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These tariffs on allies = lost American jobs

These tariffs on allies = lost American jobs in unprotected economic segments, higher prices on all related goods for all Americans (tariffs are taxes that drive up costs), more revenue for the federal bureaucracy (the government treasury collects the tariffs, aka taxes, paid by the American people), inflationary pressure, etc. This is crony capitalism that…MORE

Austan Goolsbee and the latest moronic chorus…

Austan Goolsbee and the latest moronic chorus – Trump broke the law respecting his early reference to the unemployment numbers. Of course, the numbers themselves are all but ignored because they’re excellent. However, the issue is not the earlier reference to the numbers but that everyone know the numbers at the same time so as…MORE

The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution…

The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. Mueller is not an inferior appointee, but a principal appointee as understood under our constitutional. His powers are more akin to an United States attorney, not an assistant United States attorney. Moreover, his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, treats him as a…MORE

Revisiting Manafort

When Manafort’s lawyers brought a civil case challenging the scope of Mueller’s investigation legal pundits insisted its frivolousness would actually hurt his defense in the Virginia criminal case; I argued the contrary and never understood that rationale. Manafort’s lawyers took an aggressive approach and I argued they should press the scope is wherever possible. Although…MORE

Here’s a thought…

Rather than try to pass legislation to protect “Special Counsel” Mueller, the GOP Congress should subpoena Mueller and demand he answer legitimate questions about the course of his investigation— especially given its constitutional impact. Congress need not wait for Mueller to issue his pronouncements. Surely Mueller cannot be a power unto himself, immune from legislative…MORE

Sadly, we’ve been deceived…

Sadly, we’ve been deceived by some prominent figures for decades who preached fiscal conservatism but obviously never meant it. Republicans blowing through spending ceilings is apparently different than when Democrats do it. This massive spending and borrowing law feeds the very glutinous swamp outsiders and conservatives are supposed to reject. Yet, we are mocked for…MORE

The President’s speech…

This is a truly outstanding speech despite my substantive disagreements with the president’s new support for amnesty and big public spending on family leave and infrastructure. But solid on so much else and beautifully delivered. The American people will be very impressed. The media narrative on the president was obliterated tonight and the Democrats know…MORE

Oprah for president? I prefer Judge Judy…

In fact, Oprah’s speech was an outrageous diversion. She didn’t call out anyone by name, she didn’t point a finger at the audience and admonish the actors, nothing about the culture of sexual debauchery and molestation in the entertainment industry, etc. No wonder Hollywood cheered.MORE

Ten months ago I broke down the case of domestic surveillance against Trump world…

Not only has the case I made been validated, despite my being attacked by many liberal media outlets, it has led to the uncovering of even more stunning revelations — including the Fusion GPS-Russian dossier, funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC; the use of that dossier by the Obama administration to justify surveillance of…MORE

Ed Straker is wrong, again. Of course, he cherry picks from the show as he must

Congress sets the rates. But unless we eliminate all forms of deductions, people pay a different effective tax rate. As I explained, if you make a charitable donation to, say, a church or veterans organization, you can deduct that from your taxes. If someone else does not, they don’t have those deductions. Therefore, the effective…MORE