Big govt, International, Politics

Mexico Plans “Free Zones” To Stop Illegal Immigration

Newly inaugurated Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has a plan to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and it doesn’t include a border wall. Rather, he intends to declare certain areas that are “no man’s land” as economic “free zones.” The goal for these 15-mile wide, 2,000-mile zones is to help reduce the incentive for Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S. The higher price point for goods and services in this zone could also make the trek less feasible for Central American would-be illegal immigrants. It’s an interesting theory. We’ll see how that works out.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has unveiled a new plan to curtail illegal immigration to the United States by focusing on creating economic “free zones” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

López Obrador, a leftist, announced the Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region which will create free zones near the border that are over 15 miles wide and will reportedly encompass approximately 2,000 miles. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the free zones will:

reduce income taxes from 30 percent to 20 percent
slash the Value Added Tax for goods coming into the country from 16 percent to 8 percent
boost the minimum wage 100 percent to 176 pesos ($8.80), and
make fuel prices the same as those in the the U.S.

 

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Guiliani: “Mueller Should Be Investigated”

Rudy Guiliani, former New York City mayor and now attorney for President Donald Trump, is calling for special counsel investigator Robert Mueller to be investigated for destroying text messages related to the Russia collusion case or lack thereof. During an interview with Hill.TV, Guilianni specifically made the accusation of destruction of evidence in reference to the text messages between since fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and fellow FBI employee Lisa Page. The pair were having an affair, and their anti-Trump pillow talk raised red flags of the prospect of collusion against Donald Trump’s campaign. Read more.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Two days after Christmas, former New York City mayor and President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Hill’s TV program that Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, should be investigated for destroying text messages related to the case.

Giuliani was being interviewed by Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton when he accused Mueller and his office of destruction of evidence because the special counsel erased text messages between fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and the FBI employee he was having an affair with, Lisa Page.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani told Sexton.

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Big govt, International, Politics

Oakland Mayor Foils ICE Raid, Insists She “Did the Right Thing”

Recall when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf gained notoriety early in 2018 for warning illegal immigrants in California about a scheduled ICE raid. In a recent Buzzfeed interview, Schaaf reported that she has “no regrets” over her stunt and blasted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for going “astray.” Due to Schaaf’s revelation, more than 900 illegal immigrants remained “at large in the community” according to follow-up reports from ICE. At the time, Schaaf defended her actions, arguing, “How could I live with myself if it came to be that my sharing this information could have kept a family together?” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf — who once warned Northern California residents about an impending ICE raid — said she has “no regrets” for her actions and said the federal immigration agency “has gone astray.”

“I have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our values are not aligned with our laws,” Schaff told BuzzFeed in an interview. “That’s hopefully the message that is sent out.”

“I have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our values are not aligned with our laws.”
— Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

 

 

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Big govt, International, Issues, Politics

The Generosity of Americans

Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from over 285,000 people.

The explosion of support for Kolfage’s grassroots fundraising has gotten a great deal of attention, not all of it positive, needless to say. On my own Facebook and Twitter feeds, I read many snarky posts to the effect of, “Oh, sure — these people can give money for a wall but can’t donate funds to help (veterans/the poor/the disabled/fill in your cause of choice here).”

This — like so many pronouncements on the shortcomings of Americans these days — is not just false but a staggering distortion of reality. Perhaps because I teach entrepreneurship, I am well aware of America’s long history of philanthropy. America’s entrepreneurs have always been generous with their wealth — and we have countless universities, civic institutions and medical facilities as proof. Americans as a rule are among the most generous people on Earth, giving to support hundreds and thousands of causes each year — a fact that the esteemed Smithsonian noted when it launched its Philanthropy Initiative in 2015, by which its curators sought “to document, preserve, interpret, and exhibit … the role of philanthropy in American history, as well as the role of Americans in encouraging and using philanthropy throughout the world.”

