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Democrats Are Desperate For Win In Florida Special Election

Rod Thomson

Why is former Vice President Joe Biden campaigning for an unknown Democrat in a single open Florida House seat that means nothing to state governance? And why are gobs of money from Democratic donors around the nation pouring in to this special election covering North Sarasota?

Because Democrats have been losing a lot lately — the historic tax reform success, roaring economy, their fiasco of a performance at the State of the Union, apparent collusion between Democrats and Russia and now Obama being outed in a bald-faced lie on discussing the Clinton email investigation with the FBI. Further, GOP poll numbers have closed the gap sharply on Democrats in the generic ballot poll and Trump’s approvals are improving in all polls.

This is all terrible for Democrats. They are desperate for a victory, and a fairly even House district in Southwest Florida may be just the ticket. Rep. Julio Gonzalez explains the underlying desperation in his article on the death throes of the Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

Here’s the setting.

Florida House District 72 covers northern Sarasota County and has a modest four percentage point advantage in registration for Republicans. The seat has been held by Democrats and moderate Republicans and the last Republican holder resigned mid-term, setting up this special election.

The election has elicited record turnout in voters before the polls even open on election day, Tuesday, with more early voting still to be done.

The race pits conservative Republican James Buchanan, son of Congressman Vern Buchanan, against liberal Democrat lawyer Margaret Good and a very strong Libertarian Party candidate in Alison Foxall.

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The Florida Legislature boasts a veto-proof Republican majority, so this race has no meaning in Tallahassee functioning. Yet it is awash in money. Buchanan comes with the deep ties and wealth of his father and through Jan. 4 had raised a total of $282,630 — and a lot more since then. Much came from a previous race he was planning to run in. But Good had quickly raised $227,314 in just a few months. And Foxall had raised nearly $15,000, more than any Libertarian state House candidate in Florida history. Plus, there has already been hundreds of thousands spent through campaign PACs on both sides.

And while Biden has endorsed Good, Gov. Rick Scott has endorsed Buchanan. Former Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski is visiting Sarasota Sunday and will likely endorse Buchanan.

All of this is a lot of heft for a race that is all but meaningless as far as governance goes. But Democrats are desperate for some sort of win, something suggesting they have not totally lost all of the political mojo they showed for much of 2017 when it looked like a wave election could be developing in the 2018 mid-term. That hope is dwindling daily.

The win-at-all-costs strategy shows in more than fundraising. Advertising is not just the normal negative attack ads, but almost ridiculous attack ads. Here’s a prime example:

Democrat Good is sending out mailers claiming that Buchanan does not believe in climate change. There is not even a tiny shred of truth to this, and Good seems to know it. In fact, Buchanan is probably more pro-environment than your average moderate Republican.

In a recent debate on the local ABC affiliate, Buchanan said he does believe climate change is real and serious and opposes offshore drilling in Florida. In fact, he says it all the time. He said it again at another debate. Even the local media is picking up on the lie. A recent newspaper article reported: “(Good’s) campaign has not offered any proof that Buchanan ever said he doesn’t believe in climate change.”

But Good keeps pushing the demonstrable lie: “Either he doesn’t believe in it or he doesn’t care,” Good said, because…wait for it… “Buchanan has investments in oil companies and has received campaign contributions from the sugar industry, which is often blamed for polluting the Everglades.”

There you go. Investments in oil companies mean you don’t believe in climate change. Does Good drive a combustion engine car? Does it have tires? Apparently she doesn’t believe in climate change either, as she is supporting the oil companies. And the Everglades bit just shows there is nothing there. Polluting the Glades, bad. Polluting the Glades affecting global climate change? Um, no.

But Good is sticking with those attack ads. Why? The obvious answer is that climate change (read: rising sea levels) in a coastal Florida district is a big issue. So, you know, just lie. And then spend tons of money — the majority of it from out of state — to spread the lie to unwary coastal voters before the election.

This is how wildly desperate the Democrats are to get even the tiniest win.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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Media Spins Damning House Memo to Partisanship, Not Content

Rod Thomson

The media is framing the damning House intelligence memo on FBI and Department of Justice actions to undermine candidate and then President Trump on the familiar look-the-other-way grounds of just so much more partisanship. It’s all Republican partisanship to the media.

The story leads were universally along the lines of “Disputed Gop-Nunes memo released with Trump’s approval” and “Partisan fury as GOP releases Nunes memo over FBI objections” and “House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias.”

