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Chuck Schumer’s op-ed is the Democrats’ old agenda dressed up in new clothes. It’s just another instance of Democrats putting a ton of lipstick on an ugly pig.

Sen. Schumer says that “Democrats will show the country that we’re the party on the side of working people — and that we stand for three simple things.” Then Sen. Schumer proceeds to tell us that “First, we’re going to increase people’s pay. Second, we’re going to reduce their everyday expenses. And third, we’re going to provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy.”

They’re still the same socialists they’ve been since 2001. For instance, Democrats will stand for “increasing workers’ incomes by lifting the minimum wage to $15; and lowering household costs by providing paid family and sick leave.” How is that different than what they’ve pushed for years? According to this NPR article, which was published in November of 2015, “fast-food workers … plan to protest at the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee. They want the federal minimum wage boosted to $15.”

Then there’s this:

Right now millions of unemployed or underemployed people, particularly those without a college degree, could be brought back into the labor force or retrained to secure full-time, higher-paying work.

Cities that’ve implemented a $15/hr. minimum wage have gotten hurt. Further, Democrats haven’t said that they’ll push for increased pipeline construction. Noticeably missing from the Democrats’ plan is a commitment for increased oil exploration and coal mining. President Obama once infamously said that “we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.”

It wasn’t just President Obama saying we couldn’t drill our way to cheaper gas prices. Sen. Schumer insisted that Democrats had a better solution:

In June and July, we will be introducing legislation that will promote conservation, that will promote alternative energy and that will do many things to reduce the price.

Meanwhile, Republicans pushed for increased fracking and energy independence. Today, we’re on the verge of being energy independent. It’s more than that, though. President Trump proposed increasing natural gas exports to Europe. If a pipeline is built, it’ll deal a crushing blow to Putin.

Democrats aren’t interested in that, though, because Tom Steyer and other Democratic special interests oppose energy independence. Hint to Democrats: you can’t be pro blue collar jobs if you oppose mining and fracking.

Anyone that thinks Democrats will retake the U.S. House hasn’t read this article. I’m not predicting another defeat for Ms. Pelosi just yet. I’m just not willing to predict it’s a foregone conclusion.

Josh Kraushaar’s article contains the ominous warning that “a new study of last year’s election results underscores the idea that Democrats need to win back working-class Donald Trump voters before they chase moderate Republicans who defected to Hillary Clinton.”

Apparently, Democrats know that they need to win back working-class Donald Trump voters. That’s what’s behind their latest con-job marketing scheme. The Democrats’ latest rebranding scheme is doomed for failure if it relies on “Too many families in America today feel that the rules of the economy are rigged against them. Special interests have a strangle-hold on Washington — from the super-rich spending unlimited amounts of secret money to influence our elections, to the huge loopholes in our tax code that help corporations avoid paying taxes.”

When coal miners hear the term special interests, they immediately think environmental activists. When construction unions hear special interests, they hear environmental activists. Democrats are the party of the special interests. Blue collar workers know that the Democratic Party isn’t interested in fixing things. This is laughable:

By two to one (67% to 33%), for example, Americans believe it is a bigger problem that “huge corporations and billionaires are using their political power to reduce competition, keep wages low, and get special tax breaks” than that “government is imposing too many job-killing regulations on businesses and taxing people too much.”

There’s a quick reply to the Democrats’ study alleging Republicans giving special treatment to “huge corporations and billionaires.” I’d simply ask ‘remember Solyndra?’ They got more than $500,000,000 in guaranteed loans.

There’s more:

“What’s so troubling is that politics seems to be the dominant factor,” said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “They’re not talking about what the taxpayers are losing; they’re not talking about the failure of the technology, whether we bet on the wrong horse. What they are talking about is ‘How are we going to manage this politically?'”

Democrats will have a difficult time posturing themselves as the party fighting the special interests. When environmental activists tell Democrats to jump, Democrats frequently reply ‘how high’ or ‘off what’?

Finally, there’s this:

If the government goes back to putting working families first, ahead of special interests, we can achieve a better deal for the American people that will raise their pay, lower their expenses, and prepare them for the future.

I’d love hearing the Democrats explain how government can put people first. Government doesn’t create wealth or prosperity. Government’s responsibility is to maintain infrastructure, protect the public and get out of the way on the rest of things.

During President Obama’s administration, government told schools which bathrooms kids could use. Government also denied male college students their due process rights or the right to confront their accusers. I’m confident that those students didn’t think government put their interests first. Meanwhile, Republicans fought for and supported coal miners, construction workers and fought for increased pipeline infrastructure. Democrats fought against those things.

