The great Washington D.C. martyr

It finally happened! After weeks of allegations, Senator Al Franken finally announced his resignation for the Senate last Thursday. Like many liberals tend to do, Senator Franken was far less than apologetic for his actions, instead shifting the topic of his sexual harassment claims to the supposedly alleged wrongdoings of the President. Yes poor old Al, you got royally screwed and the reaction from his resignation indicates he really got royally screwed even to the point of being a so-called martyr of the Democratic party.

As many of you can probably guess from some of my previous posts, I am not really the biggest fan of Senator Franken even though he hails from my home state of Minnesota. He was very lucky and fortunate to have won the Senate seat. I view him as nothing more than a grand standing politician who is nothing more than your typical liberal supporter of bad policies for the country. But having said that, I must say that Franken was forced out of office in a very unethical like way. Who are people trying to kid? This was a purely political move and nobody can convince me otherwise. Franken richly deserved a full-fledged investigation into his actions and did not receive it. A group of several congressional women pretty much decided his fate and that is rather unfortunate.

I find it rather interesting that shortly after his announcement last week, Democrats came out in groves boasting on how their party adhered to the moral high ground and Republicans in contrast do not. In just a few days, a Republican, who himself has been the subject of a very high publicized sexual allegation, will more than likely be winning a vacated Senate seat. Democrats are seizing on that opportunity as way of showing people that they deal with allegations against their members in a much better way. Does anyone see the irony of Franken’s resignation and the timing so close to this special election? I certainly do! This is just a political game, pure and simple and Franken had to be the fall guy.

The next time some Democrat gets on their high horse talking about how their party is the moral superior to the Republican party, maybe you should remind them of a fellow named Bill Clinton. Or maybe Ted Kennedy. Funny how the same people, who were defending Clinton several years ago, are talking about how their party is the champion in dealing with unethical behavior. Al Franken was a victim of his own party and was forced out to gain political points. You could say that he is the great political martyr of 2017.

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A much needed tax reform bill

In the early 1960’s a young president named John F. Kennedy had a dilemma on his hands. The economy was growing at a snail’s pace and pressure was mounting on his administration to do something for the American people. President Kennedy came up with a solution that brought him some mocking and ridicule. He decided to cut the tax rate for corporations and individuals substantially. Many questioned how were we going to pay for the sudden drop in tax revenue. Suddenly after dropping rates, the economy took off like few generations have ever seen. Economic growth took off and those tax rate decreases more than paid for themselves. A booming economy generates lots of tax revenue because more people are working and working at higher paying jobs. In addition, more consumers are spending more money. It was a brilliant idea which was equally surprising that a Democrat politician would actually want to cut taxes.

President Ronald Reagan followed the same plan in the 1980’s with the same results, we had an unprecedented period of economic growth in this country. The GDP had growth rates seldom seen in this country. On the flip side, some presidents such as Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter had a notion that taxing high wage earners was the answer and the results speak for themselves. The GDP never exceeded more than 3 percent during the reign of the Obama administration. The Federal government collected lots of tax revenue during his time in office, but the country’s debt more than doubled. The economy sputtered along like an old car battery in the winter. So do you get my point? There is a history in this country that cutting taxes on everyone, especially those high wages earners who create jobs and invest in companies is a proven way of creating good economic growth. Raising taxes and increasing burdensome regulations produces just the opposite results. Why all politicians do not understand this is puzzling to me! I think many are hung up in this class warfare thing of punishing rich people. History more than proves my point that cutting taxes and having reasonable spending policies is the best and sustainable way of producing long-term economic growth.

It is encouraging to see members of the House and Senate come together with tax reform bills that this country desperately needs. I fully realize that these bills do not suit everyone and are not perfect in every way. Funny how some Democrats were crying about not being able to read the bill when they themselves quickly passed Obamacare! These bills follow the same principles that Kennedy and Reagan put together and are proven ways of helping the economy. Why would anyone go against a proven way of way of economic growth?