This is a familiar playbook to someone such as myself who was in the mainstream media for 25 year. And it is something that Democrats can so confidently rely on the media doing that they use it to cover every scandal in their party. Just start throwing up alternative storylines and focus on Republican partisanship. Since the media is almost entirely Democrats, the bait is easily taken.

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This is precisely how the media turned President Bill Clinton’s sexual predatory behavior and perjury under oath in 1998 into nothing more than partisanship. Rather than consistently saying what the accusations were against Clinton, story after story helpfully avoided what Clinton did in favor of framing it as a bunch of Republican partisan attacks.

This is also what the media did with the weaponization of the Obama IRS against conservative and Tea Party groups in the year leading up to his 2012 re-election. Rather than straight reporting based on the obvious evidence, the media cast it as Republicans making accusations. The media sat on their hands on the truly scandalous actions of IRS leaders — none of whom ever saw justice.

The same coverage came about on the Fast and Furious gun-running operation to Mexican gangs by the Obama administration. It is a constant pattern.

Compare the media’s handling of those scandals and any number of others with how they breathlessly report every anonymous — and obviously partisan — attack on President Trump, seldom deviating into the concept of partisan politics despite the clear and present agenda of Democrats and liberals.

So here is a taste of the major mainstream media coverage. Your local newspaper and television station will likely be in a similar vein. (Here is the full memo. If you want to read what the media should be covering, here’s a great, short take on the memo by John Hinderaker’s at Powerline.)

 

CNN

HEADLINE: Disputed GOP-Nunes memo released with Trump’s approval

House Republicans, with the approval of President Donald Trump, on Friday released a disputed GOP intelligence memo that alleges FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.

The highly controversial memo from the GOP and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes alleges that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the committee that no surveillance warrant would have been sought for a Trump campaign aide without a disputed opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia.

The memo is the most explicit Republican effort yet to discredit the FBI’s investigation into Trump and Russia, alleging that the investigation was infused with an anti-Trump bias under the Obama administration and supported with political opposition research.

 

CBS

HEADLINE: GOP memo released, after Trump declassifies it

The controversial four-page memo created by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee alleging abuse of surveillance authority by the Justice Department and FBI has been released Friday after being declassified by the president. The memo is unredacted.

 

Politico

HEADLINE: Partisan fury as GOP releases Nunes memo over FBI objections

Republicans on Capitol Hill, backed by an angry President Donald Trump, defied pleas from the FBI and Democrats Friday and released a previously classified memo alleging misconduct by senior FBI officials investigating Trump’s presidential campaign.

The memo’s emergence marks a dramatic new stage in the political war around the federal investigations into Kremlin interference in the 2016 election. Republicans say the memo exposes anti-Trump bias among top law enforcement officials who helped launch a federal probe into whether the Kremlin infiltrated Trump’s campaign team. Democrats and former law enforcement and intelligence officials counter that the GOP is playing partisan politics with secret intelligence and distorting facts of the Trump-Russia investigation.

 

Washington Post

HEADLINE: Release of disputed GOP memo on FBI surveillance unleashes waves of recrimination

A GOP memo declassified on Friday charges senior law enforcement officials with manipulating a foreign intelligence court in order to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser — contested accusations that intensified an ongoing battle between the White House and Republican lawmakers on one side, and the FBI and the Justice Department on the other.

Democrats warned President Trump not to try to use the memo’s contents as a justification for firing Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein or other officials overseeing an ongoing probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and agents of the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.

 

New York Times

HEADLINE: House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias

House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I. and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

The memo, which has prompted a political firestorm, also criticizes information used by law enforcement officials in their application for a warrant to wiretap Mr. Page, and names the senior F.B.I. and Justice Department officials who approved the highly classified warrant.

But the memo falls well short of providing the material promised by some Republicans: namely, that the evidence it contained would cast doubt on the origins of the Russia investigation and possibly undermine the inquiry, which has been taken over by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

 

ABC

HEADLINE: GOP memo alleges the FBI and DOJ abused government surveillance powers in its Russia investigation

Over strong objections from the intelligence community and law enforcement, President Donald Trump has declassified a controversial GOP memo alleging political bias and abuses of government surveillance powers at the FBI and Justice Department.

 

NBC News

(Probably the most fair among the mainstream media. Granted, a low bar.)

