Sandoval’s New Tax Plan is Same as the Old

It’s easy to spot a Progressive, despite their party affiliation. They’re the ones always more than will to take money out of the business person’s pocket and spread it around for ‘the sake of the children.’

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people,” wrote Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf. “As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

For example, Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposal to raise $437 million through a new business license fee that taxes gross revenue recently passed by the state Senate. The bill’s designed to raise more than $437 million to fund K-12 education programs.

For now, business license fees cost $200 dollars per year, regardless of the type of business or how much it generates annually. The proposed business license fee change would go from $200 to $400 for small businesses and more than $4 million for businesses that generate more than $1 billion annually, setting different rates for different industries.

The main rub for most taxpayers is that the plan places a tax on gross revenues. It’s also exactly like the margins tax that voters overwhelmingly voted down in the November election.

Taxing gross revenue was also the downfall of the gross receipts tax during the big tax battle in the 2003 session. In the end, lawmakers approved a modified business tax creating nearly a $1 billion in taxes.

All that 2003 billion dollar tax increase did was to make it harder for small business owners to survive the so-called ‘Great Recession.’ All Sandoval’s plan amounts to is jus’ another way to ‘spread the wealth around.’

As for Nevada’s K-12 school system, at least three things need to happen to make it the best in the nation: eliminate tenure (and union control,) get rid of Common Core (and any other federal programming,) and return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic by integrating course lessons.

What Lynch’s Confirmation Means

Once again the Republican-controlled Senate has surrendered its role as defender of the U.S. Constitution as it voted to confirm an attorney general who says illegal aliens have a right to work in the U.S. and partial-birth babies don’t have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a “cloture” vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself.

Neither of these votes would have taken place had not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought her nomination to the floor for consideration. Thanks to a change in Senate Rule XXII that he and Senator Harry Reid pushed through in 2013, only 50 votes were needed instead of the historical 60.

A total of 66 senators voted for cloture — including 20 Republicans — despite a March 2015 Rasmussen poll showing voters were in no big hurry to name Lynch the next U.S. attorney general. In fact, jus’ 33-percent of those asked believed the Senate should confirm her.

At a confirmation hearing in January, Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions asked Lynch: “Who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder, or a citizen, or a person who entered this country unlawfully?”

“Well, Senator,” said Lynch, “I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here. And certainly, if someone’s here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”

In 2006, Lynch signed a brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, trying to overturn the law that Congress enacted in 2003 banning partial-birth abortion. She claimed the language — including the term “living fetus” — was too vague to be understood by those responsible for obeying it and enforcing it.

Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz opposed her conformation saying: “I would note there are more than a few voters back home that are asking, ‘What exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority when the exact same individual gets confirmed as Attorney General, promising the exact same lawlessness, what’s the difference?’”

Cruz however did not to vote, later saying “…if the Senate could get 60 votes for cloture, they could get 51 for final confirmation.”

In the end, they confirmed Lynch 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.

The U.S. is now ruled by a mix of executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial collusion, and journalistic dishonesty. All the traditional ways to save our country are blocked by political elitists unconcerned with the rule of law or the U.S. Constitution.

Welcome to the despotism of the de facto one-party state.

Obama the Hypocrite, Breaks Another Promise

President Obama is refusing to call the massacre of Armenians of the Ottoman Empire genocide. White House officials defended his decision saying it’s necessary to maintain the cooperation of Turkey, a NATO ally, in the Middle Eastern conflicts.

“As president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide,” then presidential candidate Barack Obama said in 2008.

Not only did he renege on his word, he proved himself to be a hypocrite as he criticized the Bush administration for recalling an ambassador who used the word genocide.

“Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” Obama stated January 19, 2008. “The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy.”

California Congressman Adam Schiff, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the president’s decision.

“The United States has long prided itself for being a beacon of human rights, for speaking out against atrocity, for confronting painful chapters of its own past and that of others,” said Schiff. “This cannot be squared with a policy of complicity in genocide denial by the president or Congress.”

“How long must the victims and their families wait before our nation has the courage to confront Turkey with the truth about the murderous past of the Ottoman Empire? If not this president, who spoke so eloquently and passionately about recognition in the past, whom? If not after 100 years, when?” he added.

California has the country’s largest population of people of Armenian descent, with more than 200,000 living in Los Angeles County.

The head of the Armenian National Council of America went further.

“President Obama’s surrender to Turkey represents a national disgrace,” said Ken Hachikian. “It is, very simply, a betrayal of truth, a betrayal of trust.”

No sitting U.S. president has ever used the word “genocide” when speaking of the atrocities committed against Armenians. However, President Ronald Reagan, in 1981, did issue a written proclamation about the “genocide of the Armenians,” but because of diplomatic pressure he dropped all references to the term.

In November 1914, the Ottoman Turks, a Sunni Islamic state, aligned itself with the German Empire and ordered the wholesale slaughter of Christian Armenians. Large-scale massacres were also committed against the Empire’s Greek and Assyrian minorities as part of the same campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Turkey denies the word genocide is the correct term for the mass killings and in recent years been faced with repeated calls to recognize them as genocide, claiming that many people, including Turks died during the war. To date, twenty-three countries have officially recognized the murder of more than 1.5 million people as genocide.

Armenians and others will observe the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide Friday, which began in 1915 and lasted until 1923, long after the world war ended.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Trifecta

President Obama told us before he even got the Democratic nomination in 2008 what he’d do about the threat Iran posed to the U.S. and the world: “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union,” he said. “They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”

Yes – Obama actually said ‘Soviet Union’ and not Russia. Talk about the ‘80’s wanting their foreign policy back,’ but then again it could have simply been a play of words since he’s done nothing about Russia’s aggression.

