Today we salute the Medal of Honor recipients, whose valor and sacrifice ensure our country's freedom. Thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/ET01xl9wfF— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 24, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Today we salute the Medal of Honor recipients, whose valor and sacrifice ensure our country's freedom. Thank you for your service.
Activists agitating for California to separate from the United States better start considering the border wall they’ll need to build if successful — to keep their residents in.
An analysis of Census Bureau data by the Sacramento Bee shows that between 2005 and 2015 800,000 working-class Californians on net left for other states. Twenty percent of this net working-class outflow — 156,000 — went to one state in particular: Texas. Meanwhile, new data from the Census Bureau show that six of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the United States are in Texas or Utah; none are in California.
What’s driving this exodus? For decades California has championed policies that supposedly make it a working-class Mecca. For instance, its forthcoming $15 minimum wage — or $30,000 a year full-time — will put even starting employees roughly at the U.S. median personal income level. Texas, on the other hand, does not have the supposedly helpful social programs of California, and its minimum wage is less than half California’s coming standard.
And yet employees are happily leaving for Texas — not to mention Utah and Nevada — because they’d rather have the economic opportunity and affordable cost of living they can’t find in California. The reality is that California’s dramatic minimum wage increase to $15 as well as other workplace regulations are forcing some small businesses and their employees to states like Texas. In these states, their business model is encouraged and their employment is welcomed.
For example, Competitive Edge, a communications firm in San Diego, moved its entire call center operations consisting of 75 jobs to El Paso Texas last year as a result of California’s minimum wage costs. “My employees who will move over there will get a 50 percent pay raise in a sense, because cost of living is lower there,” said Chief Executive John Nienstedt.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Boom! Keystone Would Make US And Canada Bigger Competitors With OPEC https://t.co/2VsDwSCOW3— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) March 24, 2017
Negotiations 101: The best deals you can make are the ones you walk away from...and then get them with better terms.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2014
Here's a crazy idea: Government should have zero say on healthcare or health insurance. It has nothing to do with them.— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 24, 2017
BREAKING: Republican Leadership Pulls Obamacare Replacement; No Vote https://t.co/bfwjJ7sd3o— KiraAynDavis (@RealKiraDavis) March 24, 2017
Paul Ryan: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future"https://t.co/YfKwiUv3R6— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) March 24, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan: "This is a setback, no two ways about it. But it is not the end of the story." pic.twitter.com/9f4hpqPd9Z— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 24, 2017
*PELOSI SAYS `THIS IS PRETTY EXCITING FOR US' ON BILL DEFEAT— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) March 24, 2017
.@SpeakerRyan: "I will not sugar coat this. This is a disappointing day for us."— Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins) March 24, 2017
Hannity Shows No Mercy to Congress on Health Care Reform: 'They Have Now Failed the President' https://t.co/S1olbeylmR— Independent Journal (@TheIJR) March 24, 2017
Ryan: "Over a third of the counties in America, there's only one plan left"— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) March 24, 2017
Ryan: "When they [Dems] see how bad this gets, I don't think they're going to like this either"— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) March 24, 2017
Ryan: 'Yes, this does make tax reform more difficult, but it does not in any way make it impossible.'— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 24, 2017
House Rs voted over 60x to repeal Obamacare while Obama was president. They voted 0 times on it under Trump, and are now ready to move on.— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) March 24, 2017
“Come down from Trump Tower” not likely to inspire approval for emergency and infrastructure funding.
Gov. Jerry Brown taunts President Trump during DC visit https://t.co/vnfC0XLdrf— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) March 24, 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown has adopted an interesting approach to requesting fiscal assistance from President Donald Trump.
Legal Insurrection readers will recall that our governor formally requested emergency funding for the storm damage that occurred in the state, which included deterioration of the Oroville Dam that led to a public evacuation of the surrounding area. Brown is also struggling to find monies for his legacy project, the California high speed train, after the Trump administration halted a grant slated for its construction.
Brown traveled to Washington, D.C.to a address these matters directly with various members of the Trump administration. A sensible approach to take in this sitation might have been to politely focus on areas of agreement with the President.
However, since this is Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, nonsense was the order of the day...
