The Truth About Minimum Wage

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Republicans, both nationalists and conservatives, have been crowing about the recent failure of the minimum wage increase in Seattle. While it is always nice for our world view to be validated I feel this article is necessary so that we will not be misunderstood. After all Democrats are always eager to paint conservatives as the tools of big business even while they passed Dodd-Frank which concentrated 43% of the banking industry in 4 banks and Obamacare which doubled the profits of the insurance industry at the cost of rising premiums and deductibles for the middle class. Republicans, like everyone else, do want wages to go up. We just believe that raising the minimum wage particularly the federal minimum wage is the wrong way to go about it.

Democrats

Before I give our view I will debunk the points made by Democrats first. Whenever any policies are discussed the left will always bring up Denmark, Norway, and Sweden as their perfect utopias. Ask them point-blank if these countries have a federal minimum wage. As small as these countries are they have realized that a nationwide minimum wage might be apt for one location but would not work for another. In the context of the US a federal minimum wage designed for New York would price rural businesses out of the market but a minimum designed for rural areas would not be livable in New York. This is why these countries have minimum wage negotiated per industry instead of for the entire country.

Arbitrarily raising the minimum wage does not work either. A variant of that was tried in Venezuela in Petroleos de Venezuela, their national oil company. You may recall that just prior to their crisis they were also hailed as a model socialist country that the US should follow. Venezuela eventually nationalized the oil company. When they did they hired more people and increased their wages. The problem was they did not produce more oil nor did they sell it at a higher price. You just had more people doing the same amount of work at higher wages. This was not a problem while oil prices were high. When they bottomed out this became part of the reason we see the chaos we do in Venezuela today. Incidentally this is also why Trump is dangerous to Putin. More production by the US of oil and natural gas could cause a glut in the market which would cause worldwide prices to drop and ruin the Russian economy.

Republicans

As Republicans we do believe in the free market. Even nationalists believe in a free market just one bound within the nation. Labor like anything else is a commodity and follows the rules of supply and demand. When the supply of available labor is high then the price is low. In addition when the demand for available labor is high then the price for labor will increase as well.

We believe that instead of setting random numbers as the minimum wage the government should instead set policies that will help lower supply of labor and increase demand for it. This way the change to wages will be organic and something the companies themselves would have to do in order to get the best of the available labor. We think this will be safer as in leaner times companies will not be forced out or forced into bankruptcy by wage levels it can no longer afford.

On a related note this is why the people don’t believe the Democrats and media when they tell them we are at full employment. If we are at full employment wages are supposed to go up but they are stagnant. The Trump administration is doing things that we believe are necessary to change this. The best example is addressing illegal immigration. The slave labor provided by illegals and those provided by those with work visas such as H1-b increase the amount of labor in the pool. With more labor available potential employees have less power to bargain for higher wages. Removing regulations and providing tax reform also increases the amount of businesses in the US increasing the demand for labor therefore making each individual worker more negotiating power.

To sum everything up Democrats believe in legislating wage increases no matter what conditions on the ground dictate while Republicans believe in creating conditions necessary for the wages to increase.

 

Debunking Russiagate

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I have made articles debunking the liberal position on dodd-frank, obamacare, and other issues but have always avoided an article for Russiagate. The entire thing just seemed so ridiculous that it would have been a waste of time debunking it. Yet here we are. The hilarious thing about this is the Democrats don’t really care one way or another if Russia interfered with the election or not. The emails that wikileaks provided have been proved to be true. The entire thing is being used to generate headlines and derail the Trump administration. The main concern for Team Trump is that the country at large cares more about what he accomplishes than what Russia did or did not do. It is only the elite Republicans who care about Russiagate and the more they focus on it the less get done.

Emails

If we are going to debunk something let us start from the beginning. Whenever Democrats bring up Russia they always point to Trump calling on Russia on live TV to find the missing emails of Hillary. As everyone knows when your colluding with a foreign power it is always better to do it on live tv. The funny thing about this is that Clinton’s emails were never hacked. She deleted them all before handing it to the FBI. All we know about this emails come from what the FBI have been able to recover. It is one thing to hack information that is already there. It is quite another to reconstitute things that have already been deleted.

The second set of emails comes from John Podesta. If you were to go by technicalities you can say he was hacked. In reality Podesta gave up his password willingly to a phishing scam. Let me repeat that again. Podesta gave up his password willingly. You do not need the KGB to run a phishing scam. I think I get 10 or so false notices from credit cards asking for my personal details every week. Any teenager can do this.