HEADLINE: GOP-Nunes memo released alleging FBI cover-up

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday made public a Republican memo that raises questions about the FBI surveillance of one of Donald Trump’s campaign aides, acting after the president declassified the entire document, which he says shows the law enforcement agency was biased against him.

The disclosure came despite the opposition of the FBI, which feared it would reveal investigative methods, and the Justice Department.

The three-and-a-half-page memo was prepared by the intelligence committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and is a critique of the FBI’s application for surveillance authority that was presented to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.


Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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The Beginning of the End of the Progressive Democratic Party?

Rod Thomson

The government shutdown by Democrats was a desperation move. And they lost. Even with mostly friendly media cover, they were in such an untenable position that Sen. Chuck Schumer had to cave.

And yet they #Resist! — with the Women’s March for Democracy, or some such nonsense; social media censorship of conservative outlets, endless late-night comedian propagandizing and hair-on-fire media allies.

While they imagine in their fantasy world they are resisting a mad King who is hell-bent on destroying the kingdom, they’re really resisting a ton of great things happening for Americans — and to some degree the world. And that’s becoming more obvious.

It’s really difficult for even the media to hide an economy going gangbusters — before the tax cuts even officially go into effect. More than 80 percent of Americans will get more money in their paychecks next month. Dozens of major companies have announced bonuses, pay raises, minimum $15-per-hour wages, and one company — Apple — is repatriating so much money to invest in the country that their taxes alone could fund nearly two walls on our southern border.

GDP is heading toward 4 percent, unemployment is dropping to what economists consider full employment levels (because there are always a few percentage points of people between jobs) and the unemployment level for black Americans is now at its lowest point since 1972.

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People are feeling so much better about the economy that a recent Quinnipiac University poll revealed record-high levels of economic optimism among Americans. Two-thirds of American voters described the state of the nation’s economy as excellent or good. Further, 73 percent of voters regard their own financial situations as excellent or good. And all this has boosted Trump’s low approvals despite endless negative media.

This is not at all what the Democrats wanted while trying to build momentum toward the midterms where, in their imaginary land, they expect to win back the House and the Senate and immediately begin impeachment hearings against Trump because they don’t like some stuff he says. So, a government shutdown, which the media always blame on Republicans and, if lasting a few weeks or longer, could cause material damage to the economy — which might be good for Democrats in November.

Yes. Things are that cold-hearted in progressive circles right now. The fact that such a shutdown for pure political gain would hurt Americans — and a higher portion of Democratic-voting Americans — was not a problematic means to gain an end for a major American party is disturbing. Schumer’s quick capitulation is pretty surprising. He either had polling or he understood the optics of reality.

But this is just the latest in an ongoing flow of progressive Democrat actions that get further and further from mainstream Americans — and mainstream American voters.

Consider: Since 2015, California gives anyone who asks for a driver’s license a driver’s license. Further, the law requires the state DMV to send all those records to the Secretary of State for voter registration, allowing non-Americans in the country illegally to register to vote in American elections. Insane, yes. But wait, there’s more! Liberal groups such as League of Women Voters and La Raza complained that requiring illegals to make two stops to get a license and to vote was too much hardship. So they sued and, naturally in California, a judge ruled in their favor.

So California already has thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions — no one knows — of non-Americans voting legally in the state, including in federal elections. Now, they don’t even need to go register — they’re automatically good to go. Just sneak into the country across the non-walled border, head to the California DMV for your driver’s license and vote in the midterms and the next presidential election. Don’t worry. The ballot is helpfully in Spanish for you.

And the state will protect you from law-abiding Californians. The state is not only protecting and promoting illegals as a sanctuary state, but threatening prosecution of anyone who actually helps federal officials with lawbreakers.

California is the tip of the spear of the modern progressive Democratic state. Where it leads, Democrats tend to follow. And while all the illegalities are going on in California, what they are really doing is driving the national Democratic party further from the political center of America.

On the other coast, it’s getting harder and harder for most Americans to look the other way from the sewer our nation’s capital has become, with astonishing corruption, unaccountable bureaucrats with their own agendas committing felonies with impunity to undermine a democratically elected president, apparent cover-ups by national law-enforcement and the dramatic decline in trust of the FBI — a once well-respected if not revered institution that now is found to be filled at the top with corruption.

