Monday, January 15, 2018

Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We celebrate today the birthday and life of the foremost African American civil rights leader, but above all a great American, whose life was cut short at age 39 by an assassin. The young Reverend King went to Montgomery, Alabama in 1954 to be the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, an African American church one block below the Alabama State Capitol. He did not know it at the time, but his future was set on December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began on December 5. An organizing committee, the Montgomery Improvement Association, was formed. Dr. King was chosen to head the MIA. The other civil rights leaders in Montgomery recognized that Dr. King was the natural leader of the Movement. He was now the public face of the Civil Rights Movement. His speeches and writings resonated throughout America. Others, the Reverends Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery, and Fred Shuttlesworth, and Baltimore’s A. Philip Randolph, were great leaders in their own right, but they knew Martin Luther King, Jr. was the one. A student, John Lewis, was severely injured during the attacks on the Freedom Riders at the Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery, Alabama. He is now a revered Congressman from Atlanta. Thurgood Marshall, a leading African American lawyer in the civil rights cases, was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Johnson. Many more civil rights leaders, local, regional, and national, are lost to modern history. MLK has remained the leader amongst leaders in the struggles. He is the symbol of the African American Civil Rights Movement, but they all should be remembered. The southern leaders of the movement. faced arrests, beatings, bombings, lynching, murder, and shootings. The houses of Dr. King and the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy were bombed as were four African American churches during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. More known today is the tragic bombing of the 16 Street Baptist Church in Birmingham on September 15, 1963. Dr. King was arrested over two dozen times. His Letter from a Birmingham City Jail is a classic. The leaders knew that they were not only risking their lives, but the lives of their family members, colleagues, and friends. They shower real courage. They knew they could not depend upon law enforcement to protect them. Too many officers led, assisted or tolerated the rabid segregationists, including Commissioner Bull Conner of Birmingham, Dallas County (Selma) Sheriff Jim Clark, and Sheriff Lawrence A. Rainey and Deputy Sheriff Ray Price of Neshoba County, Mississippi. Unbeknownst to Dr. King, J. Edgar Hoover put him under FBI surveillance and wiretapping. As law enforcement, especially federal, and with the supportive judicial decisions, especially at the Supreme Court, the Civil rights protestors could increasingly rely on the Rule of Law. As Dr. King said: “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the three great apostles of non-violence in seeking freedom and equality for their people: Dr. King, Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez. They practiced non-violence, even when violence was used against them. What would Dr. King see if he were alive today? Tremendous progress, but … He would have witnessed the election of an African American as President, as well as African Americans as Governors of Massachusetts and Virginia. He will see three African American Senators, including an African American Republican Senator in South Carolina. He will see several African Americans as Representatives in Congress, as well as scores through statehouses. He will see African Americans rising to the top of several corporations, including American Express. He will see scores of actors succeeding in Hollywood. He will see hundreds of African American serving as Mayors, Police Chiefs and Sheriffs. He will see African Americans succeeding in the professions as well as a rising African American middle class. He might think the most famous part of his great I Have a Dream Speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 has been realized: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream.” Yes, he might think that, but he would also be concerned. He will still see signs of inequality in our cities: shabby housing, large scale poverty, high unemployment, high crime rates, drugs and alcohol, too many single mothers, gangs, and black on black crime. He will see a backsliding in race relations. He will see increasing violence by supporters of African American civil rights. Today’s kneeing NFL players are risking nothing but opprobrium by their acts. It doesn’t take courage to kneel. Today’s leaders are preaching divisiveness. Affirmative Action, Black Lives Matter. He will see attacks on “White Privilege” and witness increasing violence by civil right supporters. He sees a war on police. He knows that is not the way to equality.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

