I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
Do you think that the corporate tax rate cut doesn’t make a difference? Broadcom is returning to the United States after moving their headquarters to Europe because of confiscatory tax rates in the United States. They are planning on spending one to $2 billion to build a new headquarters building and they are going to be hiring people in the United States. That is unless the Republicans in Congress screw this up and they just might do that. However, there are better examples.
I was listening to an interview on the Stuart Varney show this week. I did not catch his name but the gentleman owns a very large commercial construction company that is based in New York/New Jersey area. They have done a lot of work there. It is a very successful company that is looking to expand into Florida, Texas, and Chicago. They have built a couple of hotels in Florida but because of the slow growth in the economy and this CEO believes that they do not want to over extend by taking on debt, they have not been very aggressive in chasing different contracts. But with a 15% cut in the corporate tax rate, he believes they can expand aggressively in those areas hiring upwards of 5000 employees. Those are good paying construction jobs.
I was listening to a Sunday morning talk show on the radio, the guest was a Congressman Kelly. Today we have some idea of what is in the tax reform plan put forth by the Republicans in the house, but on Sunday we really didn’t know anything. The interview are asked Congressman Kelly why there had not been more public discussion about some elements of the plan, especially those upon which there was a lot agreement or that might be very appealing to a large portion of the public. Congressman Kelly gave what has become a stereo typical political answer. It’s indicative of why I think so many people hate politicians and our federal government in particular.
Congressman Kelly said that as a member of the Ways and Means committee he had attended over 40 committee hearings in the last six years in which testimony was heard from private citizens and representatives of corporations. It was his opinion that those hearings had given him and his fellow representatives a pretty good idea of what the populace wanted in tax reform. He said that they have listened to us and are trying to come up with a plan that would work to meet our desires and keep the federal government running. There is so much wrong with his answer.
I talked about this couple of weeks ago, the fact that very often when a liberal accuses a political opponent of wrongdoing, it is usually because that liberal has either engaged in that activity, is still engaging that in that activity, or has a close associate that is engaging in that activity. Because of the policies the liberals have enacted, they are the true racists. As it turns out they are also the ones who are committing the sexual harassment in the workplace. And now it turns out that it was not Pres. Trump’s campaign that was colluding with the Russians to try and cheat Hillary Clinton out of the presidency, it was actually the Clintons and the Democratic National Committee along with other powerbrokers in the political elite in America that were colluding with the Russians against Pres. Trump. We now know that there has not been any documentation found by the Robert Mueller committee even indicating there might have been collusion by Trump with the Russians. But there is a ton of documentation and money trails showing that the Russians did work with Hillary Clinton not only to take over 20% of America’s uranium stockpile, for which the Clinton foundation and its related charities were paid $145 million and Bill Clinton was paid in excess of $500,000 to give a speech, but we also now know that the Clintons paid a Russian firm $10 million or more to create the so-called “Trump dossier.”
One of the undeniable truths of life is that most problems are not simple and straightforward but are somewhat complicated. Causes are multifaceted and require multifaceted approaches to the solution. Of course the NFL protests have been in the news quite a bit and now the topic of sexual harassment has come back to the forefront of the societal conversation. I think both of these things have something in common. Both are very emotional issues with very strong opinions that are dividing the people who should be coming together to solve the problems.
We’ve talked quite a bit about the National Anthem protests and how the sitting or kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem is a sign of disrespect. Many players say they do not mean it in a disrespectful manner but it is without a doubt disrespectful. It is intended to be so and that is what draws attention to their cause but it also takes away from the discussion about their cause.
The hypocrisy of the liberals knows no bounds. This whole story about Harvey Weinstein being a sexual predator and more of a misogynist than any conservative has ever been demonstrates so many of the flaws in the liberal community. This man has been doing these things for decades. People all across Hollywood knew about it and said nothing. It was the way business was done to some, and to others they needed work and if they crossed Harvey Weinstein they probably would not work in that industry. The New York Times sat on this story for at least 13 years. People like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and so many other stars called him wonderful things. They praised him for his wonderful work on behalf of the causes they supported (which means he donated a lot of money to the ‘right’ causes). It’s just another example that one of the principles held by liberals is that their kind can do no wrong. They can get away with anything no matter how vile or disgusting or how much it violates the principles they claim to hold like equal rights for women as long as you support the right causes or hold the right opinions.
Human behavior is so amazing and fascinating. It can be good and it can be bad. Last night in Las Vegas we saw both. We saw a man take the lives of dozens of people and injured hundreds more. As of right now, if the police know why he did this, they are not making that public. But we also saw total strangers helping each other, not just the emergency personnel like police, firemen and women, or ambulance personnel, but concertgoers reaching out to others to help them get to safety, to tend to their wounds and so on. We’ve seen that over the last few weeks in response to the hurricanes and resulting damage. But it’s more about the manipulation of information and the desire for power that I want to talk about today.
Let’s talk a little bit about the protests in the NFL, whether it’s players kneeling during the national anthem, locking arms to show unity against our president, or some other form they use to show dissatisfaction with some aspect of our country. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I’ve got a couple thoughts about this situation.
First of all, the liberals do what they generally do and that is to start calling people names and attaching opinions to us when we disagree with them. Let’s get one thing very clear, the vast majority of people who do not like the protests taking place during the national anthem are upset with the perception that these protesters are disrespecting our country and what that flag stands for. They are not racists, they do not support rogue cops, they hate bigotry and racism as much as anyone else. But if you listen to the mainstream media including pundits in the sports talk world, you would think that our disagreement with their form of protest means that we want to enslave them and send them to fields to pick cotton.
I know when it happened, I can pinpoint the exact moment in time. December 18, 1988 when the US Consumer Product Safety Commission re-issued its warning that the lawn darts were dangerous and should be destroyed because they are banned in the United States. Effectively on that day we began creating the biggest generation of snowflakes, that we call children, the world has ever seen.
Certainly, ambulance chasing lawyers played a big part in all of the warning labels, safety equipment, banning of toys or playground equipment, but this liberal idea that we have to keep kids from feeling any type of pain or suffering any type of injury is the driving force behind what we see today; safe zones where certain people cannot go or certain words cannot be said. Walking helmets being a requirement in Denmark because someone might be looking down and walk into a pole or elbow and knee pads being put on kids utilizing playground equipment.
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