Lastly we have the DNC server. If there was any hacking done it is here. Unfortunately we will never know as the DNC refused to turn over their servers to the FBI. All the information we have comes from Crowdstrike which is on retainer for the DNC.

This is the lynchpin of the entire Russiagate narrative and we are not even sure it happened.

Financial Ties

Democrats are also insinuating that Trump is beholden to Russia because he owes them vast sums of money. To prove this they are using his relationship to Deutsche Bank and there have been reports that the bank has turned over information to the Mueller investigation. Please note we are not talking about a fly by night operation here exclusively created to give Trump Russian funds. We are talking about Deutsche Bank. One of the largest banks in the world, based in Germany I might add which liberals seem to love all of a sudden. If it was a treason to do business with Deutsche then you would have to jail Gates, Buffet, and all of your other faux liberal heroes.

The truth is like many Americans Trump overextended himself in the financial crisis. Unlike other major players he did not get a bail out. He took his bankruptcies and the hit to your credit that comes with it. Like many Americans he had to find a bank willing to do business with him to continue his company and repair his credit. Some people found secured cards to repair their credit, Trump found Deutsche Bank willing to do business with him. Like many Americans Trump was able to recover thru hard work.

Secret Meetings

The next point in their ridiculous narrative is Trump and maybe his team has been having secret meetings with Vladmir Putin supposedly to get instructions. Democrats may not be aware of these but email and other forms of communications exist. If Trump really needed to get instructions from Putin he could get it without meeting face to face. Second these meetings are absolutely normal.

Remember when Obama met the Russian President and told him to pass a message on to Vladimir? Something like tell Vladimir to wait till after the election? If that statement had not been caught by the hot mic would it have been recorded anywhere? Was any of the advisers or translators with Obama at the time have been close enough to hear it? Were you fine with that?

Meeting with foreign leaders in passing in parties organized by third parties, back channels, and off the record meetings are all part of diplomacy. In fact they are part of any high level discussions in business or in politics. Presidents have done this before Trump and will do so after  Trump. The left is only freaking out about it now as it is the easiest way to destabilize the Trump administration.

Non-Disclosure

The last thing Democrats will say is that if this was normal why would the Trump team hide it? What we need to remember is that these meetings are so mundane that no one thought to mention them. Take the most recent meeting with Putin for instance. Trump meets with Putin in a party set up by Merkel and all of a sudden the news was reporting that Trump was having all sorts of clandestine meetings with Putin.

Transition teams and even the campaign meet with 1000’s of people. Some of them will be important meetings but most of them will be forgettable. The truth can easily be uncovered. What are the things Trump has done since being elected? Do they help or hurt Russia?

Offering to sell missile defenses to Poland. Competing with Russia in Eastern Europe by supplying natural gas. Increasing the production of oil and gas which lowers the price world wide. Convincing NATO to increase its military spending closer to the 2% that they promised. Everything that Trump has done so far has been incredibly harmful towards Russia.

 

Peperidge Farm Remembers

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Remember when the Steele document came out and democrats cheered? Pepe-ridge farms remembers. Remember when it came out that never trumpers funded the opposition research and the funding was taken over by the clinton campaign? Pepe-ridge farms remembers. Remember when it was revealed that some of the sources Steele used for his supposed research came from within the Russian government? Pepe-ridge farms remembers. Remember when the biased press accused the Clinton camp of colluding with the Russians? Pepe-ridge farms doesn’t.

The media may have conveniently forgotten. The politicians may have forgotten. The normies may have forgotten but Pepe-ridge farms always remembers.

When we remember this Democrats scream whataboutism. They say that Trump is the president and anything Hillary, Obama, and any other candidate has done should not be discussed. Pepe-ridge farms remembers because everyone running for office gets information about their opponents.

Pepe-ridge farms also remembers the Democrats colluding with Ukraine. The Pope screaming that Trump was not a christian to prevent the religious right from voting for him. Foreign leaders the world over trying to tip the scales towards the Democrats. Pepe-ridge farms remembers everything.

If Democrats want to bring down Trump let it be for something he did do but the others did not.

 

Obama Wiretapped Trump: Step by Step

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With new information coming from the Don Jr emails we now have a clearer picture of how Obama used his loyalists in the FBI to wiretap and conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign. Let us go step by step to see exactly how this was set up. It is actually quite brilliant.

