Politics in cartoon form.

Will we ever see an actual budget? Can you even guess the last time Congress passed a budget? It was April 29, 2009! And it only passed because the Democrat majority had a filibuster-proof majority. God Save the Republic!

Most Americans realize there is no actual way to deport somewhere between 11 and 22 million illegal aliens (depending on the statistic you believe). It would be 183,333 – 367,000 bus loads of people. And, by the by, where do you drop them off?

Perspective is everything in politics. Logic has no chance.

Kids… (Both of childhood and adult ages)! Are there any “grown-ups” left in Washington?

Democreeps are the past masters at rewriting history. And, when you think about it, the only thing Trump needed to do to jump-start the economy was to get the government OUT OF THE WAY!!

Roy Filly

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Thoughts for the day.

Thought #1:

The Democrats are already running on a platform to “Repeal the Trump Tax  Cuts.” The liberal rags are touting its “inevitability.” Frankly, I think this is a bigger miscalculation than Hillary not campaigning in Wisconsin. Liberals are calling the Trump Tax Cut a “publicity stunt.” If so, it’s a good one!

[Source:Trump Tax Cut Is Already Working, by Stephen Moore]

The tax bill isn’t even one month old and look what is already happening:

  • Walmart with more than 1 million workers plans to raise starting wages from $9 to $11 an hour and hand out employee bonuses ranging from $200 to $1,000
  • Fiat Chrysler plans to open a new plant (with 2,500 jobs) in Michigan
  • Jet Blue is offering a $1,000 bonuses to 21,000 employees.
  • Bank of America is paying $1,000 bonuses to 145,000 U.S. employees.
  • Aflac increased its 401(k) match from 50% to 100% on the first 4% of compensation plus one-time $500 contribution to every employee’s 401(k); $250 million increase overall.
  • More than a hundred companies have offered bonuses and benefit hikes to their workers
  • 1 million workers have benefited (not including Walmart) thus far

And remember, it’s only January! The Democreeps are misjudging this tax bill. They managed to use the only functional part of their Party, the media, to convince Americans that the tax bill was a bad deal for them and a good deal “for the rich” (do they know any other song?). But, unlike the lame-stream media and the Democrat leadership, PAYCHECKS don’t lie.

Thought #2:

High tax states like California and New York are sweating bullets because the new tax law scraps (to a large extent) the deduction for state income taxes. Instead of thinking about lowering taxes the governors of these states are trying… well, a “work-around:”

  • Some are examining whether they can convert their income taxes into payroll taxes (payroll taxes remain deductible)
  • Of course, liberals love to sue (their leadership is mostly lawyers) the federal government (as if this tax deduction were a constitutional right)
  • California and New York officials are investigating whether their states can convert income tax payments into tax-deductible charitable contributions to the state government (“A” for inventiveness)

Well, good luck with those ideas. I see failure in your futures.

Thought #3:

Liberals see no problem with taxing cigarettes, marijuana, sodas, or alcoholic beverages. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, they want us to consume less of these “bad” things and believe that taxing them is a “negative” incentive. However, it never seems to dawn on them that increasing taxes on virtuous activities — work, investment, starting a business or saving for retirement — is a negative incentive to do those, as well. Hmm!

When thinking of the Democreep plan of governance, it is worthwhile to remember the famous Reagan summation: If it movestax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” 

Thought #4:

[Source: A brief history of Presidential profanity, Rolling Stone]

I have to say something about the “sh*thole” controversy. Let me say at the outset that I do not approve of such language from anyone, let alone our President. However, he is not the first by any stretch of the imagination:

  • Abe Lincoln liked off color jokes: He loved to recount the tale of Ethan Allen seeing a portrait of George Washington in an outhouse in England after the Revolutionary War. His hosts were eager to see the reaction of their visitor, who laid them low when he said: “There is nothing to make an Englishman sh*t quicker than the sight of General George Washington.”
  • Saint Obama (he wasn’t a mere “president”) called Mitt Romney a “bullsh*tter.” In the audiobook version of his autobiography, Dreams From My Father, you can hear the future president say: “You know that guy ain’t sh*t. Sorry-*ss m*th*rf*ck*r ain’t got nothing on me.” (Mimicking Richard Pryor)
  • And who can forget Vice President Joe Biden stating: “This is a big f*cking deal” when the President signed Obamacare.
  • Vice President Richard Cheney reportedly told Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to “go f*ck [himself].”
  • As for Richard Nixon, who can forget the (expletive deleted) about 1000 times in the transcripts of the Watergate tapes.

