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THE CAMPAIGN ISSUES – WHERE EACH CANDIDATE STANDS (Part TWO)

This is the second article I am authoring in connection with where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton side on issues relating to how we, as American citizens, should choose to govern ourselves as a nation. Many thanks to the website, diffen.com for the following information.

Taxation

Donald Trump: Trumps proposed new federal income tax brackets are as follows:  0% for individuals making less than $25K and couples making less than $50K. Then 10%, 20%, 25%. Eliminate AMT, lower corporate tax rate to 15%.

Hillary Clinton: Increase taxes on high-income earners. New tax bracket of 43.6% for incomes greater than $5mm.

The Economy

Donald Trump: Declare China a currency manipulator. A one-time repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at 10% tax rate, followed by an end to the deferral of taxes on corporate income earned abroad.

Hillary Clinton: Higher minimum wage. Encourage corporate profit-sharing via a tax credit for two years.

Minimum Wage

Donald Trump: This past summer, he called for a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour, departing from his past positions and his own party.

Hillary Clinton: Proposes to increase the minimum wage to $12 nationwide.

The Environment

Donald Trump: Cut the EPA, leaving it smaller and less powerful. Never called global warming a hoax, but said he would re-negotiate America’s role and obligations under the U.N. global climate accord. Initially, Trump said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline immediately. He has now said that he would reject the pipeline unless TransCanada Corp. gave the U.S. a big chunk of the profits, or even ownership rights.

Hillary Clinton: More stringent regulation on environmental issues like fracking and drinking water. Supports a mandatory cap-and trade system to reduce carbon emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Has called for more regulations on fracking, but not outright bans. Expressed doubts on drilling for oil in the Arctic, but not calling for stopping. With respect to Keystone XL pipeline, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said she had no position. However, her position now is that she doesn’t think we need to have a pipeline bringing in very dirty oil, and exploiting the tar sands in Western Canada, across our border.

Gun Rights – The Second Amendment

Donald J. Trump: Supports Second Amendment rights, opposes new gun control laws; instead, enforce the laws that now exist. He also supports fixing out broken mental health system. Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners, allow military personnel to carry weapons on military bases and recruitment centers.

Hillary Clinton: Supports a stricter assault weapons ban, and background checks being required for a greater number of gun sales. Wants more legislation for gun safety.

Marijuana Legalization

Donald Trump: Has said that marijuana for medicinal purposes is okay, though he has criticized those states who have legalized marijuana. Decades ago, he also claimed that the DEA is a joke and all drugs should be legalized to take the profit away from drug dealers.

Hillary Clinton: Wants to reclassify marijuana to be a less restricted drug than it currently is, but do not legalize it. Medical marijuana should be available, but only in extreme conditions.

While the above only serves as a brief over-view, I encourage you to do some research of your own to determine where you align with each candidate on the campaign issues.

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LIBERALS GONE WILD – PART FIVE

I started this and we’re going to get through it, I promise. If you’ve been reading my posts for almost two weeks, you know I’ve been responding to the current President’s and the rest of his liberal henchmen allegation that the Fox News channel continually disparages the poor.

Liberal rag, Media Matters devoted an article to the subject, listing and commenting on videos that they allege put shame on poor people I have been taking these videos one by one and analyzing them. To date, I’ve only found one or two videos where maybe two sentences were said that I wouldn’t have said. Most do no disparage the poor. In today’s post, I’m going to get through the remaining videos. Then for Friday’s post, I’ll summarize my findings and have some additional insight for you.

