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#1513458 --- 02/28/18 10:04 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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Tax Reform Boom: Consumer Confidence Soars to 17-Year High, Democrats Vow to Undo Progress
Guy Benson

As the mainstream media fixates on Russia and gun control, the economy continues to hum right along. We've been tracking the strong and improving economic fundamentals -- not to be confused with stock market gyrations -- for months, and a new data point has just emerged to bolster the case. US consumer confidence has jumped to its highest level since 2001, demonstrating that average Americans are feeling the economic progress in their personal lives. Bloomberg reports:

U.S. consumer confidence jumped to a 17-year high as optimism about employment prospects grew and Americans began seeing additional money in their paychecks from recently enacted tax cuts, data from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday. The report reflects increased confidence in employment and incomes, which could support consumer spending. The labor differential, which measures the gap between respondents saying jobs are plentiful and those who say they’re hard to get, rose to 24.7 percentage points, the highest since 2001. Recent tax legislation signed in December may have also buoyed sentiment, as many Americans saw bigger after-tax paychecks in February due to the law. That may have helped consumers shrug off the early-February 10 percent decline in stock prices, which have since recovered most of their losses.

More and more Americans are starting to notice their fattened paychecks -- a pleasant surprise to most that is directly attributable to the new law, which cuts taxes for 80 to 90 percent of all taxpayers. That helps explain why public support for the GOP tax reform has rocketed upward by 26 percentage points since December. Democrats lied and fear-mongered about the Republican plan during their demagogic campaign of lockstep opposition. But the now-implemented law has been vindicated by reality, and lots of people are starting to notice. Including in swing districts:


Polling in battleground congressional districts shows that voters increasingly believe the Republican tax reform law will cut their taxes rather than raise them...The polling found that, in California's 21st congressional district, 23 percent of respondents said in January that the law would lower their taxes, but in February, that number increased to 29 percent. Meanwhile, 42 percent said in January that their tax rates would increase because of tax reform; that number decreased to 30 percent in February. In Colorado's sixth district, 31 percent of respondents said in January that the tax overhaul, which President Donald Trump signed into law in December, would lower their taxes; in February, that number grew to 44 percent. The percentage of voters who said the tax plan would raise their taxes decreased from 40 percent to 27 percent over the same time period. Other battleground districts—including New York's 24th, Pennsylvania's eighth, and Virginia's second—showed similar results.

The truth is slowly but steadily eclipsing the bogus attacks. Meanwhile, workers keep winning from the corporate side of the fresh reforms, too; the number of US employees receiving tax reform-caused bonuses has now surpassed four million, as hundreds of companies of various sizes reinvesting in workers, benefits, wages, expansion, and re-patriation. It remains essential for Republican incumbents and challengers to actively sell the tax law to voters, making sure that people actually take a moment to compare their latest pay stubs with what they received through January. For nearly all Americans (especially middle income earners) the change will be a positive one.

Americans are experiencing the positive outcomes that Democrats insisted they never would. Not only should this expectations vs. reality gap be a mark in Republicans' favor, it should hurt Democrats' credibility with voters. The GOP would also be wise to hold their opponents' feet to the fire on the question of repeal. Bernie Sanders and the hardcore "resistance" left-wing of the party want the tax law repealed if Democrats win in November. Every Democratic candidate for federal office should be pressed on whether they support uprooting Americans' tax cuts and turn back the clock on the economy's recent progress:


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Number of US workers receiving tax reform bonuses now exceeds 4,000,000. Consumer confidence hits 17-year high. ~90% of all taxpayers are getting a tax cut. Will Democrats repeal these tangible benefits, which they demean as "armageddon's crumbs"? https://www.atr.org/list

1:56 PM - Feb 27, 2018

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Their base wants to hear an answer that moderates and independents won't like. This issue could drive a wedge among Democrats and various constituencies; Republicans should exploit it. They've earned the chance to do so, and Democrats created this problem for themselves through their absurdist hyperbole. On the chasm between left-wing rhetoric and voters' actual lived experiences, I'll leave you with this thought:



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.@guypbenson: "Democrats can try to talk this economy down, they can try to pretend that tax reform isn't working, but the results say otherwise."

