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Promising to address the issue in his first 100 days and actually governing are two different things, though. Factor in Trump’s tendency to shift positions on the fly26, and you get what one Canadian trade group’s director of government affairs called27 Trump’s “typical way of doing things — saying completely unreasonable things as a negotiating posture.” Thus, it was only a matter of a few hours — and conversations with both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto — before the president’s initial threat to drop NAFTA entirely softened to a vow to renegotiate the pact28 while reserving the right to withdraw and negotiate separate bilateral deals with each nation.

Having separate deals rather than one common market seems to be Trump’s true preference29 anyway. Trump showed this by withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Then again, just Thursday he threatened to terminate a bilateral trade agreement with South Korea, calling it too “a horrible deal” that’s left America “destroyed.” So who knows.

As a deal struck in the days before more recent technical advances like iPhones, Google, and virtual retail, where even a tiny shop has the capability to sell products to far-flung corners of the world, there are many observers who believe a renegotiation of NAFTA could rejuvenate the free trade movement and enhance economic freedom30. They also see it as an opportunity to make the deal more of a trade agreement, eliminating many of the sidebar issues negotiators insisted on including, such as environmental mandates or labor regulations.

On the other hand, there are those who feel that the U.S. should adopt a “Buy American, Hire American” stance on trade and immigration. Trump issued an executive order regarding that very thing last week. Others call that “dangerous nonsense”31 and argue it isn’t a viable solution at the moment because (A) the last thing the world economy needs is a trade war that America starts, and (B) adopting a protectionist approach to trade and — to a lesser extent — immigration will only lead us in that direction. To lead in a market, one must first be able to compete in it. Companies that corner a domestic market often become complacent and lag far behind globally.

Yes, NAFTA has problems. Witness the recent Trump move to place tariffs on Canadian softwood32 because the administration argues our northern neighbor is subsidizing its industry at America’s expense. For its part, Canada also puts its own tariff on American dairy products, so we aren’t talking about a completely free trade zone here. Broad areas of commerce between the three nations, particularly in energy and technology, are exempted from NAFTA.

Whichever way the Trump administration eventually decides to go, the prevailing wisdom is that NAFTA isn’t long for its present form. If he can master the art of this deal, Donald Trump may set the precedent for American prosperity in a global economy for the next couple generations. Because whether you agree with his trade positions or not, it’s clear his message is “America first.”

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Just When ObamaCare Repeal Looked Doable…33 — The House Freedom Caucus is working overtime to craft fixes and compromises, but moderates now stand in the way.
    The Death of Higher Education34 — As tuition and far-left ideologies rise, many universities are experiencing a plunge in enrollment and donations.
    FCC’s Process to Abolish Net Neutrality Gets Rolling35 — We’ll see what comes of Ajit Pai’s plan, but we’re at least headed in the right direction.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    David Harsanyi: Bill Nye’s View of Humanity Is Repulsive36
    Erick Erickson: Don’t Just Do Something37
    Charles Krauthammer: Populism on Pause38
    Hans von Spakovsky: Our Next Supreme Court Pick Will Be the Kicker39

For more, visit Right Opinion40.

OPINION IN BRIEF

David Harsanyi: “[Bill] Nye is a fellow denier of one of the most irrefutable facts about mankind: Human ingenuity overcomes demand. … Talking about humans as if they were a malady that needs to be cured is, at its core, immoral. And listening to a man who has three residences lecture potential parents about their responsibilities to Mother Earth is particularly galling. Although many thousands of incredibly smart and talented people engage in real scientific inquiry and discovery, ‘science’ is often used as a cudgel to browbeat people into accepting progressive policies. Just look at the coverage of the March for Science last week. The biggest clue that it was nothing more than another political event is that Nye was a speaker. ‘We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially,’ he told the crowd, ‘of the significance of science for our health and prosperity.’ Fortunately, our health and prosperity have blossomed despite the work of Nye and his ideological ancestors.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” —Art Buchwald (1925-2006)

For the record: “General Flynn was a career military officer who maintained a high-level security clearance throughout his career in the military. His clearance was last reissued by the Obama administration in 2016 with full knowledge of his activities that occurred in 2015.” —Sean Spicer

Reality sets in: “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” —Donald Trump

Non Compos Mentis: “There are those who think that [Rep. Jason Chaffetz], in some ways, have [sic] some connections to what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself and knows something about all of this. I don’t really know. I can’t say, but he’s strange in the way that he’s conducting himself.” —Maxine Waters

Alpha Jackass: “Where’s Melania going to go if we don’t have any sanctuary cities?” —The View’s Whoopi Goldberg

Friendly fire: “What is the Democratic agenda? What does the party have to offer besides disunity, obstruction, incoherence, obsession, and obliviousness? They haven’t rallied behind a plan to fix Obamacare or an alternative to the president’s tax proposal. They seem dead set against enforcement of immigration laws, they seem opposed to any restrictions on abortion, they seem as eager as ever to regulate firearms and carbon dioxide. It’s hard to detect a consensus beyond that.” —Matthew Continetti

Late-night humor: “According to reports, a group of buyers led by Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter has won the auction to purchase the Miami Marlins. Jeter is excited to get back to baseball, while Jeb is excited to get back to losing.” —Seth Meyers

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Apr. 28, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Now that Obama’s being paid by Wall Street, perhaps the magic has faded.
    The NRA convention highlights one thing: The battle for the Second Amendment continues.
    Is the end near for NAFTA? Depends on where Trump ultimately comes down.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.” —Thomas Jefferson (1824)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama’s Lucrative Speech Fee Assailed by Leftists1


Barack Obama appears to be following in the footsteps of Bill and Hillary Clinton, both of whom leveraged their political careers to rake in $100 million dollars through overpriced speaking fees. Already, Obama has secured not one, but two2, speeches for which he will earn a comfortable $400,000 apiece. Not bad for being “unemployed” for 99 days. By the way, Obama is slated to receive a handsome $60 million for his forthcoming memoir.

In the “Audacity of Hope,” Obama proclaimed: “The path of least resistance — of fund-raisers organized by the special interests, the corporate PACs, and the top lobbying shops — starts to look awfully tempting, and if the opinions of these insiders don’t quite jibe with those you once held, you learn to rationalize the changes as a matter of realism, of compromise, of learning the ropes.” Fast forward to today and this statement sounds less like something he’s opposing and more like a great description of his presidency.

Some powerful voices on the Left aren’t thrilled with the dichotomy of Obama’s supposed sentiments versus his deeds. Sen. Bernie Sanders responded, “I think it just speaks to the power of Wall Street and the influence of big money in the political process. I think it’s unfortunate.” And Sen. Elizabeth Warren stated, “I was troubled by [this revelation]. One of the things I talk about in [my] book is the influence of money. I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington.”

Neither of course has room to talk, because both have tarnished their own reputations with double standards. Socialist Sanders is part of the 1%, but evades taxes like the plague3. For her part, Warren lectures America about the importance of equal pay for women, yet the gap among her own staff dwarfs the national average4. For all the Democrats' talk about the evils of money (which is true to an extent), it sure is amazing how often they are the victims of their own drivel.

