My friend and one time fellow pastor, Dalton Douglas, shares some powerful thoughts concerning Donald Trump.
“I’ve heard too many say lately that we – the American people – have no choice in the upcoming November election! Do you really think that God would leave us with no choice? Come on people! Where’s your faith? He has heard our cries!”
In defense of Donald Trump try to keep these points in mind:
· Donald Trump did not steal your money.
· Donald Trump did not raise your taxes.
· Donald Trump did not quadruple the price of food.
· Donald Trump is not starting a race war.
· Donald Trump did not leave any US soldiers in Benghazi to be slaughtered and desecrated by Muslims.
· Donald Trump did not send the US Navy to fight for Syrian Al-Qaeda.
· Donald Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East.
· Donald Trump did not betray Israel.
· Donald Trump did not provide financing and technology to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
· Donald Trump did not give our military secrets to China.
· Donald Trump did not remove our nuclear missile shield in Poland at the behest of Russia.
· Donald Trump did not shrivel our military, and betray our veterans.
· Donald Trump did not cripple our economy.
· Donald Trump did not increase our debt to 20 trillion dollars.
· Donald Trump did not ruin our credit, twice.
· Donald Trump did not double African American unemployment.
· Donald Trump did not increase welfare to a record level for eight years.
· Donald Trump did not set free Muslim terrorists in Guantanamo bay.
· Donald Trump did not steal your rights, violate US Constitutional law, or commit treason hundreds of times.
· Yet Trump is being ripped apart in the news, nonstop, while Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton and the criminals occupying our government, Are not.
The media IS the Democratic Party; Save our culture. Stop listening to them!”
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DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Rewriting the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents.
- Allow parents to enroll in tax-free dependent care savings accounts for their children or elderly relatives.
- Provide low-income households an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit – in the form a Childcare rebate – and a matching $500 contribution for their savings accounts.
- Creating a new, dynamic market for family-based and community-based solutions.
- Incentivizing employers to provide childcare at the workplace.
- Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work.
Read Fact Sheet on Donald J. Trump’s Childcare Reforms that Will Make America Great Again, here.
Read Full Report on Donald J. Trump’s Childcare Reforms that Will Make America Great Again, here.
- Over the past 40 years, the labor force participation of women with children under 18 has grown from 47 percent in 1975 to 70 percent today. [1975:Families and Work, 2015: Department of Labor]
- Raising a child is now the single greatest expense for most American families—even exceeding the cost of housing in much of the country. [National Affairs, Winter, 2015]
- Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of mothers with children under 6 are working outside of the home [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
- Today’s workforce includes 73.5 million women representing 47 percent of the entire US labor force. [Department of Labor]
- Over 24 million of those women have children under age 18; almost 10 million of them have children under age 6. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
- Women are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with children under the age of 18, but hold 62 percent of minimum wage jobs. [Pew Social Trends; National Affairs Winter, 2015]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Clinton has not proposed any specific solutions for childcare.
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
Appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
- Defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. Nobody is above the law.
- Uphold our freedoms, constitutional values and principles that our country was founded on.
- Protect our Constitutional liberties.
- Protect and defend the bill of rights, including the freedom of religion, speech, press and right to bear arms.
View Donald J. Trump’s list of Supreme Court Justice Picks, here
- Defend the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
- Nominate United States Supreme Court justices that will abide by the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States that includes upholding the Second Amendment.
- Enforce the laws on the books. We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals.
- Expand and bring back programs like Project Exile and get gang members and drug dealers off the street. When we do, crime will go down and our cities and communities will be safer places to live.
- Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement does a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time.
- Fix our broken mental health system. All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common – there were red flags that were ignored. We can’t allow that to continue. We must expand treatment programs, and reform the laws to make it easier to take preventive action to save innocent lives. Most people with mental health problems are not violent, but just need help, and these reforms will help everyone.
- Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners:
- Military bases and recruiting centers – to have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves
- National right to carry – should be legal in all 50 states
- Background checks – we need to fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.
- Gun and magazine bans – the government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own
- The next President of the United States could appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. [CBS News, Jan. 5, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton could remake America by appointing the most extreme far-left Supreme Court threatening our basic rights and freedoms. [Newsweek, May 2016]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Clinton could shift the Supreme Court radically to the left. In a Washington Times article, Senator Orrin Hatch stated, “The next president’s picks mean the difference between democracy and tyranny”. [Donald J. Trump Press Release]
- Under the Obama-Hillary Administration, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to targeting hundreds of conservative organizations. Using the federal government to target and silence political opponents. [Washington Post, May 10, 2013]
- Hillary Clinton has proven that she holds no respect for the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. She lied to the American people and to the FBI regarding the use of her private email server and sending classified information:
- Hillary Clinton believes that she is above the law by having a private email server set up in the basement of her home while serving as Secretary of State. She sent classified information, even during her travels overseas, jeopardizing the national security of the American people by allowing her emails to be hacked by foreign intelligence services.
- FBI Director James Comey even stated that Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information”. [FBI Statement on Hillary’s Personal E-mail Server, July 4, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton would give more authority and power to the federal government while stripping state rights. [The Hill, June 25, 2015]
- Hillary Clinton will appoint radical Supreme Court justices that will virtually abolish the Second Amendment.
- Hillary Clinton will overturn the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the Second Amendment as a private right, so that any city or state in this country can ban private gun ownership.
- NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre explained: “If she could, Hillary would ban every gun, destroy every magazine, run an entire national security industry right into the ground” and put gun-owners’ names on a government registration list. [NBC News, May 20, 2016]
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Create a dynamic booming economy that will create 25 million new jobs over the next decade.
- For each 1 percent in added GDP growth, the economy adds 1.2 million jobs. Increasing growth by 1.5 percent would result in 18 million jobs (1.5 million times 1.2 million, multiplied by 10 years) above the projected current law job figures of 7 million, producing a total of 25 million new jobs for the American economy.
- Reform policies with a pro-growth tax plan, a new modern regulatory framework, an America-First trade policy, an unleashed American energy plan, and the “penny plan.”
- Boost growth to 3.5 percent per year on average, with the potential to reach a 4 percent growth rate.
Read Donald J. Trump’s Plan to Create 25 Million Jobs, here.
- Over the last seven years, 14 million more people have left the labor force.
- The lowest labor force participation rate since the 1970s.
- 1 in 5 American households do not have a single family member in the labor force.
- 23.7 million Americans in their prime-earning years [ages 25-54] are out of the labor force – an increase of 1.8 million over the last seven years.
- Real GDP grew only 1.1% in the second quarter of this year. Over the last seven years, real GDP grew 2.1% the slowest seven-year period since at least the 1940s.
- It’s the weakest so-called recovery since the Great Depression.
- Hourly earnings and weakly earnings are lower today than they were in 1973.
- The number of Americans on Food Stamps during Obama’s time in office has increased by more than 12 million.
- 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago.
- 45% of African-American children under 6 are living in poverty.
- 1 in 6 American men between the ages of 18-34 are either in jail or out of work.