The Bait

In essence Obama needed something to give the FBI an excuse to wiretap the Trump campaign. Enter Natalia. The Russian lawyer that Don Jr met who had information that was supposed to be “straight from the Kremlin”. Please note that this loyal agent of mother Russia who has been entrusted with its deepest, darkest secrets regarding the misdeeds of Hillary Clinton in Russia had anti – Trump rants in her facebook page. Wait a minute? I thought the Russians loved Trump and wanted him to win? Why would their chosen agent post messages like this? Why would their agent be against Trump? I thought Russia was dying for him to win. It is also strange that the attorney general, who met with Bill Clinton during the investigation and requested that specific terminology be used to describe the investigation, gave an exception for this russian spy to get in the country.

This would never hold up in open court but the Obama administration never expected it to get that far. They were arranging things for Clinton to win after all. All that mattered is that it gave the FBI justification to request for a FISA warrant. Please note that the Russian narrative is only a bonus. The Obama administration expected to be successful in fixing the election. The primary reason for the trap is the justification for the FISA warrant. The Russia thing only became useful when they lost.

The Trap

As mentioned earlier the evidence would never hold up in open court but the FISA court is not an open one. It is a secret court which acts as a rubber stamp to give intelligence agencies a veneer of accountability when conducting surveillance on American citizens. It has only declined 11 out of the 35000 requests it has received. Despite this Obama had to file 2 requests and have them rejected before they shopped around for a friendly judge to give them authorization to spy on the Trump campaign.

The Spoils

Once you have the authorization to spy on the opposing campaign all that is left is to analyze and disseminate the information. To facilitate this two things have to be achieved. First the information should be as easy as possible to understand and second as many people as possible should be able to see the information as possible. The Obama administration achieved this by changing the rules to allow as many people as possible would have the opportunity to see and leak the documents and by having Susan Rice request to unmask the documents.

Three simple steps and you can use the FBI to wiretap your political opponents. Step 1: Have one of your friendly operatives in another government meet with the opposing campaign. Step 2: Have that agent present no useful information but use the meeting to trigger a FISA request. Step 3: Have you administration leak the results both to the press and your parties campaign.

At least Nixon had the decency to use criminals.

 

 

 

The Truth about the Nothingburger

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The Democrats are tilting at the Russian windmill once again. It is no coincidence that this happens after a highly successful g20 summit and the fall of Mosul. Russia will always be brought out to distract the public when the President accomplishes great things.

There are two facets to the Russia story that are being used to suggest collusion. First is the staff involved in the Trump campaign had some connection with Russia and other governments, like Turkey and Ukraine for example, in the past and second for whatever reason Trump campaign officials would meet with various officials connected to Russia.

Staff

There is one thing that we have to remember about the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton was the establishment candidate and was very effective in rallying the establishment of both sides against President Trump. The Koch brothers did not give a single cent to the Trump campaign and the Bushes who controlled most of the political operatives of the were openly stating that they would vote for Clinton. There were even some stories circulating that anyone who worked for the Trump campaign would have been blackballed in Republican circles after they lost.

For better or for worse the regular Republican operatives were not available to the Trump campaign. It ultimately turned out for the better as the rag-tag team was able to deliver results the Koch and Bush vetted operatives were not able to. The 2016 elections saw major 8 and 9 point swings towards the GOP in Wisconsin and Michigan. There was even a historic 15 point swing in Iowa. Results like that come from experience and since the people involved in the Trump campaign were those in disfavor with Koch and Bush they could not get this in the US. They had to get it elsewhere and some of those places were in Europe. Only the most privileged people would not understand relocating where the jobs are.

Any insurgent campaign would go thru these pains as the establishment would link arms against them. When the media condemn the Trump campaign for their staff they are condemning all insurgents who dare run against the political class.

Russia

Let us start with the latest media meltdown, Donald Trump Jr. It seems some person said she was connected to the Russian government and said she had some damaging information on Hillary Clintons activity in Russia. Before we proceed let me just point out how hilarious it is that no one is stating that maybe Hillary did not have any covert activity with the Russian government and the lady who sent the email was bluffing. Everybody just knows that she has these ties.