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UPDATE - Here's a story out of Ohio:

While craft brewers will have lighter tax bills this year, that savings won’t be hoarded away – it’s being put to work. Members of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association met with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Friday to discuss how they’re reinvesting in their businesses and people while also pushing to make permanent recent tax changes that are only for the next two years at this point...The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was part of the broader tax reform packaged passed by U.S. Congress late last year. It reduced the federal excise tax to $3.50 a barrel from $7 a barrel for the first 60,000 barrels of beer produced annually at U.S. breweries making less than 2 million barrels a year. It also reduced the tax to $16 a barrel from $18 a barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and importers. According to the national Brewers Association trade group, that could be savings of $80 million for its members. To a person, each of the nine brewery representatives shared stories of business growth. Larry Horwitz, co-owner and brewmaster at Four String Brewing Co., said his business expects to save about $40,000 this year because of the tax change. “We invest where we live and work,” he said. “We are the blue collar workers in the neighborhood.”
The article goes on to quote brewery owners describing increased wages and new hiring, with one business owner boasting that "this [tax] act went straight to our staff.” These job creators are asking Sen. Rob Portman to make these elements of the tax law permanent. The Buckeye State's other Senator -- liberal Democrat Sherrod Brown -- voted against the law altogether, as did every Democrat in Congress. Will Brown, who is a hardcore progressive, sign on to the Left's push to repeal the law?
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#1513459 --- 02/28/18 01:15 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: Formermac]
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Just like a soap opera, the White House saga is building to a cliffhanger and we can only guess how many will go to jail.

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#1513461 --- 02/28/18 03:45 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: Formermac]
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Remember when Trump stated that his administration will run like fine tuned machine?

In reality, it looks more like this.





http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president...ory?id=45540067

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/us/politics/hope-hicks-resign-communications-director.html

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#1513463 --- 03/01/18 02:20 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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I have a very simplistic example of stupid for ya, how much do you garner in regard to bring home pay (tax cut) which go up a half of percent but your health insurance raising 3 percent? Remember this was the argument used by Republicans a few years ago in relation to health insurance cost but refusing to make insurance companies accountable, seeing that millions lost their insurance through the effort of the Republicans, those health care costs are passed on to the general public by means of social welfare taking over the cost of doctor, hospital and ER expenses. Now we have an idiot in the White House who's own policies coincide with the pre exist dysfunction and cost the consumers even more in price increases for automobiles, refrigerators and any other item containing these metal. More evident of ignorance is the fact that you agree with Trump's systemic cost to the consumer's considerable out of pocket expense that you pay until we can produce steel plants here in our country......you recall those plants that left the country due to greed perpetuated by Republicans who allowed corporations to rape the consumers?


https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/dow-plunges-trump-says-tariffs-181900151.html


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/...-tax-loopholes/

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#1513468 --- 03/03/18 08:08 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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Sad that Dems will derail a significant legislation for power.
Oh wait, that's what they a;ways do. Never mind



This Town: Democrats Consider Torpedoing Gun Control Bill Because...It Could Pass
Matt Vespa

Well, it’s finally here: a piece of gun control legislation that could actually pass. The Fix NICS Act, which seeks to strengthen background checks by penalizing federal agencies that fail to forward criminal records to the FBI to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. The horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left over 20 people dead, prompted the legislation. The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was an Air Force veteran, who was court martialed for domestic violence in 2012. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in jail. He was given a “bad conduct” discharge (not the same as dishonorable) in 2014, but his criminal record was never forwarded to the FBI. That’s how he was able to obtain firearms, when he shouldn’t have. If one is convicted of domestic violence, they’re prohibited from purchasing or owning firearms.

There’s bipartisan support for this legislation. It could pass, but Democrats could torpedo it, despite strong support from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), a key gun control advocate. Why? Well, because if this passes, that would be the end of the legislative offensive on gun rights. Oh, and they might want to use this for the 2018 midterms (via WaPo):

Even though one of their own is co-sponsoring the Fix NICS Act, which would punish federal agencies that don't submit criminal records to the national criminal background check system for firearms, Senate Democrats have spent their first few days back in Congress this week dissing the bill.