Economic growth has really started to pick up in this country in the last year. We had 2 consecutive quarters of over 3 percent GDP growth for the first time in nearly a decade. Consumer confidence is at an all-time high. Unemployment is at its lowest in nearly 15-20 years. As just some working class stiff in this country, I feel very optimistic about the economic future of this country and hopefully members of both the House and Senate can come together with a new tax reform bill that will make the United States a booming economic country for many years to come. It is nice that a few politicians actually have some basic understanding of economics.

Should Senator Al Franken resign?

It happened again! Seems these days that my posts are becoming more and more about discussing sexual abuse allegations against high-profile people and this week is no exception. The latest individual involved is none other a Senator from my state of Minnesota, Al Franken. I find these charges of improper sexual contact against Senator Franken rather ironic because if this happened to a Republican Senator, Franken would probably lead the charges in calling for his or her resignation. Whether Franken will practice what he preaches and resign remains to be seen and I have some thoughts about that.

Someone told me yesterday that since Senator Franken was not in office at the time, these incidents should not matter. That is total hogwash! Anytime you grab the breasts of a sleeping woman, that should matter. Anytime you write some sick fantasy about a woman journalist, that should also matter and the list goes on and on. If anyone remembers, Senator Franken was elected in 2008 just a few years after the infamous picture breast grabbing photo was taken. These incidents were not known at the time to us Minnesota voters. Had we know, Franken would not have stood a chance to win a Senate seat. By the way, Franken barely won the election by a mere 300 votes due to a controversial recount which Mr. Franken somehow mysteriously gained 500 votes during the recount. It is highly likely that voter fraud was involved because an investigation revealed that nearly 1000 felons illegally voted. If Franken does not win that Senate seat, the Democrats would probably not have enough votes to pass the highly maligned Obamacare bill.

The million dollar question now is what will Senator Franken do now. Will more women come out and say that Franken abused them? These allegations are extremely damning to Franken. Unlike the allegations by women against Judge Moore, there are photos and real actions to back up the woman’s claims. It is not a he said versus she said. Senator Franken apology over the matter seemed to be rather weak if you ask me. Where has he been hiding for the last few days? Wouldn’t the proper response be to hold a major press conference, admit that he was deeply sorry and talk about how this incident will make him a better person in the future? Perhaps he can also talk about possibly supporting women’s abuse groups in the future as well. I always believe that you garner much more respect from the public by owning up to your mistakes right away instead of hiding and running like Franken is doing right now.

In my opinion, Senator Franken should immediately resign his Senate seat. His actions back then as well as his half-hearted response to these allegations now indicate that he is not fit to be a United States senator. On top of that, he is a total hypocrite who should never run for office again.

The old tax reform debate

A very hot topic in news these days has been the efforts of GOP members in Congress to revamp our tax code for millions of taxpayers across the country. If anyone has any knowledge about our tax system, you probably know how complicated and complex it really is. Any reform should bring about as much tax relief to the middle class as possible. Critics of the current tax proposals predictably have been slamming it because in their minds, it is very evil to give the government less of our money and more to ourselves. People like Senator Chuck Schumer criticize the new tax plan because they feel there is no way that we can pay for it and our children and grandchildren will be saddled in the future with a huge debt. Is Schumer right? This blogger feels that he is just another politician in serious need of an economic and business lesson.

Let me just start out by stating a fact about tax revenue in this country. Last year, the government collected some of the highest taxes ever on record. GDP growth was still stagnant, less than about 3 percent. And on top of that, our nation’s debt continued to increase. Any reasonable person might conclude from this fact that collecting millions and billions of dollars in taxes is not the problem. No, we have a SPENDING PROBLEM in Washington. Many Democrats, and even some Republicans ,think that money grows on trees and the government can just tax and spend their way to their heart’s content. People like Senator Schumer are worried that their precious little failed social programs will not have enough funds to exist. Does anyone even consider that our government’s out of control must be addressed as well? Perhaps that is one way that we could be pay for a tax cut. Government, whether it be on the local, state or federal level usually runs up debt because of a lack of spending controls, not due to a lack of tax revenue.