Keep Your Powder Dry5

The 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits kicked off yesterday in Atlanta, and continue through the weekend. Some 80,000 Patriots are expected to attend, including our own Mark Alexander. Donald Trump is there this morning to address the crowd that helped get him elected. There’s much to celebrate — Barack Obama’s anti-Second Amendment reign is ended, and Justice Neil Gorsuch now sits on the Supreme Court.

But we’re also reminded the battle is never over. We’re amused every year when some anti-gun leftist warns about an NRA-member crime wave or the general danger of so many thousand “anti-government gun nuts” descending on whatever city. National Review’s Jim Geraghty scoffed6, “Not only has there never been a shooting at an NRA Annual Meeting, crime in the city usually goes down during that weekend. (If you were a mugger, would you try robbing NRA Convention attendees?)” He then highlighted several reports from previous conventions to back up those crime stats.

If only leftists as respectful, peaceful and clean when marching for abortion or the climate or Science™ — never mind when they’re rioting against free speech on various college campuses. Which brings us to one obnoxious complaint from a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where free speech took it on the chin7 recently. He asked rhetorically, “Which organization is more dangerous to Americans — ISIS or the NRA?” His answer was that the NRA is closer to reaching its objectives, which he implies makes it worse than the Islamic State. Let that sink in.

About those NRA-backed objectives: Trump has a lot of lower court judges still to appoint, and there will be numerous court battles over gun rights in the days to come. Cities like DC and Chicago still remain as hostile as possible to the Second Amendment. The House has yet to pass the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. High school shooting teams still must fight8 to keep from being excluded from yearbooks over pictures of guns. And anti-gun zealots are still flush with cash, waiting to exploit the next mass murder by a psychopath and cast blame on all law-abiding gun owners.

In short, liberty lovers can’t relax thinking we’ve won.

Top Headlines9

    House passes bill to avoid shutdown. (The Hill10)

    Promises kept, and not yet kept, in Trump’s first 100 days. (The Daily Signal11)

    The Democrats' first 100 days. (The Washington Free Beacon12)

    Why U.S. economic growth may be stronger than we think. (The Daily Signal13)

    Acosta confirmed as labor secretary, first Latino member of Trump cabinet. (NPR14)

    Former Trump adviser Mike Flynn under DOD investigation, had been warned not to take foreign payments. (ABC News15)

    Federal agencies spent $13.5 million on vehicles they may not use. (The Daily Signal16)

    Despite the facts, Iran deal is more popular than ever, poll shows. (Morning Consult17)

    In response to Berkeley, Rep. Sean Duffy asks Betsy DeVos to take action on taxpayer-funded campuses. (Washington Examiner18.)

    Transgender patient sues Dignity Health for discrimination over hysterectomy denial. (The Sacramento Bee19)

    Why this Saturday’s People’s Climate March is a farce. (LifeZette20)

    Policy: The economic prospects of advanced coal technologies have never seemed so promising. (U.S. News & World Report21)

    Policy: Stadium subsidies are thriving in sports season. It’s time for governments to just say no. (E2122)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Is the End Near for NAFTA?24


By Michael Swartz

Since being signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a political whipping boy for various interests. In particular, one group of Americans has never warmed up to the opportunities NAFTA could have provided.

That sting was felt by those who saw the maquiladoras lined up along the border between the United States and Mexico. These duty- and tariff-free assembly plants were a constant reminder to those whose livelihoods were being erased by a southward stampede of American manufacturing. Thanks to NAFTA, companies could now crank out products once made in the Rust Belt with a significant cost difference thanks to the cheaper labor in Mexico. Meanwhile, those fortunate enough to get a job in these factories could begin to make their way up Mexico’s version of the economic ladder.

On the other hand, some estimates25 say NAFTA supports 14 million American jobs, and has generated $1 trillion in trade between the three nations.

A number of politicians over the years have attempted to curry favor with protectionists by running against NAFTA, but none were more forceful or outspoken while being successful than Donald Trump. There’s little doubt that thousands of onetime laborers and factory workers took to heart Trump’s promise to repeal or at least renegotiate the trade pact with more favorable terms for America, and those votes may have made the difference in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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The Washington Post, for example, lamented27 that Trump wants the rate cut “even if it swells the national debt.” The Post reports that “independent budget experts say [the reduction] could cost the federal government $2.4 trillion over a decade.”

Let’s step back for a minute. First, we’re glad the Post was such a budget hawk during Barack Obama’s tenure, too (you can stop laughing now). Second, letting corporations keep more of what they earn is going to cost the government? Talk about Common Core math. Further, remember when Obama came into office and spent a trillion dollars on that smashing failure of an economic “stimulus” package? Oh, and recall how much of that money went to the administration’s cronies28? The Leftmedia was just fine with that.

Never mind ObamaCare’s impact on the debt.

Under Obama, the deficit quadrupled to $1.6 trillion in one year. Naturally, he blamed George W. Bush. Yet, the Post is hyperventilating that Trump’s plan will supposedly “cost” $2.4 trillion over a decade.

That’s assuming the projection is anywhere close to true. The forecast predicts lost tax revenue based on a static analysis — i.e., deliberately not accounting for economic growth created by lower rates. Yet Investor’s Business Daily reports29, “Back in 2015, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation ran the numbers and concluded that cutting the corporate rate to 15% would boost GDP by 3.7% and actually increase federal revenues by 0.3%.” It’s tough to measure how much of a boost the economy would receive from companies keeping 20 percentage points more of their revenue. They could hire more, pay employees more, create more products, buy more office space, spend on better research and development, and the list goes on. It’s certainly a reason to hope for GDP growth of better than 3%, which is something Obama never ushered in.

Furthermore, The Wall Street Journal notes30, “Trump would make small businesses like S corporations and other pass-throughs that now pay through the individual tax code eligible for the 15% rate. Tax parity among all companies is a useful goal, not least because owner-operated companies are an engine of hiring and growth.” Many of those small businesses pay the top 39.6% individual rate.

Finally, as leftists discovered just this week31, tariffs cost consumers money, not corporations. The same is true of corporate taxes. The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner explains32, “We should understand that corporations are largely collectors of taxes, rather than payers. The vast majority of corporate taxes are simply passed through, ultimately paid by investors, consumers, or employees.”

All told, this kind of thinking is foreign to the Left, as their government-control-freak mentality can’t even grasp that corporations will do a better job of economic growth than Washington. But if history (not to mention logic) is any indicator — they will. Oh, they certainly will.

Of course, to unleash private sector growth, the tax cut must make it through Congress. The House GOP has called for cutting the corporate rate from 35% to 20%, so obviously compromise is going to have to happen on the numbers. And the preference of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans is for any reform to be revenue neutral. We’d prefer deficit neutral — that tax reform would be followed by spending reform. Unfortunately, Trump isn’t interested in that, and there are too many special interests dictating things to Congress. That leaves starving the beast with “unpaid for” tax cuts.