“What will prevent future tragedy? Comprehensive background checks will. The Fix NICS bill will not,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “Let’s not set our sights too narrow or squander this moment.”

It's not that Democrats don't want to patch up what both sides say are obvious holes in the background-check system; it's that they think this is a small step to reinforce an existing law rather than expand it. And if they support it, that might be the end of gun control reforms in this Congress, since Republicans will be reluctant to act on much else.

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There is no such bill circulating after the massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school. The lack of viable gun-control legislation in Congress right now is also precisely why Democrats feel pressured to resist this incremental step.

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Democrats are fully aware that this vote is their only point of leverage in the debate, so they've got to play hardball to try to extract as much as they can from it. The Post's Ed O'Keefe reports they're also working with gun-control groups to find a way to politicize this whole issue to their advantage in November's midterm elections.

It's difficult to see another gun-control measure coming up for a vote right now.

The article mentions that universal background checks and a new ban on so-called assault weapons are not going to happen. It doesn’t have the votes in the Senate and it would certainly meet a quick death in the House. The best the anti-gun Left can hope for is force the Senate to hold a debate and vote on these measures that will go down and flames. But hey, at least we can use this issue for the midterms, right? That’s the Democratic mindset right now. It’s not about saving lives; it’s about getting more of them elected, even if that means cannibalizing bills that they support.
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#1513470 --- 03/03/18 09:50 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE GOLFING! [Re: cwjga]
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President Trump has spent 100 days in office at one of his golf clubs http://cnn.it/2I0oy7f
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#1513538 --- 03/07/18 06:26 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE GOLFING! [Re: kyle585]
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Can you imagine this in the USA?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Quebec physicians insist they already make too much money, according to a petition to cancel the pay raises and redistribute the money throughout the province’s health-care system.
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#1513540 --- 03/08/18 06:41 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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Well, The Whole Notion Of Texas Turning Blue Got Shot To Hell Last Night
Matt Vespa

Well, the narrative was set by the news media. The early voting for Texas Democrats is sky high. The enthusiasm is high. Texas could turn blue in the Trump era. Well, almost all of that was false. This is a mythical unicorn the Democrats keep chasing, turning Texas Blue and once again they were met with disappointment. Now, for Republicans, they’ve been trying to nab Pennsylvania since 1988, which was finally done under Donald J. Trump.

Republicans broke their own record for midterm turnout, with over 1.5 million casting ballots in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Why? Well, while the Democrats dominate the cities (shocker!), their strength in rural America remains absolute trash.



“Yet even as Democrats in the state’s biggest cities came out in large numbers, Republicans still cast more ballots over all thanks to their rural strength,” reported The New York Times. The only thing Democrats have going for them in the Lone Star State is enthusiasm, but that’s no guarantee of victory (via Politico):

The 2018 midterms kicked off in eye-opening fashion in Texas on Tuesday, as a series of surprises in Democratic House primaries jolted the landscape while the party’s large turnout sent a warning to Republicans nationwide.

But the GOP remained in the driver’s seat in statewide races throughout Texas by night’s end, leaving most of the shocks to down-ballot races.

Washington Democrats saw some of their runoff plans go down the drain. Well-funded candidates fell in contest after contest. George P. Bush unexpectedly cruised to victory. And women kept on winning.

The Democratic civil war that erupted in the Texas primaries will continue as Laura Moser, a progressive insurgent, claimed the number two spot in the race for the Texas 7th congressional district, triggering a runoff and keeping that wound between establishment and progressives open. Here’s some background on that race prior to Election Day (via CNN):

A crowded Democratic House primary in the Houston area has become a stand-in for the broader battle within the party between progressives who backed Bernie Sanders and members of the establishment.

The controversy erupted more than a week ago, when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s political arm for House races, unleashed a scathing attack against journalist and activist Laura Moser, one of seven candidates in the Texas 7th District Democratic primary to take on Republican Rep. John Culberson this fall.