Womp. https://t.co/pc46DKloij— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 23, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Should California teachers have to pay state income tax? Legislators in California introduce bill to exempt teachers from state income tax
California Senate bill exempts teachers from state income tax | The Sacramento Bee https://t.co/fj9mDFC09I— Kevin Dobson (@The_kdobson) March 14, 2017
...Senate Bill 807, introduced by Democratic Sens. Henry Stern of Los Angeles and Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, offers an incentive for teachers to remain in the classroom. After teaching for five years, California educators would be exempt from paying a state income tax. The bill would also provide a tax deduction for the cost of attaining a teaching credential. The Legislature has not yet calculated the estimated loss in tax revenue to the state if the measure is approved....
Here’s how 51 senators can reduce premiums: The secret to repealing ObamaCare’s regulations through reconciliation is buried in the Ryan bill.
As this week’s jousting between Speaker Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus makes clear, the Republican Party’s conservative and pragmatic wings don’t always agree. But there’s consensus on this: The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, doesn’t do enough to make insurance more affordable.
Here’s how Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Mark Meadows put it last week in this newspaper’s online edition: “First, we must lower insurance premiums. Nothing matters more. The current House bill would not achieve this, because it doesn’t repeal all of ObamaCare’s insurance mandates.”
The trouble is the Senate’s rules. Republican leaders are counting on passing the AHCA through the budget reconciliation process, which requires only 51 votes, bypassing a filibuster. But for a bill to go through reconciliation, every provision must be budget-related, with clear relevance to either taxing or spending. GOP leaders expect the Senate parliamentarian to rule that repealing ObamaCare’s regulations through the AHCA would have only incidental fiscal consequences.
Senior GOP House leadership aide:— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) March 23, 2017
"No vote tonight."
"This is our long awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare," Trump said Monday night at a rally in Kentucky. "I happen to like — a lot —Sen. Rand Paul. I look forward to working with him so we can get this bill passed — in some form," so that Republicans can move on to overhauling the tax system.
Thursday's vote is a key first step, Trump said, but then, "We're going to negotiate, and it is going to go to the Senate, and back and forth."
Sean Spicer says that some members of Freedom Caucus stood up during the meeting and said they were with Trump on the bill— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 23, 2017
Spicer says Pres Trump got more votes for repeal bill in Freedom Caucus meeting. "Anticipate we will get there," says Spicer of passage.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 23, 2017
Spicer continues to expect a vote tonight on #AHCA, he says.— Matthew Nussbaum (@MatthewNussbaum) March 23, 2017
this is in direct conflict with what many House Republicans are saying right now on Capitol Hill. https://t.co/0hIaWM3Hsi— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 23, 2017
CNN Breaking News: Unknown people suggest that something that might be bad, or not, may have happened, or may not have happened.
CNN Breaking News: Unknown people suggest that something that might be bad, or not, may have happened, or may not have happened. pic.twitter.com/Sgv1Pi1pUG— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) March 23, 2017
Hirsi Ali: Islamic Terrorists 'Don't Go to Liberals and Say Thank You' for Being PC https://t.co/M932xsastu— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 23, 2017
Columnist: It Should Be Illegal to Be a Stay-at-Home-Mom with School-age Kids. Yes — she is seriously suggesting this.
A columnist for the Daily Telegraph wrote a piece actually suggesting that Australia make it illegal to be a stay-at-home parent once your kids are old enough to go to school.
“Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed,” Sarrah Le Marquand writes in a column titled “It should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mum.”...
“Only when the tiresome and completely unfounded claim that ‘feminism is about choice’ is dead and buried (it’s not about choice, it’s about equality) will we consign restrictive gender stereotypes to history,” she writes.... what exactly would Marquand like to see done to the women who tried to defy this policy? Fine them? Imprison them? If they won’t be away from their families by going to work, then they will just have to be away from their families by going to prison! ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
BIG BREAKING: Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Actively Sabotaging Trump White House. "Landmines Everywhere"
BIG BREAKING: Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Actively Sabotaging Trump White House. "Landmines Everywhere" https://t.co/iTunAAjarz— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) March 22, 2017
Great news → The House just passed #HR1101 to make it easier for #smallbiz to offer affordable health care coverage to their employees.