This is known on the right as part of the Deep State, along with the weaponized IRS and the State Department, which is littered with lifers who willingly sabotage the president and leak information, and other portions of the federal labyrinth seeking to trap Trump. All of this is the apparatus and ally of the progressive Democratic Party. More allies include Antifa, the boys are girls are boys imbroglio crowd, BLM extremists, 

On the foreign front, within a year of Trump taking office and changing the rules of engagement for American forces, ISIS is essentially crushed as a land-holding caliphate. It may continue as a terrorist organization, but with far fewer resources to commit atrocities. This is good for all the peoples of the Middle East and world. Plus, somehow, North Korea and South Korea are actually talking to each other and Russia is not attempting anymore land grabs since Trump ordered a missile attack against their Syrian allies. A Trump red line will be enforced, and Putin likely understands that.

It’s hard to see how these Republican successes combined with California craziness and Washington corruption adds up to Democrats winning majorities in Congress because of Trump. Law-and-order Republicans and President Trump have a lot of cleaning up to do inside the federal government, and cannot put that off much longer.

And it’s possible the implosion of the men-in-women’s-bathrooms party is already underway.

Remember, since 2008, the Democratic Party has been electorally decimated. The Hill wrote this after the November 2016 election: “Republicans will control 4,170 state legislative seats after last week’s elections, while Democrats will control 3,129 seats in the nation’s 98 partisan legislative chambers.” That a complete flip from 2008. “Since Obama took office, Republicans have captured control of 27 state legislative chambers Democrats held after the 2008 elections. The GOP now controls the most legislative seats it has held since the founding of the party.” (ital added)

The only question there is whether those losses were the function of a popular but deeply incompetent president in Barak Obama, or a harbinger for the Democratic Party.

There will always be a Democratic Party. But just as the party had to move away from the progressive abyss and toward the center when a group including Bill Clinton formed the Democratic Leadership Council in the late 1980s, it may again need to adopt a more centrist, moderate, pro-American approach. Such an attempt would cause quite a crack up among the most extreme, loud and active grassroots members, but might be the only salvation to keep that party from going into the wilderness for a generation.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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Democrats’ Shutdown A Desperate Diversion from Economic Success

by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

Whenever the federal government shutdown ends, there is one inescapable conclusion concerning it’s cause: Democrats’ thirst for a diversion from the series of recent Republican victories in the public forum, specifically in the economy.

As explained below, there is no imminent threat to DACA immigrants’ legal status, and no urgency to the CHIP children’s health care program as Republicans had proposed funding for six years. There was, therefore no need for Democrats to force a government shutdown.

Except for politics. That leaves us with one undeniable truth as to the motivation for Democrats to aspire to shut down the government: Disrupt the good things happening to Americans under Republicans and, worse, President Trump.

The leftist Democrats cannot stand that the Republicans’ adherence to classical macroeconomic principles in governance has lead to a robust economic growth spurt of over 3% GPD growth in the last three quarters. They cannot tolerate that the tax package Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called “the worst bill in the history of Congress” has led to companies voluntarily raising level entry wages for its employees and the provision of bonuses based on the moneys they are saving from the massive decrease in the corporate tax rates brought to them thanks to the Republicans. They cannot stand that the unemployment rate has reached a 43-year low and that African Americans are seeing the lowest unemployment rate since 1972.

Congressional Democrats know their message is collapsing under the weight of the nation’s economic reality. They can ill afford to allow the American people to continue to speak about these successes and how favorably they are being impacted by the predictable results of conservative fiscal policy. And most importantly, they cannot allow President Trump to bask in the glory of his newfound momentum at the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

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So what do congressional Democrats do?

They shut down the government hoping the conversation will shift to the Republicans’ inability to govern and the recklessness of a party shutting down the government despite having control of all three branches of government. (It’s possible the shutdown could even have a positive, if unintended, affect by revealing how little Americans’ notice these portions of government disappearing.)

Except there is no crisis, no disagreement, for the minority party to base such a fickle and evil act as shutting down our government, and the Republicans could not possibly pass a budget bill through the Senate without the cooperation of the Democrats because 60 votes are needed to pass funding measures.

In a move heralding their selfishness and disruptive stance on issues affecting all Americans, congressional Democrats opted to obstruct the passage of a budget, even a temporary one, ostensibly to demand some guarantee for DACA recipients and to advocate improvements for America’s CHIP program.