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Central to the DCCC's case against Moser is a 2014 Washingtonian article in which she wrote that she'd "sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas. The committee feared the article was ready-made for scathing attack ads casting Moser as a DC-loving, Texas-loathing carpetbagger -- the kind that her campaign might never be able to overcome. Attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis and oncologist Jason Westin are others seen as leading candidates.

"Democratic voters need to hear that Laura Moser is not going to change Washington. She is a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress," the DCCC said on its website as it posted a bundle of research critical of Moser.

But progressive activists were incensed to see the DCCC -- which has long been accused of recruiting too many moderate, milquetoast candidates and weighing fundraising potential too heavily in deciding who to back -- weigh in with such a heavy hand less than three weeks from the March 6 contest.

Well, even as liberal publications are noting, Moser survived, with some, like Mother Jones, saying this DCCC attempt to wipe her out “blew up” in their face:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee waded into the seven-way primary for Texas’ seventh congressional district last month with a specific goal in mind: delivering a knockout blow to Laura Moser, a freelance writer and Resistance activist with a large national following, who it feared would crater the party’s chances in the closely watched swing district.

But the DCCC’s attacks on Moser 10 days before the primary—a broadside so clumsy and transparent it drew criticism from DNC chair Tom Perez and members of Congress—didn’t work as intended. Moser raised $87,000 in the days after the DCCC nuclear barrage and basked in the free publicity during the homestretch of the campaign. And on Tuesday, she secured a spot in the May 22nd runoff against Lizzie Fletcher, a Houston lawyer backed by EMILY’s List who led the field in the first round of voting.

Now Democrats in the seventh district, a longtime Republican stronghold that swung harder to Hillary Clinton than any other district in the country in 2016, will be faced with an unusual choice: a progressive candidate denounced by the official campaign organ of the House Democratic caucus, or a more moderate candidate rejected by the AFL-CIO.

This infighting among Democrats in competitive races is what very well could derail their 2018 plans. With TX-7, it’s a total split among the base concerning the Democratic candidates and the organizations that have endorsed them.




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Congrats to Beto O’Rourke for winning the right to get steamrolled by Ted Cruz in November!

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Dems accounted for ~40% of all TX primary votes cast this year. That's up from 29% in 2014 & 31% in 2010, but it's a bit lower than some Dems were hoping (they were 44% in 2006). Despite Trump's mediocre standing in TX, it's still a pretty Republican state.

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Does this mean a blue wave is about to wash over TX? Most likely not. Does it confirm a spike in Dem enthusiasm relative to past midterms that should concern the GOP in a lot of places? Yes.

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So far, Dems are seeing big turnout gains vs. '14/'10 in major metro TX, but not nearly as dramatic elsewhere. Bodes well for them in #TX07 & #TX32, not as well for them in other contests.

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Tonight's a pretty stark reminder that Beto O'Rourke isn't yet a statewide phenom in #TXSEN. He's at 87% of Dem primary vote in Austin, but:

31% in Orange
34% in Beaumont
41% in Laredo
46% in Brownsville
57% in Dallas

He's got more work to do to consolidate Dems.

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Beto O'Rourke (D) is at 64% statewide and will obviously avoid runoff for #TXSEN, but so far his numbers in lots of rural TX aren't living up to the 254-county tour hype.

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Hard to disagree. Dems will still show great gains over '14/'10, but GOP will still hold very solid lead in primary vote and lots of DCCC-favored scenarios not panning out.

To throw more cold water on Democratic hopes in Texas was Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman who noted the party’s improvement in midterm years, but added that the GOP still runs the table, with “lots of DCCC-favored scenarios not panning out." And what about Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Ted Cruz? Yeah, he won his primary—but he’s not going to win if he barely gets above 30 percent in the rural areas. Once again, Democrats are given a reminder that the cities can’t carry you to victory (via WSJ):

Texans also voted in primaries for state races, including governor and the state legislature. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is also up for re-election and won the GOP nomination with no serious primary opposition. Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke won his party’s nomination to run against Mr. Cruz in what is shaping up as an unusually competitive race.