  • Fox wondered if Children Should Work for Free School Meals: Media Matters alleged that Fox News forwarded the notion that it might be appropriate for school children to be forced to work in exchange for free school meals. This came about after a Republican lawmaker in West Virginia proposed such a requirement for a new law curbing child hunger in West Virginia. According to the new law, the state of West Virginia would provide free breakfasts and lunches for every student in the West Virginia public school system. Republican Ray Cantebury proposed that the students should have to work for these free meals. Fox’s Ansley Erhardt reported on this and ask viewers to respond as to whether or not the thought this was a good idea. And that’s all. Again, this is hardly disparaging the poor. In fact, I would consider this an out and out lie by Media Matters.
  • Fox Contributor Lamented that the Sense of Shame is Gone from People Receiving Entitlements: During a May 2012 appearance on Fox and Friends, network contributor and New York Post columnist, Michael Goodwin, lamented that “the sense of shame is gone” from enrolling in government anti-poverty programs, which has helped lead to an explosion of entitlements. Once again, the poor were not demonized in this video segment. Mr. Goodwin was discussing the fact, yes, the fact, that we seem to be transitioning to an entitlement society and government is encouraging this, instead of advocating work and supporting yourself. Nothing was said about the individual entitlement recipients. Are we becoming so politically correct that we can’t discuss what we perceive as problems in our country?
  • Steve Doocy: Are Low-Income Disabled people just moochers? Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends, questioned why the number of low-income Americans receiving federal disability benefits had increased since 1960? Are more people getting sick/disabled or are we wasting money. He then later in the segment asked, “Has the number of people on disability gone up because they are moochers, or because more people need help. The guest indicated that we should have a program to take care of the disabled and Steve absolutely agreed. Steve went on the further suggest that it could the economy that is causing more people to apply for disability. If anything, Steve was taking the side of the disabled indicating that we definitely needed a program to assist those who are truly disabled. I’d say, Media Matters lied.
  • Bill O’Reilly Downplays Impact of Minimum Wage Increase for Low-Income Workers: First of all, I’m not going to get into the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage. That will be the subject of another post. This is about the allegations that the far left, including the current President are making that Fox News continually disparages the poor people of this nation. In this video, Bill has as his guest, Eric Shaun, another Fox News personality. Eric quoted statistics regarding the minimum wage and just who was earning only minimum wage. Bill indicated that only an infinitesimal number of people would be impacted by increasing the minimum wage. This was hardly disparaging the poor. Instead, it was a discussion, complete with statistics regarding the effects of raising the minimum wage would have. Just because liberals think the statistics are not sound, doesn’t mean that Bill and Eric were disparaging the poor. Besides, if liberals think the statistics aren’t valid, then challenge the statistics, and don’t whine that the poor are being dissed.
  • Charles Payne: After Thanksgiving, People Take Their Welfare Checks and Bum Rush Wal-Mart. Charles Payne is questioning why successful people are always vilified and questioned why those who want to alleviate income inequality always want to take the top down, instead of raising the bottom up. His remarks about bum rushing Wal-Mart? It might be disparaging the poor, but by a long shot.
  • Fox’s Charlie Gasparino Calls Public Pensions Ponzi Schemes, Wishes More Stigma was Attached to Welfare: 45.9 percent of all Americans reside in a household where some sort of government assistant is received. Charlie indicated we have a cultural situation where it’s acceptable to receive government benefits. In other words, there is no stigma. Charlie went on to say that the lack of stigma may have contributed to the rise of people on government entitlement programs. Disparaging the poor? Not hardly.

Glad that’s over. Watching those videos and taking notes was tedious. But I’m glad I did it and glad that I have it all documented. I’m also hoping this will perhaps take the site to the next level with the search engines.

While the current President’s remarks about Fox News are now old news, I think it is important to keep this on the forefront for as long as possible. It was certainly disturbing when the President said that we needed to change the way we report the news. I think if he had his way, we’d have a state run media that would tell you only the information that the government wanted you to hear. That’s evil.

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LIBERAL PHILOSOPHY RUN AMUCK

Over the weekend I saw a post on my Facebook newsfeed that stated the following: “the total amount of money that Wall Street handed out in bonuses last year was double the total income of all full time minimum wage workers.”

I did check this out and unlike the post I wrote about this past Friday, this one appears to be true and the liberals are just having a field day with it. Socialist/Communist Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren said that it was obscene. According to the Institute of Policy Studies, Wall Street bonuses for 1,625,000 were $26,700,000,000 while 1,085,000 minimum wage earners earned $15,134,665,000.

Also, according to the left leaning IPS, the nation’s economy would receive more of a boost if the minimum wage was increased by $1.00 because minimum wage earners tend to spend all of their income whereas high income earners tend to save more and so that money does not boost the economy.

I’m not sure where IPS is coming from on this. When money is saved by putting it in a savings account or investing in the stock market, that money does go into the economy. It may not be used to purchase a fried apple pie at McDonalds to top off that burger, fries, and drink, but it is being used somewhere. Does the left not want us to save? We’ve been taught all of our lives to save money. We save money for that rainy day, we save money for our retirement, we save money for a new car or for a down payment on a house, etc. But now it seems that the left is inferring that we should not save money because money in savings accounts or other investments does not boost the economy to the extent that just spending it freely does.

Liberals have already trashed the work ethic with Nancy Pelosi telling folks to quit that corporate job they hate to write a book or do whatever they have dreams about, since providing for their health care is no longer an issue with the implementation of Obamacare. Could they now be trashing saving money and being thrifty? The more folks that don’t save mean more folks having nothing. That means more folks will be dependent on the government. The government can then provide for them according to their needs.

Elizabeth Warren is not the only one gnashing her teeth over this. All liberals seem ready to go out there and fight for the little guy. They want to rip those bonuses right out of the hands of the Wall Street folks and give that money to those folks making minimum wage. They consider the U.S. economy a zero-sum game where the pie that never grows should be evenly split.

To this conservative, I see what should be an incentive for minimum wage earners to work hard with the hopes of one day getting a large Wall Street bonus. I guess liberals take this snapshot and assume that those minimum wage earners are always going to be minimum wage earners. In other words they are too lazy, too stupid, or both to work hard and succeed. But, of course, liberals think we are all too stupid to run our lives and make decisions.

In ninth grade civics, I learned about the phrase, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” This is a quote from Karl Marx and is considered the basic philosophy of Communism.

I’m seeing this philosophy ingrained in more and more liberals each day. Just listen to an Elizabeth Warren speech sometime. In addition to the liberals that serve in high government positions, many local or grass roots’ liberals are gravitating toward this also.

With the ending of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism in the Eastern bloc countries, Communism isn’t the threat that it once was. Former Soviet Union Secretary General Nikita Khrushchev told our World War Two generation parents that their children would live under Communism. That turned out not to be the case, but I’m wondering if he should have said your grandchildren would be living under Communism.

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