Just A Common Soldier

Posted on 29 May 2017, 12:59 - Category: Veterans

Terror on Campus

From The American Spectator, May 1, 2017, by Ben Stein

The nation’s universities have become no-go zones for people who do not hew to the one-party, anti-American, anti-police, anti-business attitudes of the violent brownshirts. Quiet, scholarly geniuses like Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald — who dare to suggest that Americans should work for a living, who speak out in defense of the police — are shouted down, shoved, sometimes assaulted, and chased from campuses under guard. Ann Coulter — a long-time friend, staggeringly intelligent and amusing — is not permitted to speak at a University of California, Berkeley, campus, because she makes such witty, shining defenses of our great nation. This is a taxpayer-funded campus.

There’s an atmosphere of terror on campuses across the country. My beloved law school alma mater, mighty Yale, shamed itself recently by blackballing faculty who wanted to keep a sense of humor on the campus.

The formula is simple. Get a few nonwhite students to label a potential speaker a racist, whether or not there is the slightest evidence he or she is. Then bring in the looney left faculty, then bring in the women with fake charges of sexism, and soon you have a mighty avalanche against the speaker. The fascists call themselves anti-fascists, of course. But anyone with eyes and ears can see and hear who’s burning the books.

As far as I know, neither Hitler nor the Japanese ever planned to invade America. Certainly Vietnam didn’t. North Korea is a menace, but a poverty-stricken nation of 22 million is not going to subjugate us and take away our freedom.

They don’t have to. We’ve done it to ourselves on our campuses. Via our imbecile young people and their pawns and masters in the faculties, we have incinerated the First Amendment. We’ve made sure that our young learn only lies and subversive propaganda against America. Hitler had his storm troopers to silence the opposition. We have Black Lives Matter, which aims to emasculate the main force guarding black lives — the police — and which is always in the vanguard at closing down free speech. It’s a catastrophe for this country. It’s not what our young men and their parents fought for, died for, and wept for in The War. Look quick. We’re losing this war for freedom — and fast.

Posted on 19 May 2017, 12:57 - Category: State We're In

Can't You Hear The Howls?

I can. "Hooowoo is Trump going to pay for these tax cuts?” "They will cost trillions!” “Tax cuts for the rich!” “What about the deficit?"

These exclamations demonstrate the disrespectful nature of the ruling elites in Washington, who treat the rest of us as ignorant and stupid. Let me explain.

First of all, why would a reduction in tax rates be labelled a “cost" to the government? Costs to the government are for employees, buildings, military, computers, etc. The very notion that a tax rate cut “costs” the government money reveals a lot about whose money they think they are spending. The government considers that ALL money is THEIR money - not yours! To reduce a revenue is a cost? Yikes!

Secondly, rate cuts won’t “cost” anybody anything. Ever hear of dynamic scoring? This is a foul if not absent word in the liberal lexicon. Dynamic scoring means that you take into account ALL the factors, over time, in analyzing the outcome of a shift in policy - not just a single or narrow set. As opposed to static scoring: "a simplified analysis wherein the effect of an immediate change to a system is calculated without regard to the longer-term response of the system to that change.”

Let’s look at an example. If the government cuts tax rates, there will be less revenue. Right? Wrong! Presidents Kennedy and Reagan cut tax rates and revenue leapt. In the Reagan era, revenue doubled! It works every time it’s tried. Why? Lower rates puts money in the hands of individuals and companies to spend, expand, and start new ventures, creating new jobs and new tax revenue. 

I did a simple analysis based on the very modest assumption that rate cuts will cause the GDP to grow at 3%, instead of the anemic rate of under 2% for the past 8 years. The result was a revenue increase of $500B a year in the 5th year.

What about the rich people? President Trump’s proposal will reduce the top marginal rate by 4.9%, but they may pay MORE taxes because of the elimination of deductions – the so called loopholes.

“Loopholes” irritate me. That word connotes some sort of sleazy cheating. Folks, there are no loopholes in our tax code! Each and every permitted deduction is legally sanctioned by Congress - or the IRS comes a-knocking. Legal deductions are not Get Out Of Jail Free cards. The government WANTS you to use them, otherwise why would they go to the trouble to pass them into law?