Although Mr. O’Rourke’s victory was solid, early returns showed his support was weak in the rural areas where he has campaigned aggressively in his effort to appear in every one of the state’s 254 counties. While Mr. Cruz won his party’s nomination by a resounding margin, Mr. O’Rourke lost almost 40% of the Democratic primary vote to two little-known, poorly funded opponents.

So, there you have it. Maybe the early voting number isn’t the best gauge for measuring real, actual turnout. There is no doubt that the shifting demographics could make Texas a more competitive state, which should keep Republicans up at night, but for this cycle—the Democratic wave hopes in Texas is all hype.


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Folks, it came as a great surprise to me that the early vote in a few Texas counties turned out not to be predictive of actual overall turnout. Can we stop it with this early vote stuff? (Unless it's Nevada. Love you @ralstonreports.)

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At the same time, the spin has already started--and some of it is kind of sad.


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Democratic surge in Texas primaries gives Republicans reason to worry http://reut.rs/2FiwdjN

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The Ted Cruz campaign reaction to @BetoORourke campaign is a telling sign of how concerned they are about his candidacy and that they think they could lose. Looks very desperate.

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#1513544 --- 03/08/18 07:07 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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Red/Blue


What happen to a purple state whereas all parties contribute to a greater nation? but for the time being let's consider this much, a red president, hiring red staff members(typically rich White men)have created the biggest scandals and debacles never experience since the Nixon era..........You're absolutely correct, our country is bleeding red in terms of ethics, corruption and common sense. whistle

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#1513545 --- 03/08/18 07:14 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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I can't help but be amused at some Trump supporters, typically White, middle to lower middle class but defend vehemently the oligarch society that enrich themselves while convincing the poorly educated along with their little financial resources to hand it all over with the promises of "when we go viral, we will take you with us" The checks are in the mail while you wait. laugh

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#1513546 --- 03/08/18 07:22 AM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: Formermac]
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Example of brain dead, Trump brags about a tax cut placing an extra 5 dollars a week in your pocket but somehow too ignorant to realize the old famous 'bait and switch" mechanism, need a new car? it'll cost you more, new appliances? it'll cost you more, the companies purchasing the tariff laden raw material has two choices, keep prices low by laying off workers or..................keep the workers if the consumers buy but......it'll cost you more.....a simple concept that smart Liberals comprehend. wink

Your 20 dollars extra just cost other's their jobs and everything associated with it while the CEO is talking with a realtor to upgrade their already huge mansion and later on visiting a yacht dealer to do the same.

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#1513560 --- 03/09/18 02:19 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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Conservative Parkland Student's Whirlwind Week in Washington Is Already Paying Off
Cortney O'Brien

If you are on Twitter, odds are you've seen at least one photo of Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv meeting all of our top officials in Washington. His busy week included sit downs with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Townhall's own Katie Pavlich, and even President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

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Was so great meeting @FLOTUS and @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. They're true Patriots. Thank you @KellyannePolls, I owe you the world.

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Guy introduced you to Kyle last week, when the two met to discuss how the young man's voice had been drowned out by his more liberal classmates. His peers like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky have been denouncing the NRA and calling for gun control. These students were invited to a CNN town hall, where they berated NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and the Republican Rubio for failing to endorse more gun control. One student even compared him to the AR-15.

Kashuv took a different approach in the wake of the carnage at his school.

"I'm a very strong Second Amendment supporter and I will continue to be throughout this entire campaign," Kashuv told Guy.

The interview went viral and the word got out. Before he knew it, Kashuv was the most sought after voice on Capitol Hill. He scored plenty of media hits as well, including "Fox & Friends" Friday morning.

His week on Capitol Hill is already making an impact. Lawmakers are readying a bill mandating that local authorities are notified in cases where someone lies to try to buy a gun illegally. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio are co-sponsoring the bill and it is supported by Democrats like Sen. Bill Nelson (FL) and Chris Coons (DE). The STOP School Violence Act will allow local authorities to identify potential killers. It is "a model that works," Rubio said Friday on Fox News.

Florida’s two U.S. senators announced a new bipartisan bill Monday to add teeth to the gun background check system by notifying local authorities in cases where someone lies to try to buy a gun illegally.