California is trying to Become a Charity as a Tax dodge

California State Senate President is proposing legislation for California to create a government owned charity, the California Excellence Fund. The idea is that you could make charitable contributions to the state in lieu of paying taxes. Is it possible California, the Golden State, will now become the Giving State? Not likely! California is one of several high tax, blue states apoplectic over the new Tax Reform Act. Their solution to every fiscal problem is simple: raise whatever taxes you can. They don’t worry about taxing the middle class and the rich by telling them not to worry. They can always deduct the state and local taxes by itemizing on their federal tax returns. The new tax law puts an end to that ploy. It limits the state and local tax deduction to $10,000 for those who itemize. Senate Majority Leader Kevin de Leon and others are expressing solitude for the high income earners in their state. They aren’t offering any relief to the 80+% of California taxpayers who will itemize. After excoriating the 1%ers, they now realize they need them, especially for the extra 3% tax on millionaires. The top 1% in California pay about 50% of the state’s income taxes. They are the golden goose that is being plucked in the Golden State. Roughly 91,000 Californians pay the 13.3% rate. Many of these could join the exodus out of high tax states, such as California, New York and Connecticut, to Florida, Nevada, and Texas. They could lower taxes, but the public employee unions oppose lowering taxes. They want to increase them to keep the funds going to public employees, their pension plans and health coverage, even for retirees. California has the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation, 13.3% for millionaires. The basic state sales tax is 7.25%, but local taxes can raise it a few points. Thus, they fight to maintain current benefits and raise taxes to cover shortages. Income taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, tobacco taxes, marijuana taxes – they keep rising in the legislature’s insatiable appetite for money to spend on favored constituencies, especially the public employees. California’s problem is an addiction to spending. Governor Jerry Brown has just proposed a 2018-19 general Fund budget of $131.7 billion, an increase of $.6 billion over last, He projects a $6.1 billion surplus, of which he wishes to allocate $5 billion to the state’s rainy day fund. The profligate legislature is unlikely to go along. They like to spend, spend, spend – not save. California’s general fund has risen $40 billion in Governor Brown’s eight years as governor. California would remain a redistributionist state rather than a giving state. The Democrats just don’t want the federal government mucking up their tax scheme. The beneficiaries of the California Excellence Charity will be the state’s legislators, who will be given the power to spend the receipts. Call it a tax of charitable contribution, it will still be spent the same way by the legislature. California has $464.4 billion in unfunded obligations. State and local pension plans are underfunded by about $200 billion. California is not a charity case. It is a basket choice. New York is thinking of replacing the state income tax with a deductible payroll tax. Such a payroll tax would truly be a job killer. The “charitable” loophole has one major problem. One of the conditions on charitable contributions is you cannot deduct any part f it that was a benefit. For example, you donate $500 and get something of value, perhaps a $50 ticket, then you can only deduct $450.00. The charitable contribution in the California plan would be matched by an equal tax credit; in short a 1:1 benefit. None of the “charitable” contribution to the state of California would be deductible! The new, semantical charitable contribution fails the duck test: If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and waddles like a duck, it’s a duck. A tax by any other name is still a tax.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Let Them Think President Trump is Crazy, Lazy, and Stupid

We keep being told President Trump is crazy, calling for a 25th Amendment removal. Several psychotherapists want to psychoanalyze him without ever analyzing him, and then proclaim him crazy as several of their predecessors did with Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964. Fact Magazine in 1964 published an issue entitled “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of a Conservative.” That was the title, but the cover had boldly printed across it: “1,189 PSYCHIATRISTS SAY GOLDWATER IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT. The whole issue consisted of pages of comments from psychiatrists on the Senator’s mental conditions. Most said he was insane. The American Psychiatrist Association recanted that approach after the election. It’s called the Goldwater Rule. Psychiatrists should not comment on