In any campaign when somebody says they have damaging information about your opponent you take a look at that information. If it turns out to be nothing then you have wasted some time and move on. The Clinton campaign had a disgraced M16 agent in Steele researching pee tapes on Trump with his contacts in the Russian government and other governments friendly to Hillary doing everything they could to prevent Trump from being elected. The Pope, who has stated he considers the insistence of Trump on border control and prevention of illegal immigration to be dangerous, even worked to divide the Christian community from Trump by questioning his faith. Every campaign will pursue every scrap of information and lead they have. They did this before the Trump campaign and will continue doing this after the Trump campaign.

It should not come as a surprise that the officials in the Trump team meets with people from Russia or other countries. Since most of them were exiled by the Kochs and Bushes they developed their experience and contacts in other countries. Some of these contacts may reach out with information from time to time just like contacts from the US.

If Trump used regular Republican operatives he would not have these problems. If he did that then we wouldn’t have voted for him.

Victory in Europe

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The Presidents Poland/G20 trip is over and as usual we have two different reactions. Conservatives and nationalists like me are pleased with what he has accomplished and liberals proclaim it to be the death of civilization as usual. There is a disconnect here and it lies on what people consider to be in the interests of America. Democrats are unable to process the implications of the trip properly because they consider to be what is good for Europe to be synonymous to what is good for America. This is not a surprise at this point in time Democrats would much rather see a successful Europe rather than a successful America. In reality Europe has been angling to set up a power bloc separate from the United States and have been since they set up the European Union.

I will break down what happened this weekend and how they affected each country. Due to the nature of international politics some events may impact more than one country or group of countries so I may list one event in multiple sections.

Poland

Poland and by extension the Visegrad group emerge as the biggest winners for this trip. Due to their position they are stuck between the rock of Russia and the hard place of the EU leadership in Germany and Brussels. Germany is forcing them to take more refugees in an effort to solve its self-inflicted refugee crisis and Russia is bleeding their economies dry with energy exports and of course the ever-present military threat.

President Trump has offered to sell Poland missile defense technology to guard against Russian aggression and more importantly has said that he would be willing to sell energy, most likely in the form of natural gas, to Poland and the other Eastern European countries. Of course critics will say that President Trump has no control over where private companies sell gas without thinking that the US can always exert soft pressure on these companies or buy and resell the natural gas themselves.

On the European front President Trumps support for their immigration policies gives them a leader to rally around and gives them more resolve to stand against Germany and the leaders of the EU. It gives them a major ally to invoke in negotiations with the rest of the EU as well.

The United States gains a minority faction in the EU which will follow its lead. The US gains leverage against Russia by becoming competition in the energy market of these countries. All in all the US gains vassal states and gains leverage against the EU and Russia.

Russia

It is a testament to the effectiveness of our press and political class that the most important development regarding Russia is not discussed. I have written before that Trump presents the most danger to Russia out of anyone because he threatens them economically not just with a military. Russia is held up by its energy sector. Oil and natural gas. With America pushing for energy independence and worse for Russia actually exporting energy it creates downward pressure on the price. In these Eastern European countries the US will actually be in direct competition with Russia enabling Trump to cause a glut in the price if Russia steps out of line. People forget that the Soviet Union was brought down due to its economy not because of a military conflict.

To give the Russians a token of our goodwill despite our renewed support for the Eastern European countries we have also entered into a ceasefire agreement with them regarding Syria. In practical terms continuing conflict in Syria has very little effect on the US. We are an ocean away and will take in very few refugees in any case. Russia does not care too much as well since their side is winning anyway. Both Putin and Trump stand to gain some prestige from a ceasefire. Maybe even a Nobel Peace Prize for whatever that is worth nowadays.

This trip showed Russia that we have the upper hand and can ruin their economy at any time. I would list more NATO spending as well but that seems like a minor point compared to everything else that has been achieved.

The EU

The EU has two major problems. First you have the brexit effect with some nations electing anti-Eu parties to head their government and second and most pressing they have their self inflicted refugee crisis. It can be compared to an extinction level event for the EU. With Trump stiffening the resolve of the Visegrad group and taking them under his wing that solution is no longer available. In any case it would only have been a temporary solution.

Ask yourself one thing. If the war in Syria ended tomorrow who would benefit the most. The EU, the US, or Russia? The US and Russia are too far away to feel any real effects from Syria. With the exception of the actual Syrians on the ground no one is praying more for a successful ceasefire than Merkel.