Attempting to buy a gun while on the banned buyer list is a crime, though the federal government hardly ever prosecutes — and in many cases never informs states that an attempt was made, denying them the chance to do their own investigation or prosecution.

The new bill would require states to be notified of all “lie-and-try” attempts.

It would also require the Justice Department to report on its own prosecutions, giving the public a better sense for why federal authorities regularly decline to pursue charges. (Washington Times)

Kashuv is excited about the bipartisan effort.


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Here is an article on the bill I am backing co-sponsored by @senorrinhatch and Senator @marcorubio. Let's get this passed, PLEASE. https://twitter.com/kylekashuv/status/972110031788367874

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He encouraged his classmates to take a look for themselves.


Kyle Kashuv
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It's great to see that @davidhogg111 and @cameron_kasky are calling for bipartisanship. I implore them to read through Senator @marcorubio and @senorrinhatch's bipartisan backed bill. Please reed through it here https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4909/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22stop+school+violence+act%22%5D%7D&r=1 …

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#1513562 --- 03/09/18 02:35 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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I see that you are able to copy and paste to some degree, let's clean up the characters to at least make your submissions credible. BTW one of the Parkland victims have been downgraded to critical condition.



https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/us/parkland-anthony-borges-critical-condition/index.html

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#1513564 --- 03/09/18 03:26 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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#1513565 --- 03/09/18 03:51 PM Re: The Trump effect continues! MORE WINNING! [Re: cwjga]
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The Terror Continues: Walmart, Cox Comms Dole Out Bonuses To Workers Thanks To Trump's Tax Bill
Matt Vespa

On December 22, 2017, the world ended—if you’re a Democrat. The Trump tax bill was signed into law. Every Democrat voted against it. They said it was the worst piece of legislation to ever come across Congress. They said it was a corporate giveaway. There is no way any good could be bestowed on working families with this bill. For a bit, this propaganda worked. The tax bill’s approval numbers were dismal, which is why Democrats probably thought they could use it for the 2018 elections. A massive, unpopular tax bill as an albatross around the GOP’s neck, plus the historical trend that the party in power does poorly in midterm elections—this was a shoo-in right? Well, no. As of now, we’re around eight months away from the 2018 midterms. That’s like five millennia in politics, a huge amount of time. Even The Washington Post was not as optimistic about the tax bill being political poison, adding quite early on that the bill is likely to become more popular.

And it has; a recent New York Times/ SurveyMonkey poll showed the bill’s approval at 51 percent. It clinched majority support after registering at 37 percent approval in December. In that period, over 250 companies have doled out bonuses to over three million workers. These bonuses range from $1,000 to as high as $3,000. Companies are reinvesting back into America and boosting philanthropic giving. A better job creating and investing environment has been birthed from this bill. Eighty percent of Americans are going to benefit from this legislation, including 91 percent of those who are considered middle class in this country. It’s a point that CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on last Christmas. Sanders said it’s good these people are getting a break, but it doesn’t go far enough. Talk about moving the goalposts. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have all eaten a bit of crow since this bill’s passage.

How does the Left respond? By denigrating working and middle class Americans, saying their bonuses are crumbs, as if to suggest they’re too stupid to start saving and dare I say recognize that they’ve been had by the GOP. Or could it be that it’s just sour grapes, with Democrats now a bit worried that their grand plan to use the tax bill against Republicans in 2018 might not be so easy. I mean how else can you explain why Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said this bill, that was a major tax break for the middle class, is unpatriotic. It’s pathetic desperation.

For now, the terror this bill is inflicting upon working people continues, as Cox Communications and Walmart have announced they’re going to dole out bonuses to their workers. In Louisiana, 37,000 Walmart employees will see an increase in their paychecks (via the Advocate):

Walmart workers in Louisiana will receive about $13.7 million in bonuses this week, a combination of performance-based and one-time cash bonuses the company attributed to recent federal tax cuts.

Walmart, which operates 139 stores and employs more than 37,000 in Louisiana, said the bonuses are included in workers’ March 8 paychecks.

