If You Want Less of Something, Tax It – If You Want More, Subsidize It

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The bain of the private sector is taxes. Everyone knows this. Taxes lead to less hiring (except for tax accountants and attorneys), less profit and companies are less competitive. And the higher the tax rate, the worse it all becomes.

On the flip side, subsidization can be a boon to the private sector. If your company is lucky enough or connected enough to somehow get your product(s) subsidized, you are assured of more sales. It’s a great deal! By having your product or business subsidized, you can effectively undercut your competition and sell many more units than you otherwise would.

But how does one get their product subsidized, and who would be stupid enough to do such a thing? The answer to the “who” question is the government. State and municipal governments often offer huge tax incentives to lure companies to set up shop. Sometimes the incentives to these companies are zero taxes for a period of time. This is a form of indirect subsidy, allowing the company to lower it’s costs and increase the margin on its products lowering the price of the product(s). The company obviously benefits from a lessened tax burden, and the state or city benefits from increased employment. It’s a win-win.

Then there are federal government subsidies, which are directed to a certain product or industry. These days it’s the “green” industry. Everything “green” or “renewable” is heavily subsidized by the feds. This arrangement is a win-lose. The subsidized never has to reimburse the subsidizer. read more

Gun Free Europe is Arming Up

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Middle East is admittedly a mess. It has been a mess for a while. There has been some sort of war going on over there for decades. However, at least for the time being, the advance of ISIS, or the Islamic State, appears to have been halted.

Yet still, thousands more “refugees” arrive in Europe everyday to escape the fighting. But with no evident uptick in violence, why are these “refugees” still streaming into the west?

There has been armed conflict and war in that region of the world for quite a long time. Why now is there this overwhelming flood of these “refugees?” And why travel all the way to Western Europe? Why not go to Russia, or any of the “Stan” countries that aren’t currently at war or under some sort of siege? Heck, they are a least closer.

For the answers, one only need recall the very words said to us all by the leader of the new Islamic State, the self-appointed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He said from the beginning that ISIS could never hope to defeat the west, Europe in particular, militarily, in a straight up fight.

His plan all along has been to overrun the European Union and conquer it from within. His plan, it seems, is working like a charm. In their effort to show the world how truly enlightened and tolerant a society Western Europe is, their countries’ marshmallowy, myopic, passivist leaders are falling right into Baghdadi’s trap.

Europe has accepted one and all, indiscriminately allowing anyone who is able to walk, ride or float into their countries. And amongst the “refugees” are thousands of ISIS jihadists.

And more than any other to date, their destination has been Germany. Many have said, me included, that this is merely due to the generous German welfare system. To be sure, that is a big incentive.

But there are other reasons Germany is the destination of choice for al-Baghdadi’s jihadists. Germany is the most powerful, economically, of all the E.U. nations. Therefore, by default, it is the de facto head of the Union. Baghdadi knows that in order to conquer Europe, they must first overwhelm its strongest member. Also, Germany is one of the least defended European countries. read more

Luxury Tax History Repeating Itself

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Since 2008, tens of thousands of coal related jobs have been lost – some almost incalculable. As hundreds of coal plants have been closed, it is not just miners who are affected. As power plants close, all employees lose their jobs. Blue collar and white collar employees get the ax – managers, technicians, secretaries, everyone.

But that’s not where it ends. Many of these coal plants are located in rural areas. They have whole towns that spring up around them, as townspeople not only work at the plant, but small businesses are created, like restaurants, gas and service stations, grocery and convenience stores, laundromats, dry cleaners, and list goes on – all to support the plant and its employees. As these plants go away, so too do all the support businesses and all their employees.

But this rings hollow to the Obama administration. Obama cares only for himself and his radical agenda, for once again, due to his Marxist, redistributionist, green agenda, history is about to repeat itself.

Obama’s radical green agenda is about to ruin yet another industry. He and other radicals will consider it a win-win as Obama gets to not only advance his phony green plan, but at the same time, his new rule will also redistribute wealth.