Still, here’s the bottom line: For eight years, corporations (that aren’t perfect) were scapegoated as the root of all evil. And leftists bask in this class warfare rhetoric that lets them avoid facing their own policies' abject failures. Now, for the first time in a while, momentum is on the side of entrepreneurs and job creators. And the Left is scared witless at the threat this poses to their agenda.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Selling Out America for a Deal With Iran33 — Obama lied about the Iranians he released — they were much more dangerous than he wanted us to know.
    Hypocritical UN Lectures America on Health Care34 — Of the UN, Trump says “there is such tremendous potential, but it is not living up.” No kidding.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Gary Bauer: Robed Radicals35
    Hans von Spakovsky: Why Judge Orrick’s Ruling Won’t Block Federal Action on Sanctuary Cities36
    Victor Davis Hanson: Will 2020 Be Another 1972 for Democrats?37

For more, visit Right Opinion38.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Hans von Spakovsky: “It seems that [Judge William Orrick] has issued an injunction against his own imaginary view that the government would use Section 9(a) to cut off a broad range of federal entitlement funding, instead of simply the discretionary grant programs at the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Thus, the exception to the injunction described by Orrick seems to allow the Trump administration to go ahead with what it has actually been planning to do all along: cut off eligibility to grant programs like the two specifically mentioned by the inspector general in his 2016 memorandum that already require compliance with Section 1373. So while this injunction order has been painted as a big loss for the administration, it actually doesn’t seem to fit that definition. Sanctuary cities are still going to suffer the consequences of their lawless behavior. They’ll lose some federal discretionary funds from the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

SHORT CUTS

For the record: "Bill Nye isn’t interested in a scientific debate about global warming — how much is occurring, the measurement techniques at issue, the sensitivity of the climate to carbon emissions, the range of factors that affect the climate. He wants you to accept his version of the truth — not just that global warming is happening, but that massive government intervention is necessary in order to avert imminent global catastrophe.” —Ben Shapiro

Dezinformatsiya: “[John Wayne] stands tall at the National Rifle Association’s National Firearms Museum — true, only as a cardboard cutout of himself. But the cardboard fantasy of the good guy gunning down the bad guy is what makes the museum work as an enjoyable escape from the life-and-death reality of American gun carnage. There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America’s gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice. But it is the gallery devoted to Hollywood and its guns and good-guy shooters that best illustrates the power of fantasy now driving the modern gun rights debate.” —New York Times' Francis X. Clines

Friendly fire: “I think we got to be accepting. It looks judgmental to people. It looks like we know better. We got to be open and we can’t eliminate a large swath of the country because they want to be with us on these other issues.” —Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan on the intra-party abortion rift39

Non Compos Mentis: “We received a bit of good news — not just for Democrats but for the country — that the president is easing off his demands for a border wall in the government funding bill. The money is better used elsewhere. If the wall is $50 billion dollars, you could use that money to give just about every American broadband.” —Chuck Schumer

Demo-gogues: “Republicans should not want to shut down the government, and they are the only ones who have the power to shut down the government. And you do not want to shut down the government of the most powerful nation on earth. Think of the humiliation of the United States throughout the world if you Republicans shut down the government.” —Sen. Patrick Leahy

And last… “The problem in America is not that the rich earn too much. The problem is that there aren’t enough of them to pay for all the government the Left wants.” —Gary Bauer

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

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Mid-Day Digest

Apr. 27, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    We take a separate look at Trump’s tax reform proposals for individuals and corporations.
    And where does that money go? Lavish benefits for government employees, for one.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” —James Madison (1792)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Who’s Up for Paying Lower Taxes?1


You wanted tax reform? Well, it’s gonna be yuge, that we can tell you. The best. That was close to what Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday in announcing President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan — it would be “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country.” He’s not really exaggerating. We have more on the corporate tax plan and how it will boost the economy here2, so let’s focus for the moment on individual reform.

There are a few key aspects: First, instead of the seven current income tax brackets, there would be just three — 10%, 25% and 35%. What income levels those apply to has not yet been determined. Second, the plan eliminates most deductions except the popular ones for mortgage interest, charitable donations and retirement savings. Instead, the proposal doubles the standard deduction for married couples to $24,000. Thus, more folks would earn more tax-exempt income and fewer people would itemize, simplifying tax filing and saving all kinds of time and money. Third, two of the most hated taxes of all would die — the alternative minimum tax and the death tax.

One deduction elimination that may not go over so well is the one for state and local income taxes. Those rates can be particularly high in blue states like New York and California, and while leftists want other people to pay high taxes, they won’t like having their bill raised a little. But this deduction essentially functions as a subsidy for high-tax states, and those of us who live in income-tax-free states like Tennessee won’t mind no longer granting this favor to New York.

Primarily, however, eliminating most deductions goes a long way to combatting the predictable leftist attack line — “tax cuts for the wealthy.” First of all, the higher income brackets pay most of the income taxes (the top 20% pay 84% of them), so of course rate reductions will benefit them most. But the deductions also benefit them most. People in the lower brackets don’t tend to itemize, so eliminating deductions and raising the standard deduction … wait for it … cuts taxes for the poor. In our view, the only downside to this is that even fewer Americans will pay federal income tax and more people will have no “skin in the game.” Political reality, however, leaves little hope for a tax system with a broader base.

Under the circumstances, we’re impressed with Trump’s proposal and we hope he works a little art of the deal to get it passed. Our economy needs it.

Want the Big Bucks? Join the Government3

A new analysis shows that the public-private sector wage disparity has not improved. In fact, it’s worsened4. Previously, the CBO, based on 2005-2010 data, calculated that public sector employees were compensated at a roughly 16% better rate than commensurate private sector workers. That disparity is now up to 17%, according to 2011-2015 data.

And check this out5, via Government Executive: “Federal employees with bachelor’s degrees as their highest level of education earned an average of 5 percent more in wages than their private sector counterparts, 52 percent more in benefits and 21 percent more in total compensation. Federal workers with a high school diploma or less earned a 34 percent more in wages than those in the private sector, 93 percent more in benefits and 53 percent more in total compensation.” As nice as it must be to have a higher base pay as a government worker, it seems the primary catalyst for the increasing disparity is the extremely lucrative benefits. Meanwhile, those of us in the private sector are struggling just to pay for health insurance.

An aside and caveat: There are extremely hard workers who earn their pay as public servants. Military personnel are government workers, and many others do admirable work. The problem is we have people like the EPA employee6 who browse porn all day and IRS employees who steal from taxpayers7. When you factor in the total job security that government workers have and then lump in extra pay and benefits, the private sector simply can’t compete. Notwithstanding the fact there are public sector people who do their jobs well and work hard, the inherent imbalance is glaring. And as much as Democrats rail against the gender wage gap, don’t expect any demands to balance the public-private sector wage disparity.

