Video Podcast – Russia Indictments – Universal Basic Income is a Crock

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss briefly why the Mueller indictments of Russian “Agents” is a monumental waste of time. Also, regardless of whether we think they are guilty or not, an indictment is not proof of that guilt.

My main topic however, is the Mayor of Stockton California’s lame-brain idea of giving 100 lucky winners $500 a month as a Universal Basic Income. In other words, the city would provide more freebies to people who have to do nothing for it. Great idea. Let’s not teach anyone to fish, but just the give the fish away. Worst idea yet! read more

When Liberal Ideology Crashes into Reality

from IBD:

Fight Against $15: Democrats Push To Repeal Minimum Wage Hike In Nation’s Capital

“Fight for $15” is the rallying cry for most Democrats these days. But soon after Washington, D.C., voters approved a hike in tipped wages to $15, Democrats on the city council moved to repeal it. That’s what happens when ideology crashes into reality.

On Tuesday, 7 of the 13 members of Washington’s city council sponsored a bill to jettison the wage hike for tipped workers that 56% of D.C. voters had approved by a ballot initiative less than a month before. read more

Housing May be Soon out of Reach for Many

from IBD:

Housing Crisis May Be Inevitable, Thanks To Government Meddling

With home prices soaring in most markets, this is the best time to be a homeowner since 2005. But there’s a downside: Thanks to continued government meddling, the housing market has rarely been more fragile. Is another housing crunch brewing?

We’ve talked before about the strength of the U.S. economy, particularly after tax cuts kicked in. And that’s still true. Unfortunately, 10 years after the 2008 financial crisis, there’s one exception: The housing market, which, despite superficial signs of health, remains dysfunctional. read more

Socialism is Cool – Until You Experience It

With the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who garnered a whopping 17,000 votes in a New York democrat primary, “democratic socialism” took another big step forward. And is being heralded as the beginning of a movement. It’s one thing for some old fossil like Bernie Sanders to promote socialism, but quite another when it’s a young, attractive woman. Of course she’s only attractive until she opens her mouth. But still, more and more people are being drawn to her message of “moral clarity” and being the “champion of the “working class.”

For a more in-depth look into Brazil, you may review an article I wrote last November, entitled “Socialism is Never Cool.”

So rather than me droning on, please watch the following video from Prager-U of just how great socialism worked in Brazil, by someone who lived through it. read more

Republicans Cave to Donor Immigration Wishes

by: John Velisek USN (ret) for the Common Constitutionalist

The tax cuts and wage hikes have come to the American people as a godsend. More money in a working man’s pocket is always a positive event. But there is a movement afoot being pushed by the GOP establishment, and their corporate donors that support them, to align with the progressive socialists on a push for amnesty.

A discharge petition written by the GOP, and spearheaded by Florida GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo, is demanding that amnesty should be “as high a number as possible,” according to what Curbelo told Roll Call.

The donors are calling the shots in an effort to assure a steady stream of immigrants, both legal and illegal, to fill the low wage jobs that the donors create for a profit and at the expense of the American working man and the rule of law.

Part of this agenda is the attempt to convince the American people that this influx of low skilled low educated workforce is good for America. The polls being paraded across the televisions of America show poll after poll of American approval of immigrants. What it does not make clear is the same people they use in their polls adhere to President Trumps’ ideology of America First. Those same respondents have clearly shown that Americans should be hired first at prevailing wages before hiring migrants. It’s not that they are jobs that Americans won’t do, but Americans need a living wage to do them. read more

A Chick-fil-A Lesson in Free Market Capitalism

Just another reason to love Chick-fil-A

from Conservative Review:

Leave it to Chick-fil-A to show you don’t need government for a ‘living wage’

Eat mor chikin CFA cows

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Whenever the Left wants to have a conversation about a “living wage,” it’s almost never a discussion, but a series of demands and slogans made in ALL CAPS on Twitter. Those demands almost always involve the heavy hand of government coercing businesses with the force of law. But one of the Left’s favorite businesses to hate, Chick-fil-A, is showing that entrepreneurs in a competitive free market can improve conditions for workers without paternalistic government oversight. read more

Despite the Naysaying, States Benefit from Trump Tax Cuts

from IBD:

States Get A Windfall From GOP Tax Cuts, But Will They Return The Money To Taxpayers?

When Republicans were putting together their tax reform plan last year, a chorus of critics warned that it would devastate state budgets. Like so many other claims, this turned out to be false.

The New York Times reported in November, for example, that “state and local officials in high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California are warning the tax plan will strain state budgets.”

A “news analysis” in the Washington Post said the tax law would make “it harder for states and cities to pay their bills.” read more

Seattle Proves that Government is Always the Problem – Never the Solution

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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You may have heard of the new tax being levied on companies in the Seattle area. IBD reports that the Seattle Politburo (city council), “unanimously passed a ‘head tax’ of $275 per full-time worker on any company in the city that makes more than $20 million in gross revenues. The city says the $48 million in new taxes will go toward affordable housing and providing emergency services for the city’s swelling homeless population.”

Allow me to translate. The $48 million in new taxes will go toward, but not quite make it to its final destination. Oh, some of will be used to build “affordable housing” and provide “emergency” services, but a good percentage will likely be siphoned off and spent on increasing the size of the Seattle bureaucracy and increased regulation. It’s what liberal statists do. They see a pile of money and recklessly spend it. They also regulate, to the point of strangulation. It will be déjà-vu all over again. read more

Iran Doing Everything it can to Keep the Cash Rolling In

from The Washington Free Beacon:

Iran in Panic Mode, Scrambles to Save Nuclear Deal

The Iranian ruling regime is racing to save the landmark nuclear deal after President Donald Trump bucked European powers and walked away from the agreement with a vow to reimpose a package of harsh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to U.S. officials and regional experts who say the hardline regime is scared about losing the sweetheart deal.

Leading Iranian officials have been locked in tense meetings with European countries and former U.S. officials to ensure they continue to uphold the deal and keep doing business with the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, one of the country’s lead negotiators, held a series of meetings with European Union countries on Tuesday to plead with them about saving the deal and ensuring Tehran remains open for business as the United States tees up a package of sanctions that could cripple Iran’s already ailing economy. read more

Dems Give no Credit to Trump for Tax Cuts

from IBD:

Tax Revenues Jump 13% To Record High In April — When Will Dems Admit They Were Wrong About Trump’s Tax Cuts?

The federal government collected far more taxes this April than it did a year ago, despite the “budget busting” Trump tax cuts. So, we’ll ask again: Are the tax cuts paying for themselves?

According to the latest monthly report from the Congressional Budget Office, revenues in April totaled $515 billion — a 13% increase over last April and an all-time high for the month. read more