the mental state of one they have not examined. That has not topped Dr. Bandy Lee, a psychiatrist at Yale, from editing a book, “The Dangerous Case of president Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” The book consists of essays proclaiming President Trump to be a serious danger to the country and world. Dr. Lee has stated President Trump’s mental health could destroy the entire human species. She proclaims the destruction of the human race is not a fantasy, but a reality. She has conveyed her fears to Democratic members of Congress. These people are delusional. If President Trump is crazy, he is crazy like a fox. They should read his book, The Art of the Deal. He will negotiate from a position of strength. When one, such as President Obama, negotiates from a position of weakness, and must make concessions to obtain an agreement, the result will be the badly flawed Iran Nuclear Agreement, which looks like appeasement. The crazy one in 1964 who put American lives at risk, was not Senator Goldwater, but President Johnson, who was secretly plotting an escalation in Vietnam. We’re told President Trump is lazy, spending more time golfing and vacationing than President Obama. He’s also apparently stupid, or so we’re told. Crazy, lazy, and stupid President Trump. He is of course neither lazy nor stupid. One does not, cannot, succeed in New York City real estate by being lazy or stupid. Of course, they kept telling Americans that President Reagan was stupid and a reckless cowboy, that President Ford, with a Yale law degree, was a dumb klutz, that President George H. W. Bush was an out of touch elitist while his son, President George W. Bush, with degrees from Harvard and Yale, is stupid. President Eisenhower was also not very bright and essentially spent his presidency playing golf between heart attacks. President Nixon was in a league of his own by being crooked and paranoid, although President Nixon was proof that just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you. What psychoanalysis should tell us is that these vicious defamers are cutting the Republicans down to build themselves up with arrogant superiority. Keep thinking and saying President Trump is crazy, lazy and stupid. You will miss the real picture – everything the President and Congress are accomplishing. All President Trump has done in the meantime is to advance his and the Republican agenda, improve America’s economy, start rebuilding the military, and restoring America’s presence in the world. Once again, we hear the White House staff is in disarray. He colluded with the Russians. He’s a womanizer, sexual harasser, and rapist. President Trump is a narcissist. He lies, he lies all the time; he never stops lying, even when he isn’t lying. If it makes them feel better, all the better for President Trump. Spend more time on that wild goose chase! The President is still standing His agenda is moving forward. The naysayers went through a phrase of scare mongering about his finger on the trigger. They went ballistic with his tweet about having a bigger button than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. They keep throwing scurrilous charge after scurrilous charge against him. None stick with the public, but they keep trying. About the only charge they haven’t attacked him with is corruption, but to do that would implicate the Democratic hierarchy in New York City and New York State.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Compare and Contrast: Presidents Obama and Trump on Iran - It's a No Brainer

Remember those high school assignments: “Compare and Contrast?” President Obama’s reaction to Iran’s Green Revolution in 2009 and President Trump’s reaction to the current riots in Iran are a perfect case for compare and contrast. The Iranians, mostly middle class, in 2009 erupted with the Green Revolution after the presidential election was stolen by the mullahs, giving it to their stooge Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President Obama responded with comments which sounded erudite with his cadence speaking, but were essentially the sounds of silence. He basically hoped the Iranians could work it out. The mullahs used brute, bloody force to suppress the people, reinforcing the corrupt dictatorship of the theocracy. President Obama’s attitude towards Iran are shown by his later acts. He was reported to have threatened Israel with shooting down their jets if they attempted to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities. President Trump has been accused of liking dictators. Ironically, it was President Obama who sidled up to dictators, especially the mullahs, Vladimir Putin and the Castro brothers, and used the Arab Spring to force out Egypt’s Hossain Mubarak, a supporter of the United States. He cheered when Mubarak was replaced by the radical Muslim Brotherhood. He also forced out Muammar Qaddafi, the Libyan dictator, who had voluntarily given up his weapons of mass destruction. Then came the Iran Nuclear Agreement. President Obama and his enablers