Top Headlines8

    House GOP unveils bill extending government shutdown deadline a week. (CBS News9)

    Trump tells Mexico, Canada he won’t terminate NAFTA “at this time.” (The Hill10)

    FCC begins process to rollback net neutrality rules. (NPR11)

    ESPN layoffs should be a wake-up call about politicizing sports. (National Review12)

    ESPN publishes poetry tribute to fugitive cop killer. (The Federalist13)

    Ann Coulter cancels Berkeley speech after losing conservative groups' support. (USA Today14)

    University of California President Janet Napolitano hid $175 million while raising tuition, paying excessive salaries. (Hot Air15)

    New CMP video: Planned Parenthood executive haggles over compensation for organ sales … again. (Hot Air16)

    Senators told North Korea nuclear threat is urgent. (The Washington Free Beacon17)

    U.S. military begins installation of missile defenses in South Korea. (ABC News18.)

    Policy: House health care bill is moving in the right direction. (The Daily Signal19)

    Policy: Energy revolutions hidden in plain sight: shale crushes solar. (Real Clear Energy20)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report21.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Trump’s Corporate Tax Reform Would Grow the Economy Bigly2


By Allyne Caan

The long-awaited Donald Trump tax plan is out. And let’s just say, it’s shocking. At least to those (read: Democrats) convinced that all money belongs to the government and Americans are simply given an allowance at Washington’s pleasure.

(We cover personal income tax reform here1.)

Key in the president’s proposal is a federal corporate income tax rate reduction from 35% to 15%. Now mind you, even without combining the federal corporate tax rate with the average tax rate among states, the U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate24 among the 35 industrialized nations comprising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. What’s more, among all nations, we rank third highest — behind Puerto Rico (39%) and the United Arab Emirates (55%). There’s a bronze medal worth forfeiting.

Oh, but remember the Left’s call for “economic patriotism” among corporations25? How dare companies leave the country for lower tax rates! Well, now Trump is giving them a reason to stay — or to repatriate the estimate $2.4 trillion in offshore money — and leftists can’t handle it.

After all, lowering tax rates violates the Left’s most important fundamental economic assumption: All wealth belongs to the government, and they allow us to keep some of it — when they can “afford” to do so. For Trump and conservatives (not to mention for anyone who lives in reality), the money belongs to those who earned it. We generate it through producing goods and services and trading them for profit. Even if the “we” means the corporations the Left loves to hate (except when it involves bagging $400,000 for a speech26, that is).

Now, faced with Trump’s idea that job creators should actually be able to keep more of their own money, the Left is reacting with typical (and rather entertaining) apoplexy.

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In a conversation with Mark last year, we talked about our love for Tennessee and our early years. He grew up with very modest means, on “red clay dirt roads” across the Mississippi line from Memphis. But at age 52 from humble roots, he’s had an enormously successful military, medical and business career, along with some proven political experience. Yet despite these successes, I believe what’s most impressive about this man is his strong faith and devotion to his family.

All that being said, the announcement of Mark’s nomination gave me some heartburn, because it takes him out of the running to become Tennessee’s next governor — a campaign that was underway prior to Trump’s announcement. Arguably, he would’ve been the most qualified gubernatorial candidate in our state’s history (with apologies to one of my better-known ancestors, Sam Houston).

His nomination is causing some heart attacks in other quarters precisely because of his qualifications as a veteran Patriot with high moral character, a man of faith and integrity.

The LGBT Rainbow Mafia, with Hillary Clinton14 emerging from her rat hole to lead the charge, is attempting to derail Green’s nomination because he once stated that some medical professionals believe there is a pathological basis for gender disorientation issues — and because he thinks men need to stay out of women’s restrooms.

According to Clinton, Dr. Green is an “outspoken opponent” of the LGBT agenda, advocated by former Army Secretary Fanning. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” she wailed, adding, “The progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines for … may not be as secure as we once expected.” (Again, this is about pandering to female voters, not the tiny LGBT constituency.)

This, combined with the fact that Green is a man of strong faith, has the gender-challenged brigades running around like their hair is on fire. They even tagged Mark “Creep of the Week15.”

That’s right, as Donald Trump is endeavoring to clean up serious threats from North Korea’s nuclear sociopath, Kim Jong Un — whom Obama empowered by ignoring and thereby enabling — and the nuclear terrorism threat posed by Iran — whom Obama empowered16 by pretending the threat did not exist (and abetting with hundreds of millions of dollars) — the LGBT legions are busy protesting an extraordinarily qualified nominee to head the United States Army.

Regarding his nomination, Green says, “President Trump nominated me to do one job: Serve as his Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, I will solely focus on ensuring our Army is the most lethal fighting force in history. Politics will have nothing to do with this job.”

To his opponents, Green says: “As someone who proudly served our nation in the Army with men and women of all backgrounds and beliefs, my concern is nothing more than building the best Army with the best soldiers who are willing to prepare, fight and, if necessary, win in combat, regardless of their political beliefs, ethnic background, religious beliefs or sexual orientation or identity. Every American has the right to defend their country, period. And I have always held that belief.”

It’s an old maxim that in politics, you’re best known by your enemies. That being the case, then add one more credit to Mark Green’s long list of qualifications. Monday, LGBT poster celeb, Bruce, er, uh, “Caitlyn” Jenner, announced that he, er, uh, whatever, is “very concerned” with Mark’s nomination. That amounts to a ringing endorsement!

For eight long years, the previous administration sought to morally emasculate our military. That’s not a statement about generations of women who have honorably served our great nation, but about those who would undermine the moral integrity of our Armed Forces.

In his 1981 address to the graduating class at West Point, Ronald Reagan17 declared, “A truly successful army is one that, because of its strength and ability and dedication, will not be called upon to fight, for no one will dare to provoke it.”

Leftists are intent on undermining that strength and ability and dedication. The LGBT protests are a continuation of that undermining.

As noted by military analyst Lawrence Sellin18, PhD, “Green’s confirmation is a litmus test for President Trump and the Republican Congress, a choice between military readiness or enforced political correctness.”

“The hour is fast approaching,” as General Washington warned, and Dr. Mark Green’s nomination as secretary of the Army should be approved by the Senate without reservation. There will be a handful of LGBT veterans who show up waiving rainbow flags, and some senators who will appease their protests. But beyond those wretched few, be warned: We’re taking notes!

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Secretary of the Army: Time to Restore Courage, Character and Integrity to this Office

By Mark Alexander

Apr. 26, 2017

“Your love of Liberty — your respect for the laws — your habits of industry — and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.” —George Washington1 (1789)

In August of 1776, George Washington1 issued the following General Orders to his military leaders: “The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”

Those words were written long ago, but in fact the hour is always fast approaching when our military Patriots, who have sworn “to Support and Defend2” our Constitution and the Republic it established, may face enormous challenges. Indeed, that hour has often come with little or no warning.

For this reason, those appointed to senior military leadership positions should have a proven record of service, and be of the highest order of integrity and character.

That notwithstanding, the previous administration made a mockery of military appointments with nominees who were wholly unqualified for leadership — as unqualified as the commander in chief who appointed them3.