According to the Giving USA Foundation, which publishes an annual report of charitable giving, Americans gave over $410 billion in 2017, 2.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. This was a record-breaking amount — the first time that annual charitable giving crossed the $400 billion mark — and substantially in excess of the $389 billion record set in 2016.

The report reveals other important data about Americans’ charitable inclinations and debunks popular myths propagated by those whose political machinations depend upon characterizing Americans as “selfish” and “greedy.” For example, individuals — not foundations or even corporations — constitute the largest number of givers, representing 70 percent of all gifts. Individual gifts increased by 5.2 percent in 2017 to an estimated $286.65 billion. That said, corporate giving increased by 8 percent to an estimated $20.77 billion, and $405 million of those funds was earmarked for victims of natural and manmade disasters.

Furthermore, Americans’ generosity is directed to an extraordinarily broad spectrum of causes. Eight of the nine types of charitable subsectors tracked by the Giving USA Foundation saw substantial increases in 2017: religious charities (up 2.9 percent), education (up 6.2 percent), human services (up 5.1 percent), health organizations (up 7.3 percent), public-society benefit organizations (up 7.8 percent), organizations that promote the arts, humanities and culture (up 8.7 percent), environmental and animal welfare organizations (up 7.2 percent) and foundations (up 15.5 percent).

Experts quoted by Giving USA cited the booming economy as a primary reason for the increase in giving in 2017 and predicted that the tax cuts that went into effect in 2017 would have a multiplier effect on giving in 2018 as well. Dr. Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPIU, said, “Some of our most fortunate citizens are using their wealth to make some significant contributions to the common good.” In fact, 91 percent of high net worth individuals gave to charity last year — at an average of over $25,509 per household.

This flies in the face of the popular sloganeering that Americans who benefit from tax cuts are greedy and want those less fortunate to suffer. Increased prosperity in the United States results in increased generosity. (It’s worth mentioning here that while corporate pre-tax profits rose by 4.1 percent in 2017, corporate charitable giving rose by nearly double that percentage.)

But it is not only wealthy individuals and families who give generously; middle-class and lower-income Americans do as well. Average household giving among middle- and lower-income families was over $2,200 last year — another record. Nor is it a white phenomenon: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and other minorities have a strong history of philanthropy in this country.

Keep in mind that the $410 billion figure cited above is for one year. Americans have given over $350 billion a year every year since 2014, over $300 billion a year since 2005 and over $200 billion since 2000, according to Giving USA. In other words, Americans have given over $5 trillion in charitable donations just since the year 2000.

Nor is it simply a matter of money. Last year, 63 million Americans — 25 percent of the adult population — donated their time, talents and energy by volunteering for one or more charitable organizations of their choice. This, too, is a distinctly American tradition going back to the country’s founding (as author Alexis de Tocqueville famously observed in his book “Democracy in America,” published in two volumes between 1835 and 1840).

It should therefore be unsurprising that hundreds of thousands of Americans are willing to pony up for something as important as border security — and further, that this priority does not come at the expense of support for people’s many other needs.

2018 has been a tumultuous year, filled with propaganda and polemic. As the year comes to a close, look at your neighbors and countrymen through a kinder lens; we are much more generous than we give one another credit for.
To find out more about Laura Hollis and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Hollywood Elites Turn War Hawks Over Trump Withdrawal from Syria

In classic if-Trump-is-for-it-we’re-against-it fashion, Hollywood elites turned pro-war in Syria as soon as President Trump announced his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. One of the key complaints – per Bill Browder – is “the single largest gift to Putin.” Mia Farrow piled on that such a strategy “benefits Russia, ISIS-still active, Iran and Assad.” She claimed that President Trump did not “consult the Pentagon.” The Left is desperate to keep the Russian collusion catastrophe relevant and in the headlines even as the Mueller investigation fizzles out. Read more…

Here’s more from RT…

The announcement by President Trump that US troops would be leaving Syria has been met with anger not just by neocons, but by Hollywood ‘liberals’ too. Aren’t progressives supposed to oppose wars and illegal occupations?
Of course, we have to be cautious. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria, for now at least, is just words. We need to see evidence of soldiers leaving before we start to celebrate. We need to read the small print with a large Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass.

