Obamacare’s newest fans: Oink, oink

February 25, 2017

A recent news account in USA Today headlining, “Obamacare’s popularity at its highest level in nearly seven years” piqued our interest. We tracked down the survey and found it was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)  — hardly a passive player in the healthcare industry. Telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish.

This biased gem is directly from Kaiser:

With President Trump and top White House officials regularly criticizing the accuracy of news from major news organizations, this month’s poll also looks at which sources of information Americans trust most about changes to the nation’s health care system.

The survey finds Americans are more likely to say they trust their Congressional representatives (55%) their friends and family (51%), and local (53%) and national news organizations (51%) than President Trump (42%) or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter (16%).

While fewer than half of Americans say they trust information about proposed changes to the U.S. health care system from President Trump “a lot” or “some,” one-fourth of Americans do say they trust information from the President “a lot” (23 percent) which may be an indication of the current divisive political environment.

Friday’s skewed report on their news site is titled, “Support for health law grows, leaving Republicans in a bind.”

Says who?

Obamacare was sold to Americans based on lies. This is Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber referring to Americans as too stupid to understand the facts (video) while they were being exploited by the healthcare law. Here U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy eviscerates MIT Professor Gruber as the liar he is at a congressional hearing. (video)

Based on the Kaiser survey indicating the rise in popularity of Obamacare, our readers will see the relevance of this tale which defines the issue of government dependency:

Years ago a wise farmer noticed that wild pigs roamed freely in the woods adjacent to his farm. “If I could just capture some of those wild pigs, I could fatten them up and reap financial rewards,” he told his neighbor. But the neighbor scoffed, “Those pigs are wild animals, clever in fending for themselves. You can never round them up.”

The wild pigs were suspicious of any advances by the farmer. However, the farmer was a very patient man, and knew the rewards would be great if he was able to gain their trust. The farmer set out with his plan to tame the beasts.

His plan evolved. Each day he took corn and tossed it in the woods where the pigs could safely feast under the cover of darkness. Gradually, as the pigs grew less cautious, the farmer scattered the corn in a pasture located nearer the farmhouse. Then he set about hammering in fence posts around one side of the pasture. That night, the pigs noticed the posts with some curiosity but were eager to dig into the big pile of corn the farmer had left them. A few nights later, they noticed more posts had been erected. At last, the farmer attached wire to the posts around the perimeter but the corn inside was so enticing and delicious that they gobbled it up as they had gotten used to doing, setting aside any apprehension they had about the fence.

Finally, the pigs noticed there was a fence around the entire pasture with a wide and welcoming gate, swung open and leading to where the sweet corn was piled high. Although a few pigs were suspicious and refused to enter the gate, the more greedy ones entered the enclosure. After several nights when no harm came to them, the others decided to join in the banquet and gorged to their delight, as pigs do. Then one night as the pigs were busy feeding, the farmer quietly walked up to the gate, closed and locked it.

So it is with reliance on government to meet our basic needs. The trap is set. We simply have to anticipate the gate swinging shut on us.

 


“Day Without Immigrants” based on a lie

February 20, 2017

Illegal aliens are not immigrants

According to organizers, the recent nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protests were aimed at showcasing the “impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy.” In some locations the demonstrations will continue through today — Presidents’ Day.

Students were encouraged to ditch school to join in the walkout. Their absence from the nation’s classrooms sends a loud and clear message that education is secondary to protests. Adults were told not to open their businesses or go to work, not to make any purchases, not to send their children to school.

NBC News captioned a photo taken in Chicago, “Protesters participate in a march aimed against President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration.”

Lost amid the political skew and ballyhoo is the fact that the protesters are not immigrants. They are illegal aliens. Media sources have unilaterally decided that accurate descriptive language is taboo, while working diligently to blur the lines between the distinctly different terms. Yet facts are stubborn things.

Immigrants are those who have come to the United States legally with the desire to fully assimilate into our culture as previous generations of newcomers have done.

Immigration Counters supports legal immigration while highlighting the significant impact of illegal immigration in America. Acquaint yourself with the commentary that follows the continually updating numbers.

News coverage dealing with the protests tells of employers who fired their workers for not showing up at work. Their righteous indignation is form over substance.  Had the illegal labor profiteers not hired low wage foreign nationals rather than Americans, there would have been no marches, the businesses that were shut down would have functioned, and most importantly the job magnet that displaces American workers would not exist. Employers can’t have it both ways. They set this mayhem in motion.

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Statehood Day: At 105, Arizona’s an eyewitness to fake news

February 14, 2017

Today is Statehood Day. Arizona officially became a state on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1912.  The newspaper that brought news to the state’s citizens debuted May 19, 1890, over two decades before Arizona moved from territory status to an official state with Gov. George W. P. Hunt at the helm. Readers who disdain the current leftward slant of the Arizona Republic will be surprised to know that its original masthead was the Arizona Republican. Even after the name was changed to the current Arizona Republic, its publisher and newspaper magnate Eugene Pulliam and his wife Nina, held fast to the conservative tone that characterized the content.