- Student loan debt exceeds $1.3 trillion — nearly doubling under the Obama administration.
- Since President Obama took office, the national debt has doubled.
- U.S. trade deficit in goods reached nearly 800 billion dollars last year alone.
- The U.S. homeownership rate fell to 62.9 percent in the second quarter – the lowest rate in 51 years.
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary Clinton says she’ll put her husband ‘in charge’ of the economy – which is half the job. [ABC News, May 15, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton’s economic plans would send our economy into a tailspin:
- Whereas Trump will cut taxes and reduce anti-growth regulations, she plans massive new tax-and-spend policies, endless regulations and tight government control.
- Her corporatist trade and immigration deals would eviscerate the U.S. middle class.
- Clinton’s policies are worse than current policies, which have already been evaluated as failures. The Federal Reserve has lowered its estimated growth rate to 1.8% per year through 2019 based on current policies. CBO expects only 2% growth per year for ten years.
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.
- Give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.
- Establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty.
- If the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty.
- Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.
- Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish.
- At the state and federal level, the United States spends more than $620 billion on K-12 education each year. That’s an average of about $12,296 for every student enrolled in our elementary and secondary public schools.
- We spend more per student than almost any other major country in the world. Yet, our students perform near the bottom of the pack for major large advanced countries.
- Our students continue to lag behind their peers worldwide in knowledge gained. [American Federation for Children Growth Fund]
- Among 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found 27 countries outperformed U.S students in math. [National Center for Education Statistics]
- The same assessment found 17 countries outperformed U.S. students in reading. [National Center for Education Statistics]
- Our largest cities spend some of the largest amounts of money on public schools:
- New York City spends $20,226 per student.
- Baltimore spends $15,287 per student.
- Chicago spends $11,976 per student.
- Los Angeles spends $10,602 per student.
- School choice is vital to reverse inequities in education and failing government schools in Democrat-controlled inner cities. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, only one in six African-American students in the eighth grade are considered proficient in math and reading. In 2016, over 2 million high school graduates took the ACT:
- 45 percent of all students tested met three or more benchmarks related to college preparedness.
- Only 11 percent of African American students tested met three or more of the benchmarks for college and career readiness. [The Condition of College and Career Readiness, 2016]
- It is time for school choice to help free children from failing government schools and close the achievement gap. School choice is the civil rights issue of our time.
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary opposes school choice, furthering education inequities in America and denying low-income African-American and Latino children the future they deserve.
- Hillary Clinton claims Donald Trump’s school choice proposal would “decimate public schools across America.”
- It is no surprise Mrs. Clinton opposes school choice because she is supported by the staunchest opponents of school choice – The American Federation of Teachers super PAC – which donated $1.6 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and more than $2 million to Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. [Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2016]
AN AMERICA FIRST ENERGY PLAN
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Make America energy independent, create millions of new jobs, and protect clean air and clean water. We will conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources. We will unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.
- Declare American energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.
- Unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.
- Become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests.
- Open onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands, eliminate moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale energy deposits.
- Encourage the use of natural gas and other American energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output.
- Rescind all job-destroying Obama executive actions. Mr. Trump will reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production, creating at least a half million jobs a year, $30 billion in higher wages, and cheaper energy.
Read Donald J. Trump’s 100-Day Action Plan, here.
- Energy costs the average American household $5,000 per year. As a percentage of income, the cost is greater for lower-income families. [Fox News, Sept. 3, 2015]
- Shale energy production could add 2 million jobs in 7 years.
- The oil and natural gas industry supports 10 million high-paying Americans jobs and can create another 400,000 new jobs per year. [The New York Times, June 20, 2015]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Clinton has vowed to “defend and build on” the Obama Administration’s anti-coal regulations, which has earned her support from environmentalists but led to concerns from labor unions. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 7, 2016]
- President Obama’s anti-energy orders have weakened our security, keeping us reliant on foreign sources of energy.
- At the same time President Obama lifts economic sanctions on Iran, he imposes economic sanctions on America. His onslaught of regulations has been a massive self-inflicted economic wound and have denied millions of Americans access to the energy wealth sitting under our feet. This is the American People’s treasure, and they are entitled to share in the riches.
- While Hillary Clinton doesn’t want American energy, she is strongly in favor of foreign energy. Here is what she told China as Secretary of State:
- “American experts and Chinese experts will work to develop China’s natural gas resources. Imagine what it would mean for China if China unleashed its own natural gas resources so you are not dependent on foreign oil.” [Donald J. Trump Press Release, July. 31, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton will continue President Obama’s goals of reducing methane emissions by 40-45 percent through standards for both new and existing sources, which will drastically increase the cost of natural gas [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 7, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton will escalate the war against American energy, and unleash the EPA to control every aspect of our lives:
- She declared that “we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels,” locking away trillions in American wealth.
- In March, Hillary Clinton said: “by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.” Keep in mind, shale energy production could add 2 million jobs in 7 years.
- Hillary Clinton says her plan will “put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business.” [The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2015]
- According to the Heritage Foundation, by 2030, the Obama-Clinton energy restrictions will eliminate another half a million manufacturing jobs, reduce economic output by $2.5 trillion dollars, and reduce incomes by $7,000 dollars per person [MilitaryTimes, July 20, 2016]
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Peace through strength will be at the center of our foreign policy. We will achieve a stable, peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground.
- Advance America’s core national interests, promote regional stability, and produce an easing of tensions in the world. Work with Congress to fully repeal the defense sequester and submit a new budget to rebuild our depleted military.
- Rebuild our military, enhance and improve intelligence and cyber capabilities.
- End the current strategy of nation-building and regime change.
- Ensure our security procedures and refugee policy takes into account the security of the American people.
Read Donald J. Trump’s Plan to Make America Safe and Respected Again, here.
- Work with our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS.
- Pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expand intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting.
- Defeat the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism just as we won the Cold War.
- Establish new screening procedures and enforce our immigration laws to keep terrorists out of the United States.
- Suspend, on a temporary basis, immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.
- Establish a Commission on Radical Islam to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization.
Read Donald J. Trump’s Detailed Plan to Defeat ISIS, here.
- ISIS is responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people outside of Iraq and Syria. [The New York Times, July 16, 2016]
- In 2014, ISIS was operating in some seven nations. Today they are fully operational in 18 countries with aspiring branches in six more regions, for a total of 24 branches. [NBC News, Aug. 8, 2016]
- Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. [The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, 2016]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over: Libya was stable, Syria was under control, Egypt was ruled by a secular president and an ally of the United States, Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence, the group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished, and Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions.
- Fast-forward to today: Libya is in ruins, our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead, ISIS has gained a new base of operations, Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war, ISIS controls large portions of territory, a refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States, terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai desert, Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose. ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West.