A successful ceasefire in Syria would remove the excuse for all the economic migrants who are heading to Germany. It would allow Germany and other European nations to return the refugees to their homelands, something their electorate will not allow under current circumstances. It would remove a point of friction between the EU leadership and the Visegrad nations. It would also prevent Germany friction between Greece and Germany as Greece became the front line of the refugee crisis after being put under austerity by Germany and the EU leadership.

Who does the ceasefire now rely on? The US. If the EU behaves maybe the ceasefire will hold. If it doesn’t maybe the ceasefire falls apart and we have more refugees.

To summarize. In this trip the US has gained enough leverage to corner both the EU and Russia. We have also gained a new set of vassal states in the Visegrad Group to use against the EU.  Not bad for a weeks worth of work.

 

 

 

Trump is Russia’s Worst Nightmare

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With the Trump-Russia narrative dying a well deserved death it is time to acknowledge reality. Despite rhetoric that is friendly to Russia, mainly because Trump is attempting to use Russia as a counterbalance to China which he views as the real threat, the policies Trump implements are actually very harmful to Russia. There really is no comparison to the previous administration where Russia and its allies were allowed to get away with murder.

Energy

The Russian economy is dependent on oil and natural gas. If the prices for these are high then Russia does better and if its low then they do worse. By encouraging American companies to drill for oil and produce natural gas President Trump increases the supply of these products in the market. The more supply of something the lower its price weakening the Russian economy.

Middle East

There are two main factions in the Middle East. The Sunni camp headed by Saudi Arabia and the Shia camp headed by Iran. Since there are always fewer Shia states than Sunni states the Sunni states that want to replace Saudi Arabia or break away from their group tend to side with the Shia as well. Historically the Sunni bloc has sided with the US while the Shia block has sided with Russia.

President Trump has given the Saudis leeway to use any and all methods to go after Iran which is why we are seeing the diplomatic situation in Qatar. Qatar and Iran share the worlds largest natural gas field which the Iranian economy is dependent upon. The Saudis and the other Sunni nations in the region have blockaded them in an effort to end that relationship crippling Iran’s economy and invalidating Russia’s principal ally in the region.

Please note that with the Iran deal Obama actually strengthened Iran and by extension Russia in the region.

NATO

Most left leaning analysts would insist that Trump has weakened Europe and Nato against Russia. These analysts refuse to acknowledge one thing that most American citizens, whether Democrats or Republicans, know. The US does not have the willpower to fight another war. Make no mistake it has the technical capability to do so. The fact is 15 years of unending war in the Middle East have driven war exhaustion so high that the public will not support any future wars. Even if we pull out from the Middle East completely tomorrow it would still take some time for public sentiment to recover.

This is not lost on Putin and other world leaders. This is why he was confident he would face no military retaliation when he went after Crimea. By forcing the European countries to rearm themselves President Trump is creating a Europe which can defend itself against Russian aggression even without US support. Even with the example of Crimea Europe refuses to prepare for this and have to be forced to do so. A strong Europe is the best deterrent against Russia.

The Trump-Russia narrative is not only fake news it does not make logical sense as Trump is weakening Russia with every move.

The Truth About the AHCA

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The senate has recently come out with its version of the AHCA. Since there are still no provisions about price controls on drugs I do not support it. Despite that it is important that the truth about it be told. Democrats have said that this bill is nothing but a massive tax cut for the rich. The truth is that Democrats will always say that no matter what Republicans do. We have to take a look at the actual taxes that have been repealed to see what happened. Obamacare delayed a lot of the most harmful taxes it required to run until Obama left office so some of the taxes I list here that have been repealed have not taken effect yet. They are mostly scheduled to take effect in the next year or two. As usual it should be the Trump administration and its Republican allies doing this but since they cannot be bothered too it falls to independent bloggers like me to do so.

Tax on Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage

Remember when Democrats tell you that Republicans want to push granny of a cliff? Democrats actually removed some of the benefits seniors had to push thru Obamacare. Seniors used to be able to recoup 28% of what they pay for prescription drugs and companies used to be able to take this as a deduction encouraging them to take on more seniors. This is especially important as seniors could have unique illnesses that generic drugs would not treat. The Republicans returned this benefit to seniors.

Chronic Care Tax

There is a tax deduction available for Americans who have high out of pocket costs. In order to pay for Obamacare Democrats reduced this deduction was reduced. Wealthy people are less likely to have high out of pocket costs. They would already have very good insurance that covers them. It is poorer people that have worse insurance that have the potential to get bigger costs. President Trump and Republicans returned this benefit to them.

