We’ve been conned on “tax reform”

December 3, 2017

Republicans were so enthralled that President Trump was finally able to achieve a victory getting his signature tax reform measure passed, that we failed to see the big picture.

This was far more than a tax break for middle-income families, a simplification of the onerous federal tax filing, a repeal of the Obamacare mandate forcing Americans to buy health insurance, and a means of creating a level playing field for businesses, enabling them to return their off shore operations to the U.S. to provide jobs for American workers.

The senators were so proud of their 479-page bill, they voted on it in the dead of Saturday night when no one was looking. HR 1 passed by a 51 to 49 margin.

Tucked in among a limitation on wagering losses, repeal of deduction for alimony payments, repeal of the deduction for lobbying expenses,  dealing with rum excise taxes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the myriad “striking” this and “inserting” that, is the crème de la crème means of expanding the Democrat party —-  those alleging they were brought into the U.S. by their illegal alien parents when they were children. There is no means of verifying their claims, but their supporters don’t care about authentication. David Inserra, writing for Heritage Foundation has compiled an excellent analysis on the topic, noting that amnesty provides an incentive for more lawlessness.

Democrats and their mirror image Republicrats have said they won’t support a measure that doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly a million so-called “Dreamers” in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, illegally put in place (brief video) by Barack Obama, who admits he had no authority to do so.

Our antenna should have been raised when Trump-hating John McCain and Jeff Flake voted in the affirmative. Amnesty for illegals is the glue that binds them.

Did you know that every single individual tax cut contained in the Senate bill is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2025? There is no permanence attached. Even if President Trump is elected to a second term, this date is outside of that time frame.

Pay attention, This deceptive bill is now headed to the House.

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Thumbs up McCain? Contrarian octogenarian flips on tax bill & Update

December 1, 2017

Performing his magical presto-chango act, Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) has done an imitation of snapping his gnarled fingers and now says he will support the senate tax bill and repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate.

Most Americans are so fed up with his puerilelook at me throw up a roadblockshenanigans that he is now dismissed as an antagonistic impediment to progress — especially if President Trump conceptualized it. Only the leftwing media hang on his every word and nuance.

On Thursday, he released this statement in support of the Senate tax reform bill. In addition to the link, we are also copying it here since when he leaves the senate, his links will disappear.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill. I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families.

For too long, hardworking people in Arizona and around the country have not seen a raise in their paychecks. This bill would directly benefit all Americans, allowing them to keep a higher percentage of what they earn. According to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation, every income bracket would see tax relief under this bill. The child tax credit would be doubled to $2,000 per child and the tax code would be substantially simplified. 

By lowering our high corporate tax rate to 20 percent, the bill would make our markets far more attractive for investment. It would also encourage American companies to repatriate assets now held overseas. Small businesses, which are vitally important to the dynamism of our economy, would also receive essential tax relief. Combined, these commonsense steps would promote economic growth and stimulate job creation here at home.  

For months, I have called for a return to regular order, and I am pleased that this important bill was considered through the normal legislative processes, with several hearings and a thorough mark-up in the Senate Finance Committee during which more than 350 amendments were filed and 69 received a vote.  

I have also argued that health care reform, which is important both to the well-being of our citizens and to the vitality of our economy, should proceed by regular order. This bill does not change that. As a matter of principle, I’ve always supported individual liberty and believe the federal government should not penalize Americans who cannot afford to purchase expensive health insurance. By repealing the individual mandate, this bill would eliminate an onerous tax that especially harms those from low-income brackets. In my home state of Arizona, 80 percent of people who currently pay the individual mandate penalty earn less than $50,000 per year.

Finally, I take seriously the concerns some of my Senate colleagues have raised about the impact of this bill on the deficit. However, it’s clear this bill’s net effect on our economy would be positive. This is not a perfect bill, but it is one that would deliver much-needed reform to our tax code, grow the economy, and help Americans keep more of their hard-earned money.” 

In this statement written by his strategists, ASS liberally refers to the economy. This video shows presidential candidate McCain speaking extemporaneously on the topic of the economy:

 

Saturday, Dec. 2, Senate passes GOP tax reform bill 51 – 49

 The tax reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate today contains the Republicans’ biggest blow yet to Obamacare, repealing the requirement that all Americans must purchase health insurance. In the end, the only Republican defector was lame duck Sen Bob Corker of Tennessee who has announced his decision to retire. The bill now moves to the House.

Breitbart News provides an intriguing backdrop to Corker’s decision to bow out of the senate in 2018.


Unconstrained McCain, Flake untrustworthy on tax reform

November 28, 2017

The charade is over: AZ Senators only represent their obsessive anti-Trump rage

The expensive ad campaigns urging Jeff Flake and John McCain to say “No!” to tax reform are difficult to miss. They flood the airwaves and take up full pages in the local newspaper.

Someone should tell the hostile folks at Citizens for Responsible Tax Reform they’re wasting their resources. Neither Flake nor Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS)  need to be coerced into derailing one of President Trump’s signature issues — regardless of the potential for positive impact for spurring economic growth and simplifying the cumbersome filing process for millions of Americans. The federal tax code is over 74,000 pages.