To be clear, DACA recipients are not immediately threatened in any way.  Their present status is guaranteed by a Presidential Order expiring, not next week, but in March. Additionally, their position is doubly protected, at least for now, by a legally unsubstantiated ruling delivered by an activist judge from San Francisco, such that, even if March were to roll around without a solution regarding the legal status of children of illegal immigrants, their position would still be protected by the injunctive relief obtained for them by plaintiffs like the state of California.

So, where is the imminent threat to DACA recipients demanding that government services be shut down for immigrants legally residing in the United States and, worse yet, for American citizens?

There is none.

As to the CHIP program, the Republican proposal includes a provision that would continue funding the program delivering care to millions of children for the next six years, yet the Democrats would have you believe that but for their aggressive stance on disrupting the federal government’s function, the program would be severely threatened. Of course, this is a messaging lie being delivered by congressional Democrats to help support their untenable position

So where is the need to shut down the government in support our pediatric health care recipients?

Just like with DACA, there is none.

Despite the ill-founded wishes of congressional Democrats, the responsibility for this callus and grossly irresponsible act will fall squarely on them, and the longer they let this situation fester, the greater the level of Democratic dysfunction will appear to be.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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A Government Shutdown is Absolutely Good and Inspirational

Rod Thomson

With all the hand-wringing over the idea of a “government shutdown,” lost is whether this is Armageddon or a little breath of fresh air truth.

First of all, let’s discard the political fears that Republicans will be blamed for the shutdown. Of course they will. Even before the media lost their minds 2017 style, the mainstream, partisan Democrat media was going to blame Republicans like they did in 2013 and in 1995 and 1996 — the three largest profile government shutdowns when Democrats had the White House. It’s not like they are going to blame their own party.

So then the question becomes: Is such a shutdown a terrible event — as all Democrats, most Washington Republicans and the media say it is? No. Not at all. In fact, it could be downright educational for Americans to see that “non-essential” government employees and programs may also be classified as unnecessary. So perhaps it could be inspirational for Congress.

Because unlike the 2013 shutdown when Americans were not noticing any difference in life and requiring President Obama to manufacture pain in closing open-air, unguarded monuments and parks, President Trump will take no such harmful actions.

So let’s walk through briefly how this could work.

 

What really is a government shutdown?

A federal government shutdown happens when Congress and the president cannot agree on the 12 appropriations bills required for each federal agency. Typically, to avoid a shutdown and the public appearances of it, Congress and the president create an extension called a continuing resolution (CR). The idea is that this temporary funding mechanism can allow time for Congress and the President to reach a spending agreement.

In fact, many of the Obama years, particularly with the Democrat Congress, were done with ongoing CRs. The federal government has been operating since since Oct. 1 on two CRs.

Marc Goldwein, senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – a bipartisan, nonprofit organization, told Fox News: “Essential staff at top level agencies would continue working, but most federal employees whose jobs aren’t vital would likely be sent home.”

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But really, based on money spent, at least 83 percent of the federal government will keep operating. That includes the military, the Depart of Justice, the FBI, the CIA, Social Security and Medicare payments, school lunch programs, food stamps (SNAP), air traffic controllers and TSA officers, the Postal Service, even national parks this time. What will be closed? The National Transportation Safety Board, part of the EPA, and those agencies that collect and report economic data are some.

So, not surprisingly, the term “government shutdown” is grossly inaccurate.

And who is hurt? All important services continue and the government employees furloughed are paid all their back-pay for the time they did not work. Basically, they get a paid vacation in addition to their normal paid vacations. Not too terrible. So virtually no one is hurt.

 

History of government shutdowns

Surprisingly, the federal government has shut down 18 times since 1976, when Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act…………. Interesting that in the general media hysteria over a government shutdown, this is never mentioned. Again, context is ignored to benefit an agenda.

Five times the federal government shut down when Democrats controlled the White House, Senate and House. This would be the first time that Republicans controlled all three during a shutdown.

There have been three significant government shutdowns in the history of the U.S. Two of those occurred during the Clinton administration in 1995 and 1996. President Clinton and the Newt Gingrich-led Republicans couldn’t agree and shut down the government for a total of 26 days. No Armageddon followed and the Republicans picked up seats in the next election after being lectured by the media how much their intransigence would cost them.