In addition to installing inept leaders, Barack Obama spent eight long years using our military ranks as a Petri dish for his social policies, most notably his gender-bending diktats4. Case in point would be his appointment of Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army. Though Fanning had no military experience, the fact that he was a leftist political hack and outspoken homosexual activist5, made him an ideal Obama appointee – the first “gay” military service branch secretary. (Unfortunately, Fanning received a strong endorsement from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who claimed Fanning was “well-qualified.”)

What’s more, Obama constantly sought to undermine faith in those ranks6 — that is, when he wasn’t busy painting the White House in rainbow colors7.

Of course, the Democrat Party’s8 homosexual advocacy is much more than pandering – it’s a shrewd political calculation.

One of the most reliable Democrat voting blocs is composed of those afflicted with Gender Disorientation Pathology9, but the gender-confused represent less than 3% of the population. So why promote their sordid agenda? Because, they have the sympathy of a majority of the largest voting bloc in the nation10, women. Thus, Democrats spend enormous political capital promoting this minuscule constituency, the “Rainbow Mafia.”

It will take years to undo the damage inflicted to our nation’s security and the ranks of those charged with defending it, by the prior adminstration. But the tide has certainly turned under our new commander in chief – which is generating enormous opposition from leftists.

Last week, continuing his pattern of nominating outstanding leaders11, particularly military leaders, Donald Trump announced his nominee for Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark Green. His confirmation hearings begin in mid-May.

Why nominate a doctor? A quick review of Green’s official bio provides a hint.

Before he became a doctor, Mark graduated from the USMA at West Point (‘86), with a “soft degree” in quantitative business. As an infantry officer, he served as rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader and battalion personnel officer in the 194th Separate Armor Brigade, and later as a Ranger and airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division.

He later earned a graduate degree in information systems from the University of Southern California, and then went on to earn his medical degree. He served tours in Operation Enduring Freedom12 and Operation Iraqi Freedom13.

Mark came to my home state of Tennessee as an Army Special Operations Flight Surgeon assigned to the 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, which straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky border. While with the 160th SOAR, Green planned and flew on many covert operations, one of them as the flight doc for Operation Red Dawn, the 2003 mission to capture Saddam Hussein in December. In fact, he interviewed Saddam for six hours on the night of his capture.

He departed active duty with, among other awards, a Bronze Star, Air Medal with “V” for valor under enemy fire, and the Army Aviation Association Flight Surgeon of the Year award.

He then used that old West Point business degree to launch a very successful medical practice and a medical company, Align MD, a hospital and emergency room staffing company, which he grew to more than $100 million in annual revenues. He was also elected to the Tennessee State Senate Republican majority in 2012 and has been a rising star in that capacity. As a state senator, he received annual recognition from the Department of Defense for legislation supporting veterans.

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This makes the recent “March for Science” in Washington, DC, not only ludicrous, but an indictment of those marching while claiming to believe in science. It was not about science, but about publicly rebuking President Donald Trump23 behind the thin patina of ideology masquerading as science. The leftist mainstream media played its part well, praising the event while ignoring dissent from actual scientists24.

With scathing wit, Jeremy Faust, an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, exposed the hypocrisy and lunacy of the march — in the lefty rag Slate25, no less. He observed, “Being ‘pro-science’ has become a bizarre cultural phenomenon in which liberals (and other members of the cultural elite) engage in public displays of self-reckoned intelligence as a kind of performance art, while demonstrating zero evidence to justify it.”

Instead of elevating the quality of, and respect for, actual science, says Faust, this march “revealed the glaring dissonance of opposing that trough of ignorance by instead accepting a cringe-worthy hive-mind mentality that celebrates Science as a vague but wonderful entity. … There was an uncomfortable dronelike fealty to the concept — an oxymoronic faith that information presented and packaged to us as Science need not be further scrutinized before being smugly celebrated en masse. That is not intellectually rigorous thought — instead, it’s another kind of religion.”

Indeed, progressive Democrats claim to be the “Party of Science” yet, mind-bogglingly argue that sex/gender is determined by how one “feels” rather than by DNA and plumbing. They accept man-made global warming (now known as “climate change” to free themselves of the pesky fact that the Earth stopped warming for nearly two decades) as inarguable fact. These are the same people who chain themselves to trees to protest the “destruction” of Mother Earth, but refuse to acknowledge that a baby in utero is a living human being.

In short, they are modern-day pagans26, worshipping “Gaia” while denying observable truths27 that conflict with their secular religion, and seeking punishment for the heretics who dare challenge their belief system with something so coarse, so crude and as unenlightened as mere facts.

The ultimate goal of the progressive religionists is to force compliance with their worldview, either through the coercive power of rigid, politically correct orthodoxy, or through punishment such as jail time28 for “climate change dissenters/deniers,” a position embraced by leftist celebrity and fake TV scientist29 Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”

CNN, in an interview with Nye and an actual scientist, physicist William Happer of Princeton, inadvertently displayed the truth30 behind the march with a caption that read “March for Science: Scientists Rally for EPA, Govt Funding and More.” Climate change hysteria is a big business. If you are a scientist, you have access to billions of dollars in federal grants so long as you produce “research” that proves the claims of the alarmists. Politicians pushing climate hysteria can usurp tremendous power over the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the name of saving the world from cataclysmic disaster.

The reality is that “science,” across a broad spectrum of disciplines, is not nearly as “settled” as its advocates would have us believe. In fact, the most-repeated claims have a habit of turning out to be spectacularly wrong. For example, as we’ve noted previously31, leftist climate alarmists have been trying to scare us into giving up the abundant energy and higher standard of living that comes with industrialization. They warned that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years” (Harvard biologist George Wald, 1970), and that (due to scarce food supplies), “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years” (Paul Ehrlich, 1970), and that by 1980 “urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.”

They are often insanely wrong32 in their predictions, and are so wedded to their ideology that they can’t even identify fake science33 even when it is specifically written to be obviously wrong. Time after time, robotically generated “gibberish papers” were accepted in supposedly peer-reviewed journals34.

As amusing as this can be, it’s actually dangerous. The beauty of science is that it is ruthless. It cares not for sex, race, education or socio-economic status. It cares only about replicable fact. But when science — actual science — is hijacked by partisans and ideologues, and propaganda is passed off as science, it undermines our faith in science, and therefore the truth.