Some of these critics also do not understand what happens when people get to keep more of their money and that includes those evil rich people. I know many people are against having a rich person get a tax cut, but what about some rich person who owns a business and suddenly, he or she has an extra 10,000 a year to spend? Does it occur to anyone that they may just invest further in their company thus creating more jobs? A typical middle class person will have more money to spend and that can only help our economy. How could it not? More jobs will be created and consumer spending will increase. Both of these scenarios is the ideal way to ensure that our government gets to the proper revenue to survive. Deficit spending is a serious problem that very few politicians have the guts to address. Many politicians feel the solution to economic growth is to continually tax and spend and that has been proven to be a wrong course of action.

I know not every tax reform plan will please everyone. It is impossible to do so. But having worries that any tax reform plan will greatly increase our nation’s debt is absolutely foolish. We CAN pay for it by increasing economic growth and controlling our spending.

Soaking the rich people

The Trump administration’s effort to reform our tax system has been in the headlines this week. Any effort to reform our tax system always brings about much debate about who should pay what and how much. It is a never-ending debate between the two parties and one of the top reasons I have strong disagreements with one of our nation’s major parties.

One one side, the Republican party typically likes to ease the tax burden of many people, not only the middle class, but the upper class as well. It is their belief that the rich people of this country are the job creators and by lowering their tax rate, they have more money to invest in their companies, expand and thus create more jobs and grow our economy.

Democrats, like Republicans, want tax relief for the middle class, but they do not believe that rich individuals should get a tax break. In fact, many Democrats would not be happy until high earners were taxed about 90 percent of their earnings and that would still probably not be enough! Most Democrats love their taxes and believe that taxing rich people to death will create that much more revenue for the government and therefore, more money for the less fortunate of this country.

Having worked in business for several years, I can tell you without much hesitation which party’s plan I agree with. It is the Republicans by a long shot. It seems like it would be morally right to heavily tax some rich guy so a poor person has more goodies in their lives, but that never works. It has been proven throughout history that heavily taxing the rich does not work in growing our economy. On the other hand, giving tax breaks to everyone, including the rich has resulted in growing the economy. A few presidents tried this and it worked tremendously, Reagan did in the 80’s and JFK in the 60’s. JFK was even a Democrat! GDP growth during those times were at unbelievable levels. We saw the economy really take off during those periods.

I simply cannot understand why people such as many Democrats are so dead set against giving higher earners tax breaks. If people would just away from their biased jealous opinions of rich people, maybe they would just understand that giving tax breaks to high earners is just good common sense. I am serious about that statement. Many of the high earners are businesses owners. A tax break will help them grown their business and expand. In the process, more jobs will be created including those for low-income, entry-level workers. We live in a very competitive global job market and those lower taxes will mean a lot more incentive to keep and bring jobs back here to the United States.

Critics of giving rich people a tax break worry about replacing the lost tax revenue and how to make up for it. A stronger economy will more than make up for it. Having more people working and spending will more than make up for the tax cut. Once again, it has been proven over time and history that the best way to create more revenue for the government is to decrease taxes. Increasing taxes as we have seen for the last several years has only strangled our economy with little growth.

Furthermore, why punish high achievers? What incentive is there for a person with a lot of talent to make money and start a business to do so if they are forced to pay a boat load of taxes to the government? A person who starts or invests in a business which grows the economy should be rewarded, not punished. Soaking rich people seems like a fair thing to do until you really study the impacts of it. Democrats never seem to understand this.

Those Trump tweets

Unless you have been in a terrible coma for the past couple of years, you might have noticed that our newly elected president loves to tweet. President Barack Obama had a Twitter account, but the frequency of his tweets paled in comparison to President Trump. The question I have is this; is it a good idea for a President or any politician to engage heavily on Twitter? There are varying opinions on this topic and I will share a few myself.

Part of being a good politician is getting your message out to the public. With so many people using Twitter these days, you would think that it would be wise for a lawmaker to use Twitter to persuade the public on a particular issue. For example, a lawmaker can make a short, but very compelling case on why we need to repeal Obamacare. An account with Trump’s popular can reach millions of people with just a quick send button.