Who’s the target? This time it’s the Luxury yacht industry. read more

Podcast – A New Display at the Smithsonian Institution – Nation May Default in November – The Border Patrol is Not Welcome on This Campus

In this episode I discuss the edition of a lovely bronze bust to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle For Justice” display. None other than the racist, eugenicist Margaret Sanger will be proudly displayed along side the very people she wished to exterminate.

Forget the Mayan calendar. The world may end on November 3rd, 2015, as the government runs out of money – unless those evil republicans agree to increase the nation’s debt limit, which currently tops out at a paltry $18.1 trillion.

The Border Patrol needs additional agents. Yes, they are hiring, but one college campus says they are not welcome at their fall career fair because it will make illegal immigrant students uncomfortable. read more

School Panics Over a Gum Scare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week at a school in Kyle Texas, the teachers and student body had a bit of a scare. It was serious enough that administrators at Lehman High School held “students in their extended class periods to investigate the concern with little to no disruption to their schedule.”

Still, it was serious enough to hold students in their classrooms.

What was the incident of concern? Well, a student thought they overheard another say something about a gun – and with that, the zero tolerance, gun free zone policy kicked into gear.

Upon completion of the investigation Principal Michelle Chae sat down, crafted a letter, had hundreds of copies made and sent it home to parents, explaining that the safety of the students is their number one priority. “We continue to encourage students to report anything they see or hear that causes them concern,” the letter stated. She stated that no gun was discovered and “it was determined that a student thought he heard the word ‘gun,’ but in fact it was another student asking for some ‘gum.’”

WHAT?!

How is it that someone heard gun? It’s because our kids are being brought up and brainwashed into becoming scared little weenies and their minds are being conditioned to hear key words and phrases like some NSA scan filter. read more

The Left is Trying to Preserve the Peaceful Palestinian Myth

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the growing threat of Islamic terror and the infiltration of Islamists into our country. I’ve written about “The Project,” twice – the Muslim Brotherhood’s long term grand plan of “Civilization Jihad” in the U.S. I’ve reported on the “Clock Boy”  of Irving Texas,  his father and their odd behavior, as well as the radical groups and leaders they choose to align with. I’ve even written about how even their requirement of halal products is funding terror. As a reader so aptly pointed out: “Single minded little buggers, aren’t they? Apparently pretty much anything they do is to advance their death cult…”

And the reader is right. Everything these radicals do is at least loosely according to the plan for Muslim dominance of this country and the entire western world.

Yet still, this slow advance has kept us relatively safe on American soil. But imagine what life would be like if here in America we had to contend with what Israel has been and is presently experiencing. Imagine walking down the streets of any city or town in the U.S. and someone, completely unprovoked, comes up behind you and attacks – savagely stabbing you. Imagine this has occurred not once or twice, but 10 or more times in short order – and the perpetrators all had one thing in common – either the same race, or religion, etc.

Now add to that – imagine more groups of the same ilk were hold up in Mexico or Canada, just indiscriminately launching missiles, rockets and mortars into our cities and towns along the border. What do you think we might do? How would we react to this constant assault?

We might look to our government and our military to protect us. We would probably further arm ourselves. We might even lash out at our police and officials for not doing enough to protect us. Its one thing to take it upon yourself to defend your family or your home against attackers or invaders – but arming yourself will do little against a mortar barrage. read more

Podcast – New Report Shows Toddlers Shooting Themselves – Ezra Klein Likes Marco Rubio – Homosexual Canadian Couple Gets a Divorce

In this episode I discuss that despite another school shooting, the left still feel it’s getting enough traction. So out comes a new report showing toddlers mistakenly shooting themselves and others, to tug on the heart strings of parents. Lefty Ezra Klein, of VOX.com thinks Marco Rubio will be the eventual nominee and a married homosexual couple gets a divorce – but not for the reason you may think. read more

Leftist Teacher Attacks Conservative Student

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember all the way back in February of this year when Rudy Giuliani said this? “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country. With all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world.”

Giuliani made these brutally honest and 100% correct comments while speaking in Manhattan to a group of conservative leaning businessmen and media folks.