And that is never a good thing.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    The Barrier to the Border Wall35 — Democrats in Congress are threatening a shut down over the wall, so Republicans removed $1.5 billion in funding for it.
    Energy Economy Challenges Elitist-Centralized Wealth36 — Middle America is experiencing an influx of cash flow, putting the elitist Northeast on notice.
    Middlebury Coddles Its Intolerant Snowflakes37 — First rioters ousted Charles Murray. Now the school is defending their stupidity.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Star Parker: Lessons Unlearned From the ‘92 LA Riots38
    Rebecca Hagelin: Killing Black Babies39
    Walter Williams: Environmentalists Are Dead Wrong40
    Jonah Goldberg: Immigration the Common Thread Between French, American Elections41

For more, visit Right Opinion42.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “This weekend marks 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone also coincides with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, April 29, 1992, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted after being charged with the violent beating of Rodney King, caught on video for the entire nation to see. According to The Los Angeles Times, 63 lives were lost in the riots, with the estimated total economic cost pegged at $1 billion, with $735 million in property damage and 1,550 buildings destroyed or damaged. But this is more than a fact of national history for me. It is personal history. I was there. … It could not have been clearer to me back in 1992 that the flailing violence that destroyed Los Angeles would lead nowhere for blacks. It is equally clear to me today that the attitude among blacks that their futures lie with the responsibility and money of others will continue to lead nowhere. Despite a complicated and hard history, blacks need to trash the cynicism they harbor against this great nation, founded on the principles of freedom — a cynicism for which they are paying the greatest price. Only by embracing the principles of freedom and self-government can black Americans truly define a new path and participate in the American dream.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.” —William Howard Taft (1857-1930)

Judicial activism: “Only [Officer Chris] Thompson and [Richardo] Salazar-Limon know what happened on that overpass on October 29, 2010. It is possible that Salazar-Limon did something that Thompson reasonably found threatening; it is also possible that Thompson shot an unarmed man in the back without justification. … Our failure to correct the error made by the courts below leaves in place a judgment that accepts the word of one party over the word of another. It also continues a disturbing trend regarding the use of this Court’s resources.” —Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissent taking a not-so-subtle shot at SCOTUS’s past police rulings

Braying Jackass: “It’s my view that if the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday.” —Chuck Schumer, to whom Nancy Pelosi responded, “Totally agree. We were on the path to get it done until he did intervene.”

Braying Jenny: “[Trump] did not promise [while campaigning] that he would take food out of the mouths of babies and seniors, [and take] education, clean air, clean water, scientific research off the table in a significant way in order for him to pay for his immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal of a wall.” —Nancy Pelosi

A novel idea: “Ann Coulter has just gotten a much bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak. My view is: Let her speak, and just don’t show up. If you don’t like it, don’t show up.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Facepalm: “I think what would motivate President Obama [to criticize Trump] is if we saw the federal government start to cross some clear red lines in terms of long-observed norms and values that, frankly, I think that we’ve started to take for granted.” —Josh Earnest

And last… “'I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street.’ —guy raking in $400,000 for speech43 to Wall Street bankers.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
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Apr. 26, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump gets blocked by a judge again, but the ruling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
    The Leftmedia’s epiphany — taxes and tariffs actually cost consumers money.
    Leftists treat Science™ more like a religion than, well, science.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided they do not contradict the express words of the law.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808.)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama Lackey Blocks Trump … or Does He?1


Just when you think judicial activism can’t get any more bizarre, in comes U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick. Yesterday, Judge Orrick — who, by the way, targeted the noble work2 of the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress and also helped funnel almost a quarter-million dollars to Barack Obama and his lemmings — issued a provisional injunction against defunding so-called sanctuary cities. For now, the ruling protects the nine lawless jurisdictions that are being threatened with imminent Justice Department sanctions3. But the details of the case and the court’s reasoning are almost surreal.

The injunction pertains to a January executive order (and this is the key). According to Judge Orrick, “The President has called it ‘a weapon’ to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement, and his press secretary has reiterated that the President intends to ensure that ‘counties and other institutions that remain sanctuary cites don’t get federal government funding in compliance with the executive order.’ The Attorney General has warned that jurisdictions that do not comply with Section 1373 would suffer ‘withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants,’ and the ‘claw back’ of any funds previously awarded.”

But then Judge Orrick goes on to argue, “That said, this injunction does nothing more than implement the effect of the Government’s flawed interpretation of the Order. It does not affect the ability of the Attorney General or the Secretary to enforce existing conditions of federal grants or 8 U.S.C. 1373, nor does it impact the Secretary’s ability to develop regulations or other guidance defining what a sanctuary jurisdiction is or designating a jurisdiction as such. It does prohibit the Government from exercising 9(a) in a way that violates the Constitution.”

So the executive order is void, but Sessions is also being allowed to carry on. Huh? In essence, the judge wrongly contends that Trump intended to completely defund sanctuary cities. Legally, the defunding measures are relegated to three grants. So the question is: What was the administration’s motive? For the answer, let’s look at what Trump’s original executive order actually said: “The Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.” Notice the phrase “consistent with law.” The judge is inaccurately surmising things from Trump’s admittedly loose mouth despite what the text actually says.

To be fair, the executive order was unnecessary legally. Why executively execute something that’s already legal? The message it sent, on the other hand, was needed. On the flip side, the courts hijacked the order by pretending it’s something it’s clearly not. Politico called it “another high-profile blow to Trump’s efforts to use executive orders to carry out major policy moves.” Except it’s not. The Leftmedia is sensationalizing yesterday’s news even though it literally changes nothing. As David French put it4, “Trump isn’t blocked from enforcing existing law. He’s only blocked from engaging in illegal acts that the DOJ promised the court that it wasn’t considering. In other words, move along. There’s not much to see here.”

Unfortunately, extreme judicial activism and Leftmedia hyperbole will be the modus operandi for the next four years. On the positive side, it’s impossible to overstate just how important it was to get Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Because that’s ultimately where sanity will (we hope) prevail.

Wait, Tariffs Cost Consumers Money?5

When Democrats propose health insurance mandates, or a carbon tax, or a higher gas tax, or energy regulations, or a minimum wage hike, or a tax increase on “the wealthy” (i.e., small business owners), or any number of other burdensome costs on the economy, the Leftmedia can only coo about how fair and good those things are. But when Donald Trump slaps a tariff on Canadian lumber, the Leftmedia blares headlines about how much it’s going to cost American homebuilders — between $1,2006 and $3,0007 per house.

Now, to be clear, they’re not wrong about the cost, but these fair-weather free marketeers are profound hypocrites.

Whenever you tax or regulate something, and a tariff is a tax, the price of that thing goes up and the consumer pays more. This is economics 101. Yet leftists only see this when Trump’s at work.

So what’s going on here? First of all, Trump has long argued that NAFTA is a terrible trade deal for the U.S. and needs to be renegotiated. Without going through the whole history of that deal, suffice it to say that he has a point about other nations not always trading fairly — and there’s definitely a difference between free and fair. For example, Canada and Mexico both subsidize goods more than the U.S. does, which undercuts American producers.

In this case, Canadian lumber is subsidized, and it’s a dispute that has been ongoing since the early 1980s. Trump’s Commerce Department calculated its tariff rates on how much various Canadian lumber producers are subsidized. But the tariff also has to do with Canada’s own tariffs on imported dairy products, which the Trump administration argues particularly hurts Wisconsin dairy farmers. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, “The Trump administration has been much more focused on enforcement than had been true previously.”

And whether it’s trade or immigration or foreign policy, Trump the dealmaker is all about sending signals that he means business. Yes, this lumber tariff will cost Americans money, and we’re not arguing in favor of tariffs. But Trump has set about to seek what he believes are fair trade terms. Don’t think Mexico and China aren’t also getting the message.