- The Obama-Clinton election-driven timetable for withdrawal from Iraq led directly to the rise of ISIS. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, July 28, 2016]
- Secretary Hillary Clinton’s forceful advocacy for the intervention in Libya to build a Democracy is regarded as President Obama’s worst mistake. In addition, under Secretary Clinton, regime change in Syria and the overthrowing of Mubarak in Egypt destabilized the world. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, July 28, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton’s State Department admitted five refugees and one translator who were later charged with terrorism and related crimes. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Aug. 15, 2016]
DONALD TRUMP’S VISION
To view Mr. Trump’s position, visit https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform
- Repeal and replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
- Work with Congress to create a patient-centered health care system that promotes choice, quality, and affordability.
- Work with states to establish high-risk pools to ensure access to coverage for individuals who have not maintained continuous coverage.
- Allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, in all 50 states, creating a dynamic market.
- Maximize flexibility for states via block grants so that local leaders can design innovative Medicaid programs that will better serve their low-income citizens.
- President Obama said his health plan would cut the cost of family premiums by up to $2,500 a year. Instead, premiums have gone up by almost $5,000 since Obamacare passed. [Kaiser Family Foundation]
- Nearly two-thirds of Obamacare Exchange plans lost over $2.2 billion just in 2014. [Mercatus Center, April 22, 2016]
- Health insurance companies are fleeing the Obamacare Exchanges. Five states, one-third of all counties, and 19% of Americans eligible for Obamacare will have only one Exchange insurer this year. [New York Times, Aug. 19, 2016], [Kaiser Family Foundation, Aug. 28, 2016], [McKinsey on Healthcare, Aug. 18, 2016]
- Premiums have skyrocketed across the nation, with a national average of almost 25%, with some states experiencing rate increases up to 70%. In Iowa, one plan got a 43% increase approved. In Florida, the individual market will see an average rate increase of 19%. In Pennsylvania, at least three plans requested rate increases over 40%. And the average rate requested in Minnesota is 54%. [ACA Signups], [Health Insurance], [Miami Herald], [Health Insurance]
- More than half the Exchange plans have deductibles of $3,000 or more. [The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2015]
- Deductibles are going up in 2017, some as high as $7,000 per person on the “cheapest” Obamacare plans. [Investors Business Daily, May 13, 2016]
- People are going without needed medical care because they can’t afford these amounts. [The Boston Globe, Nov. 16, 2015]
- Most of the people getting covered under Obamacare are getting it through the government run Medicaid program. [Heritage Foundation]
- Almost 12 million more Americans were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan since October 2013. [Obamacarefacts.com]
- By 2026 one-fourth of our population will be on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. [Congressional Budget Office, March 2016]
- Numerous studies show that Medicaid enrollees can’t find doctors. [Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Dec. 2014]
- Medicaid beneficiaries have worse health compared to everyone else. Add to that higher death rates, misuse of the emergency room and higher overall costs. [“How to Fix Medicaid,” National Affairs, 2014]
- Obamacare has reduced pay for workers in small businesses and reduced employment by more than 350,000 jobs nationwide. [American Action Forum, Sept. 9, 2016]
- The employer mandate raised the minimum cost of hiring a full-time worker to $10.30/hour for larger employers, without increasing take-home pay for workers. [Heritage Foundation]
- State and local officials have conceded that Obamacare forced municipal governments to cut hours of part-time employees. [The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2014]
- University of Wisconsin cut back student workers’ hours as a result of Obamacare. [Madison, Sept. 27, 2016]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary Clinton will protect and expand disastrous Obamacare. She called Obamacare “one of the great accomplishments not only of this president, but of the Democratic Party going back to Harry Truman.” [CNN Money, Aug. 19, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton will provide Obamacare to illegal aliens. [Hillary Clinton – Issues – Healthcare]
- Thirty-five percent of the uninsured are illegal aliens who are already getting free care in our emergency rooms, that is being paid for by American taxpayers. [Congressional Budget Office, March 2016]
- Hillary Clinton will offer a public option on the Exchanges, driving out private health plans and leaving Americans with fewer options and eventually no choices but a government run plan.
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Prioritize the jobs, wages and security of the American people.
- Establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.
- Protect the economic well-being of the lawful immigrants already living here by curbing uncontrolled foreign worker admissions
- Select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in the U.S. and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.
- Vet applicants to ensure they support America’s values, institutions and people, and temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot presently be ensured.
- Enforce the immigration laws of the United States and restore the Constitutional rule of law upon which America’s prosperity and security depend.
Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Put America First
1. Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall.
2. End catch-and-release. Under a Trump administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country.
3. Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.
4. End sanctuary cities.
5. Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced – we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country.
6. Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.
7. Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.
8. Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports.
9. Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. Many immigrants come to the U.S. illegally in search of jobs, even though federal law prohibits the employment of illegal immigrants.
10. Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers, keeping immigration levels within historic norms.
Read More on Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Put America First, here.
- Illegal immigrants and other non-citizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to their names. [United States Government Accountability Office, March 2011]
- Current immigration policy costs taxpayers $300 billion a year [National Review, Sept. 22, 2016]
- There are at least 2 million convicted criminal aliens now inside the country. [Center for Immigration Studies, Oct. 2013]
- Since 2013 alone, the Obama Administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into U.S. communities.
- Between 9/11 and the end of 2014, at least 380 foreign-born individuals were convicted in terror cases inside the United States. [U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, June 22, 2016]
- In the last five years, we’ve admitted nearly 100,000 immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan – in these two countries, according to Pew research, a majority of residents say that the barbaric practice of honor killings against women are often or sometimes justified. [U.S. Department of Homeland Security, August 2016], [Pew Research Center, July 22, 2016]
- From the year 2008 through 2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into U.S. communities because their home countries would not take them back. [The Boston Globe, June 4, 2016]
- 62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants used some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs, like food stamps or housing assistance. [Center for Immigration Studies, Sept. 2015]
- Nearly 1 million illegal immigrants, including nearly 200,000 with criminal convictions, had been ordered deported but remain at large. [Washington Examiner, July 1, 2015]
- Between 2013 and 2015, the Obama Administration released over 86,000 criminal aliens from custody. In 2015 alone, ICE freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions. [Homeland Security Committee, Nov. 19, 2015]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary will bring in 620,000 new refugees in a four-year term at a lifetime cost of over $400 billion. [U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee, June 27, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare for illegal immigrants – breaking the federal budget. On top of that, she promises uncontrolled low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for American workers, especially African-American and Hispanic workers.
- Hillary Clinton will give citizenship to illegal immigrants who compete directly against vulnerable American workers for the right to high-paying jobs, safe housing and good schools. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, July 28, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton will protect and expand President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional DACA and DAPA executive actions that give millions of illegal immigrants social security numbers, work authorization, travel authorization, eligibility for benefits, and tax credits in violation of the United States law.
- Hillary Clinton supports making illegal immigrants eligible for Obamacare, which will force American taxpayers to further subsidize illegal immigration.
- Hillary Clinton supports sanctuary cities, the catch-and-release program at the border, visa overstays, and the release of dangerous criminals from detention.
- Hillary Clinton has no plan to secure the border. The ICE agents call her plan “the most radical immigration proposal in U.S. history.”