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This LTE is filled with progressive hypocrisy about health care. For instance, the writer highlighted the Bible verse that says “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” That verse is found, according to the author, in Chapter 12, verse 33 of Luke’s Gospel.

As a Christian, I’m tired of Democrats cherry-picking that verse each time they want to guilt Republicans into expand a government program. That entire section of the Bible says “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It’s pretty clear that Democrats aren’t following this verse’s directive. When government levies taxes to pay for government programs, that isn’t selling one’s possessions and giving the proceeds to the poor for their benefit.

That passage finished by saying that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Isn’t it clear that this passage is talking about personal behavior, not public policy? The point is that we shouldn’t use Bible verses to push public policy positions. We should use Bible verses to examine our personal behavior.

The next paragraphs illustrate the author’s true intent:

Do so by calling those Republican leaders and screaming against the repeal, voting for mercy, compassion, humanity, common sense and morality, to save the health and lives of millions of people who depend on Obamacare.

If not, next will be Medicare and Social Security for this ruthless immoral gang.

It’s obvious that the author simple wants to maintain the status quo on 20th Century programs rather than see if there’s a better way of helping the least fortunate amongst us. PS- Trusting in government creates its own problems. Isn’t it time we stopped thinking that it’s the solution to our every problem?

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I’ve literally been saying for years that reporters assigned to DC Echochamber news outlets have mischaracterized people’s actions. I’ve even left open the possibility that these mischaracterizations might’ve been intentional. This Greg Gutfeld monologue cuts to the heart of the matter. In his monologue, Gutfeld notes that “this last weekend we saw countless reporters in Hamburg and elsewhere refer to thuggish clans in black disguises as protesters. These were people destroying property and harming those trying to protect and serve the community. We watched cars burn, businesses looted, and police injured by disguised fascists. And we listened to them being referred to as ‘protesters.'”

When I picture protesters, I picture Martin Luther King staging a peaceful protest. What comes to mind when I see cars burning, I think of the race riots of the late 60s and early 70s. The mask-wearing thugs in Hamburg remind me more of the latter than the former.

It’s time we stopped calling the people in Ferguson, Baltimore and Minneapolis protesters. In Minneapolis, Black Lives Matter activists threw concrete blocks at police officers from a bridge spanning I-94. That isn’t what protesters do. It’s what rioters do. Also in Minneapolis, rioters chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.” Again, that’s what rioters do. That isn’t what protesters do.

Then there’s the riot in NYC where the rioters chanted “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”

That’s before talking about the “hands up, don’t shoot” myth from Ferguson, MO and the riots in Baltimore that were fueled by race hustlers like Al Sharpton. It’s time we stopped thinking of these thugs as civil rights demonstrators. They’re nothing of the sort. They’re low-life street thugs, nothing more.

Gutfeld continued with this:

One CNN headline:
“G20 protesters set street fires, loot stores.”
“Protesters.” No, they’re criminal gangs.
“Street fires.” Otherwise known as “Arson.”

Then he really nailed the violent lefties:

When historians look back at this era, and the decline of the West, the media’s fingerprints will be all over the crime scene. They happily place every act within the identity politic paradigm – paving the road for the lawlessness seen in Hamburg (and elsewhere).

The left still deserves tons of criticism but no more than the media who stoke the tension by ignoring the truth. Then there’s this:

Leftism follows the same script. If your ideas cannot survive debate, what do you do? You advocate for force. Progressivism requires chaotic, violent rage to ensure their toxic ideas persist.

The chance that the MSM will stop following this script is virtually nonexistent. The only option thoughtful people have is to gather their information through non-traditional sources. Right now, that’s people’s best option.

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According to this article, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the U.S. Senate was caught acting like a corrupt, two-faced politician. According to the AP’s article, “An Indiana senator railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even as he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.”

What’s worse is that Peter Hanscom, his campaign manager issued one of the shoddiest statements in recent political history when he said “Joe is proud to support good companies that create quality Hoosier jobs, including Stewart Superior. Throughout his career, Joe Donnelly has always fought for a level playing field for the American worker, including a renegotiation of NAFTA, and he will continue to do so.”

Let’s rewrite that statement so that it’s honest. To be honest, it should say “Throughout his career, Joe Donnelly has frequently fought for a level playing field for the American worker, including a renegotiation of NAFTA, and he will continue to do so.”

Sen. Donnelly might have substantial union support but he doesn’t have their support on this.

“What you are creating is poverty, because the jobs they are creating are very poor jobs. You have very poor salaries. You have poor quality of life. It’s not good for America and it’s not good for Mexico,” said Ruelas-Gossi, a critic of these types of policies who has taught at the University of Miami School of Business and has written about Latin trade issues for Harvard Business Review.