There are many more. It is said that Bess Truman tried for years to get Harry to say “horse manure” instead of… well, you know.

Dennis Prager summed it up nicely: “There are few filters between President Donald Trump’s mind and mouth. That is his appeal and his weakness. It is very common that a person’s strengths are also weaknesses. I wish Trump’s tweets and comments were as forthright — as un-P.C. — as they are now but stated in a sophisticated way. I also wish that cheesecake were not fattening. But just as cheesecake comes with sugar, Donald Trump comes with unsophisticated rhetoric. People are packages, not a la carte menus.”

Roy Filly

 

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Tax cuts help the poor and middle class in so many ways.

If you listen to Nancy Pelosi the poor and middle class are worse off because of the new tax bill. Her impression is that the tax bill is a “monumental, brazen theft from the American middle class.” She tells her “puppets,” the GOP tax bill is “Armageddon.”

(Of course, Pelosi is relying on the liberal Tax Policy Center for her tirades. The Tax Policy Center has shown that “on average, in 2027 taxes would change little for lower- and middle-income groups.” Be sure to read that carefully. For the next ten years the middle class will do well, but will lose that improvement in their lives if the DEMOCRATS DO NOT VOTE FOR AN EXTENSION of the Trump tax cuts.)

But how about the poor? They don’t pay income taxes. (They do pay “payroll” taxes, however.) How can a tax cut help them?

[Source: Power Companies Got a Tax Cut. Will Your Bill Reflect It? By Ben Casselman, Jim Tankersley and Brad Plumer – and please note this is from the NEW YORK TIMES (NYT)]

“The newly passed tax law could save Americans billions of dollars on their utility bills.” Which Americans pay the highest percentage of their spendable cash on utility bills? One doesn’t require a PhD in mathematics to realize this helps lowest income Americans the most. But here’s the proof.

Hey, Nancy! I hope that you noted the words “more regressive impact on low-income consumers.” Ergo (and I realize that Nancy’s computational skills are somewhat lacking) a reduction in utility bills is “progressive.”

What else does the NYT article state? In recent days, electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and other states have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to customers through lower rates. On Tuesday, Pepco, which provides power to nearly 300,000 customers in Washington, D.C., said it would cut rates beginning in the current quarter.

Other utilities might be forced to follow suit. In much of the country, investor-owned utilities have a monopoly on providing electricity and gas to homes and businesses. State regulators (in the most expensive states those “regulators” are ALL DEMOCRATS, so you judge the probabilities of lower rates – RF) allow them to charge rates high enough to recoup their costs — including the cost of paying taxes… Those regulators periodically scrutinize rates to ensure that they are reasonable. When taxes go down, so should customers’ utility bills. (Footnote)

Well, what do you know about that? Even the NYT has had to admit the benefits of lower taxes on business.

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

Footnote:

State regulators across the country have said they will make sure that actually happens. And in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, the attorneys general of several states, including Massachusetts, Texas and New York, asked the agency to act as well.

“This is a significant windfall for these entities,” said Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts, who organized the appeal. “It’s entirely appropriate for that savings to be passed on to ratepayers.”

 

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Mishmash, but fun!

Some cartoons, some posters – all enjoyable.

When the media hates you, they will always find a way to defame you. Beware of polls that do not tell you the actual polling question.

The leftists believe in equality of outcomes. If an organization doesn’t have 50% women employees, 17.8% Hispanic, 13.3% black Americans, then the organization is racist or anti-feminist. If more than 13.3% of traffic stops are of black Americans, then the police are “profiling.” Literally, the liberal courts have used these percentages to prove bias. However, I have never heard of an ACLU suit targeting the “unfairness” and “bigotry” explaining that women are not being treated equally in incarceration rates, like one does about minority incarceration rates.

We should not build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines according to the leftists because they will contaminate our ground water. See below.