The thing that is not taught in our public school system is basic economics. Rich people have earned more money than others, through hard work, smarts, and sometimes a little luck, so they own more assets - stuff. But all people are the same when it comes to assets. Unless it’s under a mattress, this “stuff" is inextricably locked into our economy. It’s in a bank, it’s in a house, it’s in a stock account, or perhaps a boat. Maybe, it’s a stream of income from a job or from investments. The point is the difference between a rich person and a poor person is just the amount, but the money is always at work in our free market economy. So, why pick on the rich?

Money you have in a bank is loaned out to other people to buy a house or start a business. Money in a stock provides capital for a business to expand. Money that buys a boat provides jobs for many people. Any expenditure by anyone, rich or poor, is economic activity that creates revenue for government. Rich people spend more per capita. But all spending elevates our economy. Targeting rich people for being successful is a liberal tactic to divide us and it’s called class warfare to get votes. Successful people should be celebrated! 1% of taxpayers pay 39% of taxes. Way to go!

And, hey, what about the deficit? Did you ever hear one liberal complain about the deficit? I can’t find one. Obama doubled it in 8 years. So, now suddenly, a tax rate cut that purportedly “costs us” is a complaint because it adds to the national debt? Should I laugh or cry?

In fact, a national pundit recently asked, “Why impose any taxes?” The revenue from taxes bears no relationship to expenditures by Congress. They just spend whatever they like. So why collect taxes at all? Good question.

Posted on 08 May 2017, 01:44 - Category: Taxes

Are We A Sovereign Nation?

Derrick K. Watson, District of Hawaii Federal Judge, recently issued a 43-page opinion establishing a Temporary Restraining Order on President Trump’s second executive order restricting certain people entering the United States from six failed nations. The nations were selected by President Obama as representing high risks to the safety of American citizens. Of primary concern, is the inability to reliably identify the person’s birthplace, their criminal history, and their involvement in terrorism.
Since the 1400’s, the image of the blindfolded Lady Liberty has symbolized that true justice is be meted out objectively under the law, without favor of identity, money, or power. Judge Watson apparently used a crystal ball to see beyond the executive order to impute some intention, and ignored the law and the words. 
Title 8 §1182 (f) of the U.S. Code states:
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

There are grave issues set up by Watson’s TRO. 

1. President Trump is entirely inside the law. This is the same statute used by Jimmy Carter to round up and deport Iranians.

2. The President does not need a court or Congress to exercise this power under the statute.

3. The TRO’s did mention the statute, but only to say Trump “exceeded authority” However, no proof was presented.

4. The TRO’s cited statements made by Trump during the campaign, before the election, AS THOUGH THIS IS POLICY. The judges determined, without any evidence, that Trump’s EO was discriminatory to a certain religion. 

5. The U.S. Constitution does not apply to non-citizens living in foreign countries. 

6. If a District Judge can stay a lawful, Constitutional EO, how about if a President wanted to send in troops somewhere to protect U.S. interests and a judge didn’t like that?

Either the United State is a sovereign nation with effective borders and the rule of law, or we are a banana republic. When rogue, politicized judges base rulings on political ideology or imputed intentions, rather than on the facts and the law, we are little better than third-world. While defying the judge’s corrupt order is appealing, two wrongs do not make a right. If our President defies the court, as Jackson did Marshall and Obama did with oil in the Gulf of Mexico, it would not be helpful. Appointing judges who would behave as badly in the opposite political direction would be equally as deleterious. We are better than that. Perhaps the process of removing political-hack Federal judges should be eased to increase impartiality and accountability.

Posted on 27 Mar 2017, 10:58 - Category: State We're In

Humbled By Support

I am very humbled by the outpouring of support for our campaign. In just one day three patriotic Mainer’s signed up to make monthly contributions to our 2018 campaign! Mostly notable is that two of them are living on fixed incomes. My promise to them and to everyone in Maine’s 1st Congressional district is that, once elected I will remain as fiscally conservative with their tax dollars as I am with their campaign contributions.

On Saturday, March 4, I joined 100 Trump supporters and conservatives in a rally that marched from Shaw's to the State House. We braved 10º and 20 mph winds to sing patriotic songs and listen to a few speeches. What a stalwart and steadfast group! March 4 Trump rallies occured across the country.

My staff and I are hard at work crafting a new campaign for 2018. I so appreciate your support and would be pleased to hear from you with concerns and suggestions.

Posted on 06 Mar 2017, 01:09 - Category: Campaign News

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