Sally Rice and Ben Rhodes got an accommodating media to accept the naïve argument that the freed money would be used to improve the lives of the Iranian people rather than to support terrorists. Iran was, and remains, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. The Obama people were either incredibly naïve or duplicitous. The Politico also reports that the Obama administration shut down an operation against Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, for smuggling drugs into the United States for fear that a prosecution could upset the ratification of the agreement President Obama further shipped billions of dollars and foreign currency in hard cash in midnight flights by unmarked planes to Teheran; the total amount of payments to Iran has not yet been publicized. The Iranian people, the original supporters of the revolt against the Shah of Iran, have now turned against the current government. The demonstrations that have spread throughout Iran are of the nation’s young and workers. Unemployment is high, especially among the young adults. The people were hit by high unemployment, high inflation, and reduced subsidies. A leaked draft (apparently they leak in Iran as well as the United States) of President Hasan Rouhini’s new budget. He is cutting spending on the people and increasing it on the Revolutionary Guards and religious organizations. The billions of Obama’s largess are continuing to fund Iran’s foreign adventures and loss of life in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon, and Yemen. Billions have propped up Bashad Assad’s regime in Lebanon. The condition of the Iranian people worsened during the 8 Obama years. He cared about the mullahs and not the people. President Trump’s response to Iran is the polar opposite of President Obama’s. He has refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement and is likely to rescind the agreement. He can’t get the money back, but he can re-impose sanctions on Iran, several organizations and individuals. He can clearly terminate the Airbus and Boeing contracts with Iran. Europe will not be happy, but that won’t deter him. The aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom should be supported. Even if the mullahs suppress this outburst of the people, Iran will remain a pressure cooker, which will blow up in the future. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause.” The Iranian government may look into itself, but the Persian people will look to America, the America of Trump and not Obama.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year: Goodbye to the Lows of 2017

Happy New Year! Let us make resolutions for the New Year Let us strive to keep them And let us say goodbye to 2017 to the events that should not carry forward into 2018, but also the ones that need to continue. Here’s adios to 2017: The mainstream media and fake news. Several members of the media have abandoned any pretense of objectivity and routinely publish fake news in opposition to President Trump. The ones who have lost all objectivity include CNN, MSNBC and Newsweek. The Washington Post is also high on the list. The fact checkers, who should start fact checking their own media The Never Trumpers, no matter what the President and his Administration achieve. The Russia Dossier. Clifford Irving (1930-2017), most famous for his hoax (he faked a Howard Hughes autobiography) would be proud of the fake Russia-Trump Dossier The attacks on Christmas and Christianity A Newsweek article “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas to Promote White Nationalism.” The rise of Anti-Semitism The War on Cops, not just the media attacks, political attacks, and Black Lives Matter, but especially the targeted shootings and killings of law enforcement officers. The homicide rates in Baltimore and Chicago The stifling of free speech and muzzling of conservatives on the nation’s campuses The rise of safe spaces and trigger warnings on our campuses The mindless attack by academics on “White Privilege” Two recent examples: The University of Illinois Professor who wrote “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as whiteness.” The two San Diego State geology professors who contend farmers’ markets are “white spaces” which oppress minorities The rise of fake racist attacks, as well as the actual racist attacks The emergence of Antifa The kneeling of NFL players Iran and North Korea “What Happened” by Hillary Rodham Clinton – She lost! Sanctuary cities and states Net Neutrality The Ball boys and dad at UCLA The natural disasters, especially the floods, hurricanes and California wildfires. Terrorism and other sordid acts of mass violence Here’s to next year: Energy prices and taxes dropping The fall of Hollywood titans and others on sexual harassment claims For the new year, California joins the recreational pot states. You are now free to tune out the unfortunate events. A deeper draining of The Swamp The continual survival of Fox News Continuing into 2018 the “Making of America Great Again.”