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Work with Congress to fully repeal the defense sequester and submit a new budget to rebuild our depleted military.
- Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers, which the Army Chief of Staff says he needs to execute current missions.
- Rebuild the U.S. Navy toward a goal of 350 ships, as the bipartisan National Defense Panel has recommended.
- Provide the U.S. Air Force with the 1,200 fighter aircraft they need.
- Grow the U.S. Marine Corps to 36 battalions.
- Invest in a serious missile defense system to meet growing threats by modernizing our Navy’s cruisers and procuring additional, modern destroyers to counter the ballistic missile threat from Iran and North Korea.
- Emphasize cyber warfare and require a comprehensive review from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all relevant federal agencies to identify our cyber vulnerabilities and to protect all vital infrastructure and to create a state-of-the-art cyber defense and offense.
- Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs.
Read Donald J. Trump’s Plan to Upgrade America’s Military, here.
Read Mr. Trump’s Remarks at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Our Army is the smallest it has been since before World War II. [ArmyTimes, May 7, 2016]
- Our Navy is among the smallest it has been since before World War I. [Naval History and Heritage Command]
- Our Air Force is the smallest it has been in history. [The National Interest, May 7, 2014]
- The average age of our Air Force aircraft is 27 years old. [Air Force Times, Jan. 19, 2016]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- While she was Secretary of State, the Obama Administration cut hundreds of billions of dollars from defense and ignored the warnings of their own Defense Secretary about the minimum defense budget necessary for national security. [The Weekly Standard, Feb. 3, 2015]
- The Obama-Clinton Administration tried repeatedly to dismantle the Navy’s cruisers, the backbone of missile defense, even as the threat of ballistic missiles by Iran and North Korea grew rapidly. [Navy Times, April 19, 2016]
- Under Obama-Clinton, the U.S. Navy has been depleted to the point where key regions of the world have lacked any American aircraft carrier presence for months at a time. [Navy Times, Jan. 7, 2016]
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Ask all Department heads to submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them.
- Reform the entire regulatory code to ensure that we keep jobs and wealth in America.
- End the radical regulations that force jobs out of our communities and inner cities. We will stop punishing Americans for working and doing business in the United States.
- Issue a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety in order to give our American companies the certainty they need to reinvest in our community, get cash off of the sidelines, start hiring again, and expanding businesses. We will no longer regulate our companies and our jobs out of existence.
- Cancel immediately all illegal and overreaching executive orders.
- Eliminate our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of The U.S. Rule. We will also scrap the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which the government estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year.
- Decrease the size of our already bloated government after a thorough agency review.
Read Donald J. Trump’s Plan To Put an End to Burdensome Regulations, here.
- Every year, over-regulation costs our economy $2 trillion dollars a year and reduces household wealth by almost $15,000 dollars. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 15, 2016]
- President Obama has issued close to four hundred new major regulations since taking office, each with a cost to the American economy of $100 million or more. [The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2016]
- In 2015 alone, federal agencies issued over 3,300 final rules and regulations, up from 2,400 the prior year. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 15, 2016]
- The U.S. economy today is twenty-five percent smaller than it would have been without the surge of regulations since 1980. [Mercatus Center, April 26, 2016]
- The federal register is now over 80,000 pages long. [Office of the Federal Register, Dec. 31, 2015]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary Clinton has pledged to expand many of the President’s most intrusive job-killing regulations, including anti-energy regulations on oil, shale and natural gas that will massively raise electricity prices and destroy millions of jobs.
- Hillary Clinton Has Vowed To “Defend And Build On” The Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, August 11, 2016]
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Reduce taxes across-the-board, especially for working and middle-income Americans who will receive a massive tax reduction.
- Ensure the rich will pay their fair share, but no one will pay so much that it destroys jobs or undermines our ability to compete.
- Eliminate special interest loopholes, make our business tax rate more competitive to keep jobs in America, create new opportunities and revitalize our economy.
- Reduce the cost of childcare by allowing families to fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxes, including stay-at-home parents.
Read the Fact Sheet on Donald J. Trump’s Tax Policy, here.
TAX LAW CHANGES
The Trump Plan will revise and update both the individual and corporate tax codes:
Individual Income Tax
The Trump Plan will collapse the current seven tax brackets to three brackets. The rates and breakpoints are as shown below. Low-income Americans will have an effective income tax rate of 0. The tax brackets are similar to those in the House GOP tax blueprint.
Brackets & Rates for Married-Joint filers:
Less than $75,000: 12%
More than $75,000 but less than $225,000: 25%
More than $225,000: 33%
*Brackets for single filers are ½ of these amounts
The Trump Plan will retain the existing capital gains rate structure (maximum rate of 20 percent) with tax brackets shown above. Carried interest will be taxed as ordinary income.
The 3.8 percent Obamacare tax on investment income will be repealed, as will the alternative minimum tax.
The Trump Plan will increase the standard deduction for joint filers to $30,000, from $12,600, and the standard deduction for single filers will be $15,000. The personal exemptions will be eliminated as will the head-of-household filing status.
In addition, the Trump Plan will cap itemized deductions at $200,000 for Married-Joint filers or $100,000 for Single filers.
The Trump Plan will repeal the death tax, but capital gains held until death and valued over $10 million will be subject to tax to exempt small businesses and family farms. To prevent abuse, contributions of appreciated assets into a private charity established by the decedent or the decedent’s relatives will be disallowed.
Americans will be able to take an above-the-line deduction for children under age 13 that will be capped at state average for age of child, and for eldercare for a dependent. The exclusion will not be available to taxpayers with total income over $500,000 Married-Joint /$250,000 Single, and because of the cap on the size of the benefit, working and middle class families will see the largest percentage reduction in their taxable income.
The childcare exclusion would be provided to families who use stay-at-home parents or grandparents as well as those who use paid caregivers, and would be limited to 4 children per taxpayer. The eldercare exclusion would be capped at $5,000 per year. The cap would increase each year at the rate of inflation.
The Trump Plan would offer spending rebates for childcare expenses to certain low-income taxpayers through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The rebate would be equal to 7.65 percent of remaining eligible childcare expenses, subject to a cap of half of the payroll taxes paid by the taxpayer (based on the lower-earning parent in a two-earner household).
This rebate would be available to married joint filers earning $62,400 ($31,200 for single taxpayers) or less. Limitations on costs eligible for exclusion and the number of beneficiaries would be the same as for the basic exclusion. The ceiling would increase with inflation each year.
All taxpayers would be able to establish Dependent Care Savings Accounts (DCSAs) for the benefit of specific individuals, including unborn children. Total annual contributions to a DCSA are limited to $2,000 per year from all sources, which include the account owner (parent in the case of a minor or the person establishing elder care account), immediate family members of the account owner, and the employer of the account owner. When established for children, the funds remaining in the account when the child reaches 18 can be used for education expenses, but additional contributions could not be made.