Sen. Donnelly’s uphill fight just got a little steeper.

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This article makes me question whether Democrats are dividing themselves into self-destructing camps. According to the article, “The rancor, a spillover from the contentious Democratic presidential primary last year, is aggravating divisions in a state regarded nationally as a lodestar for the liberal cause. Establishment Democrats fear the rhetoric and appetite for new spending could go too far, jeopardizing the party’s across-the-board dominance of state politics.”

That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. According to the article, “when Rendon announced that he would not allow a single-payer health care bill to advance through California’s lower house, tempers boiled over.
The California Nurses Association and other single-payer advocates descended on the Capitol, waving signs with Rendon’s name printed on a knife buried in the back of the California bear. Sanders himself admonished Rendon, and the nurses union said it planned to air radio ads targeting the Democratic speaker.”

The fight didn’t stop there:

“Corporate Dems: Don’t underestimate grassroots taking action on #SinglePayer,” RoseAnn DeMoro, head of the nurses union, said on Twitter.

This video highlights how heated the fight between Berniecrats and moderates has become:

RoseAnn DeMoro, the president of the California Nurses’ Union, tweeted out this picture of Speaker Anthony Rendon:

Anyone that’s paid attention to the news this past month and doesn’t think that the left is capable of unspeakable violence isn’t thinking things through. There’s a significant division between the establishment and the Resistance.

Paul Song, a California physician and former chairman of the progressive Courage Campaign, said of establishment Democrats, “Whether it be single payer, whether it be [campaign finance] … whether it be now moving forward on environmental issues, I think it’s a much more energized, aggressive base that I don’t think they’ve ever faced before.”

The thing that this article didn’t talk much about, though, was whether Democrats would descend into intraparty violence. I’m not ruling it out. The MoveOn activists hate the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) activists.

There’s no reason to think that this fight will end anytime soon. Think of the MoveOn activists as representing Obama and the DLC representing the Clintons. There’s clearly no love lost between those dynasties.

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Elizabeth Warren’s go-to line is that the American economy is rigged against the little guy. She’s actually right. Big government, high tax rates and a complicated tax code give the rich too many undeserved advantages. This op-ed, written by Rep. Ron Estes, (R-KS), asks some pointed questions that Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders probably don’t want to answer.

For instance, I’m fairly certain Sen. Warren wouldn’t want to reply when Rep. Estes said “Today’s code is riddled with special interest giveaways that are essentially tax earmarks or “spending” in the tax code, to quote Martin Feldstein, the chief economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan. Tax earmarks are tax increases on everyone who doesn’t receive the benefit. They keep rates artificially high for everyone to favor the few. Do Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren believe families should be paying higher rates so that officially recognized Eskimo whaling captains – one beneficiary in today’s code – can pay less?”

Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders have advocated for higher tax rates but they’ve never advocated for cleaning up the tax code. Cleaning up the tax code is important because, the words of “Apple CEO Tim Cook, said on 60 Minutes in 2015, ‘This is a tax code … that was made for the industrial age, not the digital age. It’s backwards. It’s awful for America. It should have been fixed many years ago. It’s past time to get it done.'”

Rep. Estes said that there’s another important reason for updating the tax code:

In 2016, Americans spent $409 billion simply complying with the IRS code, according to the Tax Foundation.

What a waste of money. That’s money that should’ve been spent on creating jobs. Instead, it was spent on Big Government. Many of these carve-outs were put in place by lobbyists who advocate for the corporations that hired them. Small businesses don’t have the advocates that big corporations have.

Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders love big government. That means their policies lead directly to the policies and conditions that they complain about. Their policies also lead to income inequality. Policymakers should implement tax reform. While that’s happening, reporters should report the progress that’s getting made. Once the bill is signed, though, the MSM should question Democrats about their tax policies. They should specifically ask Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren why they favor policies that increase income inequality while slowing economic growth in the middle class. They should ask Sen. Schumer why he hasn’t told Democrats to jump on board with tax simplification.

Those are things that might happen in a dream world. Unfortunately, the MSM won’t ask those questions because they agree with Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders. The MSM, aka the Agenda Media, will work tirelessly to protect Democrats. Anyone that thinks the MSM is fair-minded and that they seek the truth isn’t thinking straight. The MSM is mostly corrupt and shouldn’t be trusted.

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I love watching Greg Gutfeld demolish Democrats. He isn’t quite the new Breitbart but he’s more than the average Dem can handle. The latest Gutfeld attack comes against Chuckles Schumer. Recently on The Five, Gutfeld highlighted Schumer’s dishonesty.

