John Stossel on Tax Reform

8 Nov 2017

2017/11/08 – Simpler Tax Simplification – Rasmussen Reports

As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.

I want two things:

1. Simplification.

2. More money in private hands.

Trump offers some of both.

Read the rest for a good take on tax reform.

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Is California Headed For Economic Disaster?

25 Oct 2017

Opinion piece from one who has served in the state government…

2017/10/19 – A Further Perspective… Adios, California – The American Spectator

The entire time I served in Sacramento, the Democrats were focused almost exclusively on legislation which either had to do with wealth redistribution or creating new “rights” for alleged victims such as illegal aliens, criminals, union members, homosexuals, transgenders and other “oppressed” groups. And it’s no different today. The reality is that the average middle class Californian hasn’t had representation in the halls of Sacramento for decades.


California’s $2.62 trillion economy is larger than that of France, Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Italy. However, that GDP stat does not factor in California’s cost of living, which is 36.2% higher than the national cost of living.


Silicon Valley “accounted for 50% of California’s private industry real GDP growth.” In other words, without a few dozen mega profitable high-tech Silicon Valley firms such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, California’s GDP would be significantly smaller.


The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that California spends $22 billion on government services for illegal aliens, including welfare, education, Medicaid, and criminal justice system costs. Liberals claim they more than make that up with taxes paid, but that’s simply not true. It’s not even close. FAIR estimates illegal aliens in California contribute only $1.21 billion in tax revenue, which means they cost California $20.6 billion, or at least $1,800 per household.


Today, large sections of California look like a Third World country with ramshackle buildings, junky cars and trash strewn everywhere. We even have outbreaks of Hepatitis A, just like the Third World has. A state cannot chase away the producers and attract the takers year after year without economic consequences. That doesn’t end well so there’s little doubt California is headed toward economic disaster.


Griffin Depicts Bloodied, Beheaded President

31 May 2017

Kathy Griffin has went too far. Even the extreme left has its limit. In case you haven’t heard, here’s the story.

2017/05/30 – Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she ‘went too far’ – Fox News

Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she “went too far” on her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields in which she is holding a bloodied mask of President Trump.

After the backlash started… the she Tweeted…

“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”

The photographer is Tyler Shields.

Shields told Fox News that Griffin was hoping to create a bold message.


Shields added the image was meant to serve as art and he’s aware that it could make some viewers uncomfortable.

“That’s what art is meant to do,” he said. “Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”

In their minds, this is art, and an edgy message. Depicting an image of a bloodied beheaded U.S. president is art and an edgy message.

Many people really need to get a grip… particularly the news media, the actors, the people disappointed from the election, and those paid by and/or aligned with George Soros. Trump has been president for four months. There have been numerous protests, numerous acts of political violence towards those who supported Trump, numerous investigations without evidence of crimes, and he has no room to operate. Now I understand Trump does stir the pot as well, but I take that as responsive more than proactive. Throw in the deep state in the government who are against what he stands for.

Whatever you think about Trump, he affects everyone in this country. I can see if what he implements does not work. But what if does work? What if it does put more people to work once everything is in place? What if blacks and minorities in inner cities fare better?

The chaos in this country is not on Trump. The chaos is on the groups I mentioned earlier. They are putting out the message. They are organizing the protests. They are still investigating without evidence of crimes. That’s not Trump. And now we have Griffin’s demented nonsense.

So much for putting country first. Many would be OK burning the country down and turning it into Venezuela in order to get what they want. Where are the adults in this country?

If Kathy Griffin wants to resemble a functioning, mentally stable adult, she should directly apologize to Trump and his family. She and the photographer displayed a TOTAL lack of perspective with this nonsense.

2017/05/31 – THE LATEST: CNN CUTS TIES WITH KATHY GRIFFIN OVER VIDEO – AP

In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was canceling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.


Horowitz Describes Political Landscape in the U.S.

26 May 2017

2017/05/26 – THE DEMOCRATS’ SECOND SECESSION & AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL WAR – Front Page Magazine

According to the Gallup organization, the normal duration of a presidential honeymoon in recent times has been seven months. The Democrats didn’t give Trump seven seconds. While he was president-elect, they were already attacking him as a racist, a “white nationalist,” anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim; also an anti-democratic “fascist”- a would-be dictator. His election was called illegitimate, the alleged agent of a Russian conspiracy. This meme swiftly metastasized into one of the most bizarre witch-hunts in our political history, a “red scare” without actual reds, in which Democrat after Democrat stepped forward to allege that Trump had colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the election.

I am giving Trump some room for reasonable mistakes. He is a political amateur. I can understand if you don’t like him, because there is a lot not to like. But the behavior from some who oppose Trump are simply un-American to me.

This is good article describing where we are politically in this country.


Donald Rumsfeld on “The View”

26 May 2017

Donald Rumsfeld on The View. He is not exactly someone I would think would go on the show, but it was for a good cause.

He brings some sanity to the election results and the Trump/Russia investigations. Whoopi Goldberg is just awkward and aloof in general.


Thomas Sowell Retiring

27 Dec 2016

One of my all time favorite column writers is setting down the pen… or the keyboard… whatever.

A Farewell Note

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).

This is what life should be about. People following their interests without worrying about what government is doing… and government operating in the best interest of the citizens so we don’t have to pay attention to what they are doing.

As a fellow black American male and conservative realist – well done, sir.


Electoral College Day

19 Dec 2016

Today is the day the electoral college will officially elect the next president of the United States. The people who are the most happy about the vote taking place are the electors themselves. They have been under siege for about 40 days since the nation went to the polls.

Many people want to do away with the electoral college. The main reasons are it’s old, and it’s not representative of a true democracy. The problem is that we are NOT set up us a true democracy. We are a representative republic. The founders, when putting this system in place, drew from their past experiences to put this system together to safeguard the structure of the country. The fact that we are still functioning as a strong nation after 240 years is proof that it has worked. We have had peaceful transfers of power through the years.

What we have now is true democracy at the state level. The states then have an allotted amount of representatives that vote for the president. In Illinois, there are 102 counties. At the county level, Trump won 91 counties, and Clinton won 11 counties. Yet, Clinton easily won the electors for that state by over 800,000 votes. If that model was projected upon the entire country, candidates would only need to consider California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and maybe Florida to win the election – and the needs of the people in middle America would be ignored.

For me, the electoral college provides a needed balance between population and states. It’s a hybrid system that takes considers both as important. It also protects us from tyrannical behavior. We had a sitting president encourage people in the country illegally to vote. Those illegal votes can steal an election if we employed pure democracy. But as it is now, California can have all of the illegal aliens they want to vote – they are only getting 55 electoral votes. Under a popular vote, if California allows it, people could come across the border by the millions, vote, and go back home.

Also regarding California, it is the sole reason Clinton won the popular vote (by 2.3 million) in the nation. Without it, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states by 1.7 million. That is a 4 million vote swing by one state. That does not serve the true interest of the country as a whole.

I’m sure it’s a relief for electors to have this over with today as they have had to put up with a ton of immature responses, requests, and threats.