Arizona‘s Senior Senator, 81 and ailing, is still consumed by a jealous rage that Donald Trump easily attained the presidency that will forever elude him. His legacy will be his petty, well rehearsed Caligula-likethumbs down(brief video) on repealing and replacing Obamacare. ASS is more committed to being an impediment to the president than he is to the citizens he is supposed to represent.

Flake, with an 18 percent approval rating, chose not to subject himself to the embarrassment of a big loss, and now relishes his role as a reckless lame duck. With no need to please constituents, he can vote against major reforms and spew his anti-Trump vitriol without consequence. Both men, whether overtly or covertly, supported Hillary in her failed presidential bid. McCain previously called her arock starand Flake said he voted for Evan McMullin, a fellow BYU alumni.

 President Trump is slated to meet with Senate Republicans today ahead of crucial votes expected to take place within days. The GOP drive to pass a massive tax cut package would be a major legislative victory for middle-income Americans and provide economic stimulus for businesses. The trick is to hold the precarious caucus together when members like those supposedly representing Arizona put their hatred of Trump before their obligation to those they ran to represent Republicans hold the majority in both chambers — with 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate. The GOP needs a simple majority of votes to pass their version of the tax cut bill.

We urge you to read Sen. Rand Paul’s fine article, “Here’s why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up).In it he commends the senate tax plan writers who included his suggestion repealing the ObamaCare mandate.  He writes, “The mandate is clearly a tax, a fact that was established by the Supreme Court when it upheld ObamaCare. So including it in the tax bill only makes sense.”

Clarity works. So does integrity.

Added early evening:
The New York Times reports that when McCain was asked about what concerned him about the Senate tax bill, he replied tersely: “A lot of things.”

Republicans have ample reason to worry and not just because of his admission that he knows little about economics. It’s his finger-in-the-eye to Trump that drives him regardless of how his petty hostility affects the rest of us.


America has a do-something president

October 14, 2017

James Buchanan was, rightly or wrongly, known as the “do nothing” president. With President Donald J. Trump, we have just the opposite, a president who is intent on fulfilling his promises to the American people that won him the 2016 election.

With steadfast determination, President Trump has been following through with his “”Make America Great Again” agenda. The large crowds he continues to generate as he travels the nation, are a testament to his ability to hold his supporters close.

This rankles the leftist media in unimaginable ways. On his to-do list are repealing and replacing Obamacare, which was shot down by the spiteful John McCain, who can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump achieved what he never will — the Presidency of the United States. USA Today, the free hotel throwaway, headlined its sneering report, “Piece by Piece, Trump tries to unravel Obamacare,”noting that the “president acts on his own.” 

Astute news followers will recall that such a complaint was never lodged against Barack Obama, who lived in a cocoon of presidential executive orders, bypassing congress whenever he felt constrained. McCain claims he voted in opposition to President Trump’s healthcare reform — with an obviously practiced and intended to shock, Roman emperor Caligula-style thumbs down vote against the gladiator begging for mercy in the arena — for that very reason. Yet McCain remained mute on all of Obama’s unilateral excesses as he ran the government by executive fiat.

The president wants to decertify the disastrous ‘Iran Nuclear Deal.’ entered Into by Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry — who sweetened the pot with cash infusions in the amount of $1.7 billion to the terrorist sponsoring nation in 2016. They also went against precedent not to be monetarily blackmailed for hostages, paying $400 million the same day Iran agreed to release four American prisoners. The U.S. is supposed to trust Iran’s claim that it will not develop nuclear weapons for at least a decade.

On Thursday the Trump administration said it would stop paying billions of dollars worth of reimbursements to health insurers to compensate them for out-of-pocket health discounts given to 6 million Obamacare customers. Arizonans on the failed system saw a 116 percent increase in premiums this year, the highest spike in the nation.

Addressing the Values Voter Summit an annual conservative conference on Friday, the president received thunderous applause when he noted our nation‘s Judeo-Christian values are under assault. He stated, “saying ‘Merry Christmas’ will be back in style.”

Tax cuts, which benefit the economy, are also on Trump’s agenda. Check out SRAZ’s Friday’s post with an exposé referencing another expected McCain sabotage.

Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) is quite a guy!


All time first: AZ Republic runs an aditorial praising McCain

September 24, 2017

No, that is not a misspelling.  It’s our description of what we found looking for Sunday’s editorial in the Arizona Republic.

There it was, a full page topped by the all capitalized words in bold type:

P R I N C I P L E D

L E A D E R S H I P

The princely accolade is following by a  seven-and-a -half-inch square photo of pre-brain surgery scarred John McCain.  Directly below that is a paragraph from “Arizona’s health care  and business leaders” heaping praise on  Arizona’s senior senator (ASS)  for his  desire to work with the Democrats on health care reform in what these “leaders” call a bipartisan manner in “adopting lasting and meaningful health care reform.”

You know, exactly as Barack Obama and the Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did when they shoved Obamacare down America’s throat. In the intervening years since the massive government overtaking of healthcare was passed, Arizonans have seen a dramatic 116 percent rise in premiums — which the “leaders” have either overlooked or actually don’t care about.