Monday, December 25, 2017

Memo to Special Counsel/Prosecutor Mueller: Not Only Must Justice Be Done, But It Must Appear To Be Done

Lord Hewart in his famous decision ninety years ago in the British case of R v. Sussex Justices (1924), Ex Parte McCarthy (1923) 1 KB 526 (1923) wrote “Not only must justice be done, but it must seem to be done.” Your investigation is not a typical criminal investigation. It is an investigation into the activities of the President of the United States. The removal of a President in a democracy is akin to regicide in a monarchy. Many cheered Oliver Cromwell in executing King Charles I, but history has condemned him. The process should not be tainted. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is moving forward with his investigation of the Russian Connection with President Trump. He has secured indictments or guilty pleas from four figures. As your investigation proceeds, we are confused as to its purpose. And your status: Is it to: 1) Investigate Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential Election? 2) Investigate the potential hacking of the Hillary Clinton personal server? 3) Investigate the hacking of John Podesta’s DNC emails? 4) Investigate possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Russians? 5) The facts of the Trump Dossier? Or 6) The indictment and/or impeachment of President Trump? Are you a special counsel or a special prosecutor? The distinction is critical. Not only must justice be done, but it must appear to be done. You may be a registered Republican, but your office is stacked with Clintonistas, if not outright Never Trumpers. Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr in the Clinton investigation was careful to staff his office with career lawyers in the Public Integrity Section and Democrats. You did the opposite, which creates an appearance of unfairness. Much of the alleged Trump-Russia Connection revolves around a 35 page dossier prepared by Fusion GPS, which was mounting a virulent anti-Trump campaign. The Trump Dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee by funneling $1.02 million through the law firm of Perkins Coie as “legal services.” The FBI received the Dossier in July 2016. The Trump Dossier is believed to have been the basis for an FBI FISA request Former FBI Director Comey referred to the Dossier as full of “salacious and unproven accusations.” Yet it is the root of the alleged Trump-Russian connection. You hired Andrew Weissmann as one of your staff. Weissmann has a reputation as a legal pit bull who does not necessarily follow the rules of law. He sent Arthur Anderson into oblivion and jailed four Merrill Lynch executives. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Arthur Anderson conviction while the Fifth Circuit exonerated the Merrill Lynch defendants. He had denied bail to the Merrill Lynch defendants who spent a year in prison before justice was served. His political bias is well known. President Trump fired Interim Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend his immigration order. Weissmann emailed Yates: “I am so proud and in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respect.” Andrew Weissmann on election night attended the planned Clinton Victory Party, witnessing her defeat. Peter Strzok is another conflict of interest for the FBI. His fingerprints are present everywhere in the Clinton-Trump investigations. Strzok oversaw the General Flynn interview, which led to a perjury plea. The General pled guilty to one count both because Mueller’s office threatened to indict his son and because the retired general was financially broke. Strzok edited Director Comey’s Hillary Clinton’s exculpatory letter to change the draft “grossly negligent,” a defined criminal violation in the statute, to ‘extremely careless,” which legally means the same, but doesn’t sound as bad. The release and findings were drafted two months before the pro forma interview with Hillary Clinton. The interview was not recorded and the FBI returned her server. That is highly questionable conduct! Strzok was present at the interview between Comey and Clinton. He interviewed her aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. They are believed to have answered questions with false responses, but they have received immunity. He is also involved in an exchange of compromising texts with Lisa Page, his girlfriend and FBI attorney. They are both vehemently opposed to Donald Trump. She wrote in an August text to him: “Wow, Donald Trump is an enormous douche.” He responded “How was Trump other than a douche?” She texted on March 4 “God, Trump is a loathsome human.” He responded “OMG [Trump’s] an idiot.” He texted on July 19: “Oooh, TURN IT ON!!! THE DO*CHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT. You can tell by the excitable clapping.” Those are just the openers. She also texted on August 6, 2016: “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.” He texted that day “I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.” He also texted “F Trump.” He texted Lisa on August 15: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that’s there no way [trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” He added: “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” He referred to Donald Trump on October 20 as a “f---king idiot.” He wrote on The Justice Department properly recognizes that agents have Freedom of Speech, including political speech. That though does not mean they should be on a Justice Department task group investigating a President they despise. Rumors are also that Strzok used the dubious Trump Dossier to unleash the Russia investigation signing the requisite document. The Mueller investigation, or whatever it is, may be the fruit of the poisonous tree. Not only must justice be done, but it must appear to be done. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr met secretly with Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, CEO of the company, the preparers of the Dossier. He did not notify his superiors. In addition, Nellie Ohr, his wife, was hired by Fusion GPS during the 2016 election to conduct opposition research on candidate Trump. Conflicting testimony by Deputy Director McCabe and others before the House intelligence Committee as well as his testimony that he was unaware of the provenance and financing of the Trump Dossier even though his signature is on documents establishing his knowledge Either we have an epidemic of selective memories or perjury before Congress. Are you investigating the testimony before Congress? You can’t make this up. Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can push the envelope doesn’t mean you should. The end does not justify the means in a country priding itself on the rule of Law. If this investigation were of Hillary Clinton under circumstances similar to President Trump’s alleged Russian collusion, the media would be outraged at the investigation. The disclosures about Strzok, Ohr, and Weissmann must be embarrassing to the FBI and Department of Justice. Stonewalling Congress by not opening up to Congress will only postpone full disclosure, and be even more embarrassing to the agencies. Strzok and Ohr were demoted, but Weissmann remains on your staff. Your recommendations, if to indict or impeach, should be based on solid facts, and not innuendos. The left is salivating over criminalizing the President as they did a decade earlier with Vice President Chaney. They will celebrate either or both actions. You will be sainted by them, but condemned by history if you don’t have a solid case. What about Hillary? Jeanie Rhee, another one of your staffers, represented Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Director, and Hillary Clinton. I understand that the FBI may not have wanted to be in the position of taking out one of the two major Presidential candidates during the election, but taking out a sitting President is even more dangerous in a democracy. Don’t forget the highly embarrassing miscarriage of justice by the Justice Department in the trial of Senator Ted Stevens. He was indicted a few months before the 2008 election and convicted 8 days before the election. He lost reelection by 3000 votes, giving President the critical 60 votes necessary to control the Senate. His conviction was based on gross prosecutorial misconduct. The prosecutors violated the Brady Rule by not turning over exculpatory evidence. They also introduced false testimony to secure the conviction. Attorney General Eric Holder dropped all charges against the Senator. He also ordered an annual day of training for Justice Department attorneys on the Brady Rule. In short, federal prosecutors thought the end justified the means in taking out a federal Senator. They had all the proof necessary to know Senator Stevens was innocent. Robert Mueller should be well aware of the Stevens case. He was FBI Director during the debacle. Not only must justice be done, but it must appear to be done!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Trump Tax Cuts versus Obama's ObamaCare: A Tale of Two Parties

Both the Trump Tax Cut and the enactment of ObamaCare took about a year. Both were viewed negatively by the public. Both acts are emblematic of the two parties. ObamaCare was such a major act that Vice President Biden loudly whispered to President Trump that “it’s a big fucking deal.” The media celebrated the passage of ObamaCare. No Republican has called the Trump tax cuts a “BFD,” but they celebrated. The media thought their celebration was excessive and ill-advised. The public reaction against Obamacare resulted in Republican landslides across the board. ObamaCare is still unpopular. The Trump tax cuts are similarly disfavored by the public in recent polls. That opposition may change as workers soon notice increased pay checks. So far, they have been convinced by Democrats and the media that the tax bill simply represents tax cuts for the corporations and the wealthy. The two bills represent the differences between the parties. Republicans prefer cutting taxes and Democrats raising tax after tax: income taxes, property taxes, sales and excise taxes, cigarette taxes, gas taxes, and a seemingly infinite number of fees. Republicans believe that workers should keep their earnings. They earned it. Government should have a compelling reason to tax. Democrats believe that the government should decide how much of your earnings you get to keep because they know better than you the best use of your/their money. Republicans believe in enriching the people. Democrats believe in redistributionism. Democrats are very compassionate with other peoples' money. Republicans believe American exceptionalism was built on hard work, individualism, personal freedom, and liberty. The entrepreneur should be rewarded – not penalized by the government. Democrats believe that today’s America is built on the largesse of government. Thus, they increase individual reliance on government and the Nanny State. They believe the solution to every problem is to spend money on it. Many Americans are ignorant today of economics. Thus the classic “I got my Obama Phone” by the woman in Cleveland. The democrats wage class warfare to increase reliance on the government. Favorite targets are the rich, corporations, bankers, insurers, drug companies, oil companies, and tobacco companies, coal companies, gun manufacturers, and a host of “deplorables.” ObamaCare is a great trifecta for the Democrats as a mammoth redistributionist program. It raises taxes and creates new taxes, increases dependence on the government, and subjects 17% of the nation’s economy to government regulation and control. Every new program necessitates hiring more government workers. Bureaucracy grows, and with it the power of the public employee unions, the main funders of the modern Democratic Party. A wide chasm separates the parties.