The third shutdown lasted 16 days during the Obama administration in 2013, when the House and Senate could not find agreement on extending the debt ceiling — because Obama would not sign a budget without it. Of course Republicans were blamed, but the effect of the shutdown was so unremarkable that Obama had to go to great lengths to close national open-air monuments just so Americans would notice.

The Office of Management and Budget said the 2013 shutdown cost about $2 billion — primarily the back-pay to federal employees for not working.

“The average person doesn’t really notice it,” Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida, told WFLA in Tampa.

Exactly.

 

Shut her down

Other than the media frenzy — which is just becoming a big yawn to a lot of Americans because it is every day — where is the downside to shutting down the government other than having to pay some “non-essential” employees for not doing apparently non-essential work?

There is none. The upside is that there is the opportunity for Americans to realize that there are hundreds of thousands of federal jobs that are not important, and billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on them.

Perhaps, combined with the tax reform package and our ridiculously irresponsible level of national debt, Republicans could take these three points and find a way to explain exactly what needs to be done.

It’s obvious, right?

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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Immigration Reform Congress Should Send to Trump

Rod Thomson

President Trump either incautiously or brilliantly said during his opening negotiating session with Congressional leaders that he would sign whatever immigration agreement they brought to him. There has been plenty of hand-wringing over that statement from those supporting Trump based on his promises to build the wall and control immigration.

And of course since then, there has been the meeting where Trump might have said a bad word, or might not have. So that was a big deal over maybe something else, or maybe not something. Just in case, CNN said it 195 times in one day. Media in 2018.

But all the hand-wringing on one side and pathological hysteria on the other side, are all easily remedied — as long as Trump remembers three things: who got him elected and why; that regardless of naughty words (or not) DACA offers him real leverage with Democrats; and that Democrats simply want more voters by their own admission.

If Democrats got their way and all illegal residents were legalized citizens, Florida and Texas would become blue states and Republicans would never win another national election, becoming a permanent and small minority in Congress and the country. Republicans in Congress better darn well remember that, too.

So, here is an outline of the immigration plan that Congress should send to the President for his signature and the end to some of these ongoing and unnecessary debates.

1) Build the flippin’ Wall! Whew! This one is so painfully obvious. Nothing should go anywhere in any direction that Democrats want without full-funding for the wall. Right now, a limited portion exists and Congress has approved $1.6 billion for a small part of the wall to be built. In a $4 trillion budget, that’s peanuts. The wall has real purpose for all Americans.

Trump has been talking about building the wall since launching his campaign in June 2015. It became a staple rallying cry at every rally. No wall, no re-election.

And while on the wall, let’s take a serious look at paying for it by putting surcharges on money sent back to Mexico by Mexicans living here and taking American jobs, and any other creative ways to not have to put it all on American taxpayers. After all, it is really the semi-failed state of Mexico that has driven millions of their citizens to flee to the United States.

2) Chain migration. These laws allow the relatives of immigrants to immigrate here, which then allows the relatives of those immigrants to come and so on. It would be theoretically possible to empty out an entire country this way.

“[Chain migration] is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in the U.S. to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million annually since 1990,” according to NumbersUSA.

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Here’s the process, explained by NumbersUSA: “Chain Migration starts with a foreign citizen chosen by our government to be admitted on the basis of what he/she is supposed to offer in our national interest. The Original Immigrant is allowed to bring in his/her nuclear family consisting of a spouse and minor children. After that, the chain begins. Once the Original Immigrant and his/her spouse becomes a U.S. citizen, they can petition for their parents, adult sons/daughters and their spouses and children, and their adult siblings.”

Chain migration has built the record-breaking number of legal immigrants in the country, burdening the country with additional metropolitan sprawl, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, hospital overcrowding and other issues because the growth is too fast and the illegal immigrants cost more than than pay. Further, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that about eight million new immigrant voters will be added to the U.S. electorate in the next 20 years via chain migration — the large majority of whom vote Democrat.

End it.

3) Visa lottery. Officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, this creates a United States Permanent Resident Card for 50,000 immigrants each year. The goal is to diversify the immigrant population in the United States. Of course, they each can begin their own chain migration process, so it becomes much more than 50,000.

The program works by selecting applicants from countries with low numbers of immigrants in the previous five years. As of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year. (Because — please note, NFL players — we are the most attractive destination in the world.)

This finally got the attention it should have been getting all along when the ISIS-inspired terrorist who drove a truck along a pathway and killed eight people in New York turned out to be a “diversity” lottery winner.