Following the praiseful paragraph is a Sept. 22, 2017 quote from McCain which the “leaders” say they couldn’t agree with more. It was taken from his speech following his second vote against President Donald Trump’s efforts to follow through on his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

McCain, who was embarrassingly trounced 52.1 to 44.5 when he ran for the presidency in 2008, is still smarting over President Trump’s overwhelming victory over Hillary Clinton. Both McCain and Jeff Flake voted for the scandal plagued liberal Democrat, saying they could not support Donald Trump — though he emerged victorious from a Republican primary field of 17 contestants.

The besotted signers on the aditorial must have short memories. Just last year, running for another 6-year senate term at age 80, McCain campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Were they happy with him then or did they vote for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who supported Obamacare?


Lying McCain fails America again on Obamacare repeal

September 23, 2017

John McCain actually made repealing and replacing Obamacare a cornerstone of his 2016 reelection campaign

Friday was notable for John McCain reprising his previous showboating tactics honed in July when his was the vote that brought down legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare — an issue on which Republican leaders have promised their constituents for seven years they would deliver relief. It was such a compelling issue, McCain used it as the bedrock of his 2016 reelection campaign. But Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) has no core beliefs and usually sways with the Democrats when the votes are tallied.

Senate Minority Leader — liberal New Yorker — Chuck Schumer, called McCain’s defection “courageous.”

If ”courageous” McCain spent any appreciable time in Arizona or cared enough to be informed, he would know that premiums on Barack Obama’s signature heath care legislation have skyrocketed 116 percent in the state into which he carpetbagged to launch a fresh life and political career in the 1980s.

A bit of background on the unsavory McCain: He used the family connections of his then-new wife Cindy, to gain access to Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of Lincoln Savings and Loan, who became his benefactor. As a quid pro quo, McCain sought favors for Keating bringing in four Democrat senators to assist. All but two of those entangled in what became known as the Keating Five Scandal — a crisis which cost American taxpayers $3 billion, ended their careers. Only the carefully crafted “heroes” survived: Astronaut John Glenn and John McCain. Approximately 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many investors lost their life savings. The generous political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaled $1.3 million.

With his second vote against repealing Obamacare on Friday, McCain said he could not “in good conscience” vote for the legislation. In actuality, he doesn’t have to concern himself with such mundane matters. He accesses the first class care for his malignant brain tumor at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Blaming his age and grim prognosis for his betrayal of the American people and the political party under whose banner he has made a name for himself is too simplistic. Younger and healthier, his collusions with the left on issues from amnesty for illegal invaders of the United States to campaign finance laws that benefited liberal candidates, have characterized him. In one minute, Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader, clearly defined McCain in 2008. McCain’s deceit has only worsened in the intervening years. His obsessive jealousy and deep-rooted hatred of President Trump drives him today.

Here is John McCain at his lying best when in campaign mode. In 2016. John McCain actually ran on repealing Obamacare. Here he is debating Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick and arguing for repeal:


New healthcare reform bill: Relying on McCain is a fool’s errand

September 22, 2017

AZ’s Senior Senator (ASS) remains too consumed with jealousy over Trump’s presidential victory to honorably function on behalf of those he’s supposed to represent

Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) John McCain, 81, who with a dramatic thumbs down motion reminiscent of the Roman emperor Caligula denying mercy to a wounded gladiator in the arena, took time from his treatment for an  “aggressive malignant brain tumor” to cast the deciding vote, torpedoing Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.  With his self-serving negative end of July action, in an obviously rehearsed betrayal, ASS afforded himself another opportunity to lob a jab at President Trump — though negatively affecting millions of Americans with his pettiness. In ASS’s bitter world, revenge takes center stage, regardless of the consequences. 

A new plan is on the table. Sens. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) are prime co-sponsors of the proposal that would shift health-care spending currently earmarked for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and health-care exchanges from the federal government to the states through a system of block grants. Graham-Cassidy would also eliminate the individual mandate, requiring people either carry insurance or pay a fine. Acquaint yourself with the legislation to reform health care and read the comments of supporters — all included here.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a longtime McCain ally, has announced he’s on-board with the plan, saying in a statement, “Graham-Cassidy is the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Will it make any difference that Graham, McCain’s closest senate comrade, is a co-sponsor? Although McCain functions from his visceral core that is devoid of reason, Ducey is sending him a message to support this replacement effort that carries a Sept. 30 deadline for passage, when rules preventing a Democrat filibuster will expire.  Just as last time, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held up action awaiting McCain’s arrival in DC, every vote counts. It remains to be seen if ASS will revert to anti-Trump jealousy mode again and gum up the works. ASS is on record saying, he might “reluctantly” support the bill, although, to no one’s surprise, the Republicrat, self-anointed “maverick” prefers a “bipartisan” approach. 

Following Ducey’s announcement ASS said he was “still very frustrated” with the process and was “not ready to announce a decision to vote for it.”

Expect nothing from ‘Focus-On-Me’ McCain and you’ll never be disappointed.