WND Exclusive – Democrats love taxing us to death — and beyond

President Trump’s new tax proposal is pretty good. It’s not great, in the opinion of this consistent Constitutionalist, but it ain’t bad.

Naturally, the Democrats hate it. Ali Baba Schumer and his gang of thieves are using the same old tired argument, that it’s just tailored toward benefiting the rich and that “working families” will suffer should Trump triumph.

I think the last Democrat who was in favor of a tax cut was President Kennedy some 54 years ago. As much as we conservatives like to crow about the Kennedy tax plan, it wasn’t great. Oh, it sure did cut taxes, but it wasn’t what we think. read more

Finland Loves Speeders – They’re Good for Business

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The next time you have to pay a few hundred dollars for a speeding ticket – thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Finland.

A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.

The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations.

They are so progressive that they means test virtually everything. Finland is the embodiment of the Marxist ideal of, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

One of the show’s hosts, Richard Hammond, discussed the matter of a simple speeding ticket received by a wealthy Finnish citizen. He was pulled over and ticketed for going 49 in a 30 mph zone.

In America, this might warrant one a ticket of maybe $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the State. But regardless of the State, at least for now, everyone ticketed pays the same amount. read more

My Weekly WND Exclusive – Impose Income Tax — on Robots?

Back in 2015, the Fiscal Times wrote an article describing a fear Bill Gates had. “He may be one of the world’s pivotal computing pioneers, mentioned in the same exuberantly geeky breath as Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Tim Berners-Lee. His technological exploits may have earned him over $80 billion, making him the world’s richest man. Yet even Bill Gates is somewhat concerned about the potentially destructive power of technology.”

Point of order. Some claim Gates is no longer the richest. That moniker goes to a Spaniard Amancio Ortega, the owner of the Zara retail chain.

In the article, Gates describes his fear, like Elon Musk, of what they are calling superintelligences – “computers with cognitive and computational abilities that far surpass those of humanity.” read more

Leftist Economist Paul Krugman is Like the Cleveland Browns

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Paul Krugman – Biggest Loser

My apologies to all you Browns fans.

For regular readers, you know I use a lot of football analogies. Well – here’s another.

Say you get permission from the NFL to create an expansion team – a brand new professional football franchise.

You, the owner, do your due diligence and hire who you feel is the best available Coach and General Manager.

The League office encourages other teams to aid your new franchise, lending their expertise and advice on various issues regarding football operations, free agency, the draft, etc.

One day you sit down with your new General Manager and Coach and start making calls to other teams for guidance. So whom do you call? And who do you not?

If you’re smart, you call the proven winners – starting with the New England Patriots (of course), then move on to the Steelers, Broncos, Packers, Cowboys and Giants. You seek out the proven winners – franchises that show up in the playoffs either every year, or at least most years.

Who you don’t call is the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, or Jacksonville Jaguars. No offence, but why would you or anyone take advice on building a winning franchise from teams that rarely, if ever, win. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

There’s nothing good about Goodlatte

The American economy is shaky at best. Since the economic collapse in 2008, and thanks in large part to Obama’s grand recovery/stimulus plan, the country has been teetering on the edge of another recession. Frankly, despite the rigid definition, many Americans would agree we’ve been in a recession for years.

As Republicans and conservatives, we are supposed to be the fiscal hawks. Our party and our representatives are supposed to be the ones who understand that you can’t tax your way out of a bad economy. Quite the contrary. We know, or should, that excessive taxes will kill any recovery.

But we are not politicians – politicians like Virginia Republican and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte. read more

Yes Olympians, the Taxman Is Coming for You

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s not often I repeat myself, but considering I discussed this topic in my last podcast, I guess it’s only half repeating. You may listen to it here.

But this one just irks me – the fact that our government is so hard up for money it has to tax our Olympic medalists. Oh sure – there is a way to avoid paying the tax. Just compete, but make sure you don’t medal. Come in fourth – or last.

I guess in a way you could call it an optional tax – like a sales tax. If you don’t wish to pay the tax, don’t purchase the item.

I’m actually a big advocate of the sales tax, in lieu of others. It really is the only optional tax – assuming you are like the rest of us and in fact not immortal, thereby able to forgo the death tax. Other than that, our government has seen to it that everyone pays up.

But what bureaucratic brainiac consciously made the decision to tax our Olympic athletes? Was it some 98 pound chicken-necked little worm in the back room of a DC office who may have been slighted by a jock in high school?

