Third Party & Independents

Can Real Tax Reform Ever Get Done in America?

Posted by AllardK on April 27, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Do the math. If you do the math. When you do the math.

There's a new tax plan from the administration, rather than Congress. What are people - especially on the Republican side of the aisle - saying? Do the math. What is this? An obsession with algebra? No, of course not. What they mean is that any tax cut or spending program has to be, or should be, revenue neutral. Congress has, understandably, placed itself in a straightjacket where you can get slightly fatter, But never thinner. You can raise spending. You can raise taxes. But you can't raise the deficit.

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Believe Louise Mensch, or You're a Russian Spy

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Louise Mensch was always a very creative person. Young Poet of the Year (that would be UK's Young Poet of The Year of course). Accomplished and prolific novelist at a very young age with, apparently, a tidy 2 million copies of her novels sold. And in her various other incarnations as British MP, Media entrepreneur, Journalist, and now crazed conspiracy propagator, her creativity has always stood her in good stead.

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Trump's Jacksonian Tweets on the Arctic

Posted by AllardK on April 20, 2017 at 11:36 AM

With Steve Bannon's role in Trump's White House apparently reduced in a power struggle with Kushner - and by extension Ivanka Trump - how about Rich Lowry and Matthew Continetti taking up his role? In other words, as rivals and the president himself prune Bannon's ability to interpret and define what Trumpism may or may not be, it seems that Rich Lowry at the formerly NeverTrump National Review, and Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon (a previously searingly sarcastic commentator on the GOP primaries in 2015-2016), are the ones now doing that job. Just not from the West Wing.

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The Latest Berkeley Riots and Ricky Monday's Example

Posted by AllardK on April 18, 2017 at 7:39 PM

If your head was bloodied in Berkeley 50 years ago, it was likely you were a student protester and the offending instrument was a police baton lowered rather vigorously on your skull or other parts of your person. Not so in 2017. You were more likely to have been a Trump supporter somewhere in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Civic Center Park. In Berkeley of course, and where a Weimar Republic-like riot took place this past Saturday.

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America Is not Fragile and Trump Is a Pragmatist

Posted by AllardK on April 14, 2017 at 1:26 PM

The Weekly Standard's Andy Smarick wrote an interesting piece a few days back on America, the constitution, and Trump. You could sum up his idea in two words:

Not Fragile.

Trump may be bullish to the point of colliding with some political and cultural norms, but America and its constitution are anything but a shop full of fragile china or brittle porcelain. And recent political events are proving Smarick right. The system of checks and balances that have managed to survive nearly two and a half centuries are doing fine, thank you very much. And shocks to the system within America's constitutional framework tend to produce reactions - antibodies if you will - that result in new and robust equilibriums. Even if things get a little tactically unstable in the very short term.

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Is China Planning for a Post Kim Jong-Un North Korea?

Posted by AllardK on April 12, 2017 at 7:26 PM

Think of North Korea as a jigsaw puzzle wrapped around a grenade. With the pin dangerously loose. As the world focuses on Syria and what actions America and any coalition of allies might take next in that area of the Middle East, we have what appears to be a far more volatile situation in the Korean peninsula and neighboring NorthEast China. Throw Japan and Russia into that mix as well.

And America, as always.

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It's not Susan Rice's Fault - It's Trump's Fault

Posted by AllardK on April 5, 2017 at 2:23 PM

It seems that the progressive view of some recent events in the news goes something like this:

  • Putin helped elect Trump. We all know that and if you demand evidence rather than the clouds of suggestion swirling in the media, you must be a Russian stooge.

  • Because Putin helped elect Trump, President Assad has seen fit to launch gas attacks on the opposition in the still-burning Syrian Civil War. Why? Because we progressives say so. Never mind Obama's shifting red line in the sand. It's all Trump's fault. Never mind any evidence other than the stuff we progressives present to you. Usually as rumor and innuendo. It's all Trump's fault. Syria is turning into a mix of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia and may be unsolvable with someone like Assad in power. But it's Trump's fault.

  • Susan Rice is a powerful, fantastic woman who did a fantastic job as National Security Adviser for President Obama. Especially on Benghazi, with her deft deflections of the Obama administration's - as in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's - screw up's, by instead referring to that video. Whose fault Benghazi was.

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War on Terror?

Posted by Weary_Willie on April 1, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Fictitious sources swirling around the White House have concluded:

Trump has declared Clowns to be a terrorist organization!
The reason?

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Russia Investigation - Convenient Clouds of Doubt over the White House

Posted by AllardK on March 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM

When lawyers get into a dueling match through an exchange of letters where those very lawyers on each side argue over the meaning of those letters ... you know the House Investigation under Chairman Nunes and Schiff is grinding towards some sort of gridlock. Or falling apart. Or being sabotaged by every lawyerly trick in the book by the Democrats.

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So Pleased That Obamacare Still Stands

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 25, 2017 at 8:16 AM

Obamacare legislation failed to pass in the House today. May be a couple of years before the COP has the courage to try again. So totally pleased that the bill failed.

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Sunday Morning Breakdown

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A populist President carrying out populist ideas. President Trump actually working to immolate Andrew Jackson. How great is that?

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Will Gorsuch Be Sacrificed to Partisan Politics?

Posted by AllardK on March 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Has 2,2,2 been turned into 6,6,6 for some time now? Has the constitution's Article II, section 2, paragraph 2, which reads in part:

... and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other Public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States ...

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Should AG Sessions Prosecute His DOJ?

Posted by AllardK on March 15, 2017 at 8:18 PM

It's certainly not 95 theses nailed to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, but ... Lawyer and author Benjamin Wetmore, writing in The Federalist paints a disturbing portrait of Obama's Justice Department as an out of control partisan prosecutorial army. Conservative activists and even Congressmen were hauled before an inquisitorial DOJ and reduced often to forced confessions based on faulty local news reports.

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What the Latest Wikileaks Document Dump Means

Posted by AllardK on March 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Yes, imagining your HD propped up with a brace and resting quietly on your living room wall as the mother of all listening devices is wonderfully scary stuff. It's something most good spy or sci-fi writers don't usually come up with. Or if they do, people say that's way too crazy.

But that's not the main point regarding the latest information dump of detailed technical documents that almost certainly came from the CIA, courtesy of Wikileaks.

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Where's your health care plan?

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Everyone's debating what someone else will do. What will you do? Where's your plan? My plan is God's plan. It is! For Real! My plan starts and ends with the individual.

Before you Liberals gather to make protest signs, hear me out. This is my plan in simple form.

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