Even so, it’s a positive development as it marks a further winding down of the conflict. Some though don’t see it that way.

 

 

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Big govt, International, Politics

Border Wall GoFundMe Reaches 16M

Not to be out down in crowdfunding, open borders activists started their very own campaign to aid to abet illegal immigration into the U.S. Transgender Army veteran and human rights activist Charlotte Clymer launched a GoFundMe entitled “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall” which has received about $130,000 in donations so far. However, this is a meager collection compared to the GoFundMe “We The People Will Fund The Wall” launched by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Air Force Veteran, which has brought in a staggering $16 million in just six days. The average donation is just over $60 with about 260,000 individuals making contributions toward the $1 billion goal. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

You gotta give it to liberals: They not only oppose building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to keep foreigners from illegally entering America, they actively want to encourage them to do so.

A GoFundMe campaign, titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” is closing in on $16 million in just six days. Some 259,936 have donated $15,828,419 toward a $1 billion goal, making the average donation just over $60. The page was created by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee Air Force veteran.

“It’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT! It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” Kolfage wrote on the page.

But now a new page has popped up to compete with the wall page. Charlotte Clymer, a transgender Army veteran and human rights activist from Texas, has launched a page titled “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall.”

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Big govt, Politics

Trump Needs to Deliver

President Donald Trump’s days in office could be numbered. If so, it most likely won’t be because of the partisan special counsel hit squad or because Democrats are calling for impeachment simply because they don’t like the man.
Trump will be a one-term president if he doesn’t fulfill the key campaign promises of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and repealing and replacing Obamacare. Those two promises were the crux of his 2016 presidential campaign, thrusting him to victory despite his being an unconventional political outsider.

Voters also elected the billionaire businessman because they believed his decades long experience in the private sector negotiating complex business deals in real estate and beyond would be useful when jostling with foreign leaders and lawmakers on Capitol Hill and would benefit the American people. So far, Trump has succeeded in that arena, by twisting the arms of NATO allies to get them to pay their fair share for military defense and by replacing NAFTA with the USMCA, not to mention the passage of the historic GOP tax cuts ushered in last year. All “wins” for the administration, but when it comes to politics, nothing’s older than yesterday’s headlines.

The Trump administration is still coming up short when it comes to building the wall — something voters won’t forget come the 2020 presidential election. That’s especially true for “angel parents” across the U.S., who have had loved ones murdered by people here illegally — heartbreaking, preventable tragedies mainstream media close their eyes to.

This week, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill, known as reconciliation, to avert a government shutdown. This measure didn’t have in it the $5 billion Trump wants to secure the porous border — a setback for the president, who will now have an even steeper hill to climb getting the funding needed when budget talks resume in February, given that by then, Nancy Pelosi will control the gavel in the House, not Republicans.

But all hope is not lost. The president has several options available to him, including fulfilling another promise — namely, getting Mexico to pay for the wall. The president could cut a deal with Mexico that benefits that country’s economy, helps its security or offers another gimme in exchange for securing the border. Another avenue would be cutting a deal with Democratic lawmakers to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; perhaps Democrats would consider wall funding in exchange for a path to citizenship for the millions of “Dreamers” — people brought here illegally as children by their parents. Or alternatively, Trump might consider calls for a crowdfunding campaign to raise billions for the wall.