Rude? Crass? Indeed, he is. But he is accomplishing what he promised to do despite every Democrat and every No-Trumper and the “establishment” being lined up against him. It appears, however, that he understands exactly how to distract them from his real agenda.

Seriously!!! And do not fail to note the length of the list!!!

She’s hoping to resume a position as Speaker of the House following the midterm elections. God help us!

Have you heard Dick Durbin telling us that a border wall is TOO EXPENSIVE?

Do I need to explain the hypocrisy?

 

Roy Filly

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Hey, global warming alarmists! Ouch!

Have you noticed that when you debate an issue with a global warming alarmist and the data is opposed to their “dogmatic religious belief” in anthropogenic CO2 as the cause of everything from colder winters to hotter winters they resort to their favorite counter argument. What is that, ask you? They proudly state that 97% of climate scientists agree with them.

Of course the number of evils (really, you must click the link and visit this website) that global warming alarmists posit are caused by CO2 are… well, frankly, hysterically funny. My two favorite “global warming caused evils” are “increased acne” and the “attack of the killer jellyfish”… although the great walrus stampede is in the running.

But, as usual, I digress. Even before 2017 there was not only skepticism about global warming, also there was skepticism about the claim that 97% of scientists agreed that human CO2 production caused global warming. However, last year there were more than 400 scientific papers (Google search) published that cast doubt on the position that anthropogenic CO2 emissions function as the climate’s fundamental control knob. (Footnote)

Roy Filly

Footnote: As a disclaimer I have not independently verified every publication and these claims have been posted on websites that are not fans of global warming alarmism.

 

 

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Don’t let government do it!

Even though it is a haven for leftists, I think we can agree that Los Angeles is a major urban center when viewed from anywhere in the world. They have a well established government (not my cup of tea, but, admittedly, well established). They have agency upon agency.

I frequently post that the private sector handles problems better than government agencies. The latest Los Angeles fiasco is a case in point.

[Source: How Los Angeles Socialized Recycling… And Ruined It, by Jazz Shaw]

I know there are cogent arguments on both sides of the recycling issue. However, I recycle and believe that overall recycling is a “good thing.” Los Angeles, like any major metropolis, has a lot of trash and recycling with which to deal. Generally, Angelenos were reasonably happy with trash collections and disposal. The City was clean.

[From the Shaw article] However, the municipal government took a look at the situation and decided that it simply wasn’t good enough. After years of planning, they came up with a scheme known as RecycLA which would “improve” the city’s green footprint, deal with recycling more efficiently and ensure that people working in that industry were all earning a “living wage” for their efforts. And they’d do it all while saving money in the process.

Does the phrase, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” leap to anyone else’s mind?

As the Los Angeles Times reports, (not exactly a bastion of conservative free market thinking – RF) not long after the full launch of RecycleLA, things quickly turned into what could charitably be referred to as a dumpster fire.

RecycLA, which serves businesses and apartment and condo complexes, was in the planning stages for years but has had what a kind person might call a bumpy rollout.

Others have called it a disaster, a ripoff and a mess. One property manager I spoke to Tuesday had a thought as to who might be in charge.

This is just literally like the Three Stooges,” said Robert Kilian, who works for Cardinal Management Group and handles the business affairs of 22 homeowner associations in Los Angeles — most of which have had problems with late pickups or price hikes.

Kilian said the 12 homeowners in Hajibekyan’s building had been paying $389 a month for hauling, but that the new bill is more than double that — $825.

There have been reports of costs tripling and even quadrupling for other customers, due in part to added fees tacked on… when the trash and recycling were all handled by private companies in a competitive bidding system, recycling was picked up twice a week. Now they are waiting up to two weeks or even more for a pick-up. Trash is building up in the basements and parking garages of these properties like rat-infested mountains…

What could possibly have gone wrong, ask you? They were planning FOR YEARS.

[From the Shaw article] The Times reports that the city was faced with the choice of, “maintaining a level of competition among haulers, or they could award exclusive contracts to haulers for designated sectors of the city.” Which one do you think they went with?

Exactly how many times does government need to learn that lesson. The problem is that leftists NEVER LEARN THAT LESSON. They insist that “well planned” central control is Utopia! We citizens simply aren’t smart enough, we need to be led by the nose.