"This is information that was brought to me that I thought the president needed to know about incidental collection," Rep. Devin Nunes says. pic.twitter.com/XYfVUZXK42— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2017
The two most interesting bits in this Nunes business are that names were unmasked, and that the FISA warrant was not related to Russia.— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 22, 2017
POTUS on NUNES statements/feeling vindicated: ""I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they.."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 22, 2017
Its funny how, all of Trump's claims, no matter how outlandish, are proven to be accurate. 👍Nunes— 🇺🇸🤘😎🤘🇺🇸 (@ThePatriot143) March 22, 2017
The entire Media-Democratic Party Complex owes President Trump a heartfelt and very public apologyhttps://t.co/WuXpZWrLEV— DeplorableDonSurber (@donsurber) March 22, 2017
The MSM and some in the "Conservative" Media won't let the facts get in way of their narrative on the Trump surveillance story.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
One of these people tried to lecture the other on the Constitution. Guesses? pic.twitter.com/2MkUqDvPt5— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
COMEY HILL SHOW https://t.co/JJQgHk20xm— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 20, 2017
NSA DOCUMENTS: SURVEILLANCE ON TRUMP, FAMILY... MORE... https://t.co/2ZzaUwPHB5— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 20, 2017
Comey has dropped 4 bombshells in the past 10 years. 1 was today - https://t.co/gJEU7NjWQS— Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf) March 20, 2017
FBI won't commit to investigating Obama officials over leaks... https://t.co/ifJwagnkqc— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 20, 2017
WHITE HOUSE PUSHES BACK ON COMEY TESTIMONY... https://t.co/eKeAii0ALN— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 20, 2017
Dems are pushing against Judge Gorsuch. We can’t let them stand in the way. Call your Senators Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein
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Senator Kamala Harris
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National Federation of Republican Women Urges Senate to 'Get on Board' with Gorsuch, Pass Resolution of Support at Board Meeting
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - More than 150 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women's (NFRW) spring board meeting in Memphis on March 17-18, where they pledged support for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
The NFRW board unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Gorsuch immediately. Gorsuch, who currently serves on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is known as a champion of religious liberty and is considered to be an originalist in his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on his nomination next week.
"Neil Gorsuch is eminently qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court as Justice Antonin Scalia's successor," NFRW President Carrie Almond said. "President Trump is setting a course for a renewed, greater America, and the historic selection of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court will help ensure that our constitutional liberties are protected and preserved for generations to come. Republican women are 100 percent behind this nomination, and we urge the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Gorsuch without delay."
Read the resolution at www.nfrw.org/board-spring2017.
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.
NEW ANTI-TRUMP GROUPS BOW BEFORE SOROS... https://t.co/sO96cwMzqV— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 20, 2017
...Any decision by the alliance to recommend financial backing for anti-Trump groups likely will spark conservative outcry.
In a recent Fox News interview, for instance, White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the liberal activism at sometimes rowdy congressional town halls a “very paid, Astroturf-type movement.” Trump himself tweeted that many of the “so-called angry crowds” confronting Republicans were “planned out by liberal activists.”...
California recently approved billions in tax increases meant for education, but investigators have now discovered millions meant for underprivileged kids is actually being spent on other purposes, including staff pay hikes.
Californians pay the top marginal income tax rate in the nation, 13.3 percent. So as we prepare for Tax Day, it is worth considering where all that state tax money is supposed to go and whether or not it actually reaches the students it is intended for.
California’s single largest budget item is education funding. In fact, the state’s budget for K-12 schools and two-year community colleges has increased from $47 billion in 2011 to a projected $73 billion in the 2017-2018 school year.
Last November, voters extended the state’s income tax on high-income earners, which provides billions of dollars for K-12 education and funds the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. The LCFF was designed to give school districts flexibility, more local control and guarantee that the districts with substantial numbers of disadvantaged students receive more state money for those kids....
...it appears that many school districts may be spending money intended for disadvantaged students on district-wide expenses. A new February 2017 report by the Center for Public Integrity notes that as “the LCFF unfolds, complaints are surfacing about dubious expenditures — on school policing or across-the-board staff pay raises that state officials warn should be ‘targeted’ to benefit disadvantaged kids.”...
..."You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes," Allen replied.
"This is like '30s Germany. I don't know what happened. If you're not part of the group: 'You know what we believe is right,' I go 'Well, I might have a problem with that.’"...
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Donald Trump is starting a yuge, tremendously great new business. My toon: https://t.co/16T9uUMYzp— Nate Beeler (@natebeeler) March 17, 2017