HSA Withdrawal Tax

Democrats doubled the penalty to withdraw money from Health Savings Accounts for non-health related expenses to 20% from 10%. The AHCA bill restores the penalty to 10%. Wealthy people would have other sources of funds to draw money from instead of the HSA as that is already going to cost a minimum of 10%. The only people who would need to use this are those who have lower income. Trump and the Republicans return this to 10%.

Tax on Prescription Medicine

Over and above the reduced deductions for seniors the Democrats also levied a tax on prescription medicines. As mentioned seniors and others may have needs that generic medicines cannot fill so this is a direct tax on them. The truly wealthy would also have very good insurance which would probably cover those things already. Republicans have lowered this tax on the poor and middle class.

Surtax on Investment Income

This is the only thing that can be truly considered a tax break for the wealthy. At this point I would ask you to remember that Trump has already proposed that investment income from people who invest for a living be treated as income tax instead of capital gains tax. That already represents a massive increase in the tax liability for investment income. This is something that Republicans proposed not Democrats.

Medical Device Tax

Democrats levied a tax on medical devices to pay for Obamacare. The entire premise behind Obamacare is that when hospitals are given a cost. Like the uninsured packing emergency rooms they would then pass those costs on to the public. Using the very same logic Democrats used to justify Obamacare then this would be a tax on the public as the hospitals pass the costs on to the final consumer. Republicans have repealed this tax.

Medicine Cabinet Tax

As part of their suite of taxes to pay for Obamacare health saving accounts and flexible savings accounts were restricted from purchasing non-perscription over the counter medicines. Health Savings accounts are not limited to the very wealthy. Most of the people who use them are middle class. By limiting their accessibility to medicine Democrats have made healthcare more expensive for them. The Republicans have repealed this.

Individual Mandate

This is the biggest tax on them all. A tax on all people who do not have insurance. Who is more likely to have insurance a rich person or a poor one? Who is more likely to pay this tax? I think everyone knows the answer to that. Republicans have repealed this and instead rely on insurers to provide competitive options to attract customers.

Employer Mandate Tax

At first glance removing this tax only seems to benefit employers with more than 50 employees. When we take a closer look we see that the number of employees insured from work did not increase after Obamacare took effect nor did the companies pay any new taxes. The companies were already offering health insurance before or were structuring their new hires in such a way that they would not need to be offered health insurance through work.

As you can see most of the taxes that are repealed help the middle and lower income classes. The one thing that does help the rich has been addressed in tax reform. Democrats and their allies in the media hope that everyone is too lazy to look up what taxes have actually been repealed and instead rely on them for the information.

 

3 Important Points from Comey

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The entire country watch Comey testify yesterday and there were some important details that are easy to overlook. Others have already done a discussion on each word and what they could possibly mean. For this article I am focusing on 3 things and their implications.

FBI did not access the DNC Server

The entire narrative behind Russia gate is that the Russians hacked the DNC servers and then gave the information to wikileaks to damage the Clinton campaign. With the collusion of President Trump of course. It is normally very hard to pinpoint the exact perpetrator of an attack in cyberspace. False IP addresses, methods, and other things could easily lay the blame on another party when it did not do the act in the first place. Despite all of these difficulties the various intelligence agencies were able to power through with diligent forensic investigations and were able to determine without a shadow of a doubt that it was the Russians.

Except Comey stated under oath that they did not have access to the DNC server. The Democrats refused to grant the FBI access to their servers. In fact none of the intelligence agencies were able to access the server. The only entity who seems to have had access to it to be able to determine that the attack originated from the Russians is Crowdstrike. A firm retained and paid for by the DNC. Instead of a non-partisan inquiry by intelligence agencies we now have a partisan inquiry by the DNC. The intelligence community who have every motive to discredit wikileaks are predictably not to bothered by this.

NYT , CNN, WAPO are Fake News

As you are reading this section please do recall that wikileaks, an organization that has said the DNC leaks came from a leak and not a hack, has never had to issue a correction or pull any of their released documents as false.

Democrats are saying that yesterday was a vindication of mainstream media. Some of their stories published only on the word of unnamed sources were proved correct. The exact opposite happened yesterday. Each of these outlets had to retract some of their stories as the testimony of Comey contradicted them. Retracting articles is bad enough as that is an admission of sloppy journalism but these are unnamed sources.