After their deaths, the Pulliam’s vast publishing holding Central Newspapers; Inc. was acquired by Gannett, Inc. and the downhill slide began in earnest. When the daily endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, it heralded the predictable move as being “extraordinary,” writing “never in its long history has the newspaper endorsed a Democrat — for president” (emphasis ours). It certainly has endorsed many Democrats for public office along with promoting reliably liberal issues.  In fact, the Arizona Republic endorsed Democrat Lyndon Johnson over Arizona native Barry Goldwater by omission as reported in the Washington Post.

Admitting Hillary was substandard, the editorial board engaged in overt understatement writing: 

“Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has made serious missteps.”

Clinton lost as she should have, a fact the editorial board,  reporters, columnists, and the not-so-funny cartoonist at the Arizona Republic can’t seem to wrap their heads around. As they mourn their loss, the content is skewed even further left and President Donald Trump has become the newspaper’s punching bag.

A month before the Nov. 8, presidential election, Dan Nowicki, McCain and Flake’s assigned sycophantic reporter wrote an embarrassing piece titled, “3 reasons why Trump is in trouble in Arizona.” The editorial masquerading as a news report, included these words:

“Despite six trips to the state as a presidential candidate — Trump on Tuesday attracted an estimated 20,000 people to a rally in conservative Prescott Valley —  the celebrity billionaire has not been able to seal  the deal in the state.”

Actually Trump won Arizona handily, capturing all 11 electoral votes.

The markets have responded favorably to Donald Trump. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq each hit new all-time highs Monday. The S&P 500 has climbed five days in a row and is up 8.8% since President Trump won the November election. Treasury note yields have also been on an upward trend since Trump assumed office.

Having a businessman rather than a career-long political hack in the White House has obvious benefits. Of course, you’d never know that by reading the Arizona Republic.


Budweiser Super Bowl ad incites boycott

February 6, 2017

Anti-Pres. Trump overtones fall flat with beer drinkers

There was more going on at Sunday’s Super Bowl than the Patriot’s spectacular victory. Business Insider’s Kate Taylor writes about the threats of boycotts against Budweiser for its immigration themed Super Bowl ad. The 60-second ad Born the Hard Way has created a firestorm of protests with many dedicated Bud drinkers swearing off the brew in response to what they regard as an anti-President Trump, political message.

The commercial depicts Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s journey to the U.S. in 1857, portraying prejudice the German immigrant encountered. 

“You’re not wanted here, go back home!” one American in the ad yells at Busch as he arrives in New Orleans.

Budweiser’s vice president of marketing Ricardo Marques said that the ad is relevant in today’s political climate, but said the brand did not intend for the ad to make a political statement. Many people aren’t buying his explanation after the ad aired at the Super Bowl. 

“I drank your product for 30 years and I will no longer drink it you liberal s— heads,” reads one such comment on Budweiser’s Facebook page. 

Last summer as the presidential candidates were gearing up, the brand reinvented itself to staunch sagging sales, replacing the name Budweiser with “America.” It was of no consequence, as only 11% of purchasers said they would buy Budweiser next time they purchased beer.

This push back hits Republicrat John McCain, who withdrew his brief support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, where it hurts the most — in his heiress wife Cindy Lou Hensley McCain’s bank account. She chairs Hensley & Co. as well as holding majority control in one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States. Although they file separate tax returns, he lives quite well on her money. Who can forget this glaring disconnect during his 2008 failed presidential bid?


Pres. Trump intends to build a wall

January 27, 2017

Financing? That’s the easy part

Amid much fanfare, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled his trip to Washington on Thursday. He’s miffed that President Donald Trump has neither backed off his call for the construction of a wall along our southern border or suggesting that it could possibly be funded by an import tax on goods from Mexico.

There are myriad ways of financing a security wall to keep illegal drugs, gangs and illegal invaders from Mexico, South and Central America as well as global terror sponsoring nations from flooding the U.S.

What is beyond comprehension is that Mexico would condone losing its young, vigorous men, leaving the country to be inhabited by women, children and the elderly. And why?  The answer is remittances, those funds sent back to Mexico from their nationals living and working here, bolstering the Mexican economy by more than $25 billion in 2014.

Several years ago, Mexico even produced a comic book to aid its own less than literate citizens in navigating the desert to leave their homeland. They were instructed what to wear and bring with them. It outlined their “legal rights” telling them what do and say if they are detained. Once they reach the US, they are instructed to keep a low profile. WND’s post is titled,  “How to be an Illegal.”

Remittances, a massive, tax-free transfer of wealth out of the United States, now exceed Mexico’s oil exports as the nation’s greatest source of income, according to this February 2016 in-depth report by the Government Accountability Office. The study was commissioned by Sen. David Vitter (ret.) and U.S. Rep. Tom Price. All told, it reveals that foreign-born workers, both legal and illegal,  in the U.S. sent $54.2 billion in remittances abroad to Mexico, China, India, and the Philippines which collectively received the most money, according to GAO’s analysis of the World Bank’s Bilateral Remittance Matrix, in 2014.