It made a splash, and sent the left into spasms. But it was nothing compared to what followed less than a week later. A young black man, 12 year old CJ Pearson, became an internet sensation with his defense of the Mayor’s statements. Young Mr. Pearson became an instant darling of the right as he produced a YouTube video excoriating the president, doubling down on Giuliani’s remarks.

CJ looked into the camera and stated: “President Obama – you don’t love America. If you really did love America, you would call ISIS what it really is – an assault on Christianity – an assault on America and a downright hate for the American values our country holds – of freedom of speech – freedom of religion and everything our country stands for.”

Within 3 days the video had gone viral, garnering 540,000 views and as of today, it has over 2.1 million. That and other videos by the young man have gained him celebrity status, as he’s met Ted Cruz, been on Fox’s The Kelly File as well as Sean Hannity’s show. Oh, and also being blocked on our child-president, Barack Obama’s Twitter page.

And what has all this celebrity gotten him? Well, many have been quite impressed with CJ – but not everyone. Fast forward to the present and Pearson is now 13 years olds and attending Columbia Middle School in his home town of Evans, Ga. read more

Americans Have No Skin In The Game

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Democrat debate was not a debate at all. It was a giveaway forum, where the candidates took the stage to spell out there plans to give free stuff to people who didn’t earn it. It was really no different than any other staged democrat function, whether it’s a debate or a State of the Union.

The candidates, mainly Hillary and Bernie laid out everything from free healthcare, to more social security benefits, to free childcare, free college, free/paid family leave and Hillary added free benefits for all illegals.

People should be outraged by democrats proposing that our tax dollars just be given away to anyone with their hand out. And frankly most don’t even have their hands out. Most people, I think, are not necessarily expecting to just be given a free college education. I don’t even think illegals are expecting the benefits that citizens receive – but if someone is going to offer, I’m sure they’ll take it.

Hillary says the rich will pay for all these free goodies. Of course anyone with a brain knows the rich don’t have that kind of money. But then, the ones with a brain will not be voting democrat.

To put this freebie nonsense into perspective, this year’s budget deficit is over $550 billion. In other words, we will spend $550 billion more than we take in. And that doesn’t account for any of the crap the candidates want to add on, which would more than likely push the deficit back above $1 trillion.

But Hillary claims the rich can cover it. read more

Doctor Says It’s Our Way or the Highway

by: the Common Constitutionalist

You may not have ever heard of the company Supreme Greens, or the product by the same name. It is advertised as a “a powerful Mega-Food formulation of organically grown grasses and vegetables, sprouted grains, blood purifying and immune enhancing herbs, and antioxidants synergistically blended with MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane).

Well, the Company and its owner Alex Guerrero are under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for claims in can cure cancer and concussions, amongst other things.

So what, you may say. There are lots of bogus products on the market. What makes this one different?

Well, really nothing, except the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, Tom Brady, is not only a client but a business partner of Gurrero’s at Brady’s Sports Therapy Center, TB12.

Yesterday morning while driving to my office, I was listening to a Boston sports radio morning show called Dennis & Callahan.  Although Brady is not involved in this FTC investigation (sorry all you Brady haters), it’s obviously news. Up here, if Brady sneezes, it’s news.

The FTC got involved after Guerrero produced an infomercial claiming his product produced some miraculous results. At his California clinic,  “He said he’d conducted ‘clinical studies’ of 200 patients who’d been diagnosed as terminally ill. They were suffering from ailments such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. And eight years later, all but eight had survived.”

Enter a guest of the morning show, Dr. Barrie Cassileth. Dr. Cassileth has a PhD in medical sociology and founded the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She’s helping the FTC investigate Alex Guerrero and his company Supreme Greens.

She told the Dennis & Callahan Radio show that she got involved in the Guerrero case because, “I have been working most of my career, which is quite lengthy, to not only help cancer patients and provide useful services, but also to get rid of scam approaches, which abound, and this is simply one of them.” She explained that this industry of miracle cures is a $40 billion business “in totally useless scam products.”

Cassileth said her real complaint about Guerrero, and others like him, is the danger to the patient. She explains that patients may say to themselves – maybe I’ll try one of these plant products instead of going in for a traditional cancer treatment and see how that goes first. read more