Roy Filly

 

 

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A couple useful graphs.

Time is short today so this will be abbreviated.

When one looks at the impediments to US business success and compare it with the Trump agenda, we see that he is a “stable genius.” (Also, if you watched the White House bipartisan meeting on immigration yesterday, you saw that Trump is in command and on target. Not a whiff of evidence of “instability,” “moronic” behavior, “racism,” “slurred” speech, “idiocy,” – I could go on, but I have made my point.)

Is it any wonder that officeholders, reporters, and lobbyists rank near the bottom of the list?

Roy Filly

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Pundits: A laugh a minute!

You have seen me write at least a dozen times that “pundits” are remarkably wrong every time they bash Trump. I even wrote a tongue in cheek post trying my own hand at “punditry.”

[Source: One Year in Office: Trump Keeps Defying His Critics, by Stephen Moore]

But before you read the “predictions” of “the pundits” we will take a brief look at reality.

The Dow Jones industrial average is up over 35% since Trump was elected (that’s $6 trillion in NEW WEALTH – again that is Trillion with a “T”). Do you know how many countries have a GDP of $6 trillion ? The answer is TWO – ONLY TWO! So President Trump gave America enough new wealth to exceed the GDP of every nation on Earth BUT TWO! It is approximately equal to the GDP of 80% of the land SURFACE OF PLANET EARTH! So, it’s a lot of wealth!

That makes the “Trump Bull Market” one of the greatest bull markets in the history of the US market. It is true that not every American owns stocks. If you listen to the leftist Democrat leadership you would estimate that only the “top one percent” own stocks (well, maybe 10% own stocks). But here are the actual statistics:

  • 55 million Americans have a 401(k) plan
  • An additional 25 million have an IRA
  • Toss in another 20 million with company pension plans and/or employee stock ownership plans

That’s 100 million Americans benefitting from this run up in the market. It would not be fair to compare that total to the total of Americans (326 million) because many of those are the children, non-working wives, or other dependents of Americans who own stock. The best comparison in my opinion would be the number of individual tax filers (150,711,378, projected). Therefore, 2/3rds of American workers have benefitted from the stock market rally under Trump.

You might ask why I am so vehement in my disrespect for pundits. Here are 12 of the most flagrant reasons [from the Moore article]:

1) “Donald Trump’s first gift to the world will be another financial crisis.” Headline in the U.K. Independent. From the article: “He gives every impression that he will soon be hustling America — and possibly the entire world — in the direction of another catastrophic financial crisis.”

2) “I have no stocks. I advise people not to invest in the stock market, not now. Way too dangerous.” Filmmaker Michael Moore, August 2017. (Please, God, let that be the first true statement that A*hole has ever made – RF.)

3) “It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.” Paul Krugman of The New York Times, the day after the election. (They gave that A*hole a Nobel Prize – RF.)

4) “If Trump wins we should expect a big markdown in expected future earnings for a wide range of stocks — and a likely crash in the broader market.” Eric Zitzewitz, former economist with the International Monetary Fund, November 2016.

5) “Under Trump, I would expect a protracted recession to begin... The damage would be felt far beyond the United States.” Larry Summers, former chief economist to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, June 2016. (With this guy as his Chief Economist is it any wonder that Obama had the worst economic recovery from a recession… well, since ever – RF)

6) “If the unlikely event happens and Trump wins you will see a market crash of historic proportions, I think. … The markets are terrified of him.” Steve Rattner, MSNBC economic guru, October 2016. (MSNBC Guru????? Well, there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one – RF.)

7) “Wall Street is set up for a major crash if Donald Trump shocks the world on Election Day and wins the White House. New research suggests that financial markets strongly prefer a Hillary Clinton presidency and could react with panicked selling should Trump deliver a shocking upset on Nov. 8.” Ben White, Politico, October 2016.

8) “Trump’s domestic policies would lead to recession.” Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, March 2016. (God, I voted for that guy! Of course he was running against Obama so what else could I do? – RF)

9) “Trump would likely cause the stock market to crash and plunge the world into recession.” Simon Johnson, MIT economics professor, in The New York Times, November 2016.