It has been dubbed the “victory tax” and is said to be opposed by Congress. But I guess it’s not opposed by enough of them, for there is presently a bill waiting to be passed that has yet to be. Maybe with a little more publicity it may gain some traction, but I doubt it. It’s much easier to pass a bill adding to the already bloated coffers of government then to pass one which could help our athletes who train their whole lives for chance to represent OUR country. read more

Podcast – Taxman’s Coming for Your Gold Medal – NFL Tells Cowboys They Can’t Honor the Cops – Hillary’s Tax Return is a Sham

Who knew Gold medals were taxed. Well, we should have – everything else is. Yes – American athletes return triumphantly from Rio proudly adorned with the hardware they worked their whole lives to win – only to be greeted at the gate by the taxman.

Black Lives Matter strikes again – and this time without saying a word. The NFL has denied a request by the Dallas Cowboys to place a sticker on their helmets honoring the Dallas Police Department – and all cops. Somehow it would stir up controversy and make a political statement.

Hillary has released one year, 2015, of her and Bill’s tax returns and charitable giving – but just one year. I discuss what a set-up this is and what a shame the return actually is.

I also quickly touch on the DNC staffer who was recently murdered and the LGBT Olympics. read more

If Trump Doesn’t Change His Strategy, He Will Get Killed in November

by: the Common Constitutionalist

By all, or at least most accounts, Donald Trump is sliding in the polls – and not just by a point or two. At this point he is struggling to just stay within a single digit deficit of Hillary Clinton. The man, who, during the primaries, quoted poll numbers on a daily basis, strangely no longer cites them.

This is a stunning achievement by Clinton, who may be the worst candidate since Michael Dukakis. You might say it is an even more stunning achievement by the inept Donald Trump – to be losing so badly to an infinitely flawed candidate like Clinton.

The difference, as I see it, is that Clinton appears to have a campaign strategy and Trump does not. Clinton’s strategy is simple – just don’t say much and more importantly, don’t end up in a forum where others may have an opportunity to ask questions of you. Thus far, her plan, or whoever is in charge of such things, is paying dividends. It’s impossible to make a mistake or say anything stupid when you’re not saying anything at all.

In some cases, and depending on the opponent, this plan would not work. Against Trump it is, so far, working to perfection. Simply allow the leftist media, which is virtually everyone, to stir up a little dust and sit back and watch Trump react to it – knowing his predictable history of overreaction. read more

The Pipeline We Know Little About

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember the Keystone XL Pipeline project? Remember what a cause célèbre it was for both the left and right? What the heck ever happened to it? Have you wondered that?

Well, in short it was killed pretty much for good, or at least the foreseeable future – both here in the USSA and now in Canada. As you are no doubt aware, it was Obama who, with the left in the federal and various state legislatures – and with some help from Choo-choo Warren Buffet who owns most of the rail cars now hauling crude down south, vetoed the pipeline. And don’t forget all the gobs of leftist activist money thrown at killing the project.

You may also recall that Canada threatened to build their own pipeline to their west coast and ship the oil to Asia if the U.S. did not acquiesce. That was when the “conservatives” ran Canada. But with the election of lefty socialist (like there’s another kind) Justin Trudeau in Canada, the entire XL project, above and below the border, was pronounced dead.

And that was the end of any talk of long distance oil pipelines. Or is it?

There is another long distance oil pipeline which will span 1,172 miles – from North Dakota’s famous Bakken and Three Forks oil production zones all the way to Pakota, Illinois. read more

Americans Just Don’t Understand Why We Can’t Compete

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Listening to some of the those who call in to national Talk Radio shows is all the evidence one needs to be convinced of how woefully ignorant the American people on the left and right are regarding the economy, business, the market, etc.

I get that those who watch MSNBC don’t understand these concepts, but the folks who listen to conservative Talk Radio are supposed to be smarter than average. We hear from many Radio Hosts that the listeners of their particular show are the smartest audience out there. Yet listening to those who get through to converse with the Hosts on air appear to be just as ignorant. I don’t mean stupid – I mean ignorant. There is a big difference. Being ignorant is defined simply as lacking knowledge, whereas being stupid is a choice.

A good example of this is the subject of taxes. Empirical data clearly shows, as does common sense, that high taxation hurts the economy. An ignorant person may have never learned or been shown this, so they can’t be faulted for thinking otherwise or falling prey to some politicians rhetoric. A stupid person is one who rejects, for whatever reason, that which he or she has been shown as fact. read more