Now, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading toward the shores of Yemen preparing to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to Houthi rebels. The aircraft’s deployment comes after a U.N. Security Council resolution imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.

The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote with Russia abstaining. No surprise there.

Once hailed by President Obama as a success story in the U.S.’s effort to combat terrorism, Yemen has since collapsed into chaos. This is because Houthis rebels are getting their arms from Iran, which Tehran and the rebels continue to deny.

This comes after the Obama administration’s announcement of a supposed April 2 deal with Iran to control its nuclear program, which Iran disputes.

Under the reported agreement, Iran gets to store around 1,000 advanced nuclear centrifuges at an underground and fortified one-time military site known as Fordow. By keeping Fordow active, Iran could potentially produce weapons-grade material in less than six months.

Iran is also pushing to prohibit international inspectors from accessing possible military sites until after the U.S. provides real relief from economic sanctions. Iran also refuses to give up its stockpile of enriched uranium, the key part in a nuclear bomb.

But wait – there’s more!

The U.S. State Department still plans to give Iran $30 to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year. The cash release would come in addition to the more than $11 billion in unfrozen assets that Iran will already have received under an interim nuclear accord reached in 2013.

When asked about the report, State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf tried to dodge the issue by accusing reporters of getting “spun up” on the issue.  Pressed, Harf finally told reporters that she would “look into it,” then declined “to go line by line in the story,” adding sanctions relief to Iran will continue through June 30.

Don’t believe it’s a trifecta?

Last month, Obama issued and signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven of its officials. Then this month, Obama reversed himself: “Venezuela is not a threat to the U.S. and the U.S. is not a threat to Venezuela,” changing the language of the March 9 executive order he signed.

No wonder our Allies no longer trust us.

The Year 1962 Wants a Redo

While in Panama recently, President Obama said the “cold war was over.” He made this assertion right before he unilaterally decided to drop Cuba from the U.S.’s terror list.

Three years earlier during the 2012 presidential debate Obama and Mitt Romney were asked what they believed the greatest geopolitical threat to the world to be. Romney responded ‘Russia,’ while Obama quipped, “the 1980s are calling, they want their foreign policy back.”

But we now know how wrong Obama is thanks to Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe. Since taking over command last year, Hodges has found himself on the front line of an increasingly nervous stand-off with Russia.

“It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Hodges told the UK Telegraph. “You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”

But the threat isn’t limited to the European continent only.

The Soviet Union may have been defeated but the thing known as the ‘Cold War’ has never really gone away. Russia’s Vladimir Putin clearly articulated his sentiments when he called the defeat of the CCCP one of the tragic moments of the 20th century.

And don’t forget, it was Obama who canceled the missile defense shield for Eastern European — a sign of weakness that Putin has exploited. Think about it — Russia now plans to sell the S-300 ground to air missile system to Iran with its range of 185 miles and the Obama Administration is doing nothing to stop it.

“I will tell you this is actually a sale that was slated to happen in 2009,” Obama during at a White House news conference with the Italian Prime Minister. “When I first met with then-Prime Minister Putin, they actually stopped the sale, paused or suspended the sale at our request. And I’m, frankly, surprised that it held this long, given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons.

Obama added, “When I say I’m not surprised — given some of the deterioration in the relationship between Russia and the United States, and the fact that their economy is under strain and this was a substantial sale.”

Reminder: Cuba is still only 90-miles away from the U.S. and Obama is no JFK.

More “Worshipers of the Cross” Murdered

While U.S. church goers wear orange group of Muslim’s tossed 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya. Italian police arrested 15 people for the murder aggravated by religious hatred in the high seas assault.

The survivors said they had boarded the small boat April 14 along the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard. During the crossing, the Christians from Nigeria and Ghana were threatened by 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and the 12 were pushed overboard.

Survivors said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.” The survivors said to stay on board they formed a “human chain” to resist the assault.

Meanwhile, it’s been learned that ISIL jihadist recently beheaded captive Ethiopian Christians on a beach along Libya’s coast. It mirrors a video released in February showing the beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.

The victims are referred to in a subtitle as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”

Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian country with the religion being introduced in the country the 4th century, making it one of the oldest Christian states in the world. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is one of the oldest organized Christian bodies in the world, and more than 40 percent of the population is members of the church.

The video also shows a man dressed in black clutching a pistol stood behind some of the victims. Speaking to the camera, he says: “Muslim blood shed under the hands of your religions is not cheap. To the nation of the cross: We are now back again.”

The video concludes with a warning that Christians won’t be safe unless they embrace Islam or pay protection money. Under Islam’s sharia law dhimmi status is granted to Jews and Christians, who opt not to convert to Islam or die.

It allows them to practice their religion but with restrictions designed to humiliate them into recognizing the ‘superiority’ of Muslims, and in paying a special tax to known as “jizya.” ISIL claims its tax amounts to four grams of gold for the rich, two grams for ‘average’ people and a gram for the poor.

Meanwhile, religious organizations across the U.S. are urging their followers to wear the color orange to bring attention to the plight of those dying for their faith. Maybe it’ll work as well as the hash-tag campaign ‘bring back our girls,’ did for Nigeria.

Life Lesson #18

Stop holding grudges.
Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.
You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.
Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”
It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”
Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!
And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.
If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.