Top Headlines8

    Trump foreign policy and national security policy in 100 Days. (The Daily Signal9)

    Administration to propose large increase in deductions Americans can claim on their taxes. (The Washington Post10)

    Married people pay most of the nation’s income tax. (Washington Examiner11)

    Your taxes at work: Government employee salaries outpace private-sector salaries by double digits for similar work. (The Washington Free Beacon12)

    While Congress stalls, conservatives are scoring big wins at the state level. (Washington Examiner13)

    Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California. (Los Angeles Times14)

    ATF reverses controversial stance on shouldering AR-15 pistols. (The Washington Free Beacon15)

    Most homicides in U.S. occurred in 5% of counties. (The Washington Times16)

    Heritage Foundation flooded with protesters: “groups connected to George Soros.” (The Washington Times17)

    Hump Day Humor: Merriam-Webster updates definition of “fascism” to “anything one disagrees with.” (The Babylon Bee18.)

    Policy: The Obama administration’s Iran-deal duplicity. (National Review19)

    Policy: North Korea is a problem, but China and Pakistan are just as harmful. (The Hill20)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
The March for Science Fiction22


By Louis DeBroux

One of the asinine yet oft-repeated phrases in the modern progressive lexicon is “settled science,” an oxymoron that is the antithesis of the scientific method. The literal definition of the scientific method is “a method of procedure … consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.” Modification means alteration or change. Meaning that in science, many, many things are never “settled.”

Among the most well-known theories that have been debunked over time are that the world is flat, that the solar system is geocentric (it is heliocentric), that the physical world is made up of four elements (rather than more than a hundred currently known elements, including four new elements discovered just last year), and that atoms are the smallest units of matter. Each and every one of these was once universally accepted as infallible truth.

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Candidate Trump set the bar quite high for himself, issuing his Contract With the American Voter31 last October.

As president, he’s accomplished much of the executive side of the list. Trump supporters point especially to his successful Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, and the 17-year-low on U.S.-Mexico border crossings6. There are also the numerous executive orders32 covering diverse topics from the suspension of the Syrian refugee program to directing the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law.

The Daily Signal has a list of regulations33 Trump has rolled back so far, from the coal industry to education to welfare requirements to gun restrictions. And he’s reportedly preparing a flurry of new executive orders34 covering things from the VA and oil exploration to health care, tax reform and more. If all goes according to plan, he will have signed more executive orders in his first 100 days than any other president — many of them undoing the power grabs of the previous administration.

But, thanks largely to GOP infighting, he’s utterly failed to accomplish anything with Congress, and that’s where the real meat of his agenda is stuck. In some cases, the blame lies mostly with Congress. Yet Trump hasn’t even introduced several of his priorities. No wonder he now downplays the 100 days mark: “It’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful.”

To be fair, Trump was elected as an agent of change and his candidacy was the equivalent of a political pyroclastic flow meant to rid Washington, DC, of the old order. And while Trump’s fiery and scorched earth rhetoric may have appealed to disaffected voters during the campaign, he soon discovered that governing is a vastly different proposition than winning the Electoral College. He experienced that dynamic first hand with his inability to find enough support within his own party to pass a health care bill in the House of Representatives, let alone the Senate. More importantly, Trump saw the limitations of his power and hopefully he realized that he couldn’t engender an adversarial relationship with the one institution that can make or break him.

Which leads to a very important question. What does President Trump need to do over the next few months to facilitate his agenda? First, he needs to take note of the congressional calendar, specifically the House’s. A cursory look reveals that there are roughly 44 working days until the August recess, and then only 47 more working days until the end of the year. That isn’t a lot of time, so Trump needs to work with Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on pushing legislation that can quickly pass both the House and the Senate.

Tax reform is an issue that appeals to many in the Republican caucus but it’s probably going to be a major piece (or pieces) of legislation and, if Trump is serious about getting a bill signed into law, he will need to spend a considerable amount of his political capital on it. The last time serious federal tax reform passed was in 1986 and it required herculean efforts from both the executive and legislative branches. In their seminal book about the 1986 tax reform process, “Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform,” authors Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Alan S. Murray identified multiple instances35 during the 18-month process where President Ronald Reagan and his cadre of experts worked with Democrats and Republicans on passing the bill. Tax reform in 2017 will require this same type of determination.

No president can achieve all of his campaign promises right away. So Trump must prioritize what items on his list can be accomplished right now by working with the Republican Congress. He has to build a foundation on one or two issues that will enable him to pursue the rest of his agenda later in his term. The good news is that as a man who has spent his life to creating buildings around the world that’s one concept he will have no problem understanding. For now, we can be glad for his executive success, and continue to push for legislative wins to go with it.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Death Penalty Debate Begins Anew36 — With multiple executions in Arkansas, capital punishment is once again a hot topic. We think it’s justice served.
    Do Black Lies Matter? Do All Lies Matter?37 — No, there’s no typo. These are not rhetorical questions. Do black lies matter? Do all lies matter?
    Dear America, Obama’s Still Disappointed in You38 — Who’s up for yet another lecture from the former bloviator in chief on the shortcomings of our nation?
    The ‘Party of Inclusivity’ Shuns Pro-Lifers39 — “A woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health … is not negotiable.” Don’t dare think otherwise.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Dennis Prager: The Cowards of Academia40
    Tony Perkins: Trading Replaces: House Rolls Out New Health Plan41
    Ed Feulner: Reining the Big-Government Stampede42

For more, visit Right Opinion43.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of left-wing professors that the public is beginning to have contempt for the universities. As a result, a handful of academics at a handful of universities have signed statements on behalf of allowing ‘diverse’ views to be heard at the university. … Next time you read a statement by some professors — virtually all of whom, remember, have been silent for decades — on behalf of allowing opinions other than their own to be expressed on their campuses, take it with a large grain of salt. It’s primarily because some alumni are finally withholding funds from their closed-minded alma maters, or because the students they have produced have become so violent even the mainstream media can’t ignore it. Until they line up to safeguard people like Ann Coulter and stop teaching their students that conservatives are deplorable human beings, their open letters aren’t worth the printer toner that prints them.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Praise from the Left: “When Obama had press conferences, he had a single piece of white paper and he had six or seven organizations that he had pre-selected to call upon and a lot of them were pretty favorable to him too, you know, generically. And I think Trump’s free-ranging press conferences … are a lot more Democratic than the way that Obama conducted them.” —New York Times' Glenn Thrush

Hyperbole: “During [a recent town hall in Baltimore] a young lady got up and she said, ‘I’m 28 years old.’ She said, ‘The Affordable Care Act saved my life. But I get up every morning [wondering] whether I’m going to be able to get the medication to address my stage four colon cancer.’ So, in four years that lady could be dead. The four years that Trump would be in office.” —Rep. Elijah Cummings

Non Compos Mentis: “Look, we’re a big tent party as Nancy Pelosi said, but we are, let’s make no mistake about it, we are a pro-choice party. We’re a strongly pro-choice party. We think that’s where the American people are, and in fact, if anything, are moving even more in that direction.” —Chuck Schumer

Falling on deaf ears: “It’s important for those who support, as I do, immigration reform and pathways to citizenship for folks who are here not to assume that everybody who has trouble with the current immigration system is automatically racist. That’s an example of us being able to listen.” —Barack Obama

Late-night humor: “Chelsea Clinton recently said that when her mom traveled, she would leave a note for her every day that she was gone. Though every day the note just read, ‘Keep an eye on your father.’” —Jimmy Fallon

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Mid-Day Digest

Apr. 25, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump turns up the heat a little further on nine “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
    Obama’s Iran deal is getting worse all the time, as Trump is discovering.
    100 days: How’s Trump doing on this ritualistic American measuring stick?
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Nine ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions Face Defunding1


The Department of Justice has singled out and distributed a missive to nine jurisdictions2 alerting them to the financial consequences of continuing to shield illegal immigrants. According to the DOJ, “The letters remind the recipient jurisdictions that, as a condition for receiving certain financial year 2016 funding from the Department of Justice, each of these jurisdictions agreed to provide documentation and an opinion from legal counsel validating that they are in compliance with Section 1373.”