Diversity in this respect is hokum. America is already the most diverse country in the world and if we just wanted a more diverse immigrant population, we could accomplish that by…building the wall! (One in four immigrants in the United States are from Mexico, making “diversity” all but impossible.)

4) E-Verify. This is the most popular immigration reform out there, and it’s a no-brainer — except perhaps for the influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It would bar American employers from hiring illegal residents over American citizens for jobs.

E-Verify is voluntary right now through a federal website. That has made it all but worthless because it is hard to compete with those who hire illegals if you follow the E-Verify rules. That’s just how it works and the results of the website demonstrate that.

Trump has said it should be mandatory, and it’s tough for Democrats to argue the point considering more than 60 percent of Americans in several polls support it. But attempts in the past have failed, in part because of Republicans. They should find their spine and do this. It only takes a tiny bit of gumption to get this one right.

 

Reform immigration for an American future controlled by Americans

Trump will likely continue enforcing the currents laws, plus new ones. Deporting the 200,000 Salvadorans that were supposed to be here temporarily after a hurricane and are still here 20 years later, and raiding companies that are knowingly employing illegals such as the recent 7-11 raid by the feds, are right and proper executive actions.

None of this reform is conceptually, or in practice, revolutionary or unusual or un-American. With a package like this in place, the United States would regain control of its borders and immigration rules, creating a better America now and for future generations.

And it might save the world from progressivism’s attempt to douse the shining city on a hill.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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Back to Work Everyone. The Trump Agenda for 2018

Rod Thomson

With President Trump’s relatively successful first year in the books it’s time to set the agenda for 2018 that builds on the conservative principles and American priorities approach that really took hold in the final months of 2017.

This is particularly important because the opposition party seems to have an empty idea tank for 2018. Their entire agenda is undermine Trump, smear Trump, run against Trump, impeach Trump and remove Trump, while whipping up division and anger based on race and wealth. That’s it and it’s not attractive.

In this complete vacuum of ideas and principles, President Trump and Republicans have the fantastical opportunity to continue to shape the landscape and show what real, solid, foundational principles can accomplish for all Americans — black, brown and white; rich, middle class and poor; men and women — and not just for the ones whose votes you want to get.

This is not pie in the sky. Look past the media coverage of 2017 for a moment at some very real facts. Pew Research places Trump as the most popular president in modern history among Republican voters. (Of course, the opposite is true among Democrat voters, but that is in large part media driven.) Further, and critically important on the ground for the 2018 midterm elections and reflecting the bases in each party, the Republican National Committee saw record-breaking fundraising during 2017, crushing the pace of Democratic National Committee fundraising during the first year of the Obama presidency, and actually pushing the DNC today into debt. No, you don’t read much about that.

Given this opportune moment of Democratic nothingness and Trump-Republican momentum, here are five agenda ideas for President Trump and Republicans to pursue in 2018 that are good for all Americans and put even more distance between the party of ideas and the party of division and strife. These are in order of importance.

 

1) Immigration

This starts with building the wall on America’s southern border and reforming immigration throughout the system to protect America, Americans and American ideals, forming a system that brings in people who are good for America and Americans and who believe in the American ideals encompassed in the U.S. Constitution.

The Wall was a primary rallying cry during the 2016 campaign as it highlighted the frustration of many Americans with millions of illegals streaming into the country, taking jobs, depressing wages, increasing crime and straining hospitals, schools, prisons and other taxpayer-funded programs. Americans understand innately this is a terrible system and support Trump’s efforts.

Beltway Republicans have been less enthusiastic to do anything and Democrats howl at racism or some such thing.

However, Trump has real leverage on this one because the Democrats have promised their base to have a fix for DACA — Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals — program that grants legal status for all the children who came here illegally. And Trump understands leverage. He tweeted this Dec. 29:

“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!”

But if Republicans can do it without granting legal status to the so-called “Dreamers” under the Obama-reelection legislation, all the better. Not surprisingly, the DACA program is ripe with cheating and corruption as perhaps half of the people on it obtained their permits fraudulently. Just build the Wall. But if there must be a DACA fix — repeal it. That fixes it.

 

2) Welfare reform 

This is imperative for America’s long-term (and maybe not-so-long-term) financial viability. Because the truth is, we are on an unsustainable fiscal path even if we took 100 percent of the top 1 percenter’s income. Don’t let anyone claim it can be fixed by raising taxes on the rich. It cannot be.