To encourage lower-income families to establish DCSAs for their children, the government will provide a 50 percent match on parental contributions of up to $1,000 per year for these households. When parents fill out their taxes they can check a box to directly deposit any portion of their EITC into their Dependent Care Savings Account. All deposits and earnings thereon will be free from taxation, and unused balances can rollover from year to year.
The Trump Plan will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax. This rate is available to all businesses, both small and large, that want to retain the profits within the business.
It will provide a deemed repatriation of corporate profits held offshore at a one-time tax rate of 10 percent.
It eliminates most corporate tax expenditures except for the Research and Development credit.
Firms engaged in manufacturing in the US may elect to expense capital investment and lose the deductibility of corporate interest expense. An election once made can only be revoked within the first 3 years of election; if revoked, returns for prior years would need to be amended to show revised status. After 3 years, election is irrevocable.
The annual cap for the business tax credit for on-site childcare authorized by Sec. 205 of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 would be increased to $500,000 per year (up from $150,000) and recapture period would be reduced to 5 years (down from 10 years).
Businesses that pay a portion of an employee’s childcare expenses can exclude those contributions from income. Employees who are recipients of direct employer subsidies would not be able to exclude those costs from the individual income tax and the costs of direct subsidies to employees could not be used as a cost eligible for the credit.
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- The Trump Plan protects all low-income and middle-income Americans and lowers their taxes. As the Tax Foundation put it: “Donald Trump’s plan is a tax cut for all income groups, while Hillary Clinton’s plan is a tax increase on selected income groups”. The Tax Foundation determined that, on average, taxpayers will receive a tax cut of $1,818 under the Trump Plan, but a tax increase of $176 under the Clinton plan. [Tax Foundation, Sept. 23, 2016]
- Donald J. Trump’s tax plan will increase the economy and grow jobs by almost 2 million, while Hillary Clinton’s tax plan will shrink the economy and lose 300,000 jobs. In combination with the total economic reform agenda, the Trump economic plan will create at least 25 million jobs over the next 10 years. [Tax Foundation, Sept. 19, 2016], [Tax Foundation, Jan. 26, 2016].
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Negotiate fair trade deals that create American jobs, increase American wages, and reduce America’s trade deficit.
Donald J. Trump’s 7 Point Plan To Rebuild the American Economy by Fighting for Free Trade
1. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified.
2. Appoint tough and smart trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers.
3. Direct the Secretary of Commerce to identify every violation of trade agreements a foreign country is currently using to harm our workers, and also direct all appropriate agencies to use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses.
4. Tell NAFTA partners that we intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers. If they don’t agree to a renegotiation, we will submit notice that the U.S. intends to withdraw from the deal. Eliminate Mexico’s one-side backdoor tariff through the VAT and end sweatshops in Mexico that undercut U.S. workers.
5. Instruct the Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator.
6. Instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China’s unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO.
7. Use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes if China does not stop its illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets – including the application of tariffs consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
Read Donald J. Trump’s 7 Point Plan To Rebuild the American Economy by Fighting for Free Trade, here.
Read Mr. Trump’s Remarks at the Alumisource Factory in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
- America has lost nearly one-third of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA and 50,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization. [Economic Policy Institute, April 23, 2015]
- President Obama predicted that the trade deal with South Korea would increase our exports to South Korea by more than $10 billion – resulting in some 70,000 jobs. It has killed nearly 100,000. Our exports to South Korea haven’t increased at all, but their imports to us have surged more than $15 billion – more than doubling our trade deficit with that country. [The White House], [Economic Policy Institute, May 5, 2016]
- Our annual trade deficit in goods with Mexico has risen from close to zero in 1993 to almost $60 billion. Our total trade deficit in goods hit nearly $800 billion last year. China is responsible for nearly half of our entire trade deficit. Almost half of our entire manufacturing trade deficit in goods with the world is the result of trade with China. [United States Census Bureau]
- The U.S. trade deficit with the proposed TPP member countries cost over 2 million jobs in 2015. By far the biggest losses occurred in motor vehicles and parts, which lost nearly 740,000 manufacturing jobs. Imagine how many more jobs would be lost if the Trans-Pacific Partnership was actually approved. [Economic Policy Institute, March 3, 2016]
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership will undermine our economy, and it will undermine our independence:
- The TPP creates a new international commission that makes decisions the American people can’t veto, making it easier for our trading competitors to ship cheap subsidized goods into U.S. markets – while allowing foreign countries to continue putting barriers in front of our exports.
- The TPP lowers tariffs on foreign cars, while leaving in place the foreign practices that keep American cars from being sold overseas. The TPP even creates a backdoor for China to supply car parts for automobiles made in Mexico.
- According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, improved protection of America’s intellectual property in China would produce more than 2 million more jobs right here in the United States. [The Commission On The Theft Of American Intellectual Property, May 2013]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary supported Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, she supported China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization, she supported the job-killing trade deal with South Korea, and she supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, June 24, 2016]
- Bernie Sanders said Hillary Clinton “voted for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs.” [Donald J. Trump Press Release, June 16, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton, took a “leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” She praised or pushed the TPP on 45 separate occasions, and even called it the “gold standard.” [Bloomberg, Jan. 10, 2013], [CNN, June 15, 2015]
- Our trade deficit with China soared 40% during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, June 24, 2016]
- As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stood by idly while China cheated on its currency, added another trillion dollars to our trade deficits, and stole hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Aug. 11, 2016]
DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION
- Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care and support they earned with their service to our country.
- Support the whole veteran, not just their physical health care, but also by addressing their invisible wounds, investing in our service members’ post-active duty success, transforming the VA to meet the needs of 21st century service members, and better meeting the needs of our female veterans.
- Make the VA great again by firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, by modernizing the VA, and by empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.
Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Reform The Department of Veterans Affairs
1. Appoint a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve veterans. Under a Trump Administration, the needs of D.C. bureaucrats will no longer be placed above those of our veterans.
2. Use the powers of the presidency to remove and discipline the federal employees and managers who have violated the public’s trust and failed to carry out the duties on behalf of our veterans.
3. Ask that Congress pass legislation that empowers the Secretary of the VA to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety or well-being of a veteran.
4. Create a commission to investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform.
5. Protect and promote honest employees at the VA who highlight wrongdoing, and guarantee their jobs will be protected.
6. Create a private White House hotline, which will be active 24 hours a day answered by a real person. It will be devoted to answering veteran’s complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.
7. Stop giving bonuses to any VA employees who are wasting money, and start rewarding employees who seek to improve the VA’s service, cut waste, and save lives.
8. Reform the visa system to ensure veterans are at the front of the line for health services, not the back.
9. Increase the number of mental health care professionals, and allow veteran’s to be able to seek mental health care outside of the VA.
10. Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service.
Read More on Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Reform The Department of Veterans Affairs, here.
