, and they learn it from being in a competitive situation, losing, which leaves a burn, and then evolving your algorithm, to win the next round.

Winning is important, but losing is an important element in learning how to win.

It’s losing we mostly learn from in fact, we need lessons in humility, lessons in how to overcome setbacks, lessons about sportsmanship, lessons about the dark side of pride and the bright side of persistence, lessons we only learn from competing, and yes, from losing. We can’t protect our kids from the harm of losing just as we can’t protect ourselves, because losing doesn’t harm them or us, it prepares us to win. But, I know these are values almost no one respects anymore.

I’m not blind, I know those gee whiz days are long gone and will never return. Politics today is a high stakes game played professionally by players with billions to spend, trillions to vote on, millions in personal patronage, and legions of paid and volunteer armies who literally hang on their every word. I believe this constant exposure to sycophants changes these people into elite creatures, not completely human on the inside anymore, like many movie stars — who also suffer from this personality distorting influence.

I fear the imperative to win and also never accept defeat — has gone too far and the severe, unprecedented incitement of violence component – has changed the equation dangerously.

The attack at the Congressional softball game and the attack on Senator Rand are just two developments that have me worried, so worried I believe that the leaders from both parties, need to make a joint statement – in an attempt to de-escalate this partisanship.

Otherwise, I fear, somebody is going to get shot.

I’m not naïve, I know modern politics is a tough game, played all out, but it can have rules, principles, and traditions — which hold – and not inciting violence against your enemies should be one of them. Accusing people of murder and or some other heinous crime – which may incite violence — is irresponsible and both sides need to pull back, and make a joint statement on this. I could name examples from both sides and make people angry, but I don’t want too – that’s the point.

In the long run, yes, economic and legal decisions do impact the future of production which does impact resources, which does impact longevity and mortality, but these kinds of connections are very nebulous, and also disputed, and therefore accusing people of murder, adding such a white hot emotional component, to such a long-term cause and effect relationship, is very dangerous. What if the Democrats want to lower taxes in New York next year, to make the state more competitive, will they also be killers then too?

Civility has to return on some level.

Just because your opponents support a different tax rate than you, is not cause for anarchy, violence, riots and/or overthrow of the government. This argument can possibly be made, when the tax rate is being increased beyond the people’s ability to pay — but how is it reasonable to argue it’s worth the harm of street riots over tax decreases?

Even if they are a fiscal disaster, people can raise taxes on themselves in the future, it’s done regularly. This downward move is the UNUSUAL one. To get hysterical over this type of debate and vote — is probably thousands of times more likely to get people killed, than the tax cut bill will. But this is only one example and it shouldn’t be the focus. Overall, the political tone in this country has been awful, full of bad imagery, bad insults, degrading implications and threats of all types, veiled and not so veiled.

The anger on both sides is at dangerous levels. Trump, Ryan, Pelosi and Schumer need to sit down and talk about this, before they are all sorry they did not.

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Trump Realism 2018

Trump Realism 2018

GDP – the measure of how much stuff we make, sell, and live on. This has been stuck at around a 2% growth rate for a long time, and this is bad, we need a higher rate of growth than 2% to avert catastrophe economically. Under Trump that core measure has climbed to 3%. This is good news, in a very fundamental way, making it number 1 on the realism list.

Job Growth – the measure of how many people are employed making all that stuff in GDP. Any way you measure this, and across all income categories, employment is up under Trump, and measurably outside the norm. This one is also a fundamental and is therefore in the number 2 spot.

War – the war with ISIS was long, complicated and too bloody for the American public. Did Obama stretch this problem? It appears so, as Trump has reduced the ISIS fighting strength almost completely, denied them virtually all their territory, and did it all with less than 50 U.S. military causalities and in less than a year. The first two economic items are significant, but this one is a dramatic difference — and points to the future study of how important small presidential prerogatives like the Rules of Engagement — are to mission success, and whether as policy, this remains a viable idea.

The Tax Bill – I’ve written extensively on the need for legislation very close to what the President delivered and I’m definitely in the camp that thinks an improved economy is worth this incremental debt risk. Huge win here.

Immigration and Borders – Trump promised change and he has delivered.

North Korea – Trump has challenged a situation long overdue for challenge.

Voter ID – Ditto.

Obamacare – the mandate is gone, now let’s see if the President can get Congress to tackle cost containment, competition, tort reform and empowering change at the state health level, rather than dictating it like Obama did. If he does, you know he’s the real thing for the history books.

Regulation – Obama was insane here, creating regulations to arbitrarily wipe out entire industries and try to create others. Trump has stopped all that nonsense — and is rolling back the other direction at light speed — to the delight of the business community. If safety is not ignored as Trump has promised it will not be — this will be good news for a long time.

Law and Order – Restore the Constitution, appears to be under way.

Supreme Court – Gorsuch. Check. Huge win here.

The Mainstream Media – They have acted shamefully, lied, prostituted themselves and ignored all the standards of our profession, while aiding and abetting a group of people conspiring to rig a Presidential primary, conspiring to abuse the use of our intelligence apparatus — and further conspiring against an opposing political opponent — with government resources. And this is just what I can prove right now. The MSM need reform, and fortunately, we have the right President to accomplish that.

All in all, Trump gets the highest realism marks of any modern President. If he is crazy, it’s a genius kind of crazy.

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