On the other hand, I find it rather difficult to articulate a view with only 140 characters allowed. Sure you can send multiple tweets on a particular topic, but I find it very hard to uphold any type of good conversation when I am limited. Perhaps a blog post might be a better idea for the President. On top of that, Twitter is filled with a bunch of wackos who will not think twice about sending you some mean and ignorant tweets. I would think that the President has better things to do with his time than getting involved in a Twitter war.

It is no secret that many media figures do not like President Trump and will do anything to discredit his achievements. Having the option to reply back at his critics is a wonderful way for him to use Twitter and you might say, set the record straight. Yes, there are times when I think Trump should be above some of the cheap shots that delivered to him, but I admire him for fighting back at some of ridiculous things that are said and written about him.

Having said all these things, I do think eventually that his Twitter use could get him in deep trouble some day. And that goes for any politician who uses Twitter regularly. Anyone who uses Twitter probably has had those moments where you send a tweet that you wish you had not. Many famous athletes and politicians have gotten into huge trouble from what they have said on Twitter. Furthermore, I would expect my President to show some class in his or her tweets instead of sending juvenile tweets about how stupid a certain news anchor might be or how fat a celebrity critic of his may be. You are expected to uphold the office with some dignity and some of Trumps tweets have crossed the line, no doubt about it.

President Trump’s twitter account is one of many politicians that I follow from both sides. I think it is a very useful tool that can help him out in achieving his agenda. How there is a great risk involved and hopefully President Trump will be wise enough to understand that there are many vultures out there just waiting for him to send that one regrettable tweet.

The losing streak continues for the Democrats

It was supposed to be a big night for the Democratic party last Tuesday. A house seat was on the line during a special election in Georgia. The election was seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Millions of dollars from outside of the state came pouring in an effort to help the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, win the race. When all was said and done, the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, walked away as the stunning winner. If there ever was an event that should serve as a wake up call for Democrats, this election should be it. The Democrats continue to lose elections. On top of that, they have lost several legislative seats and governorships in the past 8 years or so. You could say that party is on a serious losing streak.

Since the night of the election, I have seen some discussion about this problem with the party and what to do going forward especially with the midterms coming up in just over a year. The answer is rather simple if you ask me. Since the election, the Democratic party has been nothing but obstructionists. They seem to be totally focused on removing President Donald Trump from office. There has not been any evidence and probably never will be that the president colluded with the Russians to influence last November’s election. That doesn’t stop several Democrats from being hell-bent on finding some shred of evidence that Trump was involved. One would think the party would finally realize this investigation or should I say witch hunt is not going anywhere. Impeachment will not happen!

Several Republicans are working hard to fix the health care bill and make it better for millions of United States citizens. Democrats are really being obstructionists is this process as well. Instead of working with Republicans to create a better bill, Democrats continue to deny the fact that their signature piece of legislation, Obamacare is a complete failure. Many Democrats are still happy with this bill and in a serious state of denial over its failure.

When it comes to important issues, what are the Democrats more concerned about? The Democrats in my area are more concerned about climate change, raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour and giving rights to illegals. Those issues may be important to some, but I want to know you and your party’s plan for the economy. What are your specific plans? Is it to constantly scare people into not voting for the Republicans? I recently heard a Democratic politician talk about Trumpcare and how many millions will die if this bill gets passed. So what is your alternative to the bill?

Until the Democrats start focusing on issues that really matter to people and come up with reasonable solutions, this party will continue to lose elections with no end in sight. People are not dumb and understand what today’s Democratic party is all about. The party needs to stop being a bunch of radical hateful leftists and move towards the center. Maybe new leadership could help. Perhaps dumping Nancy Pelosi would be a good idea. I left the party about 10 years ago and it may have been one of the better decisions I have ever made. The party is slowly becoming out of touch with many Americans. The last presidential election should have been a major wakeup call for the party. Maybe the Georgia election will finally be the hammer that hits the Democrats in the head. The party is losing voters with no end in sight.