Not to mention the possibility of the U.S. Treasury’s selling “border bonds” — proposed by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., last week — to finance an expansion of the current walls along the southern border.
And then there’s Obamacare. Republicans have long called for the Affordable Care Act to be repealed and replaced with a better system at a lower cost to consumers. With two years left in Trump’s term to deliver on these promises, the clock is ticking — or voters might look elsewhere come 2020.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Issues, Media, Politics

Leftist Professor Ponders Whether or Not Extinction of Humanity Would be a Tragedy

In what would be a pointless writing exercise – or an op-ed in The New York Times – if humanity ceased to exist, professor Todd May wonders, “Would the extinction of humanity be a tragedy?” He goes on to elaborate on various vacuous tangents and misses the entire point of human existence. All of this to which Daily Wire podcast host Andrew Klavan of “The Andrew Klavan Show” goes on the offensive, challenging May’s argument by the basic question of God: “Now, what happens when you reason without God,” Klavan asked. “Because there is a God, and because things only make sense with God, who exists, right? When you remove him, in order to reason at all, in order to speak at all, you have to put something back in its place. What does professor Todd May put in its place? He puts himself.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by a professor asking the question “Would the extinction of humanity be a tragedy?” Now, most of us will immediately conclude just how ridiculous the premise is, but some people — some people on the Left, to be more precise — think this idea actually carries some weight. Daily Wire podcast host Andrew Klavan breaks it down as only he can and, in the process, reveals how the op-ed demonstrates why the Left is so wrong about so many things.

“There is an article by Todd May, writing in The New York Times, that said, ‘Would the extinction of humanity be a tragedy?’ It’s important because of the way he’s thinking and why he’s wrong,” said Klavan. “In the middle of this article, he kind of flirts with some of the reasons why he’s wrong and he dithers about them for a while. But here’s the thing, every value that he’s talking about in the article — being kind, for instance — is a human value and would cease to exist without humans to notice it. The idea that consciousness is a good and suffering is a bad is a human value.”

 

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Nation of Islam Gets Cash for Proselytizing in U.S. Prisons

An expose by the Washington Examiner has revealed that the black nationalist Nation of Islam, founded and led by Louis Farrakhan, is proselytizing its values to prisoners across America. According to government records, Farrakhan’s followers have been teaching its religious study programs in federal prisons since 2008 and has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for its services from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice. Even the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled this organization as a hate group. House Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called the findings “beyond the pale.” Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Nation of Islam and its leaders have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government since 2008 to teach religious study programs for federal prison inmates, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

A black nationalist group led by Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam preaches that white people are “blue-eyed devils” and Jews are “the synagogue of Satan.” Its leaders have received at least $364,500 in contracts and awards from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2019.

The funding was designed to provide “Nation of Islam religious services,” “Nation of Islam spiritual guide services,” “Nation of Islam study services,” and other related programming led by the organization’s leaders, according to Bureau of Prison records. The Nation of Islam has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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CA Drops Plans to Tax Texts

Like a hot political potato, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has dropped its plans to tax text messages to pay for low-income individuals to have phone service. The announcement came after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pointed out that text messaging is regarded as an “information service” and not a telecommunications service and therefore it cannot lawfully be taxed. The plan was attacked immediately by Californians who found it “dumb” and “unfair.” The rest of America meanwhile had a field day mocking the leftist state desperate to redistribute more middle-class money to pay for their nanny-state programs. Eventually, California will run out of sufficient Californians to tax for its leviathan.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has scrubbed a scheduled vote from its January meeting agenda to levy a tax on text messaging after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that such messaging is not taxable.

In the ruling, the FCC said text messaging is an “information service,” not a telecommunications service, and therefore not subject to taxes or surcharges under California state law. The Federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information services.

“Prior to this FCC ruling,” the CPUC wrote in a statement posted on Twitter, “text messaging was not a classified service under federal law. … In light of the FCC’s action, assigned Commissioner Carla J. Peterman has withdrawn from the CPUC’s Jan. 10, 2019, Voting Meeting agenda the draft decision … which proposed to clarify that text messaging service should be subject to the statutory surcharge requirement.”

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