10) “Citigroup: A Trump Victory in November Could Cause a Global Recession,”  Bloomberg Financial News headline, August 2016. (Even Bloomberg?? – RF)

And the wildest of all:

11) “A President Trump Could Destroy the World Economy” Headline of a Washington Post editorial, October 2016.

Let’s move on to the person who will lead the US House of Representatives if the Democrats regain the majority this year. Nancy Pelosi warned of economic “Armageddon” under President Trump.

All I can say is NEVER LISTEN TO PUNDITS (unless, of course, it’s me).

Roy Filly

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Wow! The lame-stream media will buy anything anti-Trump.

The big story this week was a book written by a guy known for exaggerating about a guy known for exaggerating with the main source being another guy known for exaggerating. And I’m not exaggerating.

Derek Hunter

I am old enough to remember Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow. They might have been liberals, but you trusted every word they uttered – and you could never guess their political leanings from their reports. Jim Lehrer (PBS NewsHour) didn’t even vote in elections so that his political leanings would be completely invisible in his reporting.

Today’s liberal broadcasters hate our President so vehemently that they will regurgitate anything that makes him the fool. This week we have the book by Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House. The only requirement a liberal “newsperson” demands before spouting off that our President is – insane, a moron, a pervert, etc., etc. – is that Michael Wolff wrote it in his book.

[Sources: We Live in Stupid Times, by Derek Hunter; Hoax: Leftists fall for parody story about Trump…, Ben Shapiro]

Importantly, even Michael Wolff admits his book isn’t “accurate.” In his prologue he writes: “Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.” Mr. Hunter, in his article, sums up this admission admirably: “I don’t know if all this stuff is true, I didn’t bother to verify it. And I filled in some gaps myself because ‘why not?’”

As far removed from “journalism” as Wolff’s book might be one would think the “real” journalists would, at very least, check that the “story” they are about to report actually was in Wolff’s book! But, no! Forget “fake news.” We have moved on to “spoof news.”

Their hatred for President Trump causes them to regurgitate anything that demeans him. That can’t be true, say you. Ahh, but you would be wrong, say I. Here is a story that was actually reported by several news outlets without realizing IT WAS A SPOOF about the Wolff book! And not just a spoof but an immensely ridiculous, laughable, absurd, risible, farcical, and ludicrous spoof!

Here is what was published by @pixelatedboat. I must admit that as spoofs go this was a good one:

Here’s the thing. Trump-Russia conspiracist Eric Garland reported it. Shadi Hamid of the illustrious Brookings Institute reported it. Australian journalist Samantha Maiden reported it, and Tim Young congratulated @pixelatedboat for their great journalism!

My friends, I feared for the nation because freedom of speech was under attack. Now I am even more fearful when the Brookings Institute hires people that could believe a story like this without checking ANY SOURCES!

Roy Filly

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Black American unemployment.

Black Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. Clinton had an 80-point advantage among blacks (88% to 8%) over Donald Trump. This mystifies me. The Democrat Party is only interested in Black Americans in the run up to elections. After that they need Black Americans to feel “oppressed” and “poor” so that they’ll come back to Democrats in the next election. They tell Blacks that a Republican will “trickle on them.”

Well, guess what? A republican won and and the economy he wrought is indeed “trickling down” on Black Americans. The United States of America began keeping statistics on Black unemployment in 1972. That alone is of some interest. The administration of Richard Nixon, a Republican and favorite whipping boy of Democrats, was the first to show some interest in Black American unemployment. And guess what party had been in power for the 40 years preceding 1972? No answer is required.

So get to the point, Dr. Filly, say you. Right you are. I digress.

[Source: Black unemployment rate hits all-time low, by John Nolte]

Black unemployment in December was 6.8%. Yes, that is higher than the overall unemployment rate of 4,1%, but it is also the LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EVER RECORDED FOR BLACK AMERICANS. And average hourly earnings are up 2.5% when compared to last year. These are 45-year highs!

And despite the furor in the Democrat Party about “The Wall,” illegal immigrants have profound inpact on the hiring of unskilled labor and their hourly pay. The Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration can only mean better wages and more job opportunities, especially for the unskilled, entry, or blue-collar worker.

Maybe the Black community will take notice in November.

Roy Filly

 

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