Of the $13.7 million, $9.5 million comes from one-time cash bonuses to certain employees who have worked for Walmart for more than 20 years. That move was announced in January, along with a bump in starting pay for workers to $11 an hour. About $4 million of the total came from fourth-quarter performance-based bonuses.

In Arizona, 3,200 Cox employees will also see a bump in pay, with bonuses also being available to nearly 60,000 workers who are within the larger Cox Enterprises conglomerate (AZ Republic):

Cable company Cox Communications is joining corporations nationwide by offering its 3,200 Arizona employees bonuses of $1,000 to $2,000 this year thanks to the recent federal tax overhaul, the company said Thursday.

Cox said the bonuses will be available to almost 60,000 Cox Enterprises employees nationwide, and the size of the bonus is based on tenure.

"This change in the tax rate favorably affects our cash flow and allows us to accelerate investment in infrastructure, technology and product development," the company announcement said. "Sharing some of those tax reform benefits with our employees is the right thing to do and a way we can thank our employees for their hard work."

Oh, the horror! The horror! If more good news comes from this tax bill, and I’m betting that it will; this coupled with the Democrats doubling-down on gun control could make 2018 very interesting.
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I'll school you on bonuses son, irrespective of tax cuts or not, bonuses and any other pert offered to workers are a win for corporations. If you receive company related heath care of cash balance plans, the company reaps the write off while you as an employee benefit financially.....All Trump's policy did was embarrass companies to give back to the employees those things the company should have had in place but corporate greed eliminated those benefits a few years ago.....please look it up for your educational benefit. wink

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/23/politics/richard-haass-donald-trump-tweet/index.html

A high-ranking official from former President George W. Bush's State Department shared a dire assessment of the current geopolitical state of affairs, calling it "the most perilous moment in modern American history."
President Donald Trump "is now set for war on 3 fronts: political vs Bob Mueller, economic vs China/others on trade, and actual vs. Iran and/or North Korea," Richard Haass tweeted Friday. "This is the most perilous moment in modern American history -- and it has been largely brought about by ourselves, not by events."


Haass, a pillar of the US foreign policy establishment and longtime president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a premiere foreign policy think tank, previously accused the Trump administration of abdicating US global leadership.
Haass' appraisal on Friday comes after a day of major developments out of the Trump White House.

On Thursday morning, Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation. Dowd's resignation came amid growing disagreements with Trump over the response to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
That afternoon, Trump directed the US trade representative to level tariffs on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports following a seven-month investigation into alleged Chinese intellectual property theft. In addition to the tariffs, the US also plans to impose new investment restrictions and take action against China at the World Trade Organization, and the Treasury Department will also propose additional measures.

Later in the day, Trump announced he was replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton. Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and Fox News analyst, is seen as a controversial pick. He has advocated war with Iran and a preemptive strike on North Korea, and remains an unapologetic supporter of the Iraq War despite the flawed intelligence used to justify the US invasion.
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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavli...idency-n2466974

Katie Pavlich |Posted: Apr 02, 2018 12:45 PM

Trump’s Approval Rating Just Blew Past Obama's at This Point in the Presidency

In December just before tax reform was signed into law, President Trump's 43 percent approval rating was cause for concern among Republicans and an encouraging sign for Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

But since then, things have turned around for Trump and his approval rating is sitting at 50 percent according to Rasmussen Reports:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove.

This number is not only a significant increase from the low forties just three months ago, but it's four points higher than President Obama's approval rating at this time in his presidency.




Meanwhile, while Democrats still have an edge on the generic ballot in November Republicans are catching up.

The latest Fox News poll finds a tightening race when voters are asked their candidate preference in this fall’s congressional election.

That’s good news for Republicans because Democrats were up by 15 points in October (50-35 percent) in the so-called generic ballot test. Now, it’s a 5-point edge, as 46 percent of voters would back the Democratic candidate in their district and 41 percent the Republican.

Anderson points out that in March of 2014, Democrats had a 2-point edge on the vote question and Republicans ultimately picked up 13 House seats that November. And in March 2010, Republicans had a 4-point advantage and went on to win 63 seats.


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