- IG Report: 300,000 Vets Died While Waiting For Health Care At VA. [Fox News, Sept. 3, 2015]
- Wait Lists Grow as Many More Veterans Seek Care and Funding Falls Far Short. [The New York Times, June 20, 2015]
- Hundreds Of Appointment Wait Times Manipulated At Texas VA Facilities. [Associated Press, June 21, 2016]
- A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish And Die On A VA Hospital’s Secret List. [CNN, April 23, 2014]
- Report Finds Sharp Increase In Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits. [The New York Times, March 20, 2016]
- Veterans Affairs Improperly Spent $6 Billion Annually, Senior Official Says. [The Washington Post, May 14, 2015]
- U.S. Veterans Commit Suicide At Rate Of 20 A Day, VA Says. [The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2016]
- White House Review Of Veterans Administration Finds ‘Corrosive Culture.’ [Reuters, June 27, 2014]
- Few People Lost Jobs With V.A. in Scandal. [The New York Times, April 22, 2015]
- Veterans Affairs Pays $142 Million In Bonuses Amid Scandals. [USA Today, May 22, 2014]
- VA Hasn’t Fixed Wait-time Problems, GAO Finds. [USA Today, April 18, 2016]
CONTRAST WITH HILLARY CLINTON
- Hillary Clinton Praised the Obama Administration for Its Handling of the VA Scandal. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 7, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton Offensively Downplayed VA’s Problems. [Donald J. Trump Press Release, Sept. 7, 2016]
- Hillary Clinton Refused to Apologize for Insulting Our Veterans Through Her Defense of the Corrupt VA. [The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2015]
- The Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Recently Said Hillary Clinton Would Abandon VA Reforms. [Military Times, July 20, 2016]
“Hillary Clinton has turned over the only records nobody wants to see from her – the American public wants to see the 33,000 emails she deleted to obstruct an FBI investigation. We want to see the Clinton Foundation records showing how the Clintons sold our uranium to Russia, ripped off Haiti and cut deals with oppressive regimes around the world. We want to see the pay-for-play emails that Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, refuses to turn over. We want to see the transcripts of the secret Wall Street speeches Clinton was paid $10,000 dollars-a-minute to give. We want to see the records the night of Benghazi that explain why Secretary Clinton didn’t send in reinforcements as soon as the attack had begun.
Hillary Clinton is at the center of an international corruption scandal that reveals her use of government authority and influence for personal gain. The records we need to see are those being hidden, deleted, obstructed and stashed away by Hillary Clinton to keep authorities from untangling this corrupt scheme that reaches into the world’s shady corridors of power. Everything she doesn’t want us to see has been digitally shredded or put under lock and key. This document release is nothing more than an attempt at distraction and misdirection by an individual who created and then purged an illegal private email server.”
– Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor
Next Release: HILLARY CLINTON’S RADICAL JOB-KILLING ENERGY PLAN
“We’re here to stand with law enforcement,” biker spokesman says
IMAGE CREDITS: TWITTER, ARJENUSA.
Motorcyclists supportive of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump are arriving in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.
“Bikers for Trump” organizer Chris Cox told MSNBC he expects anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 bikers riding around the convention in order to be a “calming factor” against agitators wishing to carry out violence.
“We feel like it’s open season on law enforcement, there’s an assault on decency, and we’re here to stand with law enforcement, and in the event that we’re needed we’ll step up,” Cox said.
“The bikers are citizen crusaders from all walks of life,” he added.
Tweets show numerous bikers rolling in and assembling, with some estimating 3,000 are already in town.
We’ve got bikers for Trump and we’ve got Christians for Trump
RT @Breaking911: Bikers For Trump continue to arrive in Cleveland.
Cleveland Jour d’ouverture #gopconvention, rassemblement pro Trump (2), oui qqs bikers… devant le Cuyahoga river
Bikers for Trump say they will call police (there are 3000+ in town), if they see trouble. #RNCinCLE https://twitter.com/cbcsteve/status/755080431540719616 …
Bikers for Trump marching to the America a First rally.
Bikers for Trump in da house. #Cleveland # RNC2016
In an interview with Breibart, Cox reiterated that bikers were on hand to prevent violence from protest groups.
“We will be there to make sure that the delegates are allowed to exercise their right to peacefully assemble,” Cox said. “We’ve seen how these paid agitators have thrown eggs and gotten violent at other Trump events around the country and we’re not going to put up with it.”
“Veterans are the backbone of the biker community,” Cox told Breitbart. “We are patriots and unlike Black Lives Matter and the other leftist idiots, we love our cops. You won’t find one biker in Cleveland jumping on cars, lighting fires, or doing any of the other stupid things we’ve gotten used to seeing on TV the last few months.”
What insiders say about Cruz
A lot of libertarians and conservatives fully support Ted Cruz, but here’s why they should reconsider:
DONALD TRUMP SNAKE WARNING GOES VIRAL
GOP frontrunner warns of Trojan horse invasion
Infowars.com – MARCH 24, 2016
IMAGE CREDITS: DONALDJTRUMP.COM.
A YouTube video depicting a stark warning from presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding the refugee crisis is continuing to go viral across the web.
Reciting lyrics from the 1968 song “The Snake” by Al Wilson, based off Aesop’s fable of The Farmer and the Viper, the business mogul explains how Europe is being slowly overtaken by radical jihadists.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJ-iv3MOTo]
BY AMY NAY SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH 2016
“People don’t see the real Donald Trump,” son tells 2News
(KUTV) Donald Trump, Junior, in town to help his father campaign ahead of the Tuesday caucus in Utah, sat down with 2News this weekend to talk about what he says are misconceptions about his dad.
“People don’t see the real Donald Trump. They see the guy that’s being brash, but they don’t see the guy around the dinner table with his family. They don’t see the guy swinging a golf club with his 20 month old granddaughter. They don’t see that guy – that’s just family first. They don’t see the guy that cares deeply about this country.. the great human being.”
Sitting down Saturday with 2News the morning after what he says was an awesome rally in Salt Lake, he says he was thrilled to be able to bring the campaign to Utah – a state he says he loves and visits often.
“I was just here last month with my whole family, my kids, for their vacation. I was like, guys, we’ve got to bring the campaign here. We’ve got to show some love to Utah.”
Despite lagging in recent polls, including a new survey out Saturday which show Trump behind Senator Ted Cruz and even Governor John Kasich, he says Utahns have a lot in common with the Trumps, namely a strong work ethic.
“All the guys I know that are Utahns – either LDS or just from the state – there’s a work ethic here. It’s a work ethic that my father brought us up with.”
His father he described as a ‘blue collar billionaire’. He says he is giving a voice to the working class, a class he says is the only unprotected class in America.
“My father is giving these people a voice. The people who built America, these people are finally getting a voice and that’s why they’re so passionate.”
But Donald Trump, Junior blamed many of the recent clashes, including Friday night in Salt Lake outside Trump’s rally where police came in clad with riot gear, on the loud left.
“He’s not the one throwing stones. He’s not the one, you know, they’re bringing out the riot gear. It’s not for our people. It’s for the people who are trying to stop him!”