The problem is entirely on the spending side and if we don’t correct it, the system will collapse and millions of Americans will be hurt. This has to be done despite the fact that Democrats will demagogue it like they do every time with commercials against Republicans pushing grandma off a cliff and making grandma eat dog food. Just shameless. But someone needs to look out for Americans and not just personal re-election.

Social Security has got to be on the table at some point. However, that can’t work in Congress in an election year, because of the aforementioned demagoguing. But someone needs to step up and make sustainable the unsustainable. Kicking this can down the road is irresponsible.

So the talk has largely been about programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps and Housing Assistance, which all need major reforming. Trump said in November: “We’re looking very strongly at welfare reform, and that’ll all take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes.”

The Trump administration’s goals are to make welfare programs a short-term safety net aimed at getting Americans back to work and out of poverty. So changes strengthening work requirements and getting freeloaders off the dole could get some crossover support from Democrats — although in this atmosphere, it’s hard to be optimistic.

 

3) Public education liberation

 Freeing poor and minority children from the prison of failing public schools through robust school choice and public vouchers is right and might be — with the right messaging campaign — more popular than is known, as the media skews reporting on this toward public schools and teachers unions. The numbers on the success of this for inner city kids are indisputable.

It’s a straightforward battle between what is best for poor children’s education and what is best for public school unions — one of the largest Democrat special interests and financiers. That should be a winning framing of the issue. But it is cast instead through the lense of taking money away from public education, rather than letting money follow students.

So many Americans still need convincing on this. The numbers are overwhelming that vouchers and private school choice work for students and even in improving nearby public schools. But people glaze over with facts, particularly when the media can always find some study somewhere that shows the opposite.

Putting faces on this issue is the key to winning public support. There should be a broad public information campaign featuring inner city children (and their parents) who were failing or learning nothing at their public schools and are now thriving students at charter or private schools through vouchers. And maybe include what happened to some students after Obama and Democrats caved to the unions and took away vouchers in Washington, D.C., sentencing those children to dangerous, failing schools.

This actually is one of the few areas where it would be possible to see strong minority support for a Republican agenda item.

 

4) Housing reform

 It’s past time to get the federal government out of the home mortgage business by totally reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“I am determined that we have housing reform and that we come up with a permanent solution for Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac] so that they’re not in the current form, which is essentially owned by the government,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said to the Economic Club of New York.

Mnuchin believes this will be done on a bipartisan basis, but that seems unlikely.

Don’t expect such reform to win a lot of votes from Democrats, who will be tempted to demagogue it like they do everything. But this is necessary to avoid the 2006 mortgage meltdown and to keep the American taxpayer from being on the hook for trillions of home mortgages. Mnuchin of course is talking about reforming when he probably should be talking about ending, but…baby steps.

 

5) Infrastructure focused on transportation

 Trump is determined to pursue infrastructure investments. This makes sense as a businessman, maybe particularly a real estate developer. It’s just hard not to be skeptical of any government infrastructure spending after Obama blew about half a trillion dollars in 2009 to “stimulate” the economy. Government generally does all things badly.

But the one area where it does makes sense is in transportation, specifically airports and water ports, which account for so much economic activity. But this could also include roads and bridges and perhaps digital connectivity infrastructure. Trump’s plan to be released in January or February is expected to spend at least $200 billion in direct spending over a decade, which will probably leverage more from the private sector.

While complicated by the tax reform package that could add $1.5 trillion to the national debt — although such estimates are notoriously wrong on tax cuts because of the static model analysis that is used — an infrastructure bill could get real bipartisan support. In part that is because individual congressional districts will get projects and in part because it is more in line with progressive concepts of government doing stuff.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outlined a conceptual program where states and municipalities compete for government funds based on the most innovative and future-looking projects.

 

The order in which this agenda is pursued

The order in which these issues are pursued makes a difference. Success tends to breed more success and create legislative momentum. That momentum — and lack thereof — is surprisingly important.

So, here would be the best order for this agenda based on most likely to succeed legislatively and create momentum.

1.) Infrastructure

2.) Housing

3.) Immigration

4.) Education

5.) Welfare

Some of these agenda items are a much bigger lift than others. But getting any two will be a good year and track record going into November. Three or more would be awesome.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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