Billions are also sent yearly to China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Korea. So paying these foreign nationals’ salaries does not result in strengthening our own economy, since much of their earnings detour back to their homelands.

Banks, credit unions and even convenience markets are among various entities facilitating remittances.  The time has come for these money transfers to be taxed.  Then there is the issue of the $millions in foreign aid American taxpayers are funding and the benefits they underwrite once the illegals get settled. The U.K.’s Daily Mail tells the shocking story.  Do you recall reading about this in the local news? Didn’t think so.


Jeff Flake determined to fulfill Obama’s amnesty legacy

January 25, 2017

RINO Jeff Flake fails to remember that elephants never forget

Arizona’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and his mentor John McCain are inextricably bonded to amnesty for foreign invaders, forming a bond that continues along the path McCain initially forged with Ted Kennedy and persists with liberals such as Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Robert Menendez.

The Daily Caller reported in 2013 that McCain and Flake were in a race for the least popular senator prize. And why not? The bill they were pushing “would award amnesty to at least 11 million illegals, double the influx of Democrat-leaning immigrants to two million per year for the next decade, and double the annual inflow of guest workers above one million in perpetuity. That’s enough new immigrants and guest-workers to equal the 40 million Americans expected to turn 18 during the next decade.”

The bill was wildly popular among liberals hoping to increase their voter base, and business lobbyists supportive of a continued influx of cheap labor, but is toxic among GOP and Independent voters, who believe a sovereign nation has a right to a secure and enforceable border

Yet when Jeff Flake was rated at a bottom dragging 27 percent approval ratinghe smirked and said, “That’s the beauty of a six year term,” implying that voters are too dim-witted to remember his finger in their eye.

He’s already in campaign mode, sending out requests for campaign contributions as he calls us “friend” and refers to himself as a “conservative.” He arrogantly asks us to stand with him, even as he steadfastly refused to stand with our Republican presidential nominee — now President Donald Trump. 

The Gang of Eighters, of which Flake was an integral part, are looking at reviving their amnesty effort even as the past election was a sweeping repudiation of Barack Obama’s policies. Republicans won the presidency, majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and control the state legislatures in 32 states.  Republican governors now lead in 31 states. Our message resonated. It was not Flake’s message. Jeff Flake was a regular basketball playing buddy of Obama’s and a dependable traveling companion, accompanying Obama to Kenya and the Communist nation of Cuba.

Now Jeff Flake is trying to lasso in the Hispanic constituency to keep himself politically viable, while attempting to appeal to those who want illegal criminals off our streets. There are at least a couple of things that go unstated, with his supposed SAFE Act.  One, expediting the deportation of criminal aliens convicted of serious and violent crimes is no solution. As we have witnessed repeatedly, deportation is no hindrance. They return to commit more violence. Criminal illegals need to be tried and incarcerated here, where their ability to kill and maim innocents is ended.

Flake is pushing the toothless Obama scheme of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and oddly attempting to tie it to the deportation of criminal aliens, while soft soaping the claims of being brought to the U.S. as a child and not convicted of a crime — enabling them to request deferred action of removal proceedings for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

These impossible to verify foreign nationals, farcically renamed  “dreamers” —  many now adults with families of their own — all claim they were brought here before the age of 16 in violation of the law by their illegal parents. Recipients of this largess must have been under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012; They also profess they will join the military or enroll in college, where they bizarrely qualify for in-state tuition. They will be competing with American citizen kids for college placement and jobs. There are no provisions for verification of these claims or enforcement of failures to comply

Aren’t the lives of Mesa resident Grant Ronnebeck, 22,  Kate Steinle, 32, and countless others killed by repeatedly deported illegals, more important than political correctness and Flaky deceit?


Trump’s election: Small business optimism highest since 1980

January 10, 2017

Economic growth fell to Great Depression levels under Barack Obama

Bloomberg News is reporting that optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election.

The National Federation of Independent Business’s index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. While seven of the 10 components increased in December, 73 percent of the monthly advance was due to more upbeat views about the outlook for sales and the economy, the Washington-based group said.

The share of business owners who say now is a good time to expand is three times the average of the current expansion, according to the NFIB’s data. More companies also said they plan to increase investment and keep hiring, which reflects optimism surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s plans of spurring the economy through deregulation, tax reform and infrastructure spending.

“We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” Juanita Duggan, president and chief executive of the NFIB, said in a statement. “Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.”

The NFIB report was based on a survey of 619 small-business owners through Dec. 28. Small companies represent more than 99 percent of all U.S employers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. A small business is defined as an independent enterprise with no more than 500 employees.

Fifty percent of respondents, the biggest share since March 2002, said they expect better business conditions in the next six months. That was 38 percentage points higher than in November. The net share of firms projecting higher sales jumped by 20 points to 31 percent. Some 29 percent say they will boost capital outlays within six months.

Contrast this news against RealClear Markets report showing the dismal record on overall economic growth under Barack Obama’s administration, which they assert rivaled the Great Depression (1930 – 1933).