He says those same people are now attacking Trump’s family, including a recent incident this week with his brother Eric who was sent a letter with a white powdery substance inside. Donald Trump, Jr. said he, too, was the recipient of multiple personal attacks, citing an instance when he posted a picture of he and his daughter.
“They said horrible things like I hope she gets cancer or she or your whole family dies… things I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy! Say what you want to me. I’m a big boy, I can take it. But to say those things, to direct them at an 8 year old girl, a 20 month old girl… it’s disgraceful.”
Trump refuted claims that much of the fury comes in response to his father’s often heated statements made to supporters.
“There comes a time in your life, in your country, when you have to put your fist down and be loud. To make a point and you have to do that. That’s what he’s doing.”
He said his father has brought to light many issues that had previously been taboo, including immigration. But he insisted his father is not a racist.
“It’s been difficult for me as a son to watch people try to say that stuff about my father because it couldn’t be further from the truth, because I’ve seen who he is, who he hangs out with, who he employs. Really, there’s nothing further from the truth, and it does a real disservice because I think that’s still a real issue in this country.”
On Mitt Romney’s attacks and the back and forth between the former GOP presidential candidate and his father, Trump, Jr. said it was sad.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUUWzVMZyI]
“Honestly, It’s a shame. I was there not that long ago, when Mitt was in my father’s office, begging for money… from him, from me, from my brother, from my sister. I was there at a press conference when he was saying I’ve been a very good businessman, but I haven’t been the businessman that Donald Trump is. It’s a shame that he’s had to take this establishment party line… because what my father is doing that’s unique is giving a voice to the people. So for him to say that he’s for the people, I think it’s sad and I think it’s really disingenuous.”
– MARCH 18, 2016 –
After all sorts of hand-wringing over the placement of our primary at the useless end of the presidential election cycle, California — the state with the most delegates to give and one of the final six states to award them on June 7 — may very well decide whether Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. That’s a lot of power and responsibility, for Trump and for California.
The New York Times projected Wednesday that if Trump maintains his current level of support in the remaining races, he “would almost certainly secure the nomination.” Not only that, but the projection shows him securing it in California — with this caveat, “If Mr. Trump loses California, he could narrowly miss the delegate cutoff.” Brace yourselves.
Trump is already saying that if he just misses closing the deal and an open convention goes against him there would be “riots” and “problems like you’ve never seen before” and “I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen.” So much for him asking supporters to act peacefully as we urged candidates on both sides of the aisle to do this week.
Even as Hillary Clinton solidified her hold on the Democratic nomination Tuesday, Trump remained the clear GOP frontrunner. So will he win the nomination outright by claiming 1,237 of the 2,472 Republican delegates before the party’s Cleveland convention in mid-July?
Trump is more than halfway to the magic number now. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is about a third of the way there but faces near impossible odds of hitting the necessary target. And Ohio Gov. John Kasich sounds resurgent after winning all of Ohio’s 66 delegates Tuesday.
Where does that leave us? That leaves the establishment candidate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, bowing out of the race after Trump trounced him in his home state and Kasich “getting ready to rent a covered wagon” and head west “to California,” despite needing a mathematically impossible 112 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination on a first ballot at the Republican convention.
That leaves Trump, Cruz and Kasich thinking about how they might corral sufficient delegates on a potential second or third or — as was needed in 1880 — 36th vote at the GOP convention.
That leaves House Speaker Paul Ryan, 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick, denying he’d accept the 2016 GOP nomination, if it were offered to him at the convention. (Ryan, also previously said, of course, that he wouldn’t run for speaker last year.)
And that leaves Ron Nehring, California chairman and national spokesman for the Cruz campaign, crowing. In a post Wednesday on FlashReport, he wrote that 14 of the remaining 22 contests are closed primaries like California’s, meaning only registered Republicans can vote. Four other contests allow independents to vote in the Republican primary and four others allow Democrats to vote for a Republican, if they so choose.
Trump, Nehring notes, has won just six of 16 closed primaries so far and does better when Democrats can vote in GOP primaries.
Will enough California Republicans want a contested convention? Or will they rally around Trump to prevent one? Will any candidate run the table in California, or will results be mixed? The state awards 159 of its 172 GOP delegates by congressional district — three delegates per winner in each of the 53 districts — and 13 to whoever wins the state.
All this is a wonky way of saying you decide. You.
Next News: Trump picks up seventh lawmaker endorsement
Thursday – March 17, 2016 at 10:48 pm
By Patrick Buchanan
“If his poll numbers hold, Trump will be there six months from now when the Sweet 16 is cut to the Final Four, and he will likely be in the finals.”
My prediction, in July of 2015, looks pretty good right now.
Herewith, a second prediction. Republican wailing over his prospective nomination aside, Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton like a drum in November.
Indeed, only the fear that Trump can win explains the hysteria in this city.
Here is The Washington Post of March 18: “As a moral question it is straightforward. The mission of any responsible Republican should be to block a Trump nomination and election.”
The Orwellian headline over that editorial: “To defend our democracy, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention.”
Beautiful. Defending democracy requires Republicans to cancel the democratic decision of the largest voter turnout of any primaries in American history. And this is now a moral imperative for Republicans.
Like the Third World leaders it lectures, the Post celebrates democracy — so long as the voters get it right.
Whatever one may think of the Donald, he has exposed not only how far out of touch our political elites are, but how insular is the audience that listens to our media elite.
Understandably, Trump’s rivals were hesitant to take him on, seeing the number he did on “little Marco,” “low energy” Jeb and “Lyin’ Ted.”
But the Big Media — the Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times — have been relentless and ruthless.
Yet Trump’s strength with voters seemed to grow, pari passu, with the savagery of their attacks. As for National Review, The Weekly Standard and the accredited conservative columnists of the big op-ed pages, their hostility to Trump seems to rise, commensurate with Trump’s rising polls.
As the Wizard of Oz was exposed as a little man behind a curtain with a big megaphone, our media establishment is unlikely ever again to be seen as formidable as it once was.
And the GOP?
Those Republicans who assert that a Trump nomination would be a moral stain, a scarlet letter, the death of the party, they are most likely describing what a Trump nomination would mean to their own ideologies and interests.
Barry Goldwater lost 44 states in 1964, and the GOP fell to less than a third of Congress. “The Republican Party is dead,” wailed the Rockefeller wing. Actually, it wasn’t. Only the Rockefeller wing was dead.
After the great Yellowstone fire in the summer of ’88, the spring of ’89 produced astonishing green growth everywhere. 1964 was the Yellowstone fire of the GOP, burning up a million acres of dead wood, preparing the path for party renewal. Renewal often follows rebellion.
Republican strength today, on Capitol Hill and in state offices, is at levels unseen since Calvin Coolidge. Turnout in the GOP primaries has been running at levels unseen in American history, while turnout in the Democratic primaries is below what it was in the Obama-Clinton race of 2008.
This opportunity for Republicans should be a cause for rejoicing, not all this weeping and gnashing of teeth. If the party in Cleveland can bring together the Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich forces, the White House, Supreme Court and Congress are all within reach.