That law stipulates: “A Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” You’ll recall last month3 when Attorney General Jeff Sessions pre-empted Friday’s action: “The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with [U.S. Code 1373] as a condition of receiving those awards.” Obviously, Sessions is signaling that he isn’t bluffing on the sanctuary city crackdown.

To be clear, “These letters are not demanding that police and municipal governments assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in rounding up illegal immigrants subject to deportation orders,” Reason’s Scott Shackford explains4. “The federal government cannot force cities to help them enforce immigration laws. It’s important to understand that, just as they can’t force cities to enforce the federal ban on marijuana possession or consumption.”

Shackford adds, “There is, however, a federal immigration regulation that this small group of cities may be violating. Federal regulations forbid any state or local government from prohibiting its employees from communicating with the feds about any person’s immigration status. So, for example, if a local police officer arrests somebody he knows is an immigrant in the United States illegally, he cannot be prohibited from passing that information along to ICE. The targets of these letters are cities — New Orleans, Miami, Chicago (and Cook County), Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New York City, Sacramento (California) — that have policies or ordinances that prohibit this communication.”

And that defiance is a big reason the DOJ says that “many of these jurisdictions are … crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime5.” These jurisdictions are actively shielding illegal immigrants, some of whom are felonious. And by doing so they are essentially telling officers of the law to disregard their conscience. That’s a total disregard for Rule of Law.

Words matter. And when word gets around that jurisdictions will defy immigration statutes, it only emboldens illegal immigrants. But words matter when it comes to enforcement too. Donald Trump’s and Sessions' hardline stance on illegal immigration is the driving force for why illegal border crossings are down significantly6. In that sense, the status quo has already been shattered. And cities that pretend otherwise do so at their own peril.

This Iran Deal’s Getting Worse All the Time7

During the campaign, Donald Trump trashed Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as the “worst deal ever negotiated,” and rightfully so. It was, after all, the sum of all lies8. So when the Trump administration announced a review of the deal and that Iran was currently in compliance with it, leftists smugly responded, “We told you so.” As if that proved the genius of the deal.

National Review’s Jonathan Tobin explains9, “Those who focus on Iranian compliance are missing the big picture about both the consequences of the nuclear deal and the chances for reversing the colossal mistake Obama made with Iran. As Trump and his foreign-policy team are realizing, the issue isn’t so much whether the letter of a deal that will expire within a decade is observed as it is what role Iran is playing in the region while its economy recovers and its nuclear program remains a long-term problem. The threatening talk from Washington isn’t a flimsy cover for a flip-flop. It’s a recognition that the Iranian threat was actually exacerbated by Obama’s gambit.”

How so? Well, for starters, Iran got to keep its nuclear infrastructure, including the ability to continue enriching uranium, all while inspecting itself at its primary weaponization facility. That’s right — Iran can advance its program while still “complying” with the deal. Eight years from now, Iran is free to finish its development of nuclear weapons effectively with the stamp of approval from the West. And as long as Iran is in “compliance,” Trump is going to find it difficult to justify rescinding the deal. Besides, North Korea already has the bomb, meaning our allies are less interested in revisiting the Iran agreement than dealing with the crazy guy firing missiles every other week.

Moreover, Obama paid the mullahs $1.7 billion in clandestinely delivered cash10 in a hostage deal — in which he also released Iranian spies. Flush with that money and some sanctions relief, Iran has no reason to rush, and every reason not to. Iran is gaining regional hegemony, including propping up Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, which the deal did not address at all. Iran thus has practically everything it wanted. Trump’s challenge is figuring out how to renew pressure on Iran and advance U.S. national security interests in the region. Simple enough, right?

Top Headlines11

    Sen. McConnell to assemble Senate at White House Wednesday for classified briefing on Pyongyang’s nuclear sociopath, Kim Jong Un. (Fox News12)

    U.S. sanctions hundreds of employees of Syrian research center over chemical attacks. (Reuters13)

    Thanks to oil boom, McMullen County, Texas, now has the highest average adjusted gross income in the U.S. (Money14)

    After three months, Senate finally confirms Perdue as agriculture secretary. (The Washington Post15)

    It’s official: Berkeley hit with lawsuit over Coulter lecture. (Washington Examiner16)

    Middlebury professor apologizes … to rioters for inviting Charles Murray. (The Federalist17)

    Chelseamania!18 Could the latest extension of the Clinton brand be good for U.S. politics? (The Wall Street Journal19)

    Democrats to pro-lifers: You are unwanted and may be discarded. (National Review20)

    Arkansas executes two inmates in one night, first state to do so since 2000. (Fox News21)

    Poll: More Americans now prefer a bigger government with more services to a smaller one with fewer services. (Pew Research Center22)

    Policy: The administration must change the Obama narrative that policing is the problem. (City Journal23)

    Policy: “Communism for Kids24” turns deadly ideology into a fairy tale. (The Daily Signal25)

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
100 Days: How’s Trump Doing?29


By Todd Johnson

“No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.” Really? Let’s evaluate this boast from Donald Trump.

This Saturday, April 29th, will mark 100 days since Trump put his hand on the Bible and took the presidential oath of office on the Capital steps. In the days leading up to this milestone there will be a proliferation of media coverage focused on what he and his administration accomplished since that rainy, overcast day in January. Though there have been a fair number of successes, unfortunately for Trump and his team, the retrospectives will primarily look back at missed opportunities, self-induced wounds, and outright failures. In any case, past is not prologue, and if Trump is able to learn how to influence the governing process from the executive branch he still has the chance to score some real progress before next year’s mid-term elections.

Before examining Trump’s first three plus months as the nation’s chief executive, it’s important to understand why politicians, the media and the American people have put an emphasis on the early days of a modern presidency. Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the benchmark in a speech in 193330, it has been used to measure presidential progress. It stands to reason that a new president has the best chance to be effective early on in his tenure since he’s coming off a victory. As historian Anthony Badger wrote in his book, “FDR: The First 100 Days,” “The first hundred days of the New Deal have served as a model for future presidents of bold leadership and executive-legislative harmony.”

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