When you publish a story with unnamed sources you are asking the public to substitute your judgement for their own. You are telling them that there are valid reasons which prevent you from releasing the name of your source but you are willing to lay your credibility on the line because you have full confidence that what you are saying is the truth. You are telling the public that they do not need any way to verify what you are saying but they should treat it as gospel truth because you are CNN, Wapo, or the NYT.

Then you get your story with unnamed sources retracted. What happens when you lay all your credibility on the line for a story and it gets proved false? What is worse the fake stories that you have printed get used as corroboration for other stories and those stories do not get retracted. In a previous article I already showed that in these types of articles featuring unnamed sources you only have one paragraph of new material. Everything else rehashes and links to older articles including these fake stories to give more credibility to the unnamed source. If these outlets were to publish more unnamed sources in the future how are we to trust that these are real stories instead of fake?

Obama Wiretapped Trump

Remember this issue? It hinged on the Obama administration using the powers of his office and the government to influence the election for Hillary Clinton. In that case we had the administration itself asking for FISA warrants to wiretap American Citizens in the Trump campaign to get information of political value. We then Susan Rice attempt to unmask these citizens and the information shared between agencies to maximize potential leakers.

Democrats said Obama could not possibly do that. He was too nice.

Now we have Comey testifying under oath that Loretta Lynch asked him to refer to the investigation of Hillary Clinton as a matter and not as an investigation as that would be detrimental to the campaign. Again we have the very same administration using its powers to influence the election for Hillary Clinton.

This clearly establishes a pattern where the officials in the Obama administration used their power to benefit the Democrat nominee. We have to begin a congressional investigation on what else they may have done to abuse their positions of power and if they did so with the direction and knowledge of Obama.

The Truth about FAA Privatization

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President Trump has lent his support to efforts to privatize the air traffic control functions of the FAA and predictably the Democrats are setting their hair on fire. Every possible reason has been brought up from worse services to increased costs on consumers due to fees being passed on. Senator Schumer even stated that the airline companies could raise taxes on their consumers which normally only the government can do.

Service

The truth is this bill shifts the burden of paying for air traffic control from the taxpayers to the airlines and may even lower costs as well for consumers. The function would fall onto a non-profit company who would then be funded by fees from the airlines themselves as opposed to funds from the budget which of course comes from taxes. The same exact employees who are handling the job now would be handling the job in the non profit organization, which is why some unions who work with air traffic control are ok with this when they are normally against privatization. The same exact equipment used now would still be used then. We get the same service but we get the program of the government books.

There is also an argument being made that it would be easier as a non-profit to upgrade your equipment than it is as a government entity and anyone who has dealt with the government before on a business capacity would agree with this.

Fees

When a consumer hears about fees they assume that the company that the fee targets will automatically pass it on to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Let me show you examples from two industries. First lets take a look at telcos. All the companies you love to hate. ATT, Comcast, Verizon, etc. The moment you charge any of them fees they will automatically pass it on to consumers without question. Do you notice the similarities between these companies? They are all effective monopolies with no incentive to try to retain customer loyalty. After all if you do not like your Comcast you have nowhere else to go. Now let us take a look at another industry: credit cards. Most major credit cards are available in all major cities so they effectively compete with each other all the time. In this environment a company like Capital One offers no foreign transaction fees. Does that mean that the underlying legislation somehow exempts one company from paying fees while requiring the rest of the industry to? After all they are not passing it on to the consumer. Or is it more likely that Capital One is absorbing the costs to offer an advantage to customers that its competitors don’t?

At this point even the most ardent liberals have to admit that companies do not automatically pass fees onto consumers. The determining factor is competition. If the companies have competitors then they sometimes absorb the fees to be more attractive to consumers and if they don’t have competitors then they pass everything on.

We finally get to the airline industry. We have to determine which one of these models best fits it. When you fly along a major route do you have the choice of one airline or multiple ones? Do you see budget airlines pop up like mushrooms who then to proceed to cut everything they can cut in an effort to undercut their competition? Do you see apps get designed for the sole purpose of making sure you get airline tickets at the lowest price possible? Airlines are already doing everything they can to undercut each other. Any fees charged will be just another thing they use in this battle.

This issue is admittedly a small one if we look at the size of the budget and economy. It does go a long way in showing the blind partisanship of democrats that they would be against something that would both lower the cost to the government and to the consumer just because it came from President Trump.