Consider. Clinton was beaten by Bernie Sanders in Michigan, and pressed in Ohio and Illinois, on her support for NAFTA and the trade deals of the Clinton-Bush-Obama era that eviscerated American manufacturing and led to the loss of millions of factory jobs and the stagnation of wages.
Sanders’ issues are Trump’s issues.
A Trump campaign across the industrial Midwest, Pennsylvania and New Jersey featuring attacks on Hillary Clinton’s support for NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China — and her backing of amnesty and citizenship for illegal immigrants, and for the Iraq and Libyan debacles — is a winning hand.
Lately, 116 architects and subcontractors of the Bush I and II foreign policy took their own version of the Oxford Oath. They will not vote for, nor serve in a Trump administration.
Talking heads are bobbing up on cable TV to declare that if Trump is nominee, they will not vote for him and may vote for Clinton.
This is not unwelcome news. Let them go.
Their departure testifies that Trump is offering something new and different from the foreign policy failures this crowd did so much to produce.
The worst mistake Trump could make would be to tailor his winning positions on trade, immigration and intervention — to court such losers.
While Trump should reach out to the defeated establishment of the party, he cannot compromise the issues that brought him where he is, or embrace the failed policies that establishment produced. This would be throwing away his aces.
The Trump campaign is not a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. It is a rebellion of shareholders who are voting to throw out the corporate officers and board of directors that ran the company into the ground.
Only the company here is our country.
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Video ››› March 15, 2016 5:20 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
BEN STEIN: People talk about Trump as if he’s some sort of lunatic. What he’s saying makes a lot of sense.
NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): But it bothers a lot of folks who say — even in the Republican Party, Ben, that he might be alienating Latino voters who he seems to be targeting. He says no, he’s just talking about illegals. It’s very clear in his statements and press releases that’s exactly what he is saying, but it’s sort of been morphed together, as sort of an anti-Hispanic rant. What do you say?
STEIN: [INAUDIBLE] Morphed together by the Democratic establishment. There’s so much talk about the Republican establishment, and I don’t even know who is in the Republican establishment. I would think I would be, by virtue of age and the fact that both my father and grandfather were fairly prominent Republicans. But, what I’m looking at here is the Democratic establishment, is the one trying to cut off debate, trying to keep Mr. Trump from speaking. I don’t think there’s ever been a case before where a major political party in the US has had, on a systematic basis, an attempt to silence the other party’s leading presidential candidate. That is an outrage. That is the real anti-Democratic thing that is going on here. It’s not Trump, who is the anti-democratic here, it is the other side. My old childhood next door neighbor, dear friend Carl Bernstein, obviously on very different sides of the fence politically, says Mr. Trump is a neo-fascist. He’s the exact opposite of a neo-fascist. He wants government of, by, and for the people. It’s the other side trying to shout him down, and have government by a screaming, un-elected elite.[…]
CAVUTO: Do you know, or see right now, Ben, any dangers for Donald Trump? I mean, you know, If he has a good night tonight, wins five out of the six, you know, big events here, he could be well on his way. And you hear the establishment trying to make overtures to him, kind of, Donald Trump trying to make overtures to him, kind of. Can they all get along and hug, when all is said and done?
STEIN: I think they can get along and hug, and I think Mr. Trump is a rising star. I think he has caught on to the national mood, I think Mrs. Clinton is a falling star, trying to play race based, identity based politics. Mr. Trump is saying let’s all stand together as Americans. I have not heard a racist word out of that man’s mouth. He wants a peaceful, calm America, he wants a strong military. How’s he going to pay for it with his tax plan, god only knows, and I certainly don’t know. But I think people should be listening to him. He’s not a ranting, blubbering fool. He’s making a lot of sense, and I don’t see what’s anti-democratic about him.
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Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz has said of the upcoming Concert for Valor:
“The post-9/11 years have brought us the longest period of sustained warfare in our nation’s history. The less than one percent of Americans who volunteered to serve during this time have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms — but that freedom comes with a responsibility to understand their sacrifice, to honor them, and to appreciate the skills and experience they offer when they return home.”
It was crafty of Schultz to redirect that famed 1% label from the ultra rich, represented by CEOs like him, onto our “heroes.” At the concert, I hope Schultz has a chance to get more specific about those “remarkable freedoms.” Will he mention that the U.S. has the highest per capita prison population on the planet? Does he include among those remarkable freedoms the guarantee that dogs, Tasers, tear gas, and riot police will be sent after you if you stay out past dark protesting the killing of an unarmed Black teenager by a representative of this country’s increasingly militarized police? Will the freedom to be too big to fail and so to have the right to melt down the economy and walk away without going to prison — as Jamie Dimon, the CEO of Chase, did – be mentioned? Do these remarkable freedoms include having every American phone call and email recorded and stored away by the NSA?
The U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 thus far has exhibited a dramatic and much needed public rejection of the status quo, aka “the establishment.” While a majority of the commentary has been justifiably focused on anger about the economy and how a smaller and smaller group of “insiders” have systematically accumulated more and more wealth via parasitic rent-seeking behavior, there’s another very important repudiation occurring. A total rejection of neocon, interventionist foreign policy.
Longtime readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg will be under no illusions about the fact that the Obama administration has represented a perfect continuation of the George W. Bush foreign policy doctrine, albeit with a more sleek marketing approach to placate the conscience of willfully ignorant fake liberals. Well the blowback from this one party foreign policy approach has arrived, with its evidence appearing in the form of military support of both Trump and Sanders.
As reported by the Military Times:
In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members’ top choices to become the next commander in chief.
The Republican front runner Trump was the most popular candidate in a subscriber poll that closed Sunday, with 27 percent saying they would back the business mogul if the election were held tomorrow. Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, was a close second at 22 percent.
The data also suggest that military personnel have not been dissuaded by political rivals who contend Trump and Sanders have weak foreign policy credentials and don’t have recognized experts as national security advisers.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has made national security issues one of the centerpieces of his campaign, was nearly last in the Military Times survey, with only about 9 percent of candidates favoring him.
Now here’s a graphic of the totals:
The first thing that catches your eye is that the two biggest establishment neocons when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio, have virtually zero support. While Trump sits in the top spot, this isn’t totally surprising given his campaign rhetoric advocating for both a military buildup as well as a more circumspect approach when it comes to interventionism. That said, what is downright shocking is how Bernie Sanders occupies a close second to Trump while absolutely crushing Hillary Clinton. Since the U.S. military is not known for being a bunch of socialist hippies, there’s something extremely significant going on here, and that something is a rejection of neocon interventionist foreign policy by the U.S. military.
The U.S. establishment can either fade away quietly or it can be tossed away kicking and screaming, but go it will. From all ends of the political spectrum, the American public has had enough and is beginning to forcefully reject the corrupt and criminal status quo. It can’t happen soon enough.
For some examples of foreign policy disasters during the neocon Obama administration, see:
Saturday, March 12, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Kansas City, MO at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. Mr. Trump was interrupted by protesters several times, but eventually they shut up after he threatened to have them arrested.