Speaking on the subject of illegal immigration, Schumer said “The president’s immigration policies are destroying local economies, causing chaos and panic in families and communities who have done nothing, nothing, nothing wrong. By using racial profiling and fearmongering to target law-abiding immigrants, the Trump administration is putting people with a traffic ticket or a status violation in the same category as serious violent criminals.”

Gutfeld’s reply was sharp and to the point. Gutfeld said “The economy is fine, unemployment is down, as for profiling and harassing legal immigrants, by conflating illegal with legal immigration, it’s Schumer who is the real guilty party here.”

This is said in the context of Schumer saying that “Dems will block all funding for more immigration agents and for the wall too.”

It’s inescapable that Sen. Schumer is fast becoming the Democrats’ next Pelosi. Sen. Schumer dances to the tune of NCLR, aka the National Council of La Raza. NCLR is the biggest of the open border-promoting special interest organizations.

At a time when people want to feel secure, Sen. Schumer is selling insecurity. At a time when Democrats need to win back blue collar workers who simply want laws that make sense, Sen. Schumer is pitching laws that don’t make any sense except to the Democrats’ special interest allies.

Democrats need to win over lots of voters to recapture the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. If they keep playing the identity politics of 2016 that they’re deploying now, they’ll fall short of that goal. Rest assured that Republicans will tie Sen. Schumer to Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. These are each states that President Trump won handily. Tying these Democrats to a ‘New York liberal’ like Sen. Schumer won’t make these senators’ jobs easier.

Here’s the video of Gutfeld’s monologue:

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This article adds additional insight into dramatically raising the minimum wage. One of the eye-popping statistics found in this article is that “Last year, New York passed legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018 for almost all businesses in the Big Apple. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen, a New York burger chain, is already making tough cuts to compensate for this added expense, as The Post reported last week. As Schnipper’s labor costs increase, the burger joint has reduced its workforce by 10 percent. It’s also cut hours for its existing staff and increased prices on the menu.”

This isn’t surprising. It’s predictable. What’s disappointing is that the activists that “promised our poorest workers a living wage. But early evidence suggests that, however well-intentioned, the movement has actually resulted in lower wages and less opportunity.”

That isn’t all. The article also cites the fact that “the minimum wage rose to $12 in New York City for fast-food workers. Since then, job growth has been a sleepy 2 percent, the Employment Policies Institute reported this month.”

The fact that dramatic minimum wage increases are a significant part of the Democrats’ economic plan (especially Bernie Sanders’, Elizabeth Warren’s and Hillary’s plans) should frighten voters. Usually, it’s talked about under the heading of income inequality, which is another way of saying stagnant economic growth. The visceral hatred towards employers in Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s message is the opposite of Ronald Reagan’s economic message.

Reagan rightly said that you can’t love jobs and hate the employers. Dramatically increasing the minimum wage is the equivalent of hating employers. Those facts are indisputable.

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Anyone that thinks that Tim Walz’s recent statements will help him get elected is kidding himself. Rep. Walz is a con artist. Those of us in Minnesota know that about Rep. Walz. According to this article, Rep. Walz said “The DNC wanted the message to be the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is working fine and don’t talk about the warts. I said I can’t do that because it’s failing my constituents in a lot of ways.”

Rep. Walz’s statement is transparent in that he’s a) voted for the ACA, b) criticized the AHCA and c) criticized the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. The thing is that Rep. Walz hasn’t lifted a finger to propose a solution that would fix the ACA. It’s one thing to whine about bills. It’s another thing to fix bills that are “failing my constituents in a lot of ways.” This is typical Democrat do-nothing complaining that don’t offer solutions.

I don’t know why Rep. Walz would make a statement like this while he’s running for governor. Saying that the ACA is failing his constituents in a lot of ways is a shortcut to alienating a huge part of the DFL primary voters. RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney-McDaniel criticized Democrats obstruction in this video:

Here’s what she said:

It’s unfortunate because people are suffering across the country. Let’s look at the evolution of this, they passed 30,000 pages of legislation without reading it. They said you could keep your doctor. They said you can keep your healthcare plan. They said it was going to be affordable, and none of that has been true. And now, premiums have doubled across the country, you have insurers pulling out of marketplaces. People are suffering and Democrats are sitting on their hands when they created this problem. Republicans are working together. We have reached out to them, we want them involved in the process. It is unfortunate they have obstructed every step of the way and they are not putting the American people first.

Tim Walz fits that description perfectly. He voted to create this crisis, then voted multiple times against fixing the problem. Here’s the video of Rep. Walz whining about the ACA without offering a solution to fixing it:

I can’t picture a way for Walz to win the DFL gubernatorial primary. Until now, he’d been predicted to be the DFL frontrunner. I’ve got to think that his